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Anatomy of a Wolf - A Tutorial

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*huge sigh* Finally finished. This is a re-vamp of an older tutorial that I made in 2007 :pointr: [link]

I spent half the day on this. I researched all the anatomy, hand-drew (in pencil!) the drawings, and then compiled it all together in Photoshop. May I go to bed now? =,= lol

I hope y'all enjoy this and that it helps you!

SKETCH! PRACTICE! STUDY!

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Whetsit-TuyaStudent General Artist
This is extremely/life-changingly inspirational, I was scared about the zoo price ($25 a day) then remembered I can buy a year pass for $69 ($0.19 a day/$1.32 a week/$5.29 a month.. if only life drawing classes were $5 a month instead of $40...)
:iconlazypoolplz::iconrainbowtearplz: I can't thank you enough for this wisdom, honestly if it was the 90s I'd go to the library studying wolf anatomy then give up after never improving, I never would have found out about needing to practice or sketch from life and I never even thought about the zoo until reading your tutorial, as an added bonus I can also draw people while sitting in the back of the bus
I'm making a movie that's similar to Fallout so I need to know how to draw mutant animals
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rosiesinnerProfessional Digital Artist
That's awesome to hear! I'm so glad my little tutorial could help you discover a new way to learn and absorb the world around you! Best of luck on your film. ;)
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Whetsit-TuyaStudent General Artist
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Thanks Junie, you've got one of the best tutorials and your wolfs look amazin
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animeokamidrawerHobbyist Traditional Artist
studying animals is more fun than math for me XD so I gladly study! thx this is so helpful , after a wile I forget basic structure this will and is helping a lot ! thanks again!!!
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Whetsit-TuyaStudent General Artist
In what universe is math fun dweeb :iconarmsplz:
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rosiesinnerProfessional Digital Artist
Math is complicated... and gross... but necessary. :'P bleh

No worries, just remember to start with basic shapes and gestures, then work your way into the details. Glad to help!
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Crimson-Wolf2323Hobbyist General Artist
the fur direction has always been a problem for me 
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rosiesinnerProfessional Digital Artist
Don't worry, if you keep practicing and studying it, you'll get it down. I have another little tutorial that deals with the face/neck fur, if you're interested. There are also some pretty good tutorials on here if you look through them. :)
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Crimson-Wolf2323Hobbyist General Artist
thanks:D (Big Grin) 
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rosiesinnerProfessional Digital Artist
:) No worries, hope you have fun on your artistic journey!
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Crimson-Wolf2323Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :) (Smile) 
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SchizophrenicSursProfessional Digital Artist
"I have special eyes"
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rosiesinnerProfessional Digital Artist
"SUCH UNIQUE"

xD
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SchizophrenicSursProfessional Digital Artist
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SeaspeckleStudent Traditional Artist
Starting with the bone structure and moving down with sketch sheets & traditional. Anyways...I hope that's what you meant your readers to do. With skull structure accomplished, I can begin to see how important bones are! Geehe. Anyways, thanks for the tutorial, and I'll take your advice and invest my time in drawing!!

-Tanniym
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rosiesinnerProfessional Digital Artist
Well, you don't always have to start with the skeleton. It's more about learning what the underlying structure is, so you know how to build the shapes and forms later. :)

You are welcome, and I wish you the best in your artistic endeavors!
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CodlietHobbyist General Artist
Hhhhh Thank you so much for this! I've been struggling with wolf anatomy a lot recently and this must be the best tutorial for it I've found on here so far! Thank you for sharing! :heart:
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ViiburnumHobbyist Digital Artist
ffff I wish I had a zoo I could go to to sketch wolves *A*

I want to get better at drawing them, especially since my fursona is a wolf :iconuhuhuhuplz:

What do you think is the best alternative to this step in 'SPS?'  ;u;
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rosiesinnerProfessional Digital Artist
Ah, well good alternatives are to sketch the animals that are around you. So if you or someone you know has a dog, you can sketch them! They have similar anatomy, so it'll help you get an idea.

Another way of going about this step is to sketch from photographs or from videos. Photographs help with getting the details down, such as fur or muscle structure. I like to find YouTube videos of animals in motion, and gesture draw from them to get an idea of the way they move.

Hope that helps! Best to you on your drawing quest. :D
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jebuggHobbyist Digital Artist
Google images! :D Or search a video of wolves on youtube to get the best environment of the zoo as you can -since at the zoo you cannot freeze the wolves to draw them! Just don't pause the video or this will take away from the reason for drawing them in motion. Blind contours and speedy sketches where you barely look down at your paper will really be good practice!! Once you have a numerous amount of sketches, you can start to see improvement in your drawings where you've memorized body shapes and such. Be sure to try different positions, don't linger on one specific view or else you'll find yourself struggling to draw something other than (for example) a 3/4ths view! Hope I helped! :)
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Beautiful and very helpful! Thanks for making this.
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rosiesinnerProfessional Digital Artist
No worries, glad this old thing can still help others!
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it certainly does! I think i just need to practice the fur, paws and the positions, and expressions, still got a way to go but iw ill give it all i have got! Thankies :3
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