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Werewolf Calendar 2012 by synnabar Werewolf Calendar 2012 by synnabar
Here is my piece for the 2012 Werewolf Calendar. My theme was "urban werewolves". All the other artists did amazing work this year!

About this image: I went with more of an "urban werewolf" idea, rather than a "hybrid werewolf". I love werewolves of ALL kinds, from big raging beasts to long lanky ones and everything in between, but I went with somewhat "average-sized", more lithe ones for this idea. I thought they might make more sense in a city where they don't want to stand out too much.

My werewolves tend to be built more animal-like, with a modified shoulder/foreleg arrangement that allows for ease of running on all fours, and shorter hand/paw digits.

I wanted to try a night scene: moonlit, though the city's never REALLY dark, I suppose, with bare branches as the season is winter. I had done a sort of urban werewolf couple years ago, and this is kind of an update. The lion statue is "Patience", one of the two lions - along with "Fortitude" - from the NY Public Library. I hoped it might make a striking calendar image, plus I thought the idea of werewolves disrespecting a lion as top predator might be subtly funny.

Work notes: The original pencil drawing for this is HUGE: almost 20" wide. Last year I couldn't get in the detail I wanted working at actual size, so I drew this much larger. My pencil technique (lots of layering and push-pulling of the graphite) is very time-consuming, so this took me a very long time, but I did enjoy it. I scanned it in six sections, merged it together, then added color with a mouse in Photoshop CS3. I looked at hundreds of wolf photos and a number of royalty-free and public domain images for the lion and library, and the trees are based on a photo I took myself.

I hope you like it!

Just heard it's the centennial of the New York Public Library too! Neat. :)
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SoihtuSS Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The statue looks amazing
Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
kyleepup31 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Artist
can i buy this?! if its a yes *dies cause I FREAKIN LOVE WERE WOLFS!!!!!!!!* PS:nice artwork!! XD :
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so cool!
Kaito1999 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Haha like left for dead but with wolves
zusse Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful work!!
AuraDragon14 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I love it, your werewolves are beautiful :)
alphawolf500 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooo I love how you draw werewolves
khanyisile Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Hi my name Khanyi, I saw your work online and fell in love with it, so much that I am really interested in buying the rights of one your pieces to use as a logo for my bosses new business venture please contact me at k to further discuss what we could. please contact me as soon as possible i can give you my number upon your response .

Thank You
Angel0507 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Love it. Good work.
Draconicat Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Gorgeous, and strikingly dramatic.
BlueRinflames42 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
theyr watching us 0.0
Falcolf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nice, I like the idea of werewolves laughing at lions over the top predator thing, great job. :D I love the colour contrast in this too! :) Good luck! :D
Koushoku-jin Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
( *Gasp!* ) Why didn't I notice this, and submitted on my birthday?!

Detailing is impressive, and giving life through color is above-par; the eyes staring outward caught my utmost attention -- :thumbsup:=D Well done!
Kiba-Aido Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Beautiful
LonlyAntelope Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so amazing *-*
shanarah Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   General Artist
Awesome image, Syn! And a great idea, I recognized the statue immediately (I blame that on Trans-Siberian Orchestra XP).
RoyceLy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If i were to turn down the corner of a street to see this, i'd say this is real
ardashir Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Very lovely work! You draw some of the best werewolves.

But I do hope those wolves don't try scent-marking the library lion.
Trinitite Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Great detail!
morasaly Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
wow *_*thatīs wonderful <3
I love that picture
Bbird11 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey who said you could draw me on the lion lol just kidding I love your details and all together its an amazing peice of artwok I bet it took a really long time to do beautiful peice
CorusTenebrae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
DSSwearingen Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic work. I'm really impressed by the size of the original pencil drawing.
shiverz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a great idea and description to go with it, how they're somewhat average size in comparison with the more tribal and "wild" counterparts.

Surprisingly my hometown of Nottingham, England has a two lion structures just like these outside the town hall, so I found that quite amusing when viewing this piece!
namebadge11 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I really love the way you designed their paws, they're a really nice blend of hands and paws. Lovely lighting as well. =)
GalleryOfGray Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Love it Synn, so much character in it. Love that they're prowling around a lion statue. Not something I'm sure a security guard wants to come upon!
Wolvencheif Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooooooooo, I like the lion in there, nice compliment.
Reminds me of the song by Thrice, good song. I prefer my lyrical meaning, it sounds better.

Stargazer69 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
awesome werewolves!:D
demonicaljakkal Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
omg. I LOVE this piece! I was debating buying one of the calendars but this definitely made my decision!

Really love their colours and the shading is gorgeous. Amazing as always hun!
akeyla Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional
Amazing as always. I can just hope it really isnt the Trafalgar Lion(s), because then these were's would be huuuuge. Amazing light/color playing bway.
synnabar Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! *blushes*

These are the New York Public Library lions, which are large, but not as huge as the Trafalgar Lions!
Raineve Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow looks amazing!
synnabar Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
Raineve Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're Welcome!
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