ACEO Speed Lone Wolf Pencil Drawing

Here is a new miniature speed pencil drawing. I wanted to make this one different from my other ones. I combined two drawings in one to make a single image. The sunset and the single wolf. It gives the final image a different look and feeling. This one measures 2.5″x3.5″ and is done with pencil of course. If you don’t know what an ACEO is here is a brief definition. ACEO stands for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals”. These cards have one main rule – they are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches – the size of a trading card. I draw these much more frequently than my larger drawings. I enjoy working on these because they have helped me improve my techniques in so many ways. Just the fact that they are so small has helped me in finding ways in adding as much detail as possible in small areas. When i decide to work on a larger drawing, i just do the same with those drawings by working in small areas allowing to add much more detail. They might me longer to finish but the end result is amazing because of the amount of detail that i have put in. One more reason they are great is because they affordable to art collectors. My larger drawings are much more expensive than the ACEOs. These miniature drawings are not only original drawings but they are also affordable. If the buyer enjoys these miniatures they can later purchase a larger piece. There are many benefits to making these tiny treasure, the biggest is that they look good.

Well here is a video that i recorded while drawing. I have sped it up because this one took me around 2.5 hours. Watch it and ill explain a couple of things once you’re done.

Tools Used:

Pencils 5h,2h,6b

Kneaded Eraser

Mechanical Pencil 0.5(2b)

Eraser Stick

Color Shaper


Lone Wolf Pencil Drawing

The reason why this one took me long is because of the hair detail. I have used the same technique that i explained in the Drawing Realistic Hair tutorial. I’m a big fan of textures, i love the look and the feeling that this technique gives to the drawing. It also gives an illusion and allows the viewer to study the drawing much closer out of interest. Looking at the image up close you can see the fine lines that have been made using the stylus, which proves that its a pencil drawing. But as you look at the image from a distance, these lines merge and give the illusion of hair and its texture. I know there are other artists that make hair look smooth, but i believe that it loses some realism if it looks like that because animal hair has texture. But there are all kinds of ways of drawing and this is how i enjoy doing it.

lone wolf hair


The image above is a closeup of this drawing. You can see the hair detail and how the indentations look up close. It not only gives the hair a bit much more realism and textures, but also a unique look that will separate it from other pencil drawings. Remember that this is a miniature so this is a close up of a tiny area of the drawing, about 1″x1″.

Look at the flow of the hair, the indentations are not straight, they criss-cross each other giving a more realistic look. If they were straight they would just look weird and unnatural. After studying other images of animals hair you will understand the flow of hair on the face, body and other parts. This understanding will greatly improve your drawings. Like I’ve mentioned before, you can’t draw what you don’t know or understand. You’ll be surprised that most animals have the same flow of hair on the face. The only difference might be the thickness of hair or color, of course shape of the head will also make a difference. Study different images and you will understand what i mean. The main focus on this drawing is the wolf of course, the trees and sunset in the background are mostly to give the drawing more impact. Well i hope you enjoy this drawing and if you have any questions please contact me. This drawing is for sale right now, so if you’re interested you can find it here.



lone wolf pencil drawing aceo