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Wolf Construction by whisperpntr Wolf Construction by whisperpntr
Note: Sorry adding watermarks as art theft of my stuff has increased recently :(

Learned SOOOO much doing this it wasn't funny.

But this is basically 3 hours worth of research. I must say that Ken Hultgren has made such a difference in my art that I cannot ever recommend him enough. I have therefore tried to do the art in a similar style.

Oh and yes wolf hind legs = chicken!

Some tips, as you can see it's bad to assume that your construction will be perfect. Even if you use the recommend basic shapes and try to follow them as best as you can you WILL mess up. This is why I usually do NOT spend a ton of time getting the underlying construction as perfect as possible but instead feel the shapes.

First before drawing visualize something. How do you want your wolf to look? This is very important as when you draw "dead" your animal looks dead (I am guilty as charged at times).

Next draw a line of action from the hind foot to the head, and then use the skeleton to create an accurate position. Usually after this step, I start to chisel and equalize the parts. Understanding the skeleton and the basic forms is most important during this phase

In the 3rd of 4th step I chisel the forms and start to use indirect references as close to the pose as possible. If this is impossible, then I sometimes draw and sketch from other viewpoints to get a feel for the wolf. This freeform gestural sketching is extremely important! Even though I am notoriously bad at copying photographs to every painstaking detail (hence why I will never be an animal illustrator), I traded this for general anatomical knowledge.

If you are able to read an anatomy book and use what you learn to study the underlying structure of an animal then you are going to be able to build your own poses easily

Anyways in the 5th step I switch to a very thin pen and start to line. References are used heavily here, and again if they're indirect that is fine. You are trying to see the structure not create a carbon copy of the animal. This is also my absolute favorite part as the realism and your hard work will REALLY pay off here.

In any case this is why, even though some artists have beautiful and clean walkthroughs and initial lines I hesitate to use them. The reason is because, rather than focusing on the pose or the liveliness of the animal you try to get it as exact as possible before the construction is done. I know because I've used such tutorials before and found myself so frustrated I stopped using them.

Perhaps you can use it to your benefit but for me chiseling anatomy into form is better.

And last but not least working in steps gives you the advantage to see if a step before looks better than what you're drawing now as well as learning.

There is nothing better for learning anatomy than rinse and repeat, and working in steps like this FORCES you to draw and redraw anatomy! mwahahaha.

hope this helps!
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:iconnova-wolfy:
Nova-Wolfy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Think chicken! XD
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WhirledArtistic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you this is really helpful. Ill try it out but first ill put that on my favorites
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BrokenBrookieCookie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing, thanks!
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creationtakesun Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a great tutorials, thank's ^^
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TwilightMoonAngel Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Woah this really good thanks!  Looking into anatomy of a wolf for my project this helped a lot :3 
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MaraFranci Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhhh, YES! I'm going to give this style a try. Lately all my wolves have been looking a bit... off.
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SketchEase Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013   General Artist
I am trying to develop my own style for drawing wolves and this will be a big help ty for sharing :)
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BlueiceWolfSnow Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
It is Very useful for me:) (Smile) 
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Inspired-KOOlness Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
from this I got a deer thx!
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MorningAfterWolf Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Writer
cool
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:iconanonymouskingii:
anonymouskingII Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
great tutorial
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:icondarvia123:
Darvia123 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! :D
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moopsybear Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wait so I can print this to use as a reference?
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:iconxfire-and-icex:
XFire-and-IceX Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!!
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:iconenigmaticcanine:
EnigmaticCanine Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
helped heaps!
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Sirius-Shiriusu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! You really helped! Thanks. :D
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PhoenixCaru Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, thanks, thanks !! =D
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RuffletGirl Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Again thank you so much for making this tutorial!
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RabbyoSaberwolves Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my style veries considerably from yours, do you still have the picture references that u used?
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Woolfie-24 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Awesome! That's helped me a lot!!
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:iconbluemoon9628:
Bluemoon9628 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
This will help me out a lot I draw wolves all the time bit this will help me improve even more
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:iconwolfsjourney:
wolfsjourney Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Snazzy.
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scarlet2598 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
really did help thanks :)
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ZackiraFair Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this helps alot thank you kindly for putting this up
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:iconcinzamon:
cinzamon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
y dont u just sine your name on it? unless... maybe... the person copying scratches it out? well just a thought :)
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cats-r-cool Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
this helped me out so much!!!!thx!!!
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TheCartoonCookie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
OMG! Its taken days to actually find something useful! Amazing! Both stand and jumping pose :) Helps BUNCHES!
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Aslamoria Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! this is helpful! its nice and smooth!
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FrenchWolf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Wonderful, I really like this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing your way!
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
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Wolves9966 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This helped a lot
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Bookzforever81 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is cool!
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Cyperess12345 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks helped me alot
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Meeshabishy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Very Helpful C:
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Lunawerewolfy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it.
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MatrixPotato Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This has helped so much!! O: I adore the bottom pose; do you mind if I reference it?
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:iconwolfshine:
Wolfshine Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! And a great help! But somehow I just can't get it right... [link]
Maybe help me out a little? :O
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Tilther Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped a whole lot, thanks. It's so boring looking at animals' skeletons to improve your anatomy... Thanks again. ^^
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LunarThunderStorm Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Great tutorial!!!
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RainbowRabbits95 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
nice:D
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ArrahMcArney Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Very useful. :) Thank you.
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MafyPrime Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Filmographer
wonderful work this is going to be very helpful!~
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hammiesfriend Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
no way in my life. >.>
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whisperpntr Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student General Artist
?? que?
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hammiesfriend Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
no way in my life could I ever do that. It's way beyond my level. :dead:
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:iconwhisperpntr:
whisperpntr Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Nonsense. I have to upload some of my art from when I was little.

It was utter crap.

We all start from somewhere! So keep drawing! it's easy to exceed this :hugs:
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COla013 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Thank u it' s very helpful :).!
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SilverBlood101 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is so cool!!!!
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snowpaw9 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Dang! There is no way i could ever draw that good :D
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Wulfoxx Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Huge help! nice drawings by the way :3
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