This artwork is titled “Wolf Aurora”, and features a colorful drawing of an ethereal wolf spirit emerging from the lights of the Aurora Borealis. The drawing was created with Koh-i-noor Gioconda pastel pencils on Strathmore Artagain black paper, and measures 9″ x 12″. The original drawing was created on June 23, 2006. However, it was improperly stored, and much of the pastel had fallen off of the paper. So I restored it on August 15, 2018 by going over it again with the same pastel pencils. The original drawing is very sketchy and rough, and the end result is more refined and polished. Larger versions of this drawing can be seen in my portfolio: Newer Drawing and Original Drawing.
I had just gotten a set of these pastel pencils, and was experimenting with technique, and drew this colorful wolf portrait in blues, greens and violets on black paper. The colors reminded me of the Aurora Borealis. It was originally a quick sketch drawing that was done as a warm up, and to get used to how the pencils worked on the paper. However, I really liked how it turned out. The very first version, which I do not have a scan of, was missing the eyes. I originalle left the eyes completely black to give it a more “spirit animal” feeling, but later decided that it would look better with eyes. I had gone back to add the eyes and scan this artwork, so there is actually three versions of this drawing.
The reason that I restored it was that I was looking to add higher quality scans of my artwork in my print store, and was going back and rescanning old artworks at a higher DPI. When I got to this one, I realized I could not scan it as it was, and worked on restoring it so I could scan it. Since the original was done in 2006, which was 12 years prior, my art skills and style have changed significantly. I tried to maintain the spirit of the original drawing, but I also ended up correcting some minor flaws, such as the mouth shape and details in the nose. The original scan also cropped out some of the background, so I was able to capture more of the background when I rescanned it, which is why the wolf looks bigger in the first one. Which version do you prefer?
There is not really any deep meaning or inspiration for this drawing. I really like cool colors, and had just gotten this great black paper which worked very well with pastel pencils. I loved drawing wolves, and wanted to do a cool colorful portrait of a wolf. I drew the wolf first, then added the various abstract lines to the background, and the end result looked like a wolf spirit in the northern lights. So I decided to call it Wolf Aurora.
Art Prints, Wall Art, and Other Products
This artwork is available in my online stores too purchase as a fine art print, other wall art options, home decor, clothing, and many other cool products. Continue reading to learn what products are available with this design in my online stores.
Art Prints, Wall Art and Home Decor
You can purchase “Wolf Aurora” in my FineArtAmerica Art Print Store as a fine art print with many choices of size and material, as well as hundreds of options for framing. Choose from paper giclee prints, stretched canvas prints, and prints on metal, wood, and acrylic, as well as tapestries. Each material comes in a variety of sizes, from 6″ x 8″ to 46″ x 60″. They can even be cropped to standard sizes for easy framing. For art prints, choose from eight different paper types and hundreds of options for framing. Canvas prints come in glossy (recommended) or matte finish, with five different wrap choices, and even the option for framing. Metal prints are printed directly on a 1/16″ sheet of aluminum, and come ready to hang. Acrylic prints are printed on the back of a 1/4″ sheet of clear high gloss acrylic, and your choice of two mounting options. Wood prints are created by printing the artwork on 3/4″ thick maple wood, and come with d-rings for hanging. Cloth tapestries come in three sizes and are printed on polyester microfiber, and are machine washable.
In this store, you can also choose from many other home decor products and other merchandise. This artwork is available on cell phone cases, greeting cards, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, tote bags, carry-all pouches, beach and bath towels, t-shirts, coffee mugs, yoga mats, face masks, spiral notebooks, and fleece blankets. Most products come with multiple size options.
Clothing, Home Decor, and Gift Products
If you are looking for something a little different, visit my RedBubble Store. This store has many products not available in my other online store. It carries most of the same products as the previous store (tote bags, pillows, etc) and many more. There are over 40 unique apparel options for men, women and children, including shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, tank tops, dresses, chiffon tops, leggings, mini skirts, and scarves. Die cut vinyl stickers are a popular favorite, and can be stuck on any surface. There are many options for electronics, including laptop sleeves and skins, iPad cases, iPhone cases, Samsung Galaxy cases, and phone wallets. This store does have a selection of wall art, but fewer sizes are available, being limited to 3-4 sizes. But they do have art boards and posters. You can also purchase acrylic blocks, bath mats, wall clocks, coasters, comforters, floor pillows, drawstring bags, face masks in 3 sizes, pinback buttons, die-cut magnets, socks, travel mugs, water bottles, hardcover journals, jigsaw puzzles, and aprons.