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Werewolf Calendar 2009 - Jan by synnabar Werewolf Calendar 2009 - Jan by synnabar
EDIT: Thanks for the DD and all the kind comments! I do appreciate them! Please bear in mind, though, that this is a specific piece for a specific project (The Werewolf Calendar), and if you'd like to see work that is more along the lines of what I do for myself, please see my Pen Sketchbook work.


I'm not in the same league as the more realistic artists in the calendar so I did what I am best at, which is stylized realism, symbolism, and iconography. The background is loosely based on Tintern Abbey; I like werewolves and old churches, an idea I have explored before (like here:… ). I ornamented the werewolf in Celtic style jewelry, including items in the lesser-known (but still beautiful) Celtic La Tène style.

The werewolf is colored white with red ears, as a tip to the story of The Wild Hunt (often telling of a pack of ghostly white hounds with red ears), and the statue in the werewolf's paws is symbolic of The Lord of the Hunt (or perhaps Cernunnos). The Wild Hunt is something that appears in many myths from many countries; I chose to go with the more Celtic aspects of it, but I like all the variations of the story. The crescent moon behind the window refers to the calendar description - "werewolves are not... affected by the moon". Since "they are in complete control of themselves in any form, and are grateful for their gift", I chose to do a more calm yet sentient one, just so I didn't copy the January image from last year (which was awesome, BTW).

(Note: you may recognize this particular werewolf (… ). I always wanted to re-draw it)

Pencil original here:… . Detail images here:… ,…


I took a really long time with this image, and though I tried my best I know there are errors. Still, I learned a lot doing this and was very happy to be a part of this project. Thank you, Myenia!

Tools Used: Most of the work was done by hand, in pencil on Strathmore bristol board. I laid out the background in Adobe Illustrator CS3, then re-drew it by hand on the final board to make it more rough and textured. Color was added in Photoshop CS3, and yes, I am still using a mouse - haven't gotten around to getting a tablet yet. Soon!

References: I was inspired by images of Tintern Abbey, and goldwork and jewelry in the numerous Celtic reference books I own. The knotwork was inspired by Dover Celtic royalty-free clipart, and I looked at a few hundred images of wolves before starting this. As usual for me, I changed and stylized things in my own way; since this was to be a fantasy image, I was not trying to be completely accurate. Also, if you are interested, some Wild Hunt links (including information about red-eared hounds):… ,…
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Given 2011-05-25
With cool colors and great details, Werewolf Calendar 2009 - Jan by ~synnabar is a beautiful and unique drawing. ( Suggested by Astralseed and Featured by Nyiana-sama )
LPSALFA Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
thr12 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nice job.
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
hachiko1202 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It is beautiful
cootoss Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RosyRose1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
wow this is gortius =D =3 i love werewolf's they are cool X3
Faolan98 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Yay for Celtic stuff and werewolves!!!!
FalynWolf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Artist
WOAH! thts so pretty! amazing :D
silverwolf-norton Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That is awesomeness. totally cool!
LTCHRIS Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Just scrooling through werewolf stuff and happened to see your work :O it is totally awesome!!!!
dholedays Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
This is really amazing. It's beautiful artwork.

I love how you bring together the wolf and the imagry and celtic motif. And all the details too.

What I really wanna say though is that when I look at this (and your 2010 calendar wolf too), its more than just a pretty illustration. You really brought together something that adds a touch of wonder, I'm not sure how to explain it. It sort of opens up the imagination to wonder about the story behind each piece. Who they are, what they are doing there sort of. Their expressions are a big part of this I think.

I love your werewolves in these pieces. They are really beautiful and again I really love how expressive they are. IMO that makes them feel more real than some other photo-realistic illustration.

Great work!
dholedays Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
I need to organize my thoughts better. But I hope you understand.
Blur1321 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful. i love ur syle =)
Mockradrake Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
chaosdragon89 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
TarotWitch Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Just beautiful!!!
gizmoartist Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
awsome picture really like it
egyptianpagan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is goldenwolf's work....... and art..................
synnabar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope! As I mentioned in the comments above, this is actually based off older images I did back in 1996: [link] and 2001: [link] waaaay back before I knew who Goldenwolf was. Also, most of her works are done in colored pencil, acrylic, or watercolor; I drew this in pencil, then I colored it in Photoshop. Feel free to check out the pencil work here: [link]
egyptianpagan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!!!!!!!! then you are A WONDERFUL ARTIST!!!!!!!!!!!! sry for placing the nasty art thief badge over your immortal head.......
Tamacka-9750 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
sweet drawing
Singerwolf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats cool! like, furries to the max!
DanKoenen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Very serene. Strange for a werewolf
SmitFairside Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
This werewolf is so awsome! It looks like a mage or something...
Noodlies Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Finally, someone that gets werewolves spot on.
BlinkIsMe Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Really amazing! :) beautiful. although I prefer werewolves with a sence of fear and anger :) but thats just my opinion, still amazing! :)
ghostwolfs13 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Wow this is amazing. I love the way you did this. Everything looks so fantstic.
blueeyes97 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
xWolfieBlackAngelx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
this is simple beauty
Danyhp2 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Sweet Werewolf :O
Very cool and calm..
faster-by-choice Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, this picture's beauty has just blown. Me. Away! :omg:
Zaluke Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
When I first laid my eyes upon this amazing work of art I was deeply impressed by it pure simple beauty.
PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice ooone! And congrats on the DD! The composition is rather nice, and i like the placement of the moon and the Native American Indian style little statue there
cyberfox99 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
MinakoWolf37 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is absolutaly beautiful! D:
exocolumn Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Great work!
pikajane Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into this piece. It shows how you go about doing art in a more professional way than most other artists here on dA.
IsakiYukihara Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Now that is just astonishingly awesome... and I'm kinda lost for words, so I'll just hug and fave :blush:

PurpleHope Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Goldenwolf won't be drawing a piece for the calendar :ohnoes: ?

anw, wonderful drawing !
synnabar Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sugarpoultry is right, this is an old piece. Goldenwolf is doing a piece for the 2012 calendar, I believe!
PurpleHope Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see , thanks !
rolf I didn't even notice the '2009' :P
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I believe back in 2009 during this Calendar run she did draw for it. She's been doing a piece each year.
PurpleHope Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okthanks !
I thought the piece was for this year DX
chrono-kafka Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
It is lovely.
blackzig Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Beautiful work.
ShadowJetX Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
This isn't a calendar, where are the dates and days!?
mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner May 25, 2011   Digital Artist
I knew the thumbnail looked familiar! Congrats on your DD, Synnabar! :3
Mister-Raptor Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Amazing :O
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