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I promised to do a couple of studies of the wolf. As I know there are many canine artists on deviantart and back on my old account people asked me for a tutorial on how to draw their anatomy properly. So here it is (:

It ain't perfect, but I tried to put all my knowledge about their anatomy in it and tried to gather as much information as I could. Yet I wanted to keep it simple, no difficult terms etc. (;

I wanted to submit a large sheet containing everything but it would look unorganized. So I split the sheet up in 3 parts. This one is about:

* skull
* skeleton
* muscle structure
* body silhouette

If there are any mistakes in the spelling, note me and I will change it (I still am not a star in English xD )


P.S.
:bulletblack: These sketch and study sheets are just the way I have learned to draw wolves. They are just guidelines, of course you don't have to draw them this way. Draw them as you like and use these as anatomical guidelines to help you understand their movement and shapes (; !
:bulletblack: I do not own any of the reference pictures I used for drawing these, they are just studies for improvement and to help others out (;
:bulletblack: I want to point out that I am NO EXPERT in the field of wolf anatomy or canine anatomy or other animals their anatomy. I simply learned how to draw the basics and I still have to learn a whole lot myself. Thus these studies are NOT perfect. I want to point this out since many people ask me for advice when it comes to drawing canines or wolves and think I'm an expert. But I am not :,D 

Part 2: Wolf Anatomy - Part 2 by Autlaw
Part 3: Wolf Anatomy - Part 3 by Autlaw
Part 4: Wolf Anatomy - Part 4 by Autlaw

(c) Autlaw
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:iconwaterystar:
waterystar Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconc3lestialwolf:
C3lestialWolf Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
My gosh this is perfect! 
I sometimes spend a while on my wolf drawings and I still manage to mess up on anatomy, these tutorials will help a lot! :D
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Graufell Featured By Owner Edited Feb 9, 2015
Thank you for this detailed studi. I wand to learn better drawing Wulfs, but it isn't easy to find good helping. Your work is Ferry helpfull for me. Thank you for the 4 parts :)
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:iconlittleevee17:
littleevee17 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, thank u soo much
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Nana7Neko Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! Thanks ^^
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem (: !
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:iconr4fu:
r4fu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, very helpful!
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem : D ! I'm glad it's helpful C: 
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:iconayakahagane01:
AyakaHagane01 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Artist
These tutorials have helped me IMMENSELY with drawing wolves. i cannot thank you enough for creating this :)
 
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad they helped <3 !!
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:iconcorr0sive:
corr0sive Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I struggle so much with poses, it's terrible. D: 
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure that that will change after some good practise with reference photos or maybe when trying to draw from real life in a zoo (; I used to just to quick gesture sketches with a map of photographs opened on my laptop :] It helps a lot if you want to become better at drawing different poses :3
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:iconarksolustarum:
ArkSoluStarum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
This and all the others parts are awesome. this will help me a lot for know more about the wolves and their anatomy. this is a great help for start. thanks!!!
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really glad to hear that these help you out ! : D 

No problem ! C: 
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RoseOfTheNight4444 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
surely, this must have taken you years to master...
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I started drawing wolves and canines in general about 8 years ago c: So up to where I am now, it's 8 years (;
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RoseOfTheNight4444 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
yep, that explains it :P
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:iconilovedrawingxx:
Ilovedrawingxx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Thanks so much. Just what I needed :D (Big Grin)  
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem c: !
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Trucy757 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All the pages of this tutorial is so helpful :squee: thank you so much!!!! :iconlawooplz:
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem : D ! I'm glad you find them helpful <3
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:iconelbonnoble:
ElbonNoble Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! I've been searching for wolves anatomy and I like yours the best :D
You make it easy to understand, and the box things REALLY help.
I might know how to draw them a little, but it'd never hurt to try and improve.
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thank you for making this, i shall be studying this, see how far i go, and then compare! ^^
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ! : D I wish you a lot of success and fun with drawing <3 !!
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thank you very much! Hmm, i seem to be a little confused with the muzzle, and how big it should be, before,  i would usually draw it from near half of the head at the start, then end at the end of the circle, but i think it needs to be bigger. I'm a little confused x3
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually divide the head and muzzle in two even parts at the forehead/halfway the eye socket when I don't start with a drawing of the skull. I think the first sketch of the skull with "Side view" written above it explains it the best when it comes to that (; Though when you look at the skull without hair and skin, the muzzle starts at the little dent halfway the lower jaw. It confused me as well in the beginning x3
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Ah, i would usually draw the muzzle, and the eye after, it also looks as if the muzzle is slightly bigger then i thought it was, and i tend to draw the head a little too big o3o; thank you for the advice! It will certainly help me. I will definately be practicing the eye placement, head size and muzzle for now :3 thankies
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem dear ! c: Have fun with all your future drawings  <3 !
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thank you so very much! ^^ may i ask about fur and ears? The ears i do seem to be rather straight even if i do them curved, or look out of shape, so sorry if i am bothering you ^^;
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no problem c: I can explain,

