For the past few years, my wife had been asking for a wolf prop for the yard display. Last year I stumbled upon some really good fake fur in a mill end shop, so I figured it was time to give it a go. We have a giant grave digger that we put out on the boulevard, and I thought that he could use an extra large wolf as a companion, so I made the prop oversize and he stands 48" at the shoulder.
I looked for wolf pictures on the net, and used the excellent bone length calculator here:
canine bone length calculator
to figure out the dimensions. I then made a silhouette out of plywood to work from. I needed him to come apart for storage, as he is a large prop and our space is extremely limited so it took a bit of planning but here's what I came up with.
The head and legs were built up with styrofoam and carved to shape. I am by no means an artist and I just looked at a lot of pictures to try to figure it out. I was thinking of using a taxidermy head, but they were a bit more expensive than I was hoping, so I ended up building from scratch.
Sorry if the pictures aren't too specific, but I often forget to take pictures of certain steps as they were only reference pics for me, and weren't intended to be a full tutorial. I was kinda in a hurry too, as it was getting close to the big day.
Here's the head in progress after having roughed it out. I had glued a bunch of layers of foam to the plywood and hacked out the head using pictures of a taxidermy head as a model.
Made some teeth out of Fimo clay and hot glued them in
Nose, lips and eye surrounds were made out of thin black leather from and old leather jacket I got at a thrift store