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Dream Wolves by Flying-Fox Dream Wolves by Flying-Fox
This is a painting I created based on a more literal interpretation of a friend's dream, which is quoted below. I really wanted to capture the overall mood and feeling of a dream world, and at the same time how it could almost certainly exist here on our plane, there are just little weird things that can only exist in dreams to throw you off. This was quite a challenge for me but it was a very fun piece to create. Thanks to wacom and deviantart for running such a fun, creative contest!

"I was living in an
arctic tribe showing a few of my foreign friends around. I didn't
realize I was a princess until the end of the dream. I lit candles in
this one room full of workers and told them I would be back shortly.
On my way out a large jolly fisherman stopped me to show me how I
could make cream cheese out of various fish innards. He mashed them up
and we went outside where the scene turned marsh for just a little bit
of time. I saw a duck prancing around, almost flirting with me and she
spread her wings to fly but didn't move, so I picked her up to help her
and when she tried, she fell onto the ground. Her wings were so
vibrant red and seemed to turn into fabric as she tried successfully a
third time to liftoff. The scene turns back into the arctic/forest
combo from before. I was preparing the village for something like an
attack( I didn't know what but that was the overwhelming feeling). I
put my human friends to bed, blew out the candles that were left and
went to hide in a wooden box outside one of the huts. I was breathing
heavily, praying that my visions of polar bears( these were occurring
all throughout the dream) would be true and that they would come to
save us. Something suddenly was turning my box over and eventually
smacked me out of it. I looked up and it was giant moose who demanded
food. I asked him if he would like these red flowers/mushrooms I had
been growing and he became livid and started to attack me. Then I
heard a loud voice "WHO DARES HARM THE PRINCESS?!" and I felt relieved
thinking it was the polar bears. However, the voice was of one of
three white flying wolves who I thought were just legend. They
thrashed around as they flew in the air to attack the moose and ripped
him apart, spilling his blood all over the hut and my flowers. I
thanked the wolves as we retreated into a cave where they could
replenish their energy, and they told me it was fun and they would
like very much to kill again."

Painted in Photoshop CS4 with a wacom tablet :)

Edit: Yes, I do realize the theme of the contest, in detail, is to depict your own personal dreams for the future. I think that is a very loose concept, however, and being as how I have always dreamed of dream worlds and fantasies, thought this would be a great project. Also I one day dream of becoming a great digital painter and illustrator, so is process really the dream that brings you to that end? I'm not sure, I just personally believe the theme 'Dreams' is a very open ended one, not to be pigeon-holed into only our 'realistic' futures.
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DreamWhisperss Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

AustinGreywolf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
that beautifull name and picture.
alaksandra Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Surreal and beautiful!
SilvesWolves91 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Totally awesome
moondustfox Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice, I love the wolves' eyes!
Rei-chinoUmie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
This is really great. I find it beautiful and in some way magical. I just love how the wolves w/ wings are guarding here and they look as if they might be questioning what is ahead.
DeathSpire2214 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful. I've always want a wolf with wings
dragongirl5546 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
cool that animal is my spirit animal i study magic and have used it as such to figure this out i too have been to the relm of dreams a couple times its hard to tell the difference between a normal dream and the plain but this time it was too abvious i was in a beautiful grave yard at night and i saw a fence on it were names and destinies on it so on first hand i belive in a dream plain and that it is the main conection to all life like when you see a friend in a dream i belive its like a maze with many worlds in it and with out your notice you become a part of it ....its hard to explain any way i belive these animals are a part of the dream world guardians kinda do you know there name or any old myths about them if so please tell me ive been trying for soo long to find a lead
BlackDemon972 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
THOSE EYES....FFAAAAKKKKKEEEEE. Amazing photo though
SacredShaman Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's a cool dream to have. I really like the colors in this a lot along with the composition. This is very beautiful.
burnerandthecookie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pure epicness X3
Seii-Senpai Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i can't stop to look at this pic! wonderful<3
BlackWolfHeartnet Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
HaruTotetsu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This has been featured in my Featured Deviants journal entry.
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zebraD4100 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
wow! Its a really fun and fantastic looking piece!
Imaginatik Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is wonderful! =D
Russiandeamon665 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty good like expected
Wolfy122 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I like the big wolf with wings.
shinianne Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student General Artist
:clap: its like red riding hood but damn its much cooler nice
Chihuahuarocks Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Awsome!!!!!I luvs wolves!!!!!Crazy dream...
Zevo 3 fan 4ever!!!!
SuperSexySasuke Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
this is cool!
EchoAlan Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Majestic-Kirai Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
I love the composition and palette. :D
Raineve Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
marshmallowwolfang Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
simply incredible!
TopazWolfie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
I love this and the llittle tale that goes with it

BurningRoseBud Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
it's an incredible dream, your friend should write a story on it
nephilim-s Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
This is so... dreamlike. ^^ Awesome work on the details, mate! :highfive:
NekoJo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i think that your dream will come true:)
mediamagic Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
It looks great. The fur has a lot of detail.
rosebefor Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
OMG i love dis O_o love it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much
Kuroro7 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
purplerebecca Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
RossoDH Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
KatiraMoon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks beautiful, I really like the light and colours here. :)
Colodife Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Wolf and girl

Bueno no se mucho ingles la verdad n.nU
Pero esta realmente hermosos
tienen buenas alas
Lo de lo ojos se ve forzado
pero la chica o dios resalta mucho realmente muy bella
Si lo isiste tu te felicito es bueno jejeje
PumpkinSmiley Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
It's so beautiful, loves the idea behind the picture. You're a true artist :aww:
silkyfuzz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
This would be my favorite entry. Definitely. It tickles my artistic/aesthetic bone in the most delightful ways. The colors, the composition and the overall feel of the picture are amazing, it just fills me with this mystical supernatural feeling. Oh and your friend has awesome dreams :D
Denetor Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
great work! ^^
warrior-of-dream Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] featured :meow:
Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
how could I resist... I mean.. they're dreamwolves and everything.. :+favlove: - good luck with the contest :)
Mudlark Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
TheFlamingUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i love her face, and that's a crazy fun dream your friend had.
Neverward Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Student
This looks fantastic!! The colors rock. x)

(But do you realize its not actually supposed to depict a dream, your supposed to do a pic of what you dream of as in what you hope to accomplish some day or become? I didn't realize that at first either xD)
Flying-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes, but see my edit above XD
Neverward Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Student
oh x) hahaha that wasn't there before lol
<3 but I love it nonetheless, and I get what you mean, I also dream of dreams ^^
Flying-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
SolomonMars Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Professional Filmographer
i hear bells an wind chimes when i look at this, and i feel both warm and slightly frightened.

SpiralDanceStudio Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
Sweet work. Little russian in mood. Good luck with the contest:)
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