Create Cool Werewolf Drawings

Werewolf drawings cartoon image

Yes, werewolf drawings are definitely cool. Why? Simply put, werewolves are easily one of - if not THE most famous monsters of all time!

We all know how the legend goes. On the night of a full moon, werewolves or "lycans" as they are also referred to as... lurk in the dark. People are said to transform into these monsters which of course are a cross between humans and wolves. It's a scary yet fascinating idea.

The werewolf has especially been made popular by the many movies that exist about them. Just off the top of my head... Teen Wolf, Underworld, Van Helsing, Harry Potter, Dog Soldiers. And yes, there are many many more.

In this lesson, I'd like to show you an interesting way of how to go about creating your own werewolf drawings. And similar to other Advanced lessons here on the site, it all starts with the development of a framework composed of a simple arrangement of basic shapes. And to do this, we'll first have to look at what a human looks like...


Simple stick person framework to create werewolf drawings

First Step - Werewolf Transformation!!

Before we can create werewolf drawings, we first need to understand the form that the werewolf takes on. And because we know they start off as people, let's first take a look at a human framework.

The stick person is perfect for understanding how the werewolf takes shape. Take a look at the drawing to the left to see what I mean.

To create the framework of your werewolf (let's call it the stick werewolf), you'll need to redraw the human framework, exaggerating various parts as you go.

Keep in mind too - the stick werewolf I came up with is just one example. Who knows what really happens during the transformation! You can really get creative here, altering various parts of the stick person as you see fit. For example...

  • A longer, "hunched" neck for your werewolf
  • Broader hulk-like shoulders for your werewolf
  • A longer twisting spine
  • Bigger arms, with bigger hands - or even claws
  • Give your werewolf a tail if you like
  • Double-jointed legs that resemble a real wolf's

During the transformation from human to werewolf, there are a number of changes going on. If you like the stick werewolf I came up with, go ahead and use it. If you think it should look a bit different, then go with that.

So then... all finished your stick werewolf? Great! Let's continue...

Werewolf drawing framework image with circles for joints

Second Step - Shaping Your Werewolf

OK, now you've got a decent "stick werewolf" to work from. Like in other drawings on this site, it will help you keep everything in line as you go on with the lesson. The next thing to do then, is to begin mapping out the shapes that make up your werewolf...

Lightly sketch circles at the various joints on your stick werewolf. Basically - that's six per side. Down the middle, you've got a circle for the head, and then two larger ovals - a big one for the chest and a smaller one for the groin.

Important: Pay attention to the stance of the werewolf. Notice that it's turned slightly to the left. Because of this, it's a good idea to make the shape on the left side (your right) slightly smaller than those on the right. Remember, the further things are away, the smaller they appear.

Drawing shapes in this way is effective in slowly developing the shape of your werewolf. It plays out well because not only are you taking your time, but when you move on to the actual drawing part... it will be much easier as you can focus less on proportion and more on detail.

Next up, you're going to want to "fill in the gaps". This time using rectangles, go ahead and complete the framework of your werewolf. Draw rectangles (and squares if need be) that connect all of the circles. Remember, we're still in "skeleton mode" at this point. Think structure!

Here are a few more things to consider as you develop the framework of your werewolf:

  • Use lines to map out the fingers and toes on the claws and feet of your werewolf
  • Deviate from the simple boxy rectangles to more curved rectangles or even ovals if you like. This may be more effective for you. I just like to keep things as simple as possible.
  • Draw an additional line coming from behind your werewolf that will later become the tail.

So yes, do add a tail if you like. And after that, be sure to include some of the distinct "wolf-like" features that make up the head of your werewolf. Using only four ovals, two triangles, and one circle - this is a rather simple task. Another oval for the lower mouth could come in handy if you plan on giving your werewolf an open mouth.

Well, how's your werewolf looking now? Satisfied with the framework up to this point? The next step is where you really get to let go and have some serious fun. From here on, the lesson plays out much like Part Three of the Red Dragon Drawing lesson. Check it out if you like.

And on we go!

Third Step - Draw Your Werewolf, Step by Step

Wow! Things are looking pretty cool at this point, aren't they! And now you really get to kick things up a notch and come up with your very own werewolf! Let's get going with this...

Werewolf drawings - drawing the head of a cartoon lycan

As we go through this phase of the lesson, do remember that you have full opportunity to change your drawing as you like. There's no "one right way" to do this.

One thing that you may find especially helpful here, is the order in which I draw the specific parts of my werewolf.

I like to start with the head of the werewolf, and even better... the eyes. As I've said before, the eyes are the "windows to the brain," and as such - will often determine how the rest of your drawing takes shape.

After the eyes are in place, I recommend you tackle the head in this order: Eyes > Nose > Upper Snout > Lower Mouth > Ears > Upper Head > Cheek > Teeth > Neck. Surely though, you'll come to a point were it is better to switch things up a little. In this way, it's good that our drawings are different. Switch things up and do what you feel is best.

Now, keeping with the order in which I drew the rest of my werewolf, the following pictures give you a nice outline of how things take shape. I added some comments in between each step to help you along...

Werewolf drawings - drawing the left arm of the lycan Werewolf drawings - drawing the torso of the lycan

With the head in place, move on to the right arm. This werewolf has huge "hulking" arms, and so it's important to draw them this way. Once the arm's in place, move over to the torso of your werewolf. This can be completed with only a few simple lines.

Werewolf drawings - drawing the other arm of the lycan Werewolf drawings - drawing the hands of the lycan

Knowing that your werewolf is turned slightly to its left, it only makes sense that you draw the left arm last. Do so accordingly. The chest is seen to cover part of the upper left arm. Once the arms are complete, go on to draw in the hands.

Werewolf drawings - drawing the right leg of the lycan Werewolf drawings - drawing the other leg of the lycan

Moving on down our werewolf drawings, the next thing to do is tackle the right leg. Draw in the leg similar to how you did with the right arm. Be sure to leave room where the right hand is hanging just over the calve muscle.

When the right leg is finished, draw a curved line for the groin area which connects both of the legs. After that, it's on to the left leg... you're almost finished!

Werewolf drawings - completed body of the lycan Werewolf drawings - completed body of the lycan with tail

Well, our werewolf drawings are just about complete. Draw in the feet next. And then, only if you want to... draw in the tail of your werewolf. Actually, I've seen more werewolf drawings without tails then with tails. Mine just had to have one though!

And... that is it!

Final Step - Mission, "Cool Werewolf Drawings" Accomplished!

Well, you've done it once again. A big congrats. Now you've got your very own cool-looking werewolf. And better yet, you've got a new way to go about drawing them if you ever want to tackle another!

Werewolf drawings - final outlined cartoon image

So, take out a good eraser to get rid of all of the unwanted underlying framework lines. This of course reveals a nice clean final image. Very nice indeed.

From here, it's up to you what route you take. If you look up top, you can see that giving your werewolf some color is a pretty good idea. Use a combination of browns, greys, blacks, whites, etc. and see what you can come up with.

Also, did you notice the wolf paw print on the chest? I did this to give off the impression that this werewolf belongs to some sort of lycan clan. Perhaps this was an initiation of some sort?

Whatever you decide to do with yours... get creative and have fun!

Now, before we wrap things up, I'd like to thank Thomas for inspiring me to include a lesson on how to create werewolf drawings. Thanks for the tip Thomas and I hope this helpful to you and everyone.

And there you have it. You've now got a pretty good hold on how to create cool werewolf drawings!