Apr 25 2012

#361 “Predator”

From Pierre Nabokov,

Given the traditional yet mysterious association of wolves with sexual predation, it is not entirely surprising that this particular wolf is inquiring about little girls. After taking just a quick glance at the demented look in this creature’s eyes and examining his gaping, fang-filled maw, any individual in his right mind would surely take it upon himself to hide the members of his family that are closest to him in order to protect them from harm… especially his children. Interestingly enough, the human animal, much like the wolf, is a creature that can easily share the same aggression that we witness in this particular illustration. It’s somewhat fitting then that this picture achieves common ground with a recent viral video that touches on this subject. Take a look back at the famous interview with Antoine Dodson, and you’ll see what I mean.


Apr 22 2012

#358 “The Room”

From David in Siauliai, Lithuania

This illustration was accompanied with the following letter:

You know, J, I really like the forest, but most of all I love colored lights, in the evenings when I hear the nightingale sing; it warns me of upcoming night. Then the forest gains new sounds. Windy nights remind me of the sea. I don’t know how, but I find myself going into the dark woods. Somehow I feel everything will be perfect; I’ll find the light, even though this forest looks mysterious and scary. Finally, the sounds of the forest connect with the lake and space around me to form the strange shape of a room: the place where I am at this moment… Before my eyes, I see a red glowing table. On this table is a cup of black coffee. This coffee is talking and it smells like fir trees.

Near the coffee is placed an envelope and a note: “My mind depends on this room, there are no mirrors, but it reflects you. Everyone of you.”

I ask myself: Where am I?

And the Coffee says: You’re in a strange shape room. Please, look at the cup. Watch it.  In a couple of minutes you’ll meet the woman: she’ll show you a gel. Then she’ll go out.

I: What women?

Coffee: There is something you cannot see. The blue light goes on and the wolf will come. He’ll watch you for a while. Light goes off. Light goes on.

I: No wolf, no wolf, no wolf.

Coffee: Now. Take the old small radio from behind the table. Do you see the door in a left corner of the room? Open it. There will be a
room with strange floors and the cross on the wall. Sit down in the chair. This chair saves people from vampires.

I: Whats next?

Voice of the Coffee from the radio: Look at the mirror. This is a mirror.

You’re the women.

The woman: Hi. I’m wearing black. Do you like me? There… Look! This is the white wolf. He is the owl. Ask him. (she runs away.)

I: What do I ask?! Wait!

Voice of the Coffee: You may be happy now. Get back in the strangely shaped room. Sit down.

Then all becomes dark. I can’t see.

To be continued.


Apr 21 2012

#357 “Princess”

From a stranger in Kearny, New Jersey

One of the aspects of this project that I have always been the most proud of is the fact that every artist (regardless of age, gender or talent) has the capacity to achieve true equality. All contributors are king or queen for a day at wolvesbystrangers.com as each work is granted its moment to shine in the spotlight as the star of its own unique post. Today is no different. I have no idea who this mysterious young artist from Kearny truly is, but I know that she’s a princess… even if only for this one day at Wolves by Strangers. Thanks for keeping the dream alive. Your contribution to WBS has made me feel like royalty.


Apr 20 2012

#356 “Stare Dad”

From Alec in Ward, Arizona

Ahhh… meme-inspired wolf artwork, how I love you. Whether it’s Xhibit, the Nyan Cat, or Pedobear, all Internet memes have some sort of unique appeal. Each meme is strangely universal but also possesses the allure of an inside joke. On display today is a take on the Stare Dad meme. If you’ve never experienced the Stare Dad meme, check out the links below; they’ll take to some of the more famous installments of Stare Dad.

