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Ritual of the Wolves by rieke-b Ritual of the Wolves by rieke-b
Wolves have always fascinated me. And they're returning to Germany, yay!

There's not much proof of why they really howl, yet, but it's about communication, that's for sure because they almost never howl alone but always with the pack.
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CoryntheLeader Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
OMG! How do you... you.. Oh my god... ga-ga- *Faint*................................................ Wake up; THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! did you just shade the dark fur to make it look like that? I always wanted to do that, I even did a couple times, but, Epic Fail!:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Really glad you like it. :)
Well, I just looked at a few photos and then drew the fur by starting with the bright areas and then getting darker. The paper structure helped a bit, too. :)
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BaneEden Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Lovely :heart:
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nagini-chan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Isn't it a sort of "marking their territory" thing? So that the animals hear them around? Especially to warn other predators in the area?

Anyway, I love wolves and I like your drawing. :)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that's surely one of the functions of the howling. It must be a social activity for sure. :)

Thanks a lot!
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
I would love to hear a wolf's howl
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Me, too. It must be dreamy to hear it in real life... :)
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wolves-are-my-life Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Spikytastic hates wolves! come to the wolves defense! thats awesome by the way!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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ManitouWolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautifully done. :D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bounce:
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RabbyoSaberwolves Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
#x-Wolf-Paws-x placed this in our featured folder!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really?! Oh, thank you so much! I really feel honoured! :D
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Wolfie-WildSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Your shading is lovely. I had to giggle at the one in the background. He looks like he's smiling for the viewer. :giggle: Awesome job! :w00t:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :heart:
The "laughing one" is my favourite, too. He just had to be in the picture. Seems like he doesn't take the howling too serious. ;)
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :giggle:
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TheSepiaRaven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work! I actually got to howl with wolves while doing some bird banding/migration monitoring out in Canada; most spiritual moment of my life.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? Wow! :eyepopping: I'm really glad that my drawing reminded you of that unique moment.
How far were they away from you?
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TheSepiaRaven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably a kilometer or so. Not far. It was a clear, full moon as well. I actually got (poor) audio recordings of it. There were old scats all around the trails, but I never saw any of the wolves. :/
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow... Such a great moment! I guess you don't even have to see the wolves to be fascinated by them. :) Do you think the howling really has to do something with the moon? I'm not too sure about that...
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TheSepiaRaven Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, moon phase really doesn't have anything to do with it, but it was almost unreal how it was a full moon, completely clear, thousands of stars.....
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BrokenLegion Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
My favorite one is the one in back who looks like he is laughing at the other three
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, he's looking a little foolish, that's right. I like him most, too. He just needed to be there. :D
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DetectiveSiMunLee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Beautiful artwork!
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Routani Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I like the way you've drawn the fur :heart: Brilliant piece!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :) I'm glad that you like this old drawing.
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Mal ganz ohne Vollmond :D
Ganz im Ernst, ich finds (gerade deswegen) wunderschön! Hast du toll gemacht :heart:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Danke sehr. Freut mich, dass es dir gefällt. Das Bild ist schon ein paar Jahre alt, aber ich mag es auch selbst immer noch. :)
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Kann ich nur zu gut verstehen dass du´s mag, mir würds genau so gehen! Ich hab ein Pastellbild von einem Polarwolf, das ich schon vor zwei Jahren gemalt hab, und es hängt immer noch bei mir eingerahmt an der Wand, auch wenn ich das eine oder andere dran zu kritisieren hab (ich bin vA was Wölfe angeht eine schreckliche Perfektionistin..)
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trojanvirus-exe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! this definitely deserves a DD! Fav! Its awesome!!!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You think so? :eyepopping: Wow, that's a great compliment for an old drawing. I don't understand how DDs work (and I don't care much at the moment), but I'm really glad you like it. :)
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jadesfires Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011   Writer
This is incredible. I love all the details. Beautiful wolves. Great work.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :) It's an old picture, but I still think it's quite good.
Glad you like it!
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jadesfires Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011   Writer
It is quite good. You're welcome. :D
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Silver-Wolves Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Very lovely! :heart:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :) It's an old picture, but I still think it's quite good.
Glad you like it!
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Silver-Wolves Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
You're welcome, and it IS quite good :)
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SaraJArts Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful ^^ Well done.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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Saage2 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lol love wolves there my fav animal and they also how to find a pack member if they lose him/her. they howl for many different reasons to find a mate, to find and keep track of there pack and pups and many more lol there awsome :D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment. :)
I like wolves very much, too.
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Saage2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome and I'm happy to help lol we have something in common
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FenrisxWolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
So purteh!! ^^
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for adding my picture to the galleries. :)
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FenrisxWolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
pleasure ^^
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WolfWhisperer123 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE! this :)
The shading and shape is amazing!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, you think so? Thank you so much! :)
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WolfWhisperer123 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome and It is very brilliant :)
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