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Lycanthropic Transformation by Ashere Lycanthropic Transformation by Ashere
The horror of the lycanthrope is not at the man who transforms into a wolf. It is at the moment the wolf forces its way out.
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Still messing about with ideas for different takes on Werewolves. I had the idea of something pushing its way out of someone, wolf jaws splitting the human jawbone, limbs lengthening and flesh tearing as the moonlight falls on skin.
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Rootofalllight Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Looks like the werwolf transformation in Van Helsing.
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Garchompisbeast Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i can't even imagine the agony
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Y'know, whilst I don't mind the occasional romance where one or more of the main cast happens to be lycanthropic/vampiric, the "Twilight" series & similar media tend to defang these horror archetypes by minimizing their...er..."unpretty" aspects. Effortless, transition-free shapechanging? Wolf-forms which're basically a scaled-up carbon copy of C.lupus? Spare me.

On the other claw, whilst I can recall two other relatively recent sources which ran with the wolf-under-flesh change ("Van Helsing" and a "Hellboy" comic arc, if anyone cares), I'd hardly call that overexposure...especially when that horrific "between" phase is rendered with the unflinching attention to detail seen here.

One minor quibble: the emerging jaws seem a touch undersized when compared to those wickedly taloned forepaws. Granted, much more distension and the human mandible would split completely, so perhaps a bit more growth is in the offing once Mr. Wolf finishes doffing his not-so-hairshirt. Slick, squicky stuff at any rate.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was thinking of The Wolves of Saint August and Van Helsing when I did this, but the illustration mainly came from me noodling around in a sketchbook looking for a frightening appearance. There's something magnificently creepy about something forcing its way out of you, especially if you're partially conscious as it happens.

I went back and forth about how large the jaws should be, and ended up going small for basically the reason you mentioned--any larger and the lower mandible would be gone. Come back to the illustration in a few seconds, though, and you'd see how large the jaws can go. ;)
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Aside from the central were-guy sporting some rather stumpy hindfeet, "Saint August" remains one of my favorite HB yarns. "Van Helsing"...I'm not by any means a guts-on-every wall gorehound, but honestly-you'd think a flick packed with that much undeath, werewolfin' and flying stakes would use a bit more, well, BLOOD. Especially when you have a guy spasmodically ripping off swathes of his own flesh to unveil the inner beast.

Again, deliciously nasty piece-you have a real knack for talons in particular. Not too needle-fine, not too blunt.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's Van Helsing. It makes no sense. *shrug*

I need to do more animal sketches--there's still some fun bits of carnivore anatomy I need to get the hang of. But I'm glad you like the claws. :)
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Freakaru Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that hand and that rippling torso!
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Ashere Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rippling in a horrible, about to burst kind of way I hope. ;)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome!

But now we have the question of how he turns back into a human?
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Ashere Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know. What do you think?
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Maybe the wolf-skin rips and the human is underneath?
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Ashere Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like snake skin? I like that. It's nice and gross.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm good at being gross.
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strictlyamateur Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
the whole snout-coming-out-of-the-mouth thing is pretty original. And creepy. As I'm sure was intended :)
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alveric Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Not to disparage Ashere's work - which is a great picture, btw - but *cough, cough, The Company of Wolves*?

;-)

A.
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strictlyamateur Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Never heard of it, but I'll take your word for it.
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alveric Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Wow - really?! Showing my age, I guess.
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strictlyamateur Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
nah, I'm just ignorant ^_^
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Ashere Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was messing around in the sketchbook and I liked the look. So thanks. :)
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KitWhitham Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Awesome, and truly scary at the same time!
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Ashere Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. Some times I like letting the macabre out to play. :)
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