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Elder's Wisdom by KatieHofgard Elder's Wisdom by KatieHofgard
My piece for the 2014 Werewolf Calendar! I was able to write my own caption this year, and idea that's been brewing for a while now. I've always disliked the idea in our culture that the elderly are not interesting or valuable anymore once they become elderly. It's not something I agree with, as my grandparents and great grandparents have always been VERY valuable, interesting, and loved. They have wisdom and experience to draw from that the younger of us shouldn't brush off. I thought it would be really interesting to illustrate that in werewolf form for the next calendar!

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"A werewolf that reaches advanced age takes an honored place in a pack. Even if they are not an alpha, they are highly valued by every member. With their experience and wisdom, they are excellent advisers to all, leaders and pups alike. An elder werewolf is responsible for passing down pack traditions and the stories of generations before, and often the officiators of important ceremonies. During a typical story telling session, an elder might use one of their scars as a launch point for a story, with all rapt in attention as the tale unfolds."

See WIP shots in my tumblr -…

Done in Photoshop with an Intuos 3 tablet
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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
"And so there I was, 23 years old and a soldier stationed in Germany. A young thang in red came up to me and started pulling some smooth moves."
Her: My, what big teeth you have.
Me: How old are you?
Her: My, what big hands you have.
Me: Sweetie, you look under age, you could be somebody's baby and I don't wanna go to jail.
Her: big hands. Big teeth. I can do the math. 
Me: Yeah, the answer is big trouble. Sweetie, where's your parents? They're probably worried about ya?
Her: how about we get a hotel room and eat some sweets. I'm 18.
Me: Nah uh. Nope. The German Polizea around here do not play. They don't even have batons, they have axes, and I'll get a warning slash right across the gut. 
NevadaCoyotle Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's no words to describe how much I'm in love with this!Heart 
Osayioniwabo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! :wow: Really fantastic work, it's a stunning picture! 
FreedomSoull Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is... just amazing <3
Goldeneyes2 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
My husband saw this and said it reminded him of The Last Amazing Grays by Sonata Arctica.  Check it out and see what you think - I think it's perfect!  :D   The song is awesome yet sad.  0_o…   Check out the lyrics.
Noyote Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Beautiful.  I love how scraggly the elder werewolf looks.
PastLogan Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I like this one a lot. I also find it funny that the older you get, the more you relate to your elders and realize they were (And in many ways still are) just like you and have been through a lot of the things you have, though perhaps in a somewhat different setting.

SilviaMarti Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice <3
Lunewen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I still love this drawing so much ! ... :3 happy birthday to you, honey ! Keep up the great work ! :)
FleeksFleeks Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
I favorited it because I like the motive of that work.
It's wonderful how you express and show the children's thirst for knowlede and the urge to understand the world with this painting.
I love such themes and so I love this work. If this picture is reflecting your soul you must be a really cool person.

I haven't known you before I saw this piece - but now you are watched by one more pair of eyes. *gg*

(And sorry for my bad English. Deviantart forced me to give you some kind of feedback after I placed the favorite! :D x3)
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, your comment means so much to me!
FleeksFleeks Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
D'aaaw. You are welcome. I didn't expect such a nice reply to my comment. So thank you too for valuing my comment this much (and for fighting through my not-that-good english ^^ ). This means much to me, too.

I only posted what I think about the scenery and what has been on my mind. We need more children-themed-anthro-artworks.

thedancingemu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. Your work really inspires me to work on improving the lighting in my paintings.
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is so amazing, I'm honored to get this comment from you!  Seriously, I just love your paintings so much, so thank you.  :heart:
OfTheBlessed Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The light shining through the skin of the ears

A minor, amazing detail :'D
mangamasterLeo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing. The amount of detail is just awe-inspiring. :3 would you mind if I made a short story based on this picture?
LEgGOdt1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   General Artist
Amazing and I see that these young ones listen intently to their Elder's story. And this picture has just gave me an ideal for a story.
 As soon as the lid to this basket was removed the surviving members all started to persuaded the Alpha to kill the two paw pup for what they did to there pack. But the Alpha torn between killing the pup or letting the pup live. 

"Elder I seek your wisdom in this matter." I asked her as she came over to where the two paw pup was laying in it's nest calling for his mother. "What should I do with the Two Paw pop?" I asked.

