I’m having a hard time drawing wolves – do you have any tips?
When I paint a grey wolf, I’m actually using a lot less grey than one would think. Wolves have varied, richly coloured fur, with auburn, ochre, warm grey and splashes of black and white. Don’t be afraid to use reference photos, but avoid copying directly. Instead, try to learn how the anatomy looks – the end result will give a more solid impression than a copied painting. When I’m painting fur I try to follow the natural fur directions and make sure the fur isn’t too clean. Make it clump together and seem a bit ruffled and unruly. This will help with the feral look. The wolf’s forms are also more primitive than its relative the dog’s, so try to keep the facial expression slightly more calm and regal. Pay attention to the little details that separate them. For example, the yellow, almond-shaped eyes and shorter, more tapered ears are quite different than a dog’s.
I particularly love the brown ochre tones of the wolf, which is one of my favourite animals to paint. Don’t be afraid to apply plenty of colour to these animals! Take note of the almondshaped eyes with the deep yellow iris and contrasting black pupils, with the black skin that surrounds them. It’s a trademark of the wolf.