Wolf's body is very similar to that of a Dog because both animals have the same ancestors. But a Wolf has a longer coat and more traits of a predator animal. Its fangs are longer than the dog's, its tail is fluffier, and it has big thick claws on its paws.
In cartoons, Wolf characters are often portrayed grinning to convey their aggressive nature. The Wolf has another distinctive trait - its body is slightly shorter and more powerful than that of a dog, so pay attention to proper proportions.
In this lesson we will learn how to draw a wolf in stages, using #2 pencil.
Draw an outline of a Wolf.
Work on the contours of the torso, the legs, and the head. First draw a circle for the head. It'll take two lines for the neck. Extend a longer line for the back from the upper neckline. For now put a rectangle in place of a tail and a long narrow rectangle consisting of three smaller rectangles for each leg.
Add detail to the body.
The second step is to draw a rough outline of the wolf's body. Make the back line wavy. Give neck and legs a more rounded shape. Give the tail a more realistic rounded shape.
The Wolf's head.
Outline the Wolf's head. First sketch the ears. Draw a cheek contour down from the right ear. Coming from the left ear we will draw the following: two tubercles and a bottom jaw connected to the neck.
Emphasize the Wolf's grin.
In any drawing including that of an animal, pay close attention to the facial expression of your figure. So try your best to convey a predatory expression on the Wolf's snout.
Remember, a wolf is not a pooch. Draw the eyes in most simple fashion. Next draw the ears with a bow. Lastly, draw the mouth with a grin.
At this point, work on the animal's fur. To do this, apply small rapid strokes of a pencil on our initial lines, as shown on my figure here. Try not to color in the skin with one color. Shadows give the Wolf volume and in life, its fur has different shades, especially during the molt.
The final phase of drawing a Wolf - shadows.
Add tones to your Wolf figure. Add a dark stripe to its back. Draw another slightly lighter stripe extending from the neck towards the belly. The fur on the animal's paws is turned in one direction.
Shade in the nose and the forehead. Sharp contrasts increase the aggressiveness of the Wolf, so you might want to use different colored pencils.
Another thing that can further help you emphasize this is the landscape surrounding the animal. For instance, barking hunting dogs can surround the gnarling Wolf.