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My Inspiration
Last winter I went whale watching and we came across a pod of killer whales. The sense of wonder I felt stayed with me, and when I was assigned swimming werewolves, I knew I wanted to show the connection and kinship between the wolves of the land and wolves of the sea. My first sketches showed a split of above and below view with some woofers swimming with orca fins cutting the surface of the water, among other things.

But then as I was looking for reference I kept seeing so many incredible shots of dogs underwater, and I was inspired to sketch this guy.

This fellow is out for a swim when an orca comes up and interacts with him. The werewolf reaches out to gently touch the orca as it swims by.

Created in Corel Painter X. My first serious try at total internal reflections and caustic light on fur...and floating fur as well. A lot of work went into this, from sculpting mock ups and using a mirror to figure out the reflection, to spending hours in the pool acting this out and staring at my hands under the shifting waves. I suppose the pool part wasn't so bad. ;3 I learned a lot, and would love to do better next time.

My Caption:
"Werewolves are capable swimmers in the wild, their powerful arm and leg muscles providing easy thrust in water. Swimming is both carried out as a recreational activity and out of necessity. Young werewolves are drawn to pools of water and enjoy long hours of leisurely frolic under parental supervision. Young adults and occasionally older adults will be seen joining in the play sessions. Beyond serving as a moral boost and social bonding exercise, swimming also aids in removing land-born parasites from the thick coats of werewolves, cooling in hot summer months and valuable skill training for young werewolves. During play sessions, young werewolves may practice fishing skills or endurance swimming. During floods or times of scarce food, werewolves may be required to traverse wide expanses of water to reach fresh territory. Hence these jovial play sessions serve as important life lessons as well."

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RebellingLemming's avatar
RebellingLemming|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning command of artist skills!
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PS2PS2USERi|Hobbyist Photographer
The remakeing meeting of the wolf kind and wale kind.  Earth and water.
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Darkshadow767|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The amount of detail inyour art is simply astonishing. The vigorous color base and shading is perfect! My hat's off to your talent friend. 
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nishagandhi|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is featured in my blog here
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WhIppIng-b0y's avatar
I've never wanted to hug a werewolf so badly until now :love: or a killer whale for that matter :D So cute
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HOOoooooly Crap! you sir/ma'am have mastered the arts!
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Hideousmutt|Student General Artist
2 of my fav animals! Beautiful!
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CariLiang's avatar
Beautiful !  <3 
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Kodimarto| Filmographer
Very, very fantastic work on this!!!:):thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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LuckyStarLaneEdited |Professional Digital Artist
that water looks refreshing, minus the large animals :P.  that might be scary to swim with lol.  how long did it take you to draw the water reflections wow.
this is amazing :D 
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darkfurwolf300|Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Tiny8754|Hobbyist General Artist
this is gold!
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Jenn-The-Druid|Hobbyist General Artist
Swimming with whales would be so amazing... And I feel like I'm actually looking at this underwater!
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wolfmarian's avatar
I wish i could do these water effects. 

You have another level, this is beyond amazing and refreshing, and surprisingly calmly.
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what  u   going   to  do   with   it    when  u   get   it
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msandieEdited |Student General Artist
awesome work!!! 

unfortunately, there is a girl on fb trying to sell this piece as her own art. www.facebook.com/catherinana?f… ... :/
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Rocker234's avatar
WOW.....Wow!  The ripples of light from the water just make this even more awesome!
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Falcolf|Professional General Artist
This remains one of my favourite werewolf calendar images ever <3
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BrvrPikachu's avatar
wow very good you are a very talented artist dear vantid I was just speechless when I saw this very very good
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Wolf-heartless|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is magic... Wow
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Amazing, Amber!
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