Nov 21 2011

#205 “Nightcall”

From Samreen in the United Kingdom

There are only so many words that one can use to describe the beauty of a wolf in silhouette, poised atop a stony precipice, howling towards the nighttime sky. To put it another way, there’s a mystery about that nightcall of the lonesome lobo that defies description and inspires undefinable emotions. Keeping this in mind, I suppose that sometimes it’s best to simply let the eyes and ears do their business and allow the rest take care of itself.

I have featured a couple of Samreen’s works before, and certainly each is special in its own way. I hope you enjoy another piece from this talented young artist as well, but in order to do get the full experience of this illustration, you’ll have to leave your assumptions, reservations and predispositions behind. This wolf pose may be a classic one, but I hope you’ll be inspired to experience it as is if you were seeing it for the first time. To aid in your experience, I decided to pair the picture with a song by one of my favorite electronic artists: Kavinsky. The songs is appropriately titled “Nightcall.” Enjoy!

Jul 18 2011

#79 “The Mutant”

From Johanna in Sweden

I received this illustration from Johanna several days ago, and ever since that time, my mind has been reeling with the possibilities of what to say about this very unique picture. In her email, Johanna informed me that this mutant wolf and small anthropomorphic kitten are characters from a roleplaying game called Mutant: Undergångens Arvtagare. So, I know that these creatures exist in a world that is outside of our reality, and as a result, I’m not necessarily surprised to see a 4-armed wolf with regenerative powers playing catch with a kitten wearing a dress and a cardigan. I accept these elements of this picture without question.

However, beyond these obviously strange and intriguing elements, there is still something about this picture that sends chills down my spine. This scene is very artfully rendered and displays a great deal of skill, but… there is something unsettling here. Something unnerving that causes my heartbeat to quicken ever so slightly and the small hairs on the back of my neck to stand at attention. In the end I can’t quite put my finger on this mysterious element that has evoked such an intense reaction from me, but I believe it is related to the physical environment in which these creatures are portrayed. Here we have these two being playing together, but the landscape that I can see appears somewhat dark and almost barren. On the one side of the illustration is a lone hill, darkened with overhanging clouds. And to the left there appears to be a city, but the feeling it gives me is a cold and impersonal one, almost as if it exists in some post-apocalyptic world. And where are the characters in relation to these other elements of setting? I’m not sure… but they appear to be in some gray, ashen field. And yet there are smiles upon their faces.

Perhaps this is where the strange feeling inside me arises from: in a world that appears so dark and foreign, so scary and mysterious, so filled with creatures beyond my understanding, there is still a sense of joy and even innocence. Perhaps the juxtaposition of these elements is simply too much for my brain to comprehend.

Thank you Johanna for this wonderful illustration. It is both beautiful as well as intriguing and it certainly set my mind to work.

To see more Johanna’s skilled artwork, visit her deviantart page here.

Jul 17 2011

#78 “Scribble Wolf”

From Craig

There are certain individuals who walk among us who can look at an everyday object that most of us would find mundane or unnoticeable, and in their mind’s eye, that ordinary object is transformed into something unique and extraordinary. I’ve always been amazed at how some people just seem to have this unique gift of “interpretation.”

When I gaze upon this impressive wolf by Craig, I am assured that he must be one of these talented artists who simply has that “creative eye.” Can you imagine what this illustration must have looked like in its early stages? I would love to see a time lapsed video of Craig constructing this wolf. How amazing it would have been to see the scribbles, the scant lines, the incomprehensible mess slowly transform into the beautiful bust of a proud wolf. Break this illustration down, and you would have nothing but a disarrayed jumble of chaotic markings, an explosion of cluttered marks, lying in shambles… but put them all together in the proper order, and look at what may be accomplished. Simply breathtaking.

In honor of this piece, I went searching on the web for other works of art that were made from discarded or everyday items. Check out this site, and be amazed.

Bravo, Craig. Fantastic work.