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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 Felizis and Featured by KovoWolf )
ThePaintedDog Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow your lighting. I've been following your work since the late 90's. Or maybe early 2000's? I remember seeing your work before coming to deviantart. I gotta say, you are so talented, and you've come so far. One of the most fantastic things that I love about the internet is watching people grow. You are the first person that comes to mind. Thank you so much for sharing your work.
SoihtuSS Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting effect is nicely done
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
The-Nalkiahn 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.
TheSpaceFox Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Love The Amount Of Work In The Lighting, Nice Work
AnkeaEnkeli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
This is my favourite werewolf picture ever! I support more. Yup.
JadedIce147 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap, this is absolutely stunning! The background is so realistic and the lighting is the perfect touch to everything!
Forest-Soul Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Epic was the first word that came to mind. Just Beautiful!
John-Peter Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow fantastic...!!
Graph3Dungo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful :)
Lite-up Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you so much for your art. It has inspired me to write again and given me the ideas I've needed, this one the most. I have my own fascination with Tibetan culture, the mountains and werewolves. I hope you do not mind that I use these concepts for my story, if so then please tell me sometime soon. Thank you. I just want to enrich what you have shown us, and give it a life all it's own with my story.
balaa Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Please do write your story ^_^. I thoroughly endorse art inspiring art or other creative mediums. It is my greatest honor to inspire or encourage creation through my own creations C:.

Wish you all the best in your creative endeavors ^^!
Lite-up Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you so much!!! I'll keep you updated as I go along. I was thinking even maybe, once the story got more serious enough to perhaps publish that you would like to do the art work. It is all up in the air until this happens, could be years. I am a writer in progress, in need of learning. :)
world-of-wolves Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
it's very amazing ! :D
ViridRain Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous lighting !
Roku4fire Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
the mountains in the back ground. did you use a specific mountain range for reference?
Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome. coloring and the shading is amazing.
GoblinCrusher94 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love it. Especially the ear-ring thingies ;)
basil-lion Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful art and awesome in all possible ways :)
KigerwolfRD Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How does this NOT have more comments?! It's gorgeous! Wonderful colors, anatomy, and the details in the fur is stunning! Fantastic job!
JReina26 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is surely a true masterpiece and I marvel at the details which you put into this art piece. Inspiring one of man words which come to mind when I see this piece.
Pokehmoon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! I've featured you in my journal! <3 ~
centaurii Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student General Artist
I aspire to someday digitally paint as well as you. Your pieces never cease to awe me.
LeavingCrow Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Simply spectacular!
Imagines Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sapphiredragonfly Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
This is beautiful, and I think the lighting is perfect. I hadn't really experienced mountains (the Appalachians are tiny in comparison to most) until a few weeks ago when I had the... I'll call it "interesting" experience of driving across the Rockies, westward, as the sun set. The light does the most amazing, strange things there, so I can totally buy that the Himalayas would do the same thing in spades.
Wolfzero-kun Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Roku4fire Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
i love your art. i too am fascinated with Asian culture and if i may would like to make request or rather suggestion to place that your wolves could be.
balaa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Please do tell me C:! Thank you for the lovely comment.
Roku4fire Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
you're welcome perhaps you could have a Priest wolf meditating in Eihei-ji shrine in japan or as a mountain priest in the Himalayas.
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it werent for their hind legs i would've figured for regular arctic wolves. impressive detail ;)
balaa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's what I was going for...lean towards feral instead of human animal traits C:. Thanks for the comment!
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice. i like the choice of design. definitely something to learn from ;)
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful one! good work :-)
BethDavies Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Stunning work as always! <3
ChisSweetArt Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful beyond words
AgentAragorn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome lighting effects
MusicSwirl Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
ShiNoKuroi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Amazing!! The details are incredible!
Felizis Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Congrats to the Daily have really deserved it :D
rmv1961 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I enjoy the jewellery they are wearing, simple, yet beautiful and colourful. And though it is decorative, it does not impede at all their movements, and no danger of falling off, since all elements are joined. That was most inventive of you.
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