Memebase: Stare Dad

Know Your Meme: Stare Dad


Apr 15 2012

#351 “Twilight”

From a stranger in Chattanooga, Tennessee

For the record, this is the first illustration featuring a Twilight character that I have received from a college student enrolled in a sophomore level history class who likes to doodle on her notes. I just hope she waited until after the test to send this in…


Apr 3 2012

#339 “Space Oddity”

From GMR in Phoenix, Arizona

Since May 1st, 2011, probably as many as a dozen illustrations have been posted on this site which feature the image of a wolf in space or operating some type of flying vehicle. While at first this concept might strike the viewer as strange, it actually makes perfectly good sense. Just as man has for centuries peered into the deepest reaches of space and longed to test the boundaries of the universe, so too does the wolf seem to gaze up at the lonesome moon and cry out with a sort of wistful yearning. And while our hopes and dreams might not be tied together as intimately as we might imagine, the truth of the matter is that that bright, enticing orb which rules the nighttime sky calls to all of us in some mysterious way…


Apr 2 2012

#338 Failure? Success?

From Rachel in Harrogate, Tennessee

Just as judgments about beauty are left uniquely in the eye of the beholder, so are appraisals of success and failure. Although Rachel makes a comment on her own piece suggesting that she views this work as a bit of an artistic debacle, I view the work as a triumph of creativity. Ducks, fish, whales and wolves swim together in a sea of imagination, each with its own unique voice and perspective on the interesting situation at hand. How could a work overflowing with so much inventiveness ever be anything but a complete success. In moments like these, I’m reminded of the words of Dale Carnegie who left us with this charge: “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are the two surest stepping stones to success.”


Mar 26 2012

#331 Music Month (26)

From Shannon

Today’s Song/Video: “You’re a Wolf” by Sea Wolf
(featuring clips from various Harry Potter films)


Mar 22 2012

#327 Music Month (22)

 From a stranger in Harrogate, Tennessee

Today’s Song/Video: “The Wolf Hour” by Hunting Lodge


Mar 21 2012

#326 Music Month (21)

 From ALH in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Today’s Song/Video: “Start Over” by MC Frontalot


Mar 18 2012

#323 Music Month (18)

From David in Siauliai, Lithuania

Today’s Song/Video: “Six Wolves” by Let’s Buy Happiness


Feb 16 2012

#292 Awareness (16)

From Autumn in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Today’s link: wolfsanctuary.net

Wolf was established in order to improve the quality of life for all wolves and wolf-dogs.

Our mission will be met by accomplishing the following strategic objectives:
Rescue – save captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs whose caretakers are no longer able to provide for them, for whatever reason.
Sanctuary – provide life-long homes that take into account not only the animal’s physical requirements but also its emotional needs.
Education – teach the general public about wolves in order to foster more realistic opinions concerning their value in the wild and the compromises required of their spirit due to captivity.


Jan 31 2012

#276 Less is More (31)

From David in Siauliai, Lithuania

I only received this illustration yesterday, but I have already experienced so much joy in trying to unfold its intricate mysteries that I simply couldn’t resist sharing it as soon as possible… Enjoy! And bravo to David for this epic creation.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a
stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in
awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

~ Albert Einstein

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Jan 29 2012

#274 Less is More (29)

From Joanne and Cody in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (both age 7)

With this note:

HELLO my name is joanne! i love wolves, they are my favorite animals. when i fond this site i was so excited!!!! i check it every day.  thought i would try to draw a wolf of my own. i think i did a WONDERFUL job!! i hope you enjoy it and consider putting it on your site. my favorite food is ketchup. i eat ketchup with everything, even on my cake. yum, ketchup cake!! i hope you like margarita(my wolf) she is wearing her winter coat and her pretty bow. i love her. please put her on your site!!!!!!!!!
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Salutations! my name is Cody Brown (YES it IS  a girls name) and OMG I AM LITERALLY IN LOOOOVVVEE WITH YOUR SITE!! And just so you know my favorite color is Mahogany. I love that color so much i named my toothbrush Mahogany(i wouldve named my lamp that but mom said thatd be creepy….) Well i hope you put BOTH  of our drawings in……..( my wolfies name is Kathleen but you can also call her Kath or Kat OR ((she pefers this one)) Ka-aaaaa)
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P.s. we live in Baton Rouge Mississippi.
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We are 7 years old:):):):)::))))))))))))))))))) hereare our wolves:
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THANK YOOU (not you YOU)
BYE BYE
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Joanne&Cody<3 ;)

