Rufus Darken - werewolf transition Picture

I asked an anthro-artist named Josh Smith to create a picture of my werewolf character, Rufus, in front of a mirror, staring at his human-self. Or vice versa. He asked if he could take artistic license and make it more 'Fantasy' and make the transition more 'metaphysical' and, to a degree, 'spiritual.'

This piece depicts Rufus as a human being transitioning into Rufus as a werewolf. At first I wasn't sure if I liked the piece. But it grew on me. I really like what Josh did, giving it a fantasy element, as though suggesting the transformation takes place where the two sides of Rufus' ego touch. It makes it feel more spiritual and moving.

In my novel series, Rufus Darken (commonly known as Rue), is a Georgia state native born in the early 1900s. He ages slowly, and is able to transition himself into a werewolf.

A painful affair, transitioning causes bone structure and density to change. He maintains the same core mass and weight, but fine fur is pushed through his pores. Bones elongate and shift, causing a semi-hollow nature somewhat like that of a Newfoundland Dog, whose hollow bone structure allow the dog amazing buoyancy. Rue's ears shift upwards, along the side of his skull, point at the ends, cup inward and cause temporarily bleeding. His canid teeth grow long. His molars become spaced out as his jaw juts forward into a snout and muzzle.

With nowhere else to go, his stomach fatty tissue deposits are shifted upwards over his pectorals during the elongation of his torso in the transformation process. His feet arch downwards and he walks on the balls, now hindpaws, of his feet. His ankle juts back much like an animal standing on its hind-legs.

His already acute nose and ears become more focused, able to detect sound and scent a great deal better. Unlike a dog's eyes, which can only see blue, brown, black, white and grey, Rufus keeps his own eyes. But because of the hormone changes, and other chemicals in his body that is released during the transformation, colors appear brighter and more vibrant.

Like a lupine, he cannot see in pitch black. But in dim settings, he has a greater contrast, allowing him to see somewhat better. He can also see the infrared spectrum faintly. It simply looks, to him, like a whitish light. So please don't point your TV remote controller at him and hold the button down. It's annoying.

Rufus is loyal to his friends, playful and flirty to females, but it takes him a while to trust someone once he's been betrayed.

In the year 2023, when the story begins, he appears to be in his early 30's. Werewolf children age normally until the end of puberty, when their metabolic rate changes, causing their aging process to slow greatly. This also increases the rate in which their body heals, and allows them to endure injuries that would end the life of a typical person. They can die, but a silver bullet won't kill them. However, an infected wound most certainly would.

Rufus often plays on people's fears of mythology. If he's at gunpoint, he'll bluff the gunner by telling them that unless the bullet is silver, it won't hurt him. If in close proximity, he has been known to guide a gunner's handgun to his gun where his appendix is missing, dare them to fire. The bullet will go clean through and out the back of his body. He has practiced the ability to not flinch during this. It scares the gunman, who believes his bluff.

He heals fastest during transformation, meaning if he takes too many injuries as a werewolf, his best option is to transition back to human, or vice versa.

Wolves have been proven by science NEVER to attack a person at their hamstrings. However, werewolves are taught from a young age to use claws to attack someone's hamstrings in order to render them unable to flee. It is assumed that the wive's tale regarding wolves attacking hamstrings may have originated from an actual werewolf attack.

Rufus is known to have a sister named Peri-Lynn, but she's been missing for quite some time.

The draft of the first novel in the story series begins here:…;

Josh Smith's art can be found here:
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