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Wolf Aurora Colorful Fantasy Drawing

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.

Wolf Aurora Old Drawing vs New Drawing

Wolf Aurora Old Drawing vs New 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.

Wolf Aurora Framed Artwork

Wolf Aurora Framed Artwork

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.

Wolf Aurora pillows

Wolf Aurora throw pillows

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.

Psychedelic Wolf

Something Different – Psychedelic Wolf Drawing

My popular drawing “Psychedelic Wolf” was one of my earliest psychedelic animal drawings.  It was completed on February 4, 2008, and was created with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper.  It features a portrait of a wolf with alternating bands of colors forming the wolf’s head and upper body, with a background also consisting of colored bands of different colors. A larger version of this drawing can be seen in my portfolio here – Psychedelic Wolf.

Inspiration for the Artwork

In the years between 2006-2008, I created several now popular psychedelic inspired drawings.  This marked a turning point in my artistic style as well as marked the beginnings of my professional art career. At this period of time, I was started to get more into the classic rock of the 1960s and 1970s, and was influenced by the artwork of that era. My previous artwork consisted of mostly semi-realistic animal portraits and fantasy drawings.  I liked to draw, but was struggling with trying to find my own style.  I’d like to think I found it now!

The funny thing about this drawing was that my original plan for it was nothing like how it eventually turned out.  It was just going to be another wolf portrait, but my original idea was to make it just a bit more colorful.  As I was starting to draw it, however, it seemed like the drawing had a mind of its own, and I just started laying down streaks of colors.  I used complementary colors next to each other for extreme contrast, and the lines themselves were gradient and dynamic, changing colors with each twist and turn.  The right edge of the wolf’s body seems to start to “melt” into the background.

The overall color tones used did mimic the markings of a grey wolf: darker colors used in darker areas, and lighter ones in lighter areas.  This becomes apparent when you look at a greyscale version of the drawing, which you can see below. The dark areas are the inside of the ears, the middle of the forehead, around the eyes, the nose and mouth, and the markings just around the top and sides of the eyes.

psychedelic wolf color vs grey

“Psychedelic Wolf” – color vs grey

This was one of the first drawings that I uploaded to my newly opened online store, then on CafePress. I honestly had no idea that anyone would like this at all, but it quickly became one of my most popular artworks of all time.  Even 12 years later, this still remains what I consider my flagship piece.  I still have the original drawing in my art portfolio.

This artwork is available in all of my online stores for purchase as an art print and on merchandise. Please read below to know what is available in each store.

FineArtAmerica – Art Prints and Home Decor

Psychedelic Wolf Art Prints

Psychedelic Wolf Art Prints

My FineArtAmerica (also known as Pixels.com) store is the all around best place to go for art prints and home decor items. They have the most sizes available of any print store online, and the most variety of choices of paper types, mat colors and frames. Click the link or the picture to visit the store.  For art prints and wall art, choose from giclee paper prints, framed prints, stretched canvas, and prints on metal, acrylic and wood, as well as wall tapestries.  Home decor items include fleece blankets, coffee mugs, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, bath towels, beach towels, zipper pouches, and tote bags.  They also have some cell phone cases, t-shirts, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, yoga mats, and face masks.  They are the best of my stores to go for these items.

RedBubble Store – Home Decor and Apparel

Psychedelic wolf redbubble

Psychedelic wolf Redbubble Store

I have had my RedBubble store since 2008 and this was the very first design I uploaded there. They are a fantastic place to go for all kinds of gifts and decor. They have many of the same products as my FineArtAmerica store, but also have several unique products. Although they do have art prints and canvas prints, the sizes offered are more limited, with usually only 3-4 size choices for each print type. The one print they do have that is unique to RedBubble is the Gallery Art Board.

They have the most apparel options of any of my online stores. You can choose from so many different styles and colors of shirt, and even dresses and skirts!  They also have really awesome die-cut vinyl stickers, which come in four sizes, and your choice of transparent, glossy white, or matte white. They have many great electronics cases, including laptop skins and sleeves, iPad skins and cases, iPhone skins and cases, and Samsung Galaxy skins and cases.  They have three types of cell phone cases: soft, tough, and snap.

RedBubble has several products not found in FineArtAmerica, including acrylic blocks, bath mats, clocks, coasters, comforters, floor pillows, drawstring bags, cotton tote bags, travel mugs, and aprons. They also have other products such as pin back buttons, scarves, socks, hardcover journals, and water bottles.  They recently added jigsaw puzzles.

Zazzle – Unique Gifts

Psychedelic Wolf Pint Glass

Psychedelic Wolf Pint Glass

I have also had my Zazzle store since 2008. This was probably the first artwork I uploaded there as well.  Zazzle has some amazing products that are not found in any other print on demand art store online. (Print on demand stores are stores where artists can sell products with their art printed on them).  They are best for unique kitchen and dining decor, stationery products, and cool gifts. My Zazzle store contains the following unique products:

Kitchen and Dining:

Although almost all online stores have coffee mugs, the ones at Zazzle are the best. You can choose from 8 different styles of mug, and two of them have color choices on the inside and handle. They also have kitchen tea towels, candy tins, plastic coasters, stone coasters, two types of magnets, pint size drinking glass, shot glass, clear acrylic tumblers, and stainless steel insulated water bottles with multiple color choices.

Stationery, School and Office

Zazzle offers personalized address labels, greeting cards, postcards, mouse pads, gel mouse pads, weekly planners, spiral notebooks in three sizes, paper stickers, vinyl die cut stickers, and glass paperweights.

Other Unique Gifts

Other unique gifts Zazzle has are ornaments in ceramic and acrylic, jigsaw puzzles in many sizes, Otterbox brand cell phone cases, reusable grocery bags, baby blankets, door mats, bath towel sets, keychains, bandanas, playing cards, and square wall tapestries.