Wolves have had a difficult history with humans, and have been driven back to the least populated regions of the northern hemisphere. Their affinity for livestock has resulted in large numbers of wolves being trapped, shot and poisoned. Wolves are pack animals and can appear in various shades ranging from black to white. They are larger than most dogs, weighing up to 79.4 Kilogram. To draw a wolf head from the front can be a very powerful image that evokes an innate fear that humans have had of wolves for thousands of years.
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Things you need
- Reference images
- Drawing paper
Find a detailed image of a wolf head from the front. Make sure you can clearly see the shape of the features, including the eyes and the area around the nose. Position the image so that you can quickly refer to it as you are drawing. Choose a well lit location so you can clearly see what you are drawing.
Draw the main outline of the wolf's head using short strokes in the direction of the fur. Draw the pointed ears, and indicate the position of the eyes. Draw the eyes about halfway between the base of the ears and the nose. Position them so that they are directly below the inner sides of the ears, where they attach to the head. Draw the outline of the nose positioned in the middle, below the eyes. Draw two short, curved lines to mark the sides of the mouth and the portion of the mouth just under the nose.
Continue drawing fur lines to outline the sides of the head and upper neck. Keep the outline of the head and neck about the same width, with the neck getting slightly wider further down.
Mark the border between light and dark areas of the head. Make sure you do this as accurately as possible in order to differentiate the snout from the neck.
Shade in the dark areas of the fur with short strokes to create the look of layered hair. Shade the top of the head beginning with the upper portion of the snout and below the eyes. Shade the outer edges of the ears dark and the centre of the inner ears as well. Keep the outer centre of the ears light.
Use a chamois to carefully blend the shaded areas into the white areas of the head. Make sure that the differences in colour remain defined by drawing more lines over the blended areas. Lighten areas that are too dark using the eraser. Refer to the image to continue detailing fine shade variations on the face of the wolf. Note the slight differences around the eyes.
Draw more detail by adding whiskers on either side of the nose, above the mouth. Detail the eyes so that they look focused and gaze in the same direction. Shade in the eyes carefully to make them look as realistic as possible.
Clean up any unwanted smudges to give the wolf a crisp and detailed appearance. Keep detailing the fur until you are satisfied with the drawing.
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