Category: Featured Art
A. Quinton — Mar. 4th 2018
This week’s art is by Kosse, a freelance illustrator and occasional hyena from France. Despite some uncertainty in the tags and the potential contextual significance of a Neon Genesis Evangelion quote that goes over my uninitiated head, I think this fellow is a werewolf. A pious werewolf, which is one of the most dangerous kinds, as the residents of Tarker’s Mills well know. His proper posture and rosary aren’t enough to convince me that he’s got the welfare of his flock in mind.
You can find Kosse on Twitter, Tumblr, FurAffinity and Ultra-book. Werewolves and other snarly canids appear frequently in his work. His great poses contrast nicely with his muted, earthy colour palettes, and he draws extremely good chompers.
A. Quinton — Feb. 21st 2018
Earlier this week, digital sculptors Maria Panfilova and Rodion Vlasov fired up ZBrush to stage a “friendly sculpt battle”. The goal: to see who could better interpret an illustration of a feasting werewolf by Frank Cho. The results posted on their Instagram feeds seem to clear to me: everyone wins. Literally everyone on the planet, except for the owner of that gnawed-upon arm, who has lost a different, more fundamental battle.
Maria is a 3D character artist from Moscow. You can see more of her work, which ranges from fantasy creatures to lifelike realizations of scenes from Disney films, at ArtStation. Her interpretation of werewolf dinnertime is very animal, with an emphasis on the musculature and hunched posture. This is a creature that’s eating quickly, protecting its meal from potential attackers. The tension and the way it’s framed in the renders below makes me think of Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son.
Rodion is a CG artist and musician from Yaroslavl. He’s also on ArtStation, and his creations are more in the fantasy-horror vein. That’s reflected in his version of Werewolf Feasting, which depicts a lycanthrope with fur that’s matted, almost tentacle-like, and a more relaxed pose, as if to say “yeah, I ate this guy, and no matter how fast you run, you’re next.” Rodion also posted two time-lapse videos of his work on this that are available on his YouTube channel.
A. Quinton — Jan. 22nd 2018
This stark depiction of a pierced, struggling, half-transformed werewolf lacks a title through which one might understand Bragg’s exact intent, freeing you, the viewer, to have it represent anything you like: your struggle against a cruel world, the strength to change yourself against all odds, the blood you’ve shed for others, or your modest collection of arrows and spears.
A. Quinton — Jan. 15th 2018
Popuche is an art student from France whose work focusses on sci-fi, cryptid and horror concepts. I particularly like her character and environment designs, and the organic warmth of her colour choices.
Her recent piece “Werewolf Heads” features the detached and mounted domepieces of fourteen of cinema’s most famous werewolves. It’s fascinating to see so many different werewolf designs presented in the same image, side-by-side. Depending on your point of view, the variety of aesthetics and scale either
- highlights the diversity of werewolf concepts, or
- underscores the reality that no one can agree what the hell these beasts are supposed to look like.
Check it out for yourself. Can you name them all without zooming in to read the tags? I got eleven out of fourteen.
Editor’s note: Weekly Werewolf Art is an old feature of Werewolf News that I’m hoping to bring back. I’ll be spotlighting werewolf art that I find interesting, technically great or otherwise noteworthy. Out of respect for the artists, I will never repost the original – only a cropped thumbnail, and an image embed where the source permits.
A. Quinton — Mar. 16th 2016
For today’s #WerewolfWednesday post I’d like to direct your attention to Pierre-Alexandre Comtois, a Vancouver-based traditional and digital artist of 15+ years and designer of some Paul Kidby-level charismatic creatures. His work often delves into the fantasy/alien zones, and werewolves frequently occur.
I first saw Alex’s art by creeping on him while we were sitting across from each other on a train last autumn. Over the course of 45 minutes I surreptitiously watched as a staff-wielding winged gargoyle/alien materialized in his sketchbook. We had a short conversation right before we went separate ways at our stop, and he gave me his details on a scrap of paper that’s been on my desk ever since. I’m happy to have an excuse to share his work today.
You can can find his galleries of character concepts, digital illustrations and storyboards on Behance, Instagram and his portfolio site. He also very recently (as in Monday) resurrected his Twitter account. If you like his work (or if you have work for him), let him know!
