This illustration is inspired by Hati and Sköll, two wolves from Norse mythology. Sköll chases the horses Árvakr and Alsviðr, that drag the chariot which contains the sun through the sky every day, trying to eat her. Sköll has a brother, Hati, who chases Máni, the moon. Eventually, they’ll both succeed in their quests.
The illustration is a vector graphic, processed in Photoshop by composing several layers of shapes, colour and textures. These have been previously made in watercolor and ink, in order to add intensity, character and a visual impact.
Here it is, the first BLDGWLF wallpaper.
Working from the brief “create a character wearing a wolf’s head mask” …The illustration was intended to have a Canadian flavour – reminiscent of a mystical woodsman or lumberjack. His arm is tattooed “Rad everyday” because that’s what BLDGWLF does for us … provides a constant stream of rad! Mostly, the other symbolism in there are uberkraaft trademarks – I wouldn’t want to decode them!
The process was pure Photoshop after the initial rough on paper – It turned out to be a mammoth job, as digital illustrations often do, because of the high level of detail I’ve put in there in case it ever gets printed large.