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.
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.