I’m hav­ing a hard time draw­ing wolves – do you have any tips?

ImagineFX - - Imagine Nation - Brittany Foltz, US

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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.

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