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Lycanthropy by JohnPatsakios Lycanthropy by JohnPatsakios
I'm really fascinated by the whole concept of shape-shifting, which has led to an innate admiration for the whole Werewolf phenomenon. The image of the werewolf evokes raw strength and unprecedented freedom, which I tried to emphasize with the torn straitjacket (which also serves to infer some kind of backstory...hmm!)

Painted in Photoshop. As always, please don't use without permission, etc. Thanks for looking!
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Real-Ada Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice idea!! he is fantastic!! i love this animal!!Hug 
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:iconjohnpatsakios:
Thank you so much!
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Real-Ada Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome my friend!!Hug 
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:iconagawaer:
Wow. Just...wow. You said in the description that you wanted to capture the strength and freedom of shape-shifting and you definitely succeeded! The way the shreds of the jacket are blowing away really get the meaning across and the full moon in the background provides excellent contrast to the dark fur of the werewolf. This piece is very moving and almost mournful at the same time, both touching and slightly creepy. Well done!!
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:iconjohnpatsakios:
Thank you so much for the kind words, it means so much to me that you think those things about this piece! I'm really happy you like it! :D
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:iconagawaer:
"Lycanthropy...lycanthropy...I first contracted the disease, if indeed that's what it is, in the Hindu Kush. The hunting there was legendary, and after I ingratiated myself to the locals I was taken with their warriors on the hunts. It was...amazing. There was every type of game imaginable, and as there is no deeper bond among  men than that formed by hunting together, the locals and I exchanged stories. Customs. Beliefs. And I learned from them of a strange creature said to live high in the mountains, whose touch could imbue those brave enough to seek it out with extraordinary powers. Powers of hunting...and the sexual kind. But none of the locals could boast of having undergone the rite, as it was thought to be...too dangerous. I determined to see this creature for myself, and, after many days of hiking and climbing, I found it. I found the cave...and the strange creature that lived there. It was a boy, a little wild feral boy, frighteningly strong...who suddenly attacked me, and bit me. Afterwards, I returned to my hunting companions in the valley below thinking I'd been made the butt of a joke.

I soon learned otherwise." -Sir John Talbot "The Wolfman" (2010)
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:iconjohnpatsakios:
Wonderful quote! I seriously need to get around to seeing The Wolfman. :O The only good Werewolf film I've seen is Dog Soldiers, which I loved. I love your work by the way, you have incredible writing talent, and you're very prolific! :)
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:iconagawaer:
Why, thank you! :D
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:iconwolfwings1:
really cool :>
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:iconjohnpatsakios:
Thanks so much! :D
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