Wolf Anatomy Drawing

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STEP 1. Skeleton - I'm going to dissect this wolf anatomy from bone to flesh. Let's observe the skeleton of a basic generic wolf. Notice how the bones of a wolf aren't as complex as say a human. Though this isn't an exact replica of a canine skeletal structure, it's a basic layout of what it generally looks like. The shoulder bone is the largest bone on the wolf. Also note that a wolf's bones are very dense to aid in their performance of running. It would be pretty helpful to use these diagrams for future reference if you'd want to 'zombifiy' a wolf, or need a canine skeletal reference for a gory scene. Whatever the use, study various poses and angles of these creatures in a skeletal format (which may be difficult since Google is rather limited with things such as that). Having a wide variety of references is crucial for a successful artist's palette.   STEP 2. Organs - Here's a simplistic breakdown of a canine's organs. Notice there isn't much here, just the basics. This reference would be great to use if you're drawing again, gory scenes or some sort of macabre which requires references of canine organs.   STEP 3. The Muscular Anatomy - Here's another breakdown of the muscular components that dress the wolf. Study all the various tendon discolorations and the way the muscles intersect with one another.   STEP 4. This step basically shows you what parts of a dog is called. As a beginning artist drawing wolves, we must understand why the wolf body is shaped the way it is, from the inside out. Otherwise, when you're drawing your own dog pose from a different point of view without references, you'll understand how to draw certain features. I myself found out some of the names for them I never know about. Hocks should be drawn a lot shorter then the upper thigh of the dog. Some artists draw the hock high up and skinny (common in cartoon styled canine art.)   STEP 5. Again, we must understand why a canine's head is shaped the way it is from the inside out. Here, I dissect the skull of a wolf, and show you the teeth and the way they are formed. The upper jaw always overbites the lower jaw. If you ever stretch open the lips of your pooch's mouth, you'll see that the upper teeth overlap the bottom.   STEP 6. Here's a lovely breakdown of the paws as many artists aren't aware of how the paw should be structured. If you're going for a realistic approach on drawing canines, it would be wise to reference various types of paws at Google Images. An artist's greatest weapon is reference!   STEP 7. This is a quick lesson on drawing wolf paws. Make the foot, then add the first toe, then draw the rest of the toes. You will finally add the nails or claws.   STEP 8. A wolf eye is pretty distinct. When observing a wolf's eye, you will notice that the iris is extremely light leaving the pupil completely visible. Reference as many eyes of wolves as they can range in various shapes and iris colors as well as the surrounding blackness around the iris.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8.