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Free Wolf Drawing by Viergacht Free Wolf Drawing by Viergacht
Want a representation of your character but can't afford a commission? Watch this space. All I ask is a credit for original line art and a linkback.

Here's a fairly decent doodle you can color to your tastes.

He's a Rob Bottin-style werewolf or basic wolf anthro, but could also be a wolf-dog hybrid, or dog, or possibly a fox or coyote on steroids. With the right pattern he could work as a more exotic hybrid, such as tiger/wolf or leopard/wolf. He could even portray a well-built female or masculine-leaning herm. Feel free to add horns, dragon wings, piercings, whatever.
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wolfsjourney Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Used as a reference to create another lineart, here and the original [this] was directly credited.
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hsoj95 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the look on his face! Really incredible line art! :D
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Mojomeerkat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey viergacht, I've got a question for you. I have a debate going with another dA memeber over the inclusion of rear dewclaws in my werewolf art. Since you are one of the most accomplished werewolf artists on dA, I thought I'd ask you. I like to include back dewclaws as a cool design element even though I know wolves almost always lack them. I notice you sometimes include them as well as in this case. He argues that the human big toe would not devolve into a dewclaw during transformation, implying, I guess, that the little toe would vanish instead. Do you know which of the four toes of the canine foot are analagous to those of a human? I figure the fifth toe of canines and other carnivores was lost at some point in their evolution. I just don't know which one it was.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
You came to the right place - I am a nerd about both werewolves and evolution. You're right, the human big toe is the same digit as the canine dewclaw. There's a nice drawing here which shows them numbered (digits are always numbered starting with the innermost one). If you look are relatives of dogs which have a more primitive body shape, like weasels, you can see they have five full toes but the inner toe is the smallest, so when the weasel-shaped ancestors of modern wolves evolved a paw that was more shaped for running - smaller and lighter, with the digits packed tighter - the inner toe was the one that was dropped. Interestingly, very large breeds of dogs like St. Bernards will often have dewclaws, because the signalling hormone that's switched on longer just goes ahead and makes another toe, they can even have extra dewclaws. 

It's really an aesthetic choice when it comes down to it, but since werewolves are half-human and still rather huge, dewclaws make perfect sense if you want to leave them on as a remnant of the big toe. 
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Mojomeerkat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for clearing that up!!! I too am a werewolf and evolution nerd and love all things related to natural history. I've seen some beautifully rendered transformation art depicting the the human big toe shifting into a dewclaw and Rick Baker incorporated it into both the AWIL and Wolfman transformations, so I figured great artists like you and makeup geniuses like him have done their anatomy homework. ;)

I agree that it ultimately comes down to aesthetics. I like including them because it emphasizes the compromise between the wolf and human forms.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! I'm always glad to spread the nerdery. 
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Mojomeerkat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes indeed!

BTW, have you read the book Us vs.Them? It is an alternative theory of the Neanderthal's life appearance and their relationship with modern humans. He argues that they were far less human looking than dipicted in mainstream anthropology and preyed on modern humans. He describes them as "wolves with knives" and that all our modern monster myths have their roots in this genetically hardwired fear. The author's recreations of them are eerily similar to your vargr designs. I don't know if I buy into it or not, but I'll admit his reconstructions inspire a strange visceral feeling of dread, so he may be onto something. At the very least, the theory could make for some great storytelling.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah - it's a terrible, terrible bad load of bullshit trying to pass itself off as science. Don't buy into any of it! Just off the top of my head, there's no evidence Neandethals had fur but there IS evidence they had sewn clothes, and he reconstructs them with flat noses like a gorilla when they actually had larger, more projecting nasal bones than humans. It would be passable if it were fantasy, but it sure ain't science.

Actually, it's weird that you mentioned it, the only reason I knew about it was someone posted a link in comment. Just the link, and their account here had nothing else in it. Anyways, I'm a schmuck so I clicked on the link and I was weirded out to see the resemblance, too. 
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Mojomeerkat Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I definitely took it with a grain of salt when I read it. I was really more struck by how much they resembled your vargr. I think the guy read/watched the "Time Machine" one too many times because there are certainly shades of the Morlocks and the Eloi in his theory. ;) It would probably make for a good horror story though. I had read they found evidence of Neanderthal burials, but I didn't know they made clothing. Interesting. Thanks for the info!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
That really struck  me, too! So weird. 
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