In this exercise, I'm going to prep my canvas for a nice little painting using a bit of wildlife. The reason behind the work is we thought we saw a wolf this week on a neighbors front porch.
It ended up being my niece's dog that had escaped his fenced in yard. He is a siberian husky breed, and massive. After a little chasing, we got him back home. But this got me thinking about creating some wolf art.
Our reference photo comes from a great source of photo's that can be used to make your wolf drawing. You can find more here:
The photographer is Nigel Espley.
The video below summarizes what we have done here, so don't forget to review it! Click on any photo to enlarge and see close up what is on my canvas board.
Click the image to expand the view and get a close up!
We start with very simple shapes, but bear in mind where the full body will be located on the picture. I pay particular attention to the placement of her muzzle as it is critical to the outcome of my composition. You will see later in the process.
These simple shapes a checked using the proportional divider to check measurements. Back an forth from the reference photo to the board. I am just doing the outline at this point.
Feeling pretty good about what I have at this point. My outline shows a wolf.
Here, I begin to put in details that will define where important parts of a wolf drawing must be. Eyes, ears, I've even got a couple of teeth showing in that muzzle. I'm also just sketching in areas that I know are either in shadow or dark fur.
My final details and simulation of fur being placed around the head area.
Working left to right, from up to down to keep my hand out of the outline as much as possible so that there is no smudging. This is pretty close to finishing up my wolf drawing, but it now quite finished as a completed image or piece of art.
No respectable wolf would be caught howling without that big ol' moon behind them.
Things to be aware of when drawing your wolf. They have long legs, with a very long front paw and relatively short hind paw. They also have a very narrow chest, so they keep their forelegs close. This causes their paws to be splayed outward.
The tail is also quite long should reach the heels. It should be straight with a very subtle curl near the end. They also have a large mass of fur around their neck and shoulders, similar to a lions mane cape for protection from cold and fighting.
Now, back to my drawing. My moon is placed perfectly.
Some details added to my moon, and I think I'm about ready to apply a fixative to the wolf drawing to keep it from being smeared.
Using the re-touch varnish be careful, fine lines may disappear. I think I went a bit heavy as some of the fine details were lost, and the graphite became quite dark.
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My finished wolf art drawing, now ready for my first layers of paint. Stay tuned for the completion of the painting in the next few days. I'll post out another newsletter to let you be in the know!
The final painting (below) sold fairly quickly. Folks love wildlife!