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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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Lonewolf19920 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
wow that is great
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Thank you!
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BootShopStory Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014   Artist
<3
Very effective, and haunting.
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Thanks heaps!
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vanquiishedbrownese Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
You captured it well! I love it!
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Thank you! :D
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Real-Ada Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice idea!! he is fantastic!! i love this animal!!Hug 
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Thank you so much!
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Real-Ada Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome my friend!!Hug 
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Agawaer Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
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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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
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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Agawaer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
"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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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
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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Agawaer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Why, thank you! :D
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wolfwings1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
really cool :>
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Thanks so much! :D
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Janthonyl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Very Impressive.
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you!
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Wolfy-Biter Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I love how the jacket ripping away makes you feel for him. People obviously restrained him in his human form and he has this second life to break away from it all and truly be free. Love the overall darkness to the picture.
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thanks so much! That's very much what I was trying to convey, so grateful you saw that in this!
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Wolfy-Biter Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Art with a meaning behind the picture is always the best kind to me! You're very welcome.
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DarkTyrannosaur Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Nice !!!
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thank you!! :D
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TheAnimalsRight Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Contains the beauty of a sudden binocular brought closeness... a forbidden blue violence ... an ancient freedom distilled and refracted in new moon's metallic light
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Your words are as vivid as images themselves, I wish my descriptions were so evocative! Thanks again! :D
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TheAnimalsRight Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, it's joy to see your creations appear on dA. I can't write at length so have to condense what I want to say, which can sound a bit artificial at times.
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
No problem mate, totally understand. Thanks for the continued support and don't worry, you never sound artificial to me! :D
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Thegarfieldtouch Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
what a fantastic morphing process of this drawn picture of the werewolf!! love it to death
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thanks so much! I really appreciate all your comments on my work! :D
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Thegarfieldtouch Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
its my pleasure =^.^=
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Writer
The concept of the beast within coming out for all to see is as terrifying as it is fascinating
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Yeah, it's always been a concept that's intrigued me! :D
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Writer
same here
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Frank-Beer Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Photographer
Thats really good, amazing work :clap:
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thanks so much Frank! :D
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blazi76 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool composition and concept. Looks traditional at first. ~Pose is very cool :D
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thanks heaps! :D
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ARCraphael Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
this is a very beatiful piece, Great Work!
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you so much! :D
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philtackular Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Writer
Really captured the freedom/power themes that you wanted to! Well done, and thank you for posting this
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Thanks philtackular! Really appreciate it! :D
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LUWOLVESCAS Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem, man. DA 4 EVA!
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PawsInTheSnow Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great textures, really surreal and beautiful, lovely piece
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Thanks heaps! :D
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PawsInTheSnow Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Loads and loads of welcomes :D
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LUWOLVESCAS Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME!
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Thank you! :D
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conanthewolfboy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
whoa!!! awesome!!
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JohnPatsakios Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Thanks so much! :D
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conanthewolfboy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
you're welcome! ^^
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