Description: So last night's stream and the night before, I had a few avid requesters asking me to do a tutorial on two cute puppies. Of course, the 'puppies' in which we'll be drawing are wolf pups. I wanted a simplistic yet intriguing style for the novices, but also, a bit realistic in order to capture the true nature of these pups. Before, I had solid black eyes, but revisiting it after I finished my other five tuts, I realized, "hey, this doesn't look entirely like wolves, but chow chow puppies". With that, I made the eyes very similar to puppies of wolves, by making them golden yellow. I had so much fun with this lesson, especially painting the background to give these cuties a magical and enchanting setting. The autumn leaves add a nice – tranquil feel, while the actions of two wolf puppies playing total the overall piece. To get inspired, please go listen to a few Night Elf-ish tracks from World of Warcraft. I promise you, it will inspire and rejuvenate your artistic senses. I worked hard on this, and for those who watched the process live, thank you so much! Stay tuned for more possible wolf tutorials, and I hope the ones who have requested this tut, will enjoy as well. Peace and love!
Description: First, we must always start with the essential guidelines that will stack line-work upon line-work. Most people disregard the importance of guidelines, and other advise that you draw the individual shapes of the body first. Yes, doing that will aid in understanding how the form of a body is made. But truly, a budding artist will not draw those many shapes since they ARE novices and not intermediate skilled. Anyways, try to draw the guidelines as accurate as possible. The accuracy of the guides don't have to be spot on depending on your skill level. Draw these guides LIGHTLY on your paper; you will need to erase them later.
Description: Then, we shall work on the outer shape of the head, starting at the forehead first; then onwards to the cheeks and ears. Trust me, I've observed and practiced drawing canine heads, and I tend to ALWAYS start with the forehead and working from there. Please note, because we are drawing wolf 'puppies' they tend to have VERY fluffy cheeks where no muscle definition is visible. This applies to adult wolves too.
Description: Next, let's finalize the detailing of the face by sketching the eyes, nose and the fluff inside the ears. Try using thin line weights for this part of the drawing to introduce variety in your overall composition. We want to stray from using bold lines entirely throughout the drawing.
Description: To start the shape of the body in an easier fashion, we'll begin by sketching the back line, which is also going to play as the 'line of motion' or 'motion line'. This depicts the overall movement and pose of the figure. Go ahead and do so, then sketch the subtle fluff on the tail. Keep in mind that wolf tails are NOT extremely fluffy like fox tails. Try to stray from drawing them like a fox's.
Description: Let's begin drawing the forelegs as well as the chest. Now, I always tend to draw the fluffed out chest since it helps evaluate where to place the foreleg itself. It's like a foundation line which guides your next move. The paws we will be drawing must be simplistic and soft. We are not drawing adult wolves, so we will make them larger in comparison to the overall foreleg.
Description: Puppy Paw VS. Adult Paw| Here is an example of what a puppy wolf paw looks like juxtaposed to it's adult version. Notice all the intricate detailing around areas with subtle bone and muscle visibility? Also note how a puppy's paw is much more softer and thicker in mass. This is very important when drawing their paws in younger fashion.
Description: Now, we'll start sketching the rest of the limbs for this quietude puppy. Finish by drawing the last foreleg and the back-leg as well. Take your time, we'll start working on the second obnoxious pup soon enough!
Description: Next, time to work on this anxious critter hoping onto his playmate! In this case, we'll be sketching him licking the left eye of our opposite pal. The left ear should be drawn upright while the right is in a slight slant. This conveys an expressive mood of 'anxious' or 'excited'.
Description: Sketch the facials, keeping in mind of the distance between the forehead, mouth, and snout. Take your time, try not to rush too much, or get anxious to see your drawing finished! This usually arouses when you get an ego that it's going to look epic no matter what ;)
Description: Next, we'll start drawing both the forelegs perched on the backside of our secondary playmate. Try to draw these forelegs in a subtle slant to convey extreme excitement from our happy critter. Start from top to bottom, and use light line weights for detailing!
Description: Lastly, sketch the back-leg and the tail to complete this final wolf. Remember to apply the same rules we've learnt from the previous steps of drawing our first pup. Use varied fluffed edges to spice up the overall piece.
Description: With further care into cleaning up your sketchy lines, you should have something similar to this, only in pencil format. Get yourself a jet black Prismacolor pencil for the inks, or varied Micron or brush pens. I like brush pens because they yield varied line weights depending on the pressure you add each stroke. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed. Please let me know if this tutorial taught you a few tips on drawing cute wolf puppies! Thanks for viewing and please let me know if you uploaded your version to Drago!