What is werewolf eye color?
What is werewolf eye color?
What colors can wolves’ eyes have? I tried to look it up in several books and found it in neither. I’m curious if any book or scientific paper includes sich an information? Like, all possible and documented wolf’s eye colors. I know about yellow, grey, brown, blueish(not husky-blue, of course), greenish, and I’ve seen in one documentary an Iberian wolf with two eyes different, and this was not any hibrid.
Wolves can have grey, green, brown, yellow, or orange eyes — all these colours can vary in the tone of lightness/darkness, though the green is a palish light green.
Unlike in several dog breeds like Huskies, heterochromia (different coloured eyes) is not a natural wolf trait. I’ve never seen a wolf with two different coloured eyes, but of course theoretically it is possible due to genetic defects.
The same goes for blue eyes. Wolves can only have appearing blue eyes when they have a genetic defect (such as cataracts, which is really rare). In a natural way, wolf eyes never come in blue. The Iberian wolf you mentioned most likely had two different coloured eyes due to genetic defects. Do you remember what documentary this was in?
Cubs are born with blue eyes, but that changes at about 6 weeks of age. Mature wolves do not retain blue as an eye color. Sometimes green or grey eyes can appear blue from certain angles or in certain lights.
I happen to know this wolf personally, and I can say with 100% certainty that he is a pure wolf with blue eyes. These pictures have not been photo shopped in any way. It’s a genetic quirk that runs in his family. His father had blue eyes, and so does his brother. So, while it isn’t natural, it can happen, and it doesn’t necessarily signify that the animal is a hybrid.
Hi you! Do you happen to know what the people at the science center say about this? Like what kind of genetic defect? I’m very curious! 🙂
To prevent confusion I’ll put this here again, I didn’t say wolves can’t have blue eyes, but like I stated above, when they do, it’s because of a genetic defect and doesn’t come natural.
Also, I just thought of the fact that this might also be interesting: at Wolf Park, there’s this wolf called Reudi:
And at Wolf Conservation Center there was this wolf that recently passed away called Lukas:
Both of them have appearing blue eyes, while in fact they both have an extreme pale light gray eye colour. Their eyes appear blue from certain angles or in certain lights or surroundings. Their eyes were an extremely light gray, which causes them to be reflective of their environment. I don’t recall exactly, but I know Reudi had several genetic defects — one of them resulting in him having very short legs. No doubt these genetic defects caused his odd eye colour. Here’s some more information on Reudi and his eyes.
So your first thought is probably any number of werewolf pop culture things. One of those is even very likely to be MTV’s Teen Wolf, since they made werewolf eye colors a big thing and an indicator toward the power level and/or another aspect of the werewolf themselves.
That wasn’t ever a thing in folklore, obviously, since no one back then was comparing werewolf ranks or power levels. But there is a lot of info about werewolf eyes in folklore; more than you might think.
First up, and my favorite, is Norse mythology and its shapeshifters, who have very interesting eyes.
The shapeshifters of Norway and Iceland were called eigi einhamir, or “not of one form/skin.” There are a lot of other terms associated with them, and they are, quite frankly, very awesome. But most importantly for this post, they are described as,
He [the shapeshifter] follows the instincts of the beast whose body he has made his own, but his own intelligence is neither clouded nor snuffed. The soul remains unchanged, and hence the mirror of the soul, the eye, can by no art be altered.
(Montague Summers, Werewolf, page 242. And no I’m not using proper academic citations, but it’d give you a headache trying to read them, anyway, so I’m keeping it simple this time. I am so tired of academic citations.)
Does this mean their eyes look human all the time, even in animal and/or werewolf form? Or is it just the same color? It doesn’t really specify, so that’s up for you to interpret.
Moving on to other regions and time periods, there are actually lots of instances of werewolves having all kinds of eyes. This includes red eyes, especially in the Early Modern period from writers like Henri Boguet and a few others.
And, of course, plenty of werewolves have yellow eyes. Because, well, that is wolf eyes. But they “glint” more than wolf eyes – many werewolf accounts and stories will specify “glinting” eyes – and shine with inhuman intelligence. That’s very, very common in folklore (because in folklore, werewolves were not stupid).
Other descriptors for werewolf eyes, other than the glinting, include “mournful.” Some are also described as being “light” eyes in certain Northern European cultures (which were also described as “horrid,” probably because that was very creepy to see), which is believed to be a way of saying that they had eye colors wolves are not capable of having, but humans can have (such as blue, green, and grey), and others were specified to have those colors.
Still more descriptors include “sharp” eyes, “great and large and watchful” (the better to see you with, I guess), and others.
And, of course, in the later periods, when werewolves were being turned into evil things in legend (whereas they were often good or at least relatable before), these intelligent werewolves are described as having “evil” eyes, “hellish” eyes, and eyes “blazing with hellish fury.”
If you ask the scientists from whom we now get the term for the mental illness “clinical lycanthropy,” werewolves (and by that they mean people who believe themselves to be wolves, not actual folkloric shapeshifting werewolf beliefs) have dry eyes and cannot cry, because they often have some kind of accompanying disease.
