Welcome to WerewolvesAtHeart's monthly full moon feature!
The werewolf community is a strong and growing population, and here we like to bring to light some fantastic and rising werewolf artists of dA. Whether you're a professional, or a beginner, everyone should have the opportunity to be appreciated amongst our lunacy!
Tonight we bring you... Shadow-Wolf!Shadow-WolfShadow-WolfShadow-Wolf
As with all of our full moon features, we asked Shadow-Wolf a few questions about herself and her work!Give us a summary of yourself!
I've lived in Colorado for my whole life, grew up in the mountains always running around outside. I currently live in an apartment with my boyfriend and my cat. I work full time as a freelance illustrator, so I'm always in my art corner painting and drawing. I'm pretty sure I drink too much tea, and my cat reminds me to take breaks by depositing herself onto my tablet and refusing to move. I love to livestream my work, the company of spectators and artists alike is really motivating and keeps me company. I also like to write and do world building on my free time, and sometimes also archery. I'm a poor shot, but I still feel like some graceful awesome forest elf when I go shooting.
How long have you been drawing?
My mom encouraged me to draw from the earliest age possible, taping down paper and letting me scribble with crayons in my high chair. My family has always supported my artistic endeavors, even when I decided I wanted to go to art school. All the drawing I had done as a kid of anthros and fantasy animals lead me up to getting my Bachelors of Fine Arts (emphasis in illustration) from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. I had been freelancing part time for years before that, but when I graduated in 2009 I hit the ground running with full time freelance, and I've been doing it ever since.
The vast majority of my clients are private commissioners who want to see me paint their characters. But I've done a little bit of indie game work, a few book covers, and now I'm working on a children's book with fellow artist Nordeva ( nordeva.deviantart.com/
). I would like to continue freelancing, but perhaps start creating some original content to sell as well. Most likely something pertaining to my world building projects, but it's pretty up in the air right now.
What got you into werewolves?
I can't think of a particular moment that sparked my interest in werewolves, I feel like I've always loved them. It's the allure of having a life as a human and as a wolf, and the power that comes with it. I've always loved canines, but wolves hold a very special place in my heart. The lore surrounding wolves and werewolves is diverse and interesting. I like how different cultures address them in different ways, and how modern cultures have transformed the idea of werewolves into a new set of stories and myths. I love reading urban fantasy stories that involves shifters and werewolves, and how they interact with the supernatural world and the mundane. There's just so much to like about werewolves, who can resist?
You've been quite involved with the very popular Werewolf Calendar in the past, what is your process in creating a piece for the calendar, and do you plan on continuing?
The process starts with a caption assignment from the calendar organizers. The caption is a prompt to tell a unique story about one aspect of werewolf life, as imagined by the calendar premise. We present our sketches and thumbnails for critique to everyone involved, and hash out our ideas with their feedback. Then I would move on to the painting stage, often posting work in progress shots for the others to check out. Critique from the other artists was always so important. I made some changes to my 2014 piece that make it much better thanks to them!
I've been a part of the calendar for four years running, but I won't be returning for 2015. The calendar cycles artists every so often to keep the project fresh and interesting, and I've had a great run with them! Every year I enjoyed getting my assignment and working on my piece, the excitement of the day I upload to show everyone what I've been working on.
Are you open for commissions?
Not at this time because of how many projects I have on my hands, but I do hope to be again soon! In the past I've opened commissions by posting a journal on a previously announced day and time, and people email me their ideas until I fill all the available slots. But I am considering doing commission in an on-demand format on livestream, on select days of the week.
Lastly, do you have any advice for aspiring writers/artists out there?
Don't let the idea of what a werewolf "should be" interfere with you having fun drawing them. There are many ways to depict them, and you can get creative! Look at real pictures of wolves and people, learn their anatomy and combine at your discretion once you've learned. Everyone has their own idea of how they out to look or act, but most important is that everyone has fun with the subject.
Thank you very much Shadow-Wolf
for speaking with us, and thank you all for reading. Go check Shadow-Wolf out!!!Shadow-Wolf
has graciously offered to answer some questions from you all! If you have a question, just tag her username
(Just take the spaces and quotations out of the following: " : devshadow-wolf : " )
(Again, that's: [colon]devshadow-wolf[colon] )
and it will notify her that you have a question!
Please be respectful and courteous, and limit the number of questions to within reason, we can't keep her all day now!