 


Jan 21 2012

#267 Less is More (22)

From a stranger in an unknown place

The idea of the ancient/enduring wolf being outfitted with modern rocket technology led me on an interesting trip around the Internet where I ultimately stumbled upon this interesting fact. It certainly does make your head spin to realize how swiftly times are changing…

“The small chip inside today’s throwaway musical greeting card has more computing power in it than existed in the entire world prior to 1950.”

~ David D. Thornburg, Ph.D.


Jan 10 2012

#255 Less is More (10)

From a stranger in Australia

Courtesy of 247wallstreet.com, here are the top ten time wasters of the average employee. For more information about how often people spend goofing off in the work place, click here. Hmmm… you’re not at work right now are you?

Top 10 workplace time-wasters.

1. Social Networking
2. Online Games
3. Personal Emails
4. Using Portals
5. Instant Messaging
6. Fantasy Football
7. Pornography
8. Videos/Movies
9. Random Online Searching
10. Online Shopping

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Jan 6 2012

#251 Less is More (6)

From a stranger in reddit-land.

Pedobear is a meme that is meant to be humorous, but he does open the door for discussion about some very important issues. The facts below come courtesy of RAINN.org (RAINN = Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Please know that I appreciate the comical aspects of the picture but that these statistics are offered with serious (and not sarcastic) intent.

44% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18.

Every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.

60% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.

15 out of 16 rapists never spend a day in jail.

Approx. 65% of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.

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Dec 31 2011

#245 “New Year’s Eve”

From a stranger in St. Louis, Missouri

Chances are that after the parties and get-togethers tonight, a few of us are going to wind up in the same position as this wolf tomorrow morning. I don’t want to get too preachy, but I do want to encourage you (as well as myself) to practice moderation on this night of celebration. Nothing would make for a worse start to the new year than vomiting up cheap beer. Have fun, but start the year off right so you can wake up happy tomorrow morning. I’ll see you in 2012!


Dec 28 2011

#242 “Penguin?”

From a stranger in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Well… I guess I’ll go ahead and address the elephant in the room… or the penguin, if you will. This picture is obviously not of a wolf, but at the same time, I love it just as much as any other illustration to arrive in the WBS post office box. While some may see this picture as an example of good-natured trolling. I see the work of a man who knows his skills and talents. I see the work of a man who chose to contribute his artwork even though the focus of the project was not his forte. I see a man who thinks outside the box, who is a pleasantly square peg in a round hole and who likes to shake things up a bit. So… while I don’t see a wolf when I look at this illustration, I do see something just as inspirational. And in the end, I guess that’s all that matters.


Dec 24 2011

#238 “Nightmare Before Christmas”

From RG in Marietta, Georgia

Visions of sugar plums? Ha! None of that nonsense tonight! Feast your eyes on the nightmare fuel that will haunt your dreams this Christmas Eve. Since holiday cheer is in abundance on every street corner, I have decided to dedicate today’s post to creating a haven of darkness from the gaiety of the season. With this fearsome beast on hand, no one is safe this Christmas Eve. So… if you hear a scratching on your rooftop or see ashy flakes drifting down through the chimney, it may not be dear old Santa that has come to fill your stockings with goodies. It may just be this savage beast, slinking into your home to devour you whole. But what is even scarier might be the idea that this wolf is actually Santa, himself. Is Santa Claus a werewolf? The idea might sound ridiculous, but it’s no sillier than the original concept of a man who flies around on reindeer-guided sleigh, etc., etc. If anything, the idea of a werewolf sounds much more plausible. And who knows, sharing this with your children may even result in better behavior next year…

So… try leaving out a plate of raw meat instead of cookies tonight. And while you’re at it, enjoy this song by Creepersin called “Lycanthropy.” Sleep tight!