Start out with all of the basic shapes and guidelines, proportion is very important when drawing a wolf, If you make one thing too large or small, it won't end up looking like a wolf, but rather some other breed of dog. A great thing to do to learn wolf proportions is to google it, you cold probably find some useful images to help you measuer out the size of everything. For the forelegs, just focus on drawing in the joints and shoulders, just use a trapezoid like shape for the paws for now.
Now you can start with the head details. try not to make the muzzle too long or thin, nor too short or fat, otherwise it will not look wolf like. Remember when drawing the fur of the neck, that the fur in that area is the longest fur on the wolf, so make it fairly long and thick there. Try not to make the fur straight and thin, make it wave and twist to give the impression that it is thick, and obviously wolves don't comb their hair in the wild, so it wont look straight and perfect.
Now you can do the fore legs and paws. Add some fur to the shoulder, but just add a few tiny ones to the legs here and there. Wolf legs are fairly long and very strong, so don't make them thin and spindly, make them look strong, but don't add too much muscle definition, as your wolf would start to look more like a werewolf or something. the paws of a wolf always have 4 main toes, and on extra one up farther on the inner side of their leg, which can't be seen in the picture. the 2 middle toes are bigger than the 2 outer toes, and they are generally a long pear shape. A wolf's claws always point inwards, so the 2 biggest toes in the middle will have there claws pointing at each other slightly and touching. the 2 outer toes will have there claws pointing inward as well, but not as much.
Now you can add in the stomach, back, and hind legs. Since the wolf is sitting, his back will be slouched a bit and his hind legs will be folded up. add in the paws as well, just like in the last step.
Now, in this step, you can get creative and decide what mood your wolf is in! That's right, give him a tail! It could be held up proud, it could be tucked close to his body, it could be relaxed like mine, it could be up and curled around like a husky's if it's really happy! You decide.
Alright, we are pretty much done now. You can erase the guidelines, and add in some final touches such as some fur tufts here and there, some of the bone structure and muscle structure, and if you want, add some markings to your wolf to make him how you want to look! maybe it's one of your characters, you can add the markings of your character if you'd like! From here on out, you can shade it, colour it, paint it like I did, or just leave it! I hope this helped and that you enjoyed using it! I sure had fun making it!
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