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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."

Work for the same calandar project:
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PS2PS2USERi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
The remakeing meeting of the wolf kind and wale kind.  Earth and water.
Revan005 Featured By Owner May 17, 2018
Darkshadow767 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  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. 
nishagandhi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is featured in my blog here…
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist
I've never wanted to hug a werewolf so badly until now :love: or a killer whale for that matter :D So cute
woodgolem72 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
HOOoooooly Crap! you sir/ma'am have mastered the arts!
Hideousmutt Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student General Artist
2 of my fav animals! Beautiful!
CariLiang Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Beautiful !  <3 
Kodimarto Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015   Filmographer
Very, very fantastic work on this!!!:):thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
LuckyStarLane Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2015  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 
darkfurwolf300 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tiny8754 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is gold!
Jenn-The-Druid Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Swimming with whales would be so amazing... And I feel like I'm actually looking at this underwater!
wolfmarian Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
I wish i could do these water effects. 

You have another level, this is beyond amazing and refreshing, and surprisingly calmly.
Gamerwolf12 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
foxy56 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
what  u   going   to  do   with   it    when  u   get   it
msandie Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2015  Student General Artist
awesome work!!! 

unfortunately, there is a girl on fb trying to sell this piece as her own art.… ... :/
Rocker234 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
WOW.....Wow!  The ripples of light from the water just make this even more awesome!
Falcolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
This remains one of my favourite werewolf calendar images ever <3
BrvrPikachu Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
wow very good you are a very talented artist dear vantid I was just speechless when I saw this very very good
Wolf-heartless Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is magic... Wow
TatankaNui Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Amazing, Amber!
whitewolf54 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
this is land and sea totems TOGETHER!!!!!!!!
RustyShack1eford Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
When you made this picture, did you draw the animals and sky as if the water wasn't there, then added the refractive effects after?
vantid Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I painted the water first, then the critters, then added the reflection of the wolf in the water, and last the patterns of light.
RustyShack1eford Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Do you start off with a flat reflection then, sort of, match that to the geometry of the water?
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
sololupo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
SnowTightFrostBite Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice!!
FelidaeCat Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love it! <3
Natsuasecas Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student
KuuNara Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So AWESOME, it look so real! Awesome job. =D
Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol i get it sea world...sea wolves
Rozh-Fox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I'm completely amazed
that water effects wow
Animellarex Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This is just.... beyond words..
Chazste Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So amazing! The water, the wolf's expression... I love it!
Valkeus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like it could easily be a photograph of a swimming werewolf. You have truly mastered the underwater look!
Sdrassa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FrankincenseAndFur Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
have you pet a whale today?
LiveLifeWolf Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh! I am absolutely speechless! The water reflection in bang on, as is everything else! Stunning work ;)
neon-line Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The lighting on this is just amazing. And so is the rest of it.
fuzzypaw01 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
WOW... you know how i can tell this is good? it made me thirsty. :D
cooley Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I go to the University of Alaska (Anchorage) and our mascot is the SeaWolf. I don't know if people realize it's a Killer Whale, b/c the imagery used is a stylized wolf. Nevertheless, seeing you run with the idea of a werewolf swimming with a sea wolf is really cool!
Mykoto Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really not a big fan of furries/anthros, but you should know, I can't stop staring at this piece. It's absolutely beautiful, and I love the concept of it, the "wolves of the sea" concept is one reason I love orca so much, and the wolf diving in here with him... this is an amazing picture, and you should be proud!
Ulben Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Wow, incredible colouring!
AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
simply beautiful
do you plan to draw other ideas too? ;)
the one with surfing is way cool.
and the last one with the orcas underwater is so amazing
HeadsofScwab Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome! Must fave!
Johnithan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Humor: "You know the Navy budget is low when this is their new Seawolf Class submarine."
In all seriousness: "Very good artwork! Keep up the good work!"
MakingPicsSlowly Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so beautiful.... truly amazing
Topaz4girl Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is one of the most beautiful Artworks done for werewolf calendar. Well done
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