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Tutorial for painting a close-up of a Wolf (or any other furry creature).

WARNING: large file. It might take a while before the tutorial shows up on your screen, so please, be patient. I was too lazy to add a preloader...

Use the buttons at the top of the tutorial to navigate through the slides. I have no idea why the text has turned out jagged and hard to read, so I apologise if you have difficulties reading it.



Thank you ever so much for my second DD ~AnimalLover345 and ^shelldevil! :heart:

EDIT: Due to popular demand I re-named the tutorial more appropriately "How to Paint a Wolf".

EDIT 2: Fixed all known spelling mistakes.

A tutorial I pulled together of my last Wolf piece. I don't know if it will be of help or use to anyone, but there's no harm in making one anyway! Please bear in mind that this is the first time I've drawn something this furry this close up, so I'm sure there are other ways of doing this too.

If you have any problems with viewing the tutorial or any questions or problems in general, please let me know. I'll be happy to help as much as I can :) Other than that, hope you enjoy it and maybe even learn something from it!

NOTE: The tutorial explains functions and options available in Adobe Photoshop CS2. Any older or newer version of Photoshop should still work just as well. I have no experience in any other digital editing program (such as GIMP or Corel Painter) so I have no idea to what extent you can follow the tutorial there. If anything, it might just give you an idea of how to draw similarly, but you will have to find out on your own I'm afraid.

You are not authorised to redistribute this tutorial or the original image without my written permission, or claim as your own. Please respect my wishes.

    Tutorial and original image © Malin Träisk.

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Tutorial: How To Draw A Wolf by *cerona ( Suggested by AnimalLover345 and Featured by shelldevil )
BRBRerolling Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial and great explanations. Thanks!
debellischew Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
cool. it is great tutorial.  I love it. you did great art work

I used  Mybrushes drawing software   which can record and playback my drawings but I could not draw art so nice as you.:) (Smile)
Rainpath12 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
0_0 That is awesome :D I don't have photoshop, but I think I can use this for GIMP. You are really good at this :)
LucitoCZ Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tuto, it´s very helpful and great work!
ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
I havent really used it for a realistic way but this is super simple and beyond helpful.
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredibly helpful. Thank you so much for putting it together!
Dheelis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is the best fur tutorial ive ever seen :la:
Horse-Paint-Designs Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Woow, very nice work O.O I couldn´t do that in my whole live^^
LucyHeartfilla2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Artist
Wow this is amazing!! I wanna try it out!!
AngelInTheHeart Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're amazing!! Such helping tutorial ! Clap 
Marethyn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Great work on your part, a very useful tutorial.
CowgirlFromtheNight Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
you're amazing!! :O
elo-teto-jr Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny that is the same settings (same brush) of mine, this is why I can't separate from this version of Photoshop (don't like the others !!!), but I guess it can took so long ! Bravo for the patience. =) 
FieryWarrior46 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
spacecookiejr Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Thankies for the tutorial. :D
hostile13 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Really nice work. Thanks for that.
phantomwriter99 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student
This is a beautiful tutorial, I really love it!  It's helped me learn a lot about my Photoshop as well as how to make something beautiful.  I'm still working on that, but this helps a LOT!
Nami-Star Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Digital Artist
OH MY GOSH thank you so much!
Startedraining Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will use this eventually~
Thank you very much for this.
cutiecat54 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Llama Emoji-38 (Confused) [V2] so amazing

Grameir Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite a nice guide, helped me a lot :D I've decided to draw my own dog (Malamute, so he is quite similar xD). Well, since I'm the beginner and this is my very first drawing, it's not looking like here, but still - I'm proud of myself thanks to you :D I should go back and finish fur... So much work...
SachiDashie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna use it for my cat and my wolf! I have to do my digital line-art only! :D
cerona Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear, good luck with it all!
noproblemnigel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Really enjoying this tutorial. Thanks for making it! I'm 2 hours in and at step 4 so far and looking forward to another hour at it tomorrow. You can see my progress here:…
plumlet Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
This was very clear, informative, and easy to follow!! Thank you for making it, I will definitely have to try this kind of style in the future! 
Xakimus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
VWolfdog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Very useful tutorial, I really loved the Flash presentation!
cerona Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear, thanks!
Ame8 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cerona Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chronuskao3o Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic !
cerona Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
UnderTheColorblind Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're amazingO.O 

cerona Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lvdrawn Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
just searching for ideas... but this is great!
cerona Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that :)
mgrai9 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Eva2-4 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Is this lineart of yours? Can I use it?

HappyAfrican Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for this <3
Sihir-Wazi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done^^ i love this style for draw fur =)
LovelyTheCat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Poland Translate ? :X
lavathehedghog4415 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
looks so real
Masteroflightnings Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very helpful
Jhnrq Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
thanks for the tutorial, here is my wolf:
DragonDewd Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Very nice tutorial! i also made a wolf portrait myself, but i used brushes with 2% opacity. I realy like it, but i'm definitely gonna try this. Here's a link
warriorcats395 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I'm a drawer, but I'm sure this would help any painter! :)
lupamaxima Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this great tutorial!
NecromanticOwl Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Used here: [link] thank you very much for making this, I've been looking for one with colouration for a while now ^.^
Kelirth Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really,really nice tutorial, thanks for making it. I failed, but I had to try it :) [link]
NanashisART Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really cool Tutorial.

Thank you for making it!

This is the result: [link]
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