And lastly, we get an interesting one, which is eyes of fire. Some werewolves in legend are described as having “blazing” eyes (similar to that hellish fury one), “flaming” eyes, and, as mentioned, “eyes of fire.” So were their eyes made of fire? Were they actually on fire? Is that all just a metaphor for how scary and/or angry they were? Some people take it literally and give them flaming eyes, which, hey, that’s pretty badass.
Some werewolves also had wolf eyes all the time, or at least animal-colored (such as yellow) eyes, as one writer, Boguet, persistently mentions that werewolves have eyes that are “mirrors to the bestial soul,” and that “the eyes of a werewolf even in human form are unmistakably animal.”
So there are lots of different takes on whether werewolves have human eyes all the time, animal eyes all the time, or something in-between (in my setting, Wulfgard, I personally go for something in-between – you’ll be hearing a whole lot about that in the future, don’t worry).
Want a simple list version of werewolf eye colors? Here you go:
- The same eyes as their human form (does this mean their eyes looked human? Maybe, maybe not, but they definitely retained the color at least)
- Red eyes
- Yellow eyes
- Orange eyes
- Flaming eyes/eyes of fire
- Blue eyes
- Green eyes
- White/grey eyes
Whatever kind of eyes they have, they are definitely always intelligent (often eerily so), and they are definitely always very alert and keen. And in case you were wondering – yes, werewolves definitely have exceptional eyesight!
What is werewolf eye color?
Alright guys! Here’s a tutorial for making it look like someone has werewolf golden eyes like in Teen Wolf and it’s aimed at using a gif. Of course, you could do this with a still picture as well.
I’ll also show you had to do red and blue!
Step 1: Open your gif. We’re using Parrish, because why not?
Now, you’ll want to use a gif that is somewhere between 5-7 frames, otherwise you’re gonna be working for hours and it might start looking weird. And notice that there’s some great light on his eyes and that you can actually see the iris, this is gonna be important.
Step 2: Make a copy of the first frame
Make sure you have the first layer selected in the Timeline:
Then go to the layers palette and right-click and check “duplicate layer”. You’re layers palette should like like this:
Step 3: Lightening, Sharpening, and Burning
Alright, first we’re going to use the Burn Tool
These are my settings:
You want to use a soft round brush at 2px. Range is “shadows” and exposure is 100%
Zoom way the fuck in on your eye.
That area in red I outlined? You’re going to go over that area with the burn tool.
Subtle, but it makes a difference, trust me, Make sure you do that to both eyes.
Next we’re going to do some lightening. Grab the Dodge Tool
These are the settings:
Now brush around the iris, just go around in one circle. Don’t do it to much. Result (with the Burn):
Again, subtle. But it makes a difference.
Next we’re going to Sharpen. So grab the Sharpen Tool:
I used a bigger size brush cause what you really want to do is just click on the eye once instead of “brushing” for a more uniform look. So, the size really depends on how much you’re zoomed into your picture and the size of the eye. Anyway, like I said, just make sure your brush is lined up with the eye and click the mouse once. Now, depending on how sharp you want the eye to look, you can click how ever many times you want. I actually clicked the mouse 3 times.
Result of the Burn, Dodge, and Sharpening:
Step 4: Merge Layers
Ok, now you’re going to want to go back to your Layer Palette and right-click on the copied layer we just did all that work on. A menu will pop up and you want to select “Merge Down”. This is basically going to be our new first layer for the gif!
Step 5: Coloring
Alright, so over in the layers palette, you’ll want to add a new layer right above the first layer.
Also, remember that you still want to be on Layer 1 in the Timeline.
So now that we have our new layer, we need to pick a color. For this tutorial, we’re going to go with a golden color. I’m using #ff9b06.
This color will also depend on how light or dark your gif is. My gif is fairly light, so I can use this darker gold. If your gif is darker, you might want to try a lighter gold.
Now grab your paint brush. I’m still using a soft brush, size 10px at 100% opacity.
Brush a ring around your iris:
Don’t worry if some of the color gets on the Burned part or the pupil. Just make sure you don’t go into the white of the eye.
Set that layer to Soft Light and then duplicate it. Set the duplicate to 50% opacity.
And there you have it! That’s your first layer done!
Now the tedious part is that you get to go ahead and do that to every layer. That’s why you want to use a gif with as few of frames as possible.
And this is what your finished product will look like!
Now, I’m going to tell you how you can change the eye color at this point. Maybe you want Alpha Red! Or Killed Someone Blue! Here’s how!
Delete the duplicated color layer and go back to the original Soft Light Layer. Leave the layer on Soft Light and then go up to Image — Adjustments — Hue/Saturation and this box will pop up:
Now, you’re going to stay in Master and the mess around with the Hue! You left the color layer on Soft Light, so as you’re messing with the colors, you can see what it’s actually going to look like on your gif.
These are my settings for Alpha Red:
As you can see, I went ahead a took the “Lightness” down cause they were to light.
And here’s the settings for Killed Someone Blue:
Make sure you write your numbers down because if you’re making a gif, you’re going to have to do this to every layer.
This is a great way to change any eye color, actually, not just Teen Wolf werewolf colors! Have fun, go crazy! And let me know if you have any questions!
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