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October 23, 2011
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Precipice by balaa Precipice by balaa
"Though rare, some werewolves have resorted to living in high altitudes to avoid human encroachment. These Werewolves, often several generations old, have become well adept to the freezing and dangerous living conditions experienced on rocky mountain terrains. Adept climbers, these werewolves can easily bound after mountain goats and other mountain dwelling prey, with the ease of agility that does not often come naturally to species of canids. Using their strong upper body arms and opposable thumbs, werewolves pose as great a threat to large mountain ungulates as the keenly graceful snow leopards of the Himalayas. Expanded lung capacity needed to process and ingest the low levels of oxygen at high altitudes make mountain dwelling werewolves formidably strong. This combined with the incredibly athletic build as a result of the constant physical exertion of balancing and leaping from rocky face to rocky face make this werewolf among the strongest of his ilk. Thick coats insulate these graceful hunters from the sapping cold and attack of fellow predators. "

My contribution to the Werewolf Calendar

The Calendar is currently available for pre-order until November 18th after which time a limited supply will be available for direct purchase. So if you would like one, it is always best to pre-order your copy now! You may order it here: Purchase!.

Thank you to all that have bought a copy, this year and in previous years. This is now the 5th anniversary of the calendar and we are eager to see it into it's 10th! Thank you all for making it what it is and bringing into it your enthusiasm and sharing your love of the werewolf with us. You make this calendar what it is and what it will become!

Personal Note:
Recently I have been fascinated with the Tibetan culture and history. A great deal of beauty and pain is evident in the people and though their struggle persists there is a resilient hopefulness in them. The use of vibrant colors in their artistic heritage seems almost at odds with the reality of their world. With this piece I wanted to depict my werewolves living high in the Himalayas in the plunging cold and upon the precipice. The lighting was struck upon accidentally but it seemed to click. I hope you folks enjoy.

Lastly, It has been sometime since my last upload, and that seems to be what I say every time I upload these days! Thank you again to all you patient folks and all the lovely comments asking when I would update again. Truth be told I have a lot of things in the works behind the scenes but my day job and a recent trip has eaten into my time quite a fair amount as tends to happen and it has just kept me from being active online. I hope I will find a balance again soon as I used to get so much from sharing my work and it was a great motivator in and of itself! Thank you all C:

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Given 2011-10-28
Precipice by *balaa You can almost imagine the cold winds blowing through the mountains, smell the snow and feel the warming light on your fur. ( Suggested by Fullmoonstar and Featured by KovoWolf )
beachelf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
:iconamazedcatplz: Awesome!
Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know the lighting was not intended, but it's wonderfully done, and adds a another level of beauty to this piece. :)
Brainmatters Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I can't handle it.
I love this picture so much, oh gosh. :heart:
Moonlit-Rebel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This is fantastic! Buddhism and Tibetan culture has fascinated me for years and that mixed with a love of werewolves makes this simply amazing
KevinNichols Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
really nice
MaxKielsmeier Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
That must have been hard. i applaud it and the work you did on it.
ShreiaFallon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I can sooooo totally see this!!!! I'm in LOVE WITH IT. :boogie:
Kieth-Wolfe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My GOD!!! the lighting! the details! the everything! this is 99.999% picture!
peregrine-rose Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An amazing work of art you've got here. I love how you got the wind to rustle the animal's pelt. I'm not sure, if it's just me or not, I just noticed the wolf that's in the center, it's face seems to be fainter, or more soft (not sure how to word it) its nose is clear, but when I looked to the eyes it gets a littl[link] blurred. The werewolf's face behind it looks a bit more distinct and I'm not sure if that's just my computer or what, but I just think with the lighting the way it is, maybe have the first wolf's eyes and facial features brighter and really stand out. But it's a brilliant work nonetheless. I love the background and the feeling of how cold it is. Nicely done!
Johnithan-Walters Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Incredible attention to detail. Very impressive.
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