Paper Fantasy Wolf Sculpture

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About: I am a graphics design student currently at college.

I love wolves. I have wanted to make a sculpture of one for a while now.

Here's how i made a fantasy wolf sculpture with cardboard and paper mache and just regular paper. Enjoy :P

You Will Need:

  • Cardboard for the frame
  • PVA glue for the paper mache
  • Glue stick
  • Printer paper
  • White paint
  • Masking Tape

Step 1: Cardboard Frame

I made a cardboard frame to make the whole sculpture more sturdy. I used a reference photo to get the rough shape of the body. But it doesn't need to be too accurate.

Step 2: Bulk Out

I used newspaper and masking tape to bulk out the body of the wolf to the right proportions. I then rolled up some newspaper and masking tape to make the legs and stuck them on the body.

Step 3: Paper Mache

Then using a simple mix of 2/3 pva glue and 1/3 water i paper mached the entire wolf adding half cones fore the ears.

Step 4: Painting

I then painted the entire sculpture in white paint so that the newspaper could not be seen.

Step 5: The Fur

To simulate fur i cut out lots of little tear drop shapes. I did this by folding a piece of paper multiple times so i could get a couple with each cut. This took a long time and i would recommend cutting more out as you go and working in sections and take lots of breaks.

Step 6: Sticking the Fur On

For this i used the glue stick. I started at the back and layer on as i went. You want to start from the bottom and work your way around to make sure that the fur looks right.

Step 7: The Legs

For the legs i did a similar thing but i cut out some smaller pieces of paper. I then went around with lots of paper finishing the sculpture. Taking my time and looking at my reference photo.

Step 8: Finished

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    Sianead

    3 days ago

    This caught my eye immediately, the fur is done so well:) Winter is coming:P

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    Epiphany_12

    Question 7 days ago on Step 8

    Can you paint the fur to make it shades of light brown or tan?
    Just asking. Thanks!

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    ArgentAnimationsEpiphany_12

    Answer 7 days ago

    You could try painting it but you are probably better off using coloured paper. If the paint you use is thick you could end up sticking down the texture fur.
    Hope that answers your question :P

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    Epiphany_12

    7 days ago on Step 6

    The fur looks so real! OMG, I really like it! I might try to make this.
    Good job!

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    djarulakis

    14 days ago

    muyy bueno, me parece que me hago uno de los lobos de game of thrones :)

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    Eh Lie Us!

    15 days ago

    Good night. That's beautiful. Go BIG!!! Make one as big as a car! that's so freaking cool.

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    jmadara

    15 days ago

    This would be a great project for the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones!

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    LisaFlor

    15 days ago

    I love this! It takes paper mache to an entire new lever for me that I never imagined. Can't wait to try this out myself. Any ideas for how to do something similar for reptiles?

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    ArgentAnimationsLisaFlor

    Reply 15 days ago

    Thanks :p If i was doing reptiles i would make the body in a similar way i did the wolf and i would make the scales into a diamond shape and stick each scale down entirely (where as on the wolf i left one edge unstuck to simiulate fur). But that might only be good for snakes. I would look closely at your reference photos and the shapes on the reptile and try to replicate them as best. Lots of reptiles have different shapes around their eyes and head so keep that in mind. If in doubt experiment. Try layering some different shapes together until you get your desired look before going straight onto your final project.
    Hope that helps :P