I love the depth in the painting, the muzzle really stands out from the rest of the body wonderfully! The different sources and colour variation in the lighting look wonderful, it really makes this piece pop. ;u;
All the little fur details look gorgeous as well, it doesn't look overdetailed at all. And then there's just the textures in the nose and tongue and I really like those gums. Also the vibrancy in the eyes and markings! It's so cool how there's colour variation there as well. ovo
I don't think you have to worry about a thing, this is some of the best dark fur that I've seen. ;u; Like I said, the lighting and different colours make a huge difference. <33 And you're really very welcome! ;v;
Words of wisdom? Well let's see what I can do here (sorry it took me so long to get to this >.<).
Well the very first thing that comes to mind is that the ears are pointing to inwards. Even very alert wolves can't physically bring their ears that close together, most dogs cannot either. Have a look here: [link][link] even though they are alert and focused their ears do not point in so much. The second thing is that the ears are just a little close tother on the head. From the pictures I've already linked you'll be able to see they're a little further apart. Thirdly is the dip in the middle of the nose where the wolf is snarling. It seems far to spread out for it to be a fold in the wolves skin/fur. [link] <-- This wolf does have a dip, but it's deeper into the skin and narrower over all. [link] <-- This one barely has a dip at all. So from what I've seen the muzzle should be slightly more wrinkled if your friend's wolf here is to be truly angry.
Just little things to keep an eye out for, keep up the great work!
Awesome~ glad I could help. One other thing I forgot to mention last time was the purple pattern. If it's actually in the fur and not sitting on top try to make it look like it's apart of the fur. Not just sitting on top. Though I'm not sure on that just because I don't know one way or the other. x'D
Oh that, yeah I guess I could have made some kind of indentation of that somewhere, however I try not to mess with a chars markings too much in case someone get mad at me for not getting them right (mostly however this rule rather applies to very thin markings in short haired areas.) I'm very skittish about that stuff witch is not very good I guess. :'D Awsome, thanks for mentioning that.
Yeah~ never be afraid to fool around and just see how it goes. You might be surprised with what happens. I can see why you would be shy with the markings, but with such the detailed style you have it's so out of place for the fur markings not to be detailed with the fur underneath as well. Never be timid in art, or you'll never get any where. That being said you're already doing marvellously.