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My piece for the amazing Werewolf Calendar 2015! Have you seen the other art that has been done for next year? Augh, it’s all so good!  Pre-orders open on Sept. 1st, 2014 at Midnight US Pacific time!

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"Not unlike their human counterparts, Werewolves are highly ritualistic beings, and each pack possesses their own unique rituals that are performed for the perceived benefit of their livelihood. Hunting for food is a large part of werewolf life and as a result a great deal of their culture is centered around the success of the hunt.  Werewolves attempt to draw in good fortune for their hunts through elaborate song, decoration, adornments, dance, and sometimes even specific sequence of events. Many believe that a successful hunt heavily depends on the exacting nature of these rituals, and therefore delegate the performance of these sacred rites to the most worthy and experienced members of the pack."

I am entranced by inventing otherworldly creature cultures, and the calendar’s vision of werewolves is rich inspiration. Imagine a hunting ceremony that is an intricate dance of controlled patient power, which culminates in gracefully allowing the deep red cloth to fall into warm, salty water. The cloth darkens, drawing in water to symbolize drawing fresh blood. If the dance is done right, the hunt should be good.

The travertine pools of Pamukkale, Turkey, fascinate me, so I was happy to have a chance to paint this natural wonder alongside the supernatural.

Once again I challenged myself with texture and light, why do I paint so much water?? Painted in Corel Painter X
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KJVW Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent image, From start to finish! 

(Specially the red cloth and the realistic water) 
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thedragongirl77 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is literally my favorite piece in all of Werewolf Calendar.
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EnixNigra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As a Turkish, I recognized the inspiration -the travertine pools-  and that amazed me.
Very cool and mermerizing design. Looks so epic. I wonder what kind of legend that scene would have :)
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Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very cool. = ) i am currently trying to create cultures and stuff for a world i am building, its certainly very interesting stuff! i love how you made this and the caption with it, also the scientific title is a nice little juxtaposition to the spiritual nature of the drawing. awesome! =^^=
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2015   Filmographer
What a beautiful dancer and a very incredible picture!!!:):thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: I like how the cloth becomes a blood-like liquid in the water too.
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:iconvantid:
vantid Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015   Filmographer
You're welcome.
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SnapCentino Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student Writer
Visually captivating, and an intriguing concept. I also love the symbolism of fresh blood.
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AlbarnMangetsu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! This is awesome, beautiful! gooosh
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XKuonjiX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student General Artist
That pose, them colors. Just everything. Holy shit. It´s amazing!!!
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Grav3Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Wow. This. Is. Amazing. Spectacular work~
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NexusBeast Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
I'm speechless😍
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DemonFirez Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
the.way.you.draw.water.makes.me.cry
it makes me actually like water x'D

sugoi de
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:iconvantid:
vantid Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Water is a wonderful thing!
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fadedworlds Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Writer
Waaaah! This is stunning. I love how the red cloth really seems to be moving in the wind, and how the light plays off the water. It's all so realistic. 
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princesssaraq Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this somehow remainds me of mikasa being a wolf!
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Wiiolis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shock Emote  oh my god

so amazing!!
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
wow, just, wow!
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:iconitichiro:
Itichiro Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG it's sooooooooooooooo amazing <3<3<3
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Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You get a real sense of movement to this picture, and it has such a gorgeous setting :heart: what a fab piece.
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Golphee Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning concept and details!
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StevenRoy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I just love how alien that setting looks! It's hard to believe such a land formation could actually exist, but I looked up "Pamukkale" on Google and there it was!

And that blood-like effect created by the ribbon underwater is a very nice touch!

Wow. Just, wow!
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DancingCavy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the setting and the power and motion you captured.
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keight Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Lovely.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is incredibly gorgeous :D I'm going to have to look these pools up! Wonderful composition and just everything here. :love: 
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Burdfeet Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Very striking! The scenery is also quite original and a nice change from "traditional" forest werewolves.
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Korrida Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great picture. I love the water... Saying truly, everything on that picture is amazing.
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InkFey Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A beautifully savage idea, this is such a perfect ritual for Werewolves. As always your painting is stunning. The red scarf clashes with the white and light-blue background for an incredible result. The werewolf is dynamic and you can almost see the dancing. Also, the light fur of the wolf again contrasts with the scarf.

I am glad you paint water, because when you do, it blows me away. 
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Maiden-Chynna Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this idea is so simple, but it looks AMAZING!
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CanineCanvas Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   General Artist
Saw this on tumblr earlier.. this still leaves me in awe. So gorgeous.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is magnificent.  I love the sense of captured motion, and all of the different and subtle textures you have in the cloth, fur, stone, and water surfaces.  Brilliant work, and definitely a worthy addition to the project.
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hsoJ95 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just incredible! Absolutely incredible!
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fyrewhisp Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is just absolutely stunning. The robe in the water is breath taking. Just gorgeous!
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SiofraTural Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw this on tumblr first, and oh god my jaw hit the table at work.

IN. CREDIBLE.
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ZergSwarms Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the water pools.
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Wo-olverine Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing!
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remanlongtail Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I really like how the bright red fabric flows about and contrasts with the blue and white of the pools. It's very striking. The character is well done too. I love it! :D
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EverSED Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woof? o_O
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Daaberlicious Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! Your mastery of the canvas is evident, and I must acknowledge your patience- Attempting this, I would have died after the first water plateau-thing.
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Seanica Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Digital Artist
The colors... I LOVE the colors :heart::heart::heart:
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InNaturesImage Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is beautiful! :wow:
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TheShyFawn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh my gosh. 
I just love this.
The pose and the red are just perfect!
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M-Jenai Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is really pretty! 
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RalDu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
beast.
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swagstag Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't expect that background.
Damn.
I love this.
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Oscelot8046 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
THIS IS F***ING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously.  I love how the wolf seems to be dancing in the water with the ribbon.  awesome detail and love the transitions of the ribbon and wolfs paws into the water.  Spectacular work.
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wilder Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always been so impressed with how you portray water and movement in all your works, and this is certainly no exception!  It's absolutely breathtaking :D
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rummsfeld Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great!
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent!
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