One of my two entries for this year's ElfQuest Fan Art Calendar; the "Day" version was chosen for July (see the previous entry in my gallery).
The entirety of the calendar can be seen here ([link]
), which also has desktop versions available; and it can be purchased in print form here ([link]
), with all proceeds going to WolfPark. I should mention that folks who see this and are interested in the concept of the fan calendar, and who might like to participate in the future, should check out the forums at the first link.
The theme for this year was "Hidden Moments", and the title here is "His First Wolf-Friend" (with the tagline/description "Nightrunner was a pup once? No way!"). We were supposed to choose a moment that was hinted at somewhere in the comics, but that was never actually shown. Nightrunner was a vivid wolf character from the Original Quest, but we never did get to see the moment of him and Cutter bonding, so there you go. The other characters here, witnessing the moment, from left to right: Brownberry, Nightfall, Longbranch, Skywise, Joyleaf, Bearclaw and Blackfell.
After I had done the basic "day-time" lighting version, at the suggestion of a friend, I tried to do this "night-time" version. I was pleased with the results -- I sort of felt like I mentally cracked the "problem" of night-lighting, although I have a good bit of practice to do before I really "get" it. This being the first piece I tried it on, it's not entirely successful. I offered both versions to the calendar judges, for them to choose which one they liked better (or, I don't know, fit the calendar better), and they went with the day-time version, which is fine. Doing this version, I was fighting against my own preferences for all the detail to be visible, which it certainly is in the day-time version (even if the lighting in that version is more "boring"). But I'm kind of fond of this one as well.
Black Prismacolor pencil linework, Copic marker coloring, effects in Photoshop.