 "Young pup" I told him as I saw the child as he cried. And as I looked at the pup I suddenly felt the icy claws of winter come blowing through. "Keep the pup Silver Eyes." I said to him as I took the nest and went to where his mate Star Sky was nursing her daughter which was the only one who made it. "Star Sky I know how you feel right now, but this pup needs a mother's milk and warmth." I told her as she growled at the nest as I removed the crying pup and sat im down on the ground as I talked with her. But when Star Sky said she would take the pup. I gently removed him from his and placed him next to Star's only daughter at which the poor pup began to suckle on her milk as she wiped his tears away from his face. 

So soon the human baby was first nursing the child snuggled up close to Star Sky's warm fur at which White Paw snuggled up next to him thing he was her brother and fell asleep.  
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Such a wonderful little story, thank you so much for sharing it with me!  =D
LEgGOdt1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
Thanks and I was think about having the story continue to where Star Sky keeps the two paw pup and raise him as if he was her own pup along with her daughter. And as the boy grows he stays close to the Elder whenever Star Sky is not at the den, or is out hunting.
LEgGOdt1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   General Artist
Not First, But Finished.
Wildfire2013 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the different colors put into this and the age difference between the pups and the elder really stands out
Amargaard Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
99 comments? Well, well, what an honor to post the 100th comment on such a fine piece of art. Added to favourites and watched your profile :)
ArtisanDwarf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the concept of this. :3 Love 
The adorable babies and sweet old master...Heart 
kradmeser Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Baby cute! ㅎㅎ
Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
amazing!! the detail is fantastic!
EBE246 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
LOL same here, its nice and the pups are cute. ^_^
ViherkiviJade Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Beautiful and those pups are so cute :D
Xylothor Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful ^^
blackmessias666 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
brilliant !!

puppyphantom992 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Heartwarming piece :3 I'd like to be one of those pups and listening to the stories <3   
Yarvin-Jenkins Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
That young wolf is just adorable :D
labetenwar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Recently, I saw a documentary about the story of youth. Actually, it's a really recent concept basicly created to make us consume more, how depressing. Before that time the elder was far more respected today to be respected you have to be young, rich and beautiful and of course buy, buy, buy!!
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the law of the tribe!
Good job
Lommels Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gawd so cute xD
"When I was a pup I was not cute! I was born fierce!"

Jokes aside, really beautiful :3
Kindulas Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Writer
D'aww, that kid is so cute :3
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Beautiful work!  I love the details of the wolf pups, the Elder Wolf, and the forest in the background.  You did a wonderful job on this master piece. 

I hope that you have a great and blessed day!


God Bless!

jujukittystar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a great picture and I love the way the sun is shining through the trees. It adds a real plus!
Beltaneh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Beautiful concept and gorgeous work. It makes me think of "the last amazing grays" by Sonata Arctica
Phonexia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love the idea.. It's stunning.
anairys Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful as always... You know one of the things that catches my eye every time I look at one of your pieces, it's the Native American theme, tone, look, feel, whatever you want to call it. Do you have Native American ancestry? 

(I hope you can understand what I mean... English is not my first language)
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No, there's no Native American theme here at all actually!  If there was I would have done a lot of research to make sure I depict cultural aspects properly, since I am not native myself.  But a walking staff and some braided hair are not automatically aspects of Native American culture.   Just want that to be clear so folks don't misinterpret my art!  *nods*
anairys Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Treebuzza Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student
so cute
KayIscah Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional General Artist

I agree (beautiful art by the way), and I've been pondering the change in cultural attitudes.  I think perhaps some of it is that scarcity increases value.  In older times, particularly over a hundred years ago, it was the rare person who made it to old age, and since fewer people could read or write, people were dependent on memory for information.


Now we have some countries where there are more elderly than young people, and it's inverted the pyramid.  Which doesn't mean older people are really less valuable, but it changes how we view aging.  It's seen less now as an accomplishment to make it past 50, because thanks to medical advances the majority of people are doing it.  The upside is 50 is no longer viewed as "old", at least not to the extent it once was.


Another contributor is the pace at which technology updates now.  Some things are universal, but I know people like my dad had to deal with computer systems they were considered experts at being replaced with newer systems where their skills didn't translate...or at least not without a lot of additional education.

MissezzApple Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very pretty
TimMcJimFromPl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Looks great.
RAE8892 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This may be my favorite of the pictures. Its gorgeous.
Mad-Julie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Nice work!
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Awesome work
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