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Tutorial for painting a close-up of a Wolf (or any other furry creature).

WARNING: large file. It might take a while before the tutorial shows up on your screen, so please, be patient. I was too lazy to add a preloader...

Use the buttons at the top of the tutorial to navigate through the slides. I have no idea why the text has turned out jagged and hard to read, so I apologise if you have difficulties reading it.



Thank you ever so much for my second DD ~AnimalLover345 and ^shelldevil! :heart:

EDIT: Due to popular demand I re-named the tutorial more appropriately "How to Paint a Wolf".

EDIT 2: Fixed all known spelling mistakes.

A tutorial I pulled together of my last Wolf piece. I don't know if it will be of help or use to anyone, but there's no harm in making one anyway! Please bear in mind that this is the first time I've drawn something this furry this close up, so I'm sure there are other ways of doing this too.

If you have any problems with viewing the tutorial or any questions or problems in general, please let me know. I'll be happy to help as much as I can :) Other than that, hope you enjoy it and maybe even learn something from it!

NOTE: The tutorial explains functions and options available in Adobe Photoshop CS2. Any older or newer version of Photoshop should still work just as well. I have no experience in any other digital editing program (such as GIMP or Corel Painter) so I have no idea to what extent you can follow the tutorial there. If anything, it might just give you an idea of how to draw similarly, but you will have to find out on your own I'm afraid.

You are not authorised to redistribute this tutorial or the original image without my written permission, or claim as your own. Please respect my wishes.

    Tutorial and original image © Malin Träisk.

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Tutorial: How To Draw A Wolf by *cerona ( Suggested by AnimalLover345 and Featured by shelldevil )
doonser Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
dear god thank you so much for this
Steff-Magalhaes Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! This will help me a lot!:D
Sierra63 Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Hello Cerona, how are you today? I was wondering this, I am studying graphic design, and I am new to digital illustration. I was wondering  if it was possible to send me the wolf Step 1 drawing that i could use it in photoshop as a reference. The picture I'm referring to is the one in black and white at the beginning slide. I could give you my email so you could email me the image, and I'm asking for your permission to use the black and white wolf image would that be okay with you let me know thank you.
wolfmarian Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
Now this, this is what i needed. 

Following a lot of tutorials to do my pieces.

Thank you very much!!!
Mikan-Marta Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Very good tutorial thanks! I'm at step 6 and achieving results close to yours (although not so good, close enough).
It involves a lot of hard work too, at least for me. I'm spending a lot of time in each step. Thanks again!
cockatielwarrior Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
U R REALLY GOOD    and omg it took me like 2 hours just to do the fur on the snout XD
rajNdra Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is what the type of painting I was looking for. Thanx for the tutorial. This will be inspirational for me to learn more. Thank u once again.
Worlds-Finest-Moose Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
Thank you Love 
KiaraDGPaws Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
where is the "Airbrush Pen Opacity Flow" ?? i cant find it D':
SylvrWing Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial! After a long hiatus from drawing or painting and being rusty, this really helped me out. Thanks! :) 
YaUniverse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Amazing!
foresteclipse Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you use a reference to aid you in this? Sometimes I feel like I'm obligated to draw without referencing, but your art work is amazing and this tutorial makes art so much simpler! haha awesome tutorial. What tablet were you using? Did you use a tablet at all?  thank you!!


I see that in the tip you mentioned it's best to use a reference for the coloring!!!
Chain-Lighting Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial, thanks alot! Will try it out and see how it goes! :3
ZhureStrafe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do i make the image layer like paint tool sai i mean to movie side to side because i can zoom or out i dont know how to do daat on photoshop cs6
MadisonLeah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. <3
foxstory Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for making this, I'm linking back to it in my latest picture!
Maggy-mitchi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
It's amazing !!
Eellah Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2015  Student Artist
Thank you so much for making this tutorial, I always wanted to try out painting in Photoshop and this was extremely helpful! ;v;
I used it in my bunny drawing and I'm totally going to use it again in the future! :heart:
[S-P] Happy Easter 2015! by Flazilla
Lownleinhigh Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVED THIS WONDERFUL TUTORIAL. Too bad I am using Gimp 2 (I use Photoshop 6 in terms of editing, but I always stick to GIMP for digital arts).  LIKE!
BRBRerolling Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial and great explanations. Thanks!
debellischew Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
cool. it is great tutorial.  I love it. you did great art work

I used  Mybrushes drawing software   which can record and playback my drawings but I could not draw art so nice as you.:) (Smile)
Rainpath12 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
0_0 That is awesome :D I don't have photoshop, but I think I can use this for GIMP. You are really good at this :)
LucitoCZ Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tuto, it´s very helpful and great work!
ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
I havent really used it for a realistic way but this is super simple and beyond helpful.
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredibly helpful. Thank you so much for putting it together!
Dheelis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the best fur tutorial ive ever seen :la:
Horse-Paint-Designs Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Woow, very nice work O.O I couldn´t do that in my whole live^^
LucyHeartfilla2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow this is amazing!! I wanna try it out!!
AngelInTheHeart Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're amazing!! Such helping tutorial ! Clap 
Marethyn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Great work on your part, a very useful tutorial.
CowgirlFromtheNight Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
you're amazing!! :O
ZeZoulou Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's funny that is the same settings (same brush) of mine, this is why I can't separate from this version of Photoshop (don't like the others !!!), but I guess it can took so long ! Bravo for the patience. =) 
FieryWarrior46 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
spacecookiejr Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Thankies for the tutorial. :D
hostile13 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Really nice work. Thanks for that.
phantomwriter99 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student
This is a beautiful tutorial, I really love it!  It's helped me learn a lot about my Photoshop as well as how to make something beautiful.  I'm still working on that, but this helps a LOT!
Nami-Star Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Digital Artist
OH MY GOSH thank you so much!
Startedraining Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will use this eventually~
Thank you very much for this.
cutiecat54 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Llama Emoji-38 (Confused) [V2] so amazing

Grameir Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite a nice guide, helped me a lot :D I've decided to draw my own dog (Malamute, so he is quite similar xD). Well, since I'm the beginner and this is my very first drawing, it's not looking like here, but still - I'm proud of myself thanks to you :D I should go back and finish fur... So much work...
SachiDashie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna use it for my cat and my wolf! I have to do my digital line-art only! :D
cerona Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear, good luck with it all!
noproblemnigel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Really enjoying this tutorial. Thanks for making it! I'm 2 hours in and at step 4 so far and looking forward to another hour at it tomorrow. You can see my progress here:…
plumlet Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
This was very clear, informative, and easy to follow!! Thank you for making it, I will definitely have to try this kind of style in the future! 
Xakimus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
VWolfdog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful tutorial, I really loved the Flash presentation!
cerona Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear, thanks!
Ame8 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cerona Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chronuskao3o Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic !
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