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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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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
Akii-Senpai Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i can't stop to look at this pic! wonderful<3
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