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So You Want To Design A Wolf Character ... by Droemar So You Want To Design A Wolf Character ... by Droemar
This is what I get for working in my sketchbook and following Youtube suggestions. I cannot stop watching terribly done wolf animation cartoons. God save me, I can't. I don't know what it is about the voice actors doing monotonous reads into crackling, static-filled microphones, the awful intros, the same story premise done over and over and over again, blatant disregard for copyright, clumsy animation, and emotion that is always emo and always overwrought.
It's like crack. Knock-off Ginga Weed Okami Balto crack, but still crack.
I watched one in particular that must have been a total bitch to animate simply because the artist had put so much stuff on the wolves's faces. Jewelry, markings, scars: it was all crammed in there. And it couldn't hide the fact that all of the characters looked exactly the same.
Which, really, is the problem with wolf art in the first place. I dare you to find a bigger walking cliche' than a wolf character. It's bad enough they're inherent Mary Sues for some reason, but 99% of the art with wolves looks exactly the same. It's somehow become inescapable, because all of the resource pools for it are the same. And the flame wars that result are tragically hilarious, mostly because they're born out of sheer ignorance.
The experienced artist, however, knows that wolves are so overdone that you've really gotta go pretty far out there to find something new. It's not impossible; it's just more of an effort than most of the Canis Bardus lovers on DA are willing to do.
So I thought I'd put something together that would help them discover their ignorance.
All art belongs to their respective owners and all that.

... Crap, I forgot Wolf's Rain.

Sitting wolf Lineart belongs to: :iconcunningfox:

First original wolf design belongs to :iconsketchinthoughts:


More examples of awesome silhouette work for wolves: wolfpearl.deviantart.com/art/C…
lundiva.deviantart.com/art/Mod…
starhorse.deviantart.com/art/W…
noukah.deviantart.com/art/Char…
daisy-the-cat.deviantart.com/a…

And for realism/other animals: stormwing93.deviantart.com/art…

EDIT: I have to admit, in the few years since I posted this thing, the large majority of angry comments are from young artists with no grasp of good design, poor rendering skills period, and not nearly enough exposure to the strong principles of art. I'm sorry if you suck at drawing, but if you followed the tutorial and maybe looked at design principles and started incorporating them into your work, you wouldn't suck at drawing so much and I could actually tell the difference between your characters!
Also draw real wolves. That might help.
And for those of you who have been helped by this tutorial: you're awesome. And growing as artists instead of whining about how mean I am.
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Nitroxy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Jesus people! I can't believe that you refuse to acknowledge the fact Droemar is pointing out a fact that can HELP you all! I won't lie, in my eyes, I'm a terrible artist and I haven't updated anything or, hell, I haven't even touched my computer for months!!

Huff...

I appreciate the help Droemar, I don't usually think about those sorts of concepts, but when I went back to look at some of my older drawing and I realize how alike they all looked. I'll focus more on the build and shape of the body of the wolf rather than the markings and color/shading of them. I think it's what has been bugging me for so long about my art.
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Droemar Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Hey, if I reach one person, it's worth it. For every 10 screamy comments I get, I get one genuine one. I'm glad it helps you think about seeing differently. That's what the journey of art is all about.
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Nitroxy Featured By Owner 1 day ago
:D (Big Grin) Thank you
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Smokeythesleddog Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel offended greatly,so do many other people. I may be young but my art isn't horrible, I have drawn many wolves all of them are proportionate, have good designs, I don't have poor rendering skills,and my father is an artist so  have been exposed to art my entire life, but your art is good too,but I am a sensitive person and I'm easily hurt emotionally.
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Tristan-the-Dreamer Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
If your art is great, then this deviation doesn't apply to you :)
And that's cool your dad is an artist--I don't have relatives who creative visual art.
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Smokeythesleddog Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Droemar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
A Handy Dandy Rebuttal by Droemar
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Smokeythesleddog Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What? 
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Droemar Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I'm not responsible for your emotional reaction to my art.
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B1G-CR1ME Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Damn straight. One does not simply realise that their wolf OC is crap.
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