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Apollo's Kiss - December by KatieHofgard Apollo's Kiss - December by KatieHofgard
I was very fortunate to be accepted as part of the Werewolf Calendar this year, and here is my finished piece! The calendar is now open for orders, please visit the following link for purchasing information:

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I wanted this piece to convey how lonely living in an extreme environment can be an an individual. The long, cold, dark nights living in the arctic, without a pack, can be harsh on the heart of such a social creature. The sun's warmth can mean a lot to someone who has been waiting through a long night alone. Seeing that first light peek over the horizon and feeling the sun's warm kiss is like a comforting embrace from a loved one when times are hard. This werewolf has been through hard times, but life is looking up for him. The sun is warming his back, and soon he'll be on the move to find better days.

This digital painting was done without my usual greyscale marker "under painting" ( [link] ) so that I could preserve the very exact saturated colors. I chose this color scheme from a photo I took from a winter sunrise in the mountains. I may try to do more solid digital painting without marker bases actually!

Wow, a Daily Deviation feature?? Thank you *KuroiChoucho for suggesting my piece and thank you ^Pixel-Spotlight for featuring it! And thanks everyone for their kind words, I really appreciate it! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-11-01
Apollo's Kiss - December by *shadow-wolf. "The time put into the fur details is amazing. I also enjoy the color pallet. Awesome job." ( Suggested by KuroiChoucho and Featured by Pixel-Spotlight )
aquagirl28 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww... it's so cute and beautiful! :)
freedomhunter33 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Gimpertoonz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I am very taken by this picture!
BloomingPinkIris Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NinthTome Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Nice effect here, it's quite a beautiful picture.
ZombieQueen368 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
OMG Your drawing is beautful great work
LizRay Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
beeaauutiful! i love the colors and it's very nicely drawn
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Wow nice
NESWolf20 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
beautiful and cool
BananaJoe75 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Tofu-Senpai-kun Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This just beautiful O_O

My lord, Im serious every aspect of this is unbelievably well thought out and tied in with the rest. The suns fading glow, the somber sleep of the snow, the wolf's dejection of the fading light >w< so awesome

If I did have one piece of polish tho, I'd have to say that the Were wolf looks to be dwarfing the mountains in the background ^^;

Over all its an amazing piece tho :la:
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That looks very nice. :D
Cubeninjas1990 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
that look so kewl ^*^
grypwolf-fan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
wow, how do u know what for colour hve the snow from the sun? i canīt know it!
outsidersfan33 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I love the colors. This is beautiful, great work. :+fav:
Kwanita Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
This is so amazing really, I love it, it's beautiful drawing! Regarding to the details and all, whoa. It's epic! :D
suminucu Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
whaa FUR.. its so amazing.. the light and the fur and the fur and the fur! as i said... fanatic.. sorry for that but its sooo amazing
morgywolf Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, the lighting and the mood is expressed perfectly
CX-17 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
:wow: Great details, especially the fur
kaboomduck Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just stunning, the lighting and all, especially the wolf's expression.
wolffuchs Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
WOW how can you draw this!! GREAT PICTURE!!!
tuliplou Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Pweety... and so detailed!
WolveMoon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
woow! realy nice :D
pizzadalek Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
I love this pice, and the entire calendar! Very well done!
carnival Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this picture does indeed carry that sombre, yet lifting mood through~ :'3 great jorb on capturing that, congrats on the DD and thankyou for sharing such beautiful art~! :'D
Moondance-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That is absolutely beautiful!
MadisonTuff Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
If this was a traditional painting, I would buy the original in a heartbeat.
ZeacorZeppelin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
That is cool. I love the colors.
thenorthernlightss Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
very beautiful!!!
Rosaka-Origo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Such a lovely colors and atmosphere. :)
Gorgeous work on details, too. :love:
botchiball Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
What a beautiful image : ), congratulations on winning a DD.
FlAmExxlOrD Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur amazing im so glad i found u !!!
mana-bleu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful image and truly touching sentiment. :heart:
EvyWolf133 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so pretty!!
PurpleHope Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congrats on the DD , I remember seing this a while ago , and I thought : omg this needs a DD !
And when I saw it again in the DD section, I was like : ... this looks familiar xD
TheLoneDucky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010   General Artist
The emotion seems engraved into every detail.
MaxDaeWon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you fine fellow. very beautiful work. I love the sunset and the winter)
MaxDaeWon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you fine fellow. very beautiful work. I love the sunset and the winter)
KarolinaB Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.. it took my breath away :love:
Child-of-God Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Love the lighting! :D
Suicide-and-Cocaine Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   Writer
Congrats on the DD, darlin'!
You deserve it :clap:
DiablousAmo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work, I was recommended as a digital artist by a friend to this amazing piece. You have done a really great job on the snow, mountains, fur, everything! This picture really does speak out, it makes me feel cold to just look at it, especially the mist-like breath coming from the wolf itself. Thanks for sharing!
xxcaramelxx Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing :)
Wivoatt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   General Artist
congrats on the DD!! :D
Viergacht Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love this more every time I look at it - congrats on the DD, you really deserved it!
Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ittt l l looks aaa bit ccc cold
CamaroLuver15 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Draconicat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Wow -- this is amazing! I love the look of your werewolf (the eyes, especially), and I love the colors you've used for the sunlight and shadows. Terrific piece!
Lavenkitty Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful color composition. *A*

Simple colors yet not. <3

Congrats on the DD too. <3 :heart:
stickninjasllama Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   Writer
So sad and beautiful. You've done a truly wonderful job.
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