Your reading this because you want to learn how to draw a wolf. So what is it about wolves that fascinate us? is it something primeval that draws us to them. When we see the wolf on apiece of art, we hesitate and look.
I’m no different, the wolf touches us in ways that we can’t explain and wolf art, brings these wonderful animals closer to us. We just can’t go out to see the wolf, so why not capture the essence of the wolf, and have them in our own house.
This is where I am going to show you 3 techniques that will bring the spirit of the wolf into your own art work.
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Capturing the wolfs spirit on Canvas
The wolf in wild, in spirit and demeanor. This is where some artists go wrong. They try to draw or paint the wolf as if it were a dog. From wolf to dog, we have the transition that man has made. Our own breed of the dog – descendant of the wolf. That’s where it ends.
If you want to draw the wolf to its ultimate best, you need to get into a mindset of the wolf and all that it stands for. Once you have gained this. Then, and only then you start with your project of your wolf.
Wolves stand differently than a dog, their whole body is lower in stance than the dog. So when you grab your pencil, ready to draw your wolf. Whether it be as a drawing, or the sketch for a painting. You need to outline the standing frame of the wolf firstly. Once you have done this, refer to pictures of wolves and also have a look at some pictures of dogs. And then decide that you have captured the demeanor of the wolf before you go any further. If you have not, then go back to square one and re-draw the wolf until you are happy with it. If you can do this….. you have made a very important step forward to your completion of your wolf art. One step ahead of many other artists out there.
Movement of freedom in Art
On how to draw a wolf, you also need to consider their movements. If you are not familiar with the movement of the wolf. Then take a look at some nature programs of the wolf, or the easiest way these days, is to go and have a look a U-tube. I am sure you will find many short videos of the wolf in motion there.
The wolf lives in packs, so they are prone to having many different postures in the pack. As a dominant animal in the pack, there are also many less dominant, and their body language shows a submissive; even cowering stance. Have you thought when you draw your wolf, will they be dominant or submissive, when drawing more than wolf in your pictures. I bet not many of you have taken the time to consider this very much.
Well this is something you need to consider when drawing more than one wolf in your picture. Who will be dominant and who will be submissive?. Because you need to get the body language of each individual wolf right from the start. Pick the hierarchy of your wolves firstly. The dominant will stand over the less dominant, the more submissive will stand lower than the more dominant wolf, keeping their heads and tails lower.
Again, we need to consider when drawing the wolf, that each wolf will be an individual, not only will their position in the pack determine their body language. You will also need to consider the less dominant will have looks on their faces that also will express their willingness to please.
The dominant will have harder look in their eyes and their bodies will stand tall. Every wolf will be of slightly a different character, you need to bring this out. Individuality! the key to individual features of the wolves face. Body shape will also differ. And if times are hard, the leaner the wolf. If at the height of the season, you have fitter looking wolves. Their longish shaggy fur will be in better condition. Not dull and matted to depict poor condition.
I see how budding artists want to learn how to make the wolf realistic in art after all…you want your art work to be your own pride and joy, you want it to capture the true wolf. In some of these techniques I have shared with you here, you are well on the way to achieving the realistic wolf.
There are many things that budding artists can overlook, but if you are put on the right path. You can only get closer to achieving your dreams in capturing your art, making it the reflection as to what you see in your mind.
How many times have I been frustrated with the end result of my picture a drawing not coming out as I have envisioned it in my mind. I’m sure it’s this way with most artists. But remember that your minds eye is connected with your emotions. You see life itself, and you want it to materialize in your work.
If it could only be so…but we need to know the path in achieving this, thought trials and much time they can be learned.
So with how to draw a wolf. I am sharing with you, what has taken me my entire artistic career to find out. And you never stop learning to be a better artist.