Jun 30 2013

#454 “Pretty in Pink”

From Jordan in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Instead of taking a walk on the wild side, sometimes it’s nice to indulge in the softer side of life. The talented Jordan artfully reminds us of this fact with a dainty doodle of a fetching female wolf subject. While it certainly isn’t complicated, the portrait does prove to be an uplifting testimony to the power of simplicity and the magic that a well-trained hand can create in fewer than a dozen strokes. As I approach the birth of my first daughter in less than 2 weeks, this wolf has brought a sense of calm and peace to an anxious soon-to-be father. Thanks, Jordan.

Also, if you’re interested, you can click here to see another unique wolf portrait submitted by Jordan back in December of 2011.

Jun 23 2013

#453 “Supermoon”

From Jama in Heiskell, Tennessee

Given the recent phenomenon known as the “supermoon,” I thought it only appropriate to post this lunar masterpiece by the talented Jama. While the wolf takes center stage in this portrait, the majestic creature is magnificently framed by that lovely guardian of the nighttime sky which calls not only to the wolf, but to us as well. It is a celestial body that links man and wolf in that it calls to the wildness and virility in both of us. A special thanks is due to Jama for this timely reminder which couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment.

The timber wolves will be our friends.
We’ll stay up late and howl
at the moon ’til time ends,
before going on the prowl.

- Calvin and Hobbes

Jun 16 2013

#452 “796 days later”

From redditor “dontragemebro”

Over two years ago on March 11, 2011, the WBS project first gained international notoriety when a UTC student named Eric posted one of the original WBS fliers to the website reddit.com. If you’d like, you can read more about this incident and how it helped WBS reach a mass audience by clicking the tab at the top of the page entitled “The Story.” Anyway, earlier today I was reading back through the original comments on that fateful reddit post (perhaps out of boredom, perhaps out of nostalgia), and I noticed that I had overlooked a contribution to the project that was delivered via a comment by a redditor with the handle ¬†of “dontragemebro.” After 796 days, it’s time to give this contributor his moment to shine in the WBS spotlight. It’s just the right thing to do. The project has been incomplete without this illustration, but I’m proud to say that it’s finally made it home. Welcome to the pack, little pup. We’ve missed you…

Jun 9 2013

#451 “Pride Rock”

From Melissa in Hixson, Tennessee

I know, I know… “Pride Rock” is a Lion King reference and has nothing to do with wolves whatsoever. Still, I couldn’t help seeing that inspiring seat of power when I took in this poignant illustration by Melissa. There’s something heartwarming but also haunting about the two young creatures playing joyously atop a rock precipice while their watchful parent looks on with what I can only suspect is a calm but firm sense of pride and virility. As the sun sinks low in the background, the sky is washed with a frenzied rainbow of color, and above it all the wolves stand silhouetted in black- a constant fixture, firm on the rock of natural wonder while the world turns madly on… A masterpiece if there ever was one…

Jun 2 2013

#450 “The Terminator”

From Jeremy in Nashville, Tennessee

“I’ll be b-… pack!”

Post #450 is quite a milestone for the WBS project, and therefore it’s only fitting that we celebrate this momentous occasion with a fantastic illustration that is dedicated to a particularly groundbreaking (and somewhat applicable) film. Many times throughout the past several hundred posts, I’ve commented on the significance of the dual nature of the wolf, but no illustration thus far has captured this idea as marvelously as this pop culture portrait by Jeremy. While the terminator is an autonomous cyborg comprised of living tissue covering a mechanized skeleton, the wolf is a muscular mass of flesh and fur covering… well, that’s the mystery, isn’t it? Underneath the sometimes soft, sometimes savage exterior of the wolf, we don’t really know what exists. We study the creature’s habits. We examine its lifestyle. We analyze its genetic makeup, scrutinize its diet and admire its physiology, but what’s really hiding underneath the surface? I suppose that’s anyone’s guess. In the end deciphering the psyche of the wolf may be as challenging as reading the mind of a robot… If it can even be done at all…