Tuesday, May 22, 2018
There is a fad, or rather a continuing theme, in fantasy and science fiction fandom, starring wolves and wolf packs in their fiction. Wolves have changed since they were the villains of fairy tales or folk music or "Peter and the Wolf." In fandom, they are nobler than humans, living in their snowy family wilderness and howling into the echoing mountains. Or they are the thought-sharing permanent companion of a great warrior. As an illustrator I have never been tasked to depict wolves but decided many years ago that I would draw some for my image reference collection. Fortunately I had many good sources to copy from, especially the dioramas in the Smithsonian Museum and many books which I still have. I never got to see a live wolf though. I rarely draw animals but this set is a fair attempt.
Pencil and black ink on sketchbook page, 7 1/2" x 9", mid-1990s.