A. Quinton — May. 21st 2015
Christopher Herndon’s “Werewolves Playing Poker” is a great horror riff on Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s famous “Waterloo” painting. Herndon’s replaced Coolidge’s card-slinging, cigar-selling dogs with a group of werewolves who’ve decided to play poker instead of murdering everyone.
This painting crosses the threshold from “neat” to “I want it, and am already clearing wall space” because Herndon didn’t just swap dogs for random werewolves – he depicts five famous film werewolves, and he’s added nods to at least two more. I can’t make out who’s in the painting behind the light, but just by squinting at the preview, I was able to spot a Chinese takeout container from Lee Ho Fook’s, Larry Talbot’s wolf head cane, Michael Jackson’s jacket from the intro to Thriller, and the Mickey Mouse figurine that watches over David Kessler’s first transformation.
If you were at MSP Comic Con last weekend you had a chance to buy a print from Herndon in person. If you weren’t, and time travel is not an option for you, don’t worry: you can still visit Herndon’s Etsy art shop, in which Werewolves Playing Poker is just one of many great monster / sci-fi prints available. This Classic Monsters group is great (or get just the Wolf Man).
A. Quinton — Feb. 15th 2014
Croatian artist Stjepan Šejić cranked out this stunning depiction of what a werewolf victim sees five seconds before they die in less than 32 minutes just to show folks “how to make and use one of the variations of fur brush i make and use myself”. He even posted a video of the entire process, which is fascinating to watch, and which further vindicates my wife’s refusal to use any version of Photoshop newer than CS3.
Stjepan is an experienced comic artist and illustrator whose work can be seen in many Image / Top Cow titles. His deviantART gallery is packed with art covering a wide array of subjects, from Renaissance-inspired comic pages to riffs on memes and even Adventure Time fan art. Many thanks to him for creating this stunning beast, and to Tandye for bringing it to my attention!
A. Quinton — Dec. 5th 2013
This werewolf illustrated by David Wuertemburg exemplifies the longstanding tradition of werewolves with great hair, a tradition first embodied by Michael Landon and later popularized in song form by Warren Zevon. What grabs me in this picture – aside from Dave’s technical proficiency – is the exquisite dichotomy of a such a well-groomed beast also being a bloodthirsty ruiner of camping trips and dates at Makeout Point. He may have access to salon-exclusive styling products, but this is a classic werewolf primed to fuck shit up. I love the blunt muzzle, the baleful sunken eyes, and those enormous teeth. If this was a book cover, I’d buy it in an instant.
You can see more of Dave’s art, much of which is horror- and werewolf-related, in his deviantART gallery.
A. Quinton — Nov. 26th 2013
Drawn by Nick Bondra, submitted by Tandye, based on a classic action figure and and in commemoration of one of the first werewolves I ever encountered as a child, it’s the Werewolf from the 80’s The Real Ghostbusters cartoon! This piece is stoking to the brink with nostalgia and classic werewolf excellence, and it’s accomplished with appropriately vibrant physical media (cut to a pile of Copic markers wearing sweet 80’s shades). To the best of my knowledge, werewolves only had a major role in a single TRG episode, No One Comes to Lupusville, and they spent most of it locked in various basements. When they bust out, though, they undertake the finest work a werewolf can do: smashing the shit out of some oppressive vampires. Nick’s piece, which captures one of Lupusville’s residents between vampire snacks, exemplifies the goofball horror energy that shaped my love of werewolves from an early age. For more of Nick’s art, check out his FurAffinity and deviantART galleries.
A. Quinton — Nov. 6th 2013
“Oh shit, and I just shaved this morning…”
probably my last portfolio piece for the year… (probably)
tried out a different kind of lighting here… because having one light source was so five minutes ago.
This piece by Hinchel Or showed up on my Tumblr dashboard yesterday, via Do You Speak Werewolf? (which you should absolutely be following), and my first thought (after “!!!WOW!!!”) was “this Baroness has a problem, and I think it’s about to become an even bigger problem for the other people on the estate”. Let me tell you what I like about this picture. Aside from the technical excellence in the perspective and lighting, there are two things, mainly.
- There is an elegant lady.
- She is turning into a werewolf.
- (bonus round:) tea.
I really hope Hinchel makes this available as a print! If you’d like to do a little compare ‘n’ contrast, you can also see the pencils for this art here.