The gray wolf (scientific name, Canis lupus) is an animal both feared and admired. The ancestors of domestic dogs, wolves are known for their iconic howling. They are large pack hunters that can weigh as much as 175 pounds.
Some cultures fear the wolf - in many parts of their range, throughout Europe and North America, wolves have been hunted almost to extinction by farmers hoping to protect their livestock.
To some Native American tribes, however, wolves are sacred animals. For example, among the Cherokee, only members of the family line known as the Wolf Clan could kill a wolf, and then only under certain circumstances. Wolves still play a pivotal role in Native American art - as well as popular culture - today.
Would you like to draw your very own gray wolf? If so, simply follow this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial to learn how.
You will need a piece of paper, an eraser, and a drawing implement, such as a pencil. You may also want to have crayons, colored pencils, or markers on hand to color your completed wolf.
Each step in this drawing guide is illustrated with a detailed picture. In each example picture, the new lines drawn in that step are highlighted in light blue. All other lines are shown in black.
You will want to sketch your lines lightly at first, as some lines will need to be erased in order to complete the drawing.
Are you ready to draw a gray wolf? You are in for a howling good time.
Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the wolf's head.
From each side of the circle, draw a curved line extending downward.
Draw ears on top of the head. For each ear, draw three curved lines that converge in a point.
Erase the guide lines formed by the original circle.
Draw the fur of the neck extending downward from the head. This fur consists of a series of alternating long and short curved lines. The lines meet sharply to form jagged points.
Draw a half circle encompassing the fur lines just drawn.
Draw another, irregular half circle extending to the left from the first.
Draw a rear leg extending downward from the irregular half circle. The leg consists of two curved lines that get nearer to one another towards the bottom. Draw two curved lines to form the front leg, beginning from the middle and side of the first half circle.
Draw the right front leg consisting of three curved lines. Begin the rear right leg by drawing one curved line.
Erase the guide lines formed by the half circles from the body. The form of your wolf now becomes clear.
Add detail to the fur. Using short, curved lines that join in jagged points, draw tufts of fur at the base of each ear. Add similar details to the chest, shoulders, rump, and legs. Use a curved line to extend the line of the stomach across the rear leg.
Draw the tail. Begin with a long, curved line extending from the rump. Then, use a series of about seven shorter curved lines of varying lengths to add jagged details of fur and complete the tail.
Draw each of the four feet. For each foot, connect a roughly "U" shaped curved line to the end of each set of leg lines.
Draw toes within the feet. Do this by placing two curved lines at the end of each foot.
Draw each eye using two short, curved lines.
To form the snout, draw a wide "U" shaped line in the middle of the face.
Draw a short, curved line at the tip of the snout, and extend a short line upwards from the curve. Atop this line, draw the nose, a round shape slightly pointed at the bottom.
Detail the eyes. For each eye, draw a circle within a circle. Shade the inner circle.
Using short, curved lines, add detail to the face - between the eyes, beneath the eyes, and on either side of the snout.
Color your wolf. Gray wolves are often depicted as being varying shades of gray in color, but they can also be brown, black, reddish, or even white.
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica , the cross is "the principal symbol of the Christian religion." Millions of people wear a cross on a necklace or employ the cross in body art or to decorate their homes, vehicles, or clothing.
The cross as a symbol has a long history spanning numerous non-Christian religions. Simple X or + marks are found in prehistoric cave drawings. In ancient Egypt, the cross-like ankh or crux ansata - translated "cross with a handle - was often depicted in the hand of the pharaoh or of various deities. It was used both as a fertility symbol and to represent life. W. E. Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words also notes that the cross or t was used as a symbol for the Chaldean god Tammuz.
For 300 years after the founding of Christianity, there is no historical evidence of the use of this symbol in worship. It came into popularity when promoted by Roman Emperor Constantine, between 306 and 337 A.D. Throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, the cross was used as a religious symbol. The design, for example, adorned the shields of knights and crusaders. The cross also appears in much of the religious artwork from the sixth century onward, appearing in paintings, on the cover and pages of religious texts, and in architecture, especially of churches.
Would you like to draw your own cross? The stylized cross in this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial features a rose wound about it.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. Note that in each step, new lines are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. At times, you will need to erase lines in order to complete the step. You may also wish to use colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing.
The type of bone typically rendered in cartoons - and in this drawing guide - is known as a long bone. Long bones are hard and dense. They give the body strength and structure and are used to help you move around. Long bones can be found in the arms, legs, wrist, ankle, and fingers. The thigh bone, or femur, is a long bone.
Long bones and filled with both yellow and red bone marrow. Red marrow produces blood cells and yellow marrow is used to store fats.
Why do we feed bones to dogs? Bones contain minerals and nutrients. They also satisfy a dog's desire to chew, which in turn helps clean their teeth. Additionally, the dog food that we feed our pets today was not invented until 1860. For thousands of years, family dogs were simply fed table scraps. This often included bones and undesirable portions of meat.
Would you like to give a dog a bone? This easy, step-by-step dog bone drawing guide is here to help you draw one. All you will need is a sheet of paper and a pen, pencil, or marker. You can use this same bone drawing guide to depict a skeleton, a dinosaur dig, or the flag on a pirate ship.
"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
- Martin Buber, philosopher
The cat has been a beloved fixture in human life since antiquity. The ancient Egyptians worshiped temple cats, even mummifying some. In other cultures, cats were used to control rodent pests. Today, cats are most often house pets.
Did you know? In 2001, the cat became the world's first cloned pet. Her name was CC, short for "Copy Cat."
The term "cat eyes" has entered popular culture as more than just the cat's means of sight. Glasses that are pointed on the sides are referred to as "cat eyes," as is a specific style of makeup that utilizes pointed eyeliner. Both of these styles attempt to imitate the slanted shape of the cat's penetrating eyes.
Would you like to draw a realistic cat's face? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished cat.