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Their Crimson Gaze by TeknicolorTiger
Their Crimson Gaze
I guess this counts as my Halloween image this year so Happy Halloween! Have some good old-fashioned red-eyed werewolves dining on a hapless traveler that was no doubt lurking in the wrong part of the countryside anyway. I mean, seriously, who the hell wanders around on a night when the moon is that big? And with an eerie, abandoned, gothic castle looming on the misty horizon too? Nobody good, that's who. That guy was practically asking to be eaten by ravenous demonic beasts. So, don't worry, these two are totally doing everyone a favor. Totally.

Started while watching a six pack of werewolf horror films with my RP werewolf group. >3

EDIT: Redid the blur effect for the background since it was just so terribly off to me. If you'd like to make out more of the details go here: <da:thumb id="489823216">

EDIT 2: So while fixing something else, I noticed a few other things were off. I wouldn't be spending so much time on this but I decided to put it in my professional portfolio. Should be all optimized and everything now though. :)
Their Crimson Gaze (BG) by TeknicolorTiger
Their Crimson Gaze (BG)
Since so much of it got blurred out in the final, I decided to upload the unblurred version seperately. I spent a stupid amount of time just messing around with it until something clicked. Still not super happy with the trees. Might make a nice bookmark or something?
Hourly Monster: Balina by TeknicolorTiger
Hourly Monster: Balina
Four hour speedpaint/colored sketch for the awesome :iconwolfcow:. His character Balina the wolfcow freshly monsterized just in time for Halloween!

EDIT: Fixed the transparency through her midsection.
Autumn Spirit Form Concept by TeknicolorTiger
Autumn Spirit Form Concept
Some sketches of Autumn's spirit form in :iconsilver-and-bone:. Very, very rough coloring, but just conceptualizing right now.

EDIT: Liked the black mouth better for her wolf shape.
1. Amber-Aria (speedpaint)
2. Balina (full painting)
3. Tetanus (full painting, part 1 of 6)
4. Sorien (character sketches)
5. Sorien (ref sheet)

Commission Batch 2, engage! Please note that I may be doing these out of order or working on others while I work on the full paintings to increase productivity. Full paintings can take me anywhere from 10 - 60 hours depending on the complexity.

In other news, I'm contemplating opening a store of some kind to sell my stuff printed on affordable merchandise such as mugs, t-shirts, stickers, and prints! But I'm not sure which company to sell through. I've been eyeing Society6 and, but Society6 doesn't sell stickers (though they do have duvet covers for some reason) and some of the customer reviews I've read about Cafepress' quality isn't very encouraging. Anyone got any suggestions?

I'm also thinking about opening up a Patreon just for werewolf-related stuff, including Creatures of Alchemy, buuut one thing at a time. I'm not sure if I have enough watchers to really warrant either a store or a Patreon at this time, but I figure it's worth looking into for the time being just in case that changes.
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: the hum of the fan
  • Reading: Bioshock: Rapture by John Shirley
  • Watching: Game Grumps
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Eating: peanut butter jelly sammich
  • Drinking: homemade iced tea


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Cassandra Aponte
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I am a crazy mix of various animals; each to represent my various moods...But also probably best to characterize my identity disorder (Not really). I often draw myself as a Clouded Leopard, and yet I prefer my pen name, TeknicolorTiger. Also, I have an unhealthy obsession with werewolves even though I prefer cats over dogs. Who am I? And what am I doing here? Fuck if I know; I just like to draw.

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latent-ookami Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks For the faving of All Mine, TT! :3
Sayuri-Cruz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Hi, its a while ago but i wanted to say, thanks for the Fav     :iconbunnyloveplz:
QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Heh... I was browsing your tumblr today and I see I missed out on sniveling, submissive female werewolves in books. It would be one thing if they stood up to it or challenged it, but that tends to be the rule, not the exception. Between that, the likelihood that female werewolves are treated as rare and in need of protection, and the overuse of "rape as drama" tropes that these characters tend to suffer, sometimes I wonder if being a werewolf nerd turned me into a feminist.

