Anthropomorphism is the representation of objects as having human form or traits. Drawing an anthro wolf to betray human features can add personality and creativity to typical doglike characteristics. By combining dog and man traits, artists can create a new type of character to base a visual story on. Break out your pencils and sketch pad to learn the details of creating a world of anthro animals.
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Things you need
- Set of graphite pencils
- Sketch pad
- Kneadable eraser
Practice drawing wolves and humans separately. Anthro animals take on human characteristics, so learning how to draw the physiognomy and anatomy can significantly boost the expressions and realism of the wolf character you are trying to portray. Draw human faces, hands and bodies. Work on wolf structure, fur and facial features.
Begin your anthro wolf by drawing the head with a hard pencil such as an F grade. A hard edge pencil makes erasing easier later. Draw a circle on a sheet of paper. Draw a line, angling downwards halfway through the circle extending past one edge of the circle. This will create the top part of the character's muzzle.
Draw a line connecting the top part of the muzzle down below to connect to the lower part of the circle. The combination of these lines creates the framework for wolf profile.
Sketch in the body framework. Use a photograph of a friend to help you visualise a standing figure of a human. Anthro wolves commonly have an upright posture like a human. The framework should look a little like a geometrical stick figure. Get an idea of where you want the arms, the legs' position and how the character should hold his head.
Block in the framework for the body. Sketch around the shapes you have created to add a muscular structures and clothes. Erase the framework lines as you create the body.
Fill in the details for the head. Draw a vertical line down the centre of the character's head. Use the cross hairs of both vertical and horizontal lines to help you place the ears and eyes of your character. Sketch the ears in an upright position like a wolf. Draw a nose shape and shade in the dark areas for the eyes, ears and mouth. Erase cross hairs.
Add fur. Use a soft pencil, like a No. 2B or 3B to fill in the fur around the face and exposed body parts. Draw with a hatching motion; short, closely parallel strokes to create the effect of fur. Make lines thicker and closer together to indicate shadows or a thicker bunch of fur on the body.
Lighten areas with an eraser. Use a kneadable eraser to define highlights on your character's body.
Tips and warnings
- Sketch lightly at first before filling in the details. Heavy erasing can damage the paper.
- Experiment with different hatching techniques to create more dynamism in the muscular structure of your anthro wolf.
- Keep your hand off the paper as you sketch. Working with soft graphite can smudge easily and muddy the drawing.
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