It's hard for me to explain in words so I drew a little guide instead xD you can find it in the link here: 
oi39.tinypic.com/2ypiwdz.jpg

A wolf's ears are actually not standing up straight that much, at least not like the ears of a German Shepherd or a Husky do : us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/mel…
And a wolf's ears are not that pointy, they are more rounded at the tips like I showed in the first link (: I actually think of them of thick furred, rounded almost cat-like ears when it comes to the shape (; blog.georgianbaypetphotography…

Try to compare them a bit, you'll notice ^^ 
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:iconnekonii-chan3:
nekonii-chan3 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your guidelines of wolf anatomy! they are a big help for me 😄
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ! I am glad that they help you out : D 
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TheWiggleKing Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This must have taken a seriously long time. :'D I'm glad you put so much effort into this! It really helps to provide the info I've been searching for. 
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It did take quite some time indeed, but it was a whole lot of fun to make and I learned a lot from making creating it as well c: !

I'm really glad that it helps you out :> !
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dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh this is so freaking helpful THANK YOU SO MUCH :tighthug: 
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I am glad that it helps ! : D 
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WhiteMagicWolf Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this incredible helpful tutorial ! The first picture i drew after this with keeping your tutorial and tips in the back of my head , it looked so good ! Thanks , you really helped me to improve , and i'm not planing to stop doing it ! Again : thanks you so much for sharing this ^^
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ! I enjoyed making this :D

And I'm glad to hear that it helped you out and made you improve :) Keep up the practice ^^ !
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thats detailed
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yepp : D
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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Vaati-Kitteh Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderfully done tutorial, it helped out alot!
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad that it helps :D !
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zomgmad Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Ahhh how could I not have seen this before! I'm a bit of a tutorial junkie, and I've been trying to improve my canine anatomy for a while, so I've seen a lot of wolf anatomy tutorials, but this one is just spectacular! Most tutorials on one specific subject are pretty similar, but I actually learned new stuff reading this one, rather than just a different way of explaining the same thing like most tutorials. And you cover a lot of useful stuff, like the different poses and snarling. I'm excited to test out some of this stuff. Thank you thank you!
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a lot of fun drawing every single sketch included on these sheets :) ! I couldn't find a lot of information on particular parts of a wolf it's body as well on deviantArt. So I started doing some research on my own :] I'm glad that I am able to help out other people as well with it :D !
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thefaithfulwolf Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
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I tried, but it looks more like a trace because I saved the file and sketched over it like three times ;u;
With time and these tutorials, I hope to get better and wean myself off of stuff like this .. ;n;
[link]
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah that's okay, I think you did a good job on drawing the pose nevertheless :) !

I wish you a lot of succes with practicing :] !
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:iconthefaithfulwolf:
thefaithfulwolf Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thank you! ;u;<3

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FireYuuki Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These tutorials are fantastic! I'm trying to create a human-wolf thing and this is helping me a lot! Thanks for posting them! It's so nice that you can draw them! I haven't really started drawing animals
(the human body is enough for now), but I'm impressed that you can draw the wolf so realistic! Tell me, where did you learn from? The details are just so good!
:D
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad that you find the tutorials helpful and that they can help you out somehow :] !

I've learned a lot from paying close attention to photographs of wolves :] I drew most of the tutorial's sketches with good references. The more I drew them, the easier it got for me to remember their anatomy and the way they move ^^ If you are looking for good references, I used to find a lot of good photographs on [link] . Monty Sloan has been taking a lot of photographs from a group of wolves living in Wolfpark :] The site include some good reference material for practicing drawing wolves as well :D !
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