But the curiosity here... most of these authors are female and it seems likely that they don't use misogynistic themes on purpose. Maybe it's just embedded in the urban supernatural fantasy genre? Female vampires tend to fall into this sort of stuff too.
TeknicolorTiger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
In the Mercy Thompson books, the female werewolves are said to repeatedly challenge this but I've yet to see a situation where they're successful. In the end, they just sorta cross their arms, pout, and act super snarky to everyone and that's about it. I'm really starting to dislike Patricia Briggs storytelling or at least as far as her werewolves go because it seems like she's pigeonholing her own characters, holding them back because of all these rules that are said to be so ingrained in werewolves and the way they behave that it's limiting their character development. Particularly the males. Females at least have the potential because she's written several times that they dislike being protected or coddled or oppressed or whatever by the stronger male wolves. She's got a story right there for a character. But does she do anything with it? Apparently in the Omega books, she does, but I was bored by the first book, so I only have speculation to go by and the opinion of the person I was responding to on Tumblr. I used to like the idea of werewolves having hierarchies and such but the reality is much more fascinating and flexible than that. I've no problem with werewolves having dominance over one another or even having an Alpha but Briggs takes it to a whole other level. When reading Frost Burned, I found myself anxiously awaiting the fact that SOMEONE was going to break free of this and just be like "I'm a werewolf but your super werewolf hierarchy powers don't mean shit to me."

As I said in my response, I'm a bit on the fence about "rape as drama" because I feel like I don't have room to talk with Autumn. Granted Autumn's backstory is based on something that happened to me (though her's is MUCH more exaggerated), and I've talked to so many women that have been raped or molested growing up that having sexual harrassment or assault somewhere in a female character's background has never sat as unrealistic to me so long as it doesn't define who they are as a character, which I suppose it's really the more serious problem. But perhaps I'm missing the point if the point is that it happens so frequently in fiction and is furthermore, not very well or realistically explored, expressed or resolved. At least that is something I feel that Patricia Briggs does well in the handling of this trope.

From what I've read, the submissive and/or oppressed female character seems to be a fairly common trope in a lot of fantasy genres, not just urban horror fantasy. And especially Young Adult. I can't help but feel this sort of has its roots in the Gothic age of horror fantasy where the female protagonist was almost always a virginal, submissive special snowflake that's doted upon by all the other characters and loved by the main villain or anti-hero.
xXRedSagexX Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
So... they act like whiny Disney princesses before they learn in Act 2 to grow up.  Lovely.  It really doesn't count if they don't challenge it in some meaningful way and it sounds like a plot that just gets left to sit there.  I think that what really bugs me is that most writers who depict werewolf culture seem to go this direction.  If it were just Mercy Thompson, it wouldn't be that big a deal.  And no, I unfortunately haven't read much of these books either.  I really just don't have time to read bland writing.

The issue of hierarchy is related, but separate, I suppose.  I have noticed that a lot of writers go that way, with werewolf rules and hierarchy being something that's not just a society or system, but something supernaturally enforced such as Twilight's infamous telepathic, mind-controlled werewolves.  I've never really liked these either, especially since the horror of being part of a culture like that never gets explored.  Real life offers plenty of examples - India's caste system comes to mind, which was absolutely hated by quite a few of the people who ended up at the bottom and outsiders were positively aghast, even if Europe had its fair share of inequities too.

I've generally cut Autumn a break in that regard as her backstory is handled a lot better than most and it's treated seriously.  A lot of the time, it just seems to result in characters who angst nonstop about it until the character arc says otherwise (i.e. psychotherapists can't help, but a three minute conversation with the hero will), after which it's hardly ever mentioned again.  Circa 2010, sexual assault had become an epidemic in the US Army and I was given a LOT of education and training about it.  The biggest issues were a combination of veterans (of both genders) whose pride prevented them from reporting and commanders who didn't want to deal with it because having rape in their unit made them look bad.  It'll be interesting if it comes up in SnB since Kara would be very familiar with the issue and ABF has actually shared her experience of how police dealt with it in the 1970s.

It just seems that werewolves, unlike most, never quite throw off the shackles or move beyond it.  "Virginal, submissive special snowflake."  I almost laughed beer up my nose.  It seems like the virginal, submissive special snowflakes hardly ever have much to their specialness... ironically.
bobbytruelove Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
my little sister is a crazy gecko lady, and her favorite one died, so i googled angel gecko and came up with your pieces and sent it to her to cheer her up, then she begged me to make her one, so just wanted to give you props and thanks for the inspiration…
bobbytruelove Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   General Artist
It's water color, although I've never used these liquid water colors before my last two paintings, I think I'm painting with my acrylic sensibilities. She was pretty tore up, she had your picture as her profile pic for FB for months.  I'm  very pleased you like the painting, I think your work is quite brilliant,  most certainly you have styles outside of my grasp :) 
TeknicolorTiger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That came out spectacular! What medium did you use?

And I'm honored that I could inspire such a wonderful piece. Thank you for sharing it. :) Also, I know how it is to lose a pet, especially a beloved gecko. I had to put my Mandarin down last year.
Harry-Botter Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hello , i hope you had an nice birthday ^^
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