Swann Smith

Artist, Designer, New Yorker.

Illustrator of the Teen Wolf Bestiary.

Behind the Bestiary: Argent Family Crest Explained
On the Teen Wolf Bestiary’s cover, I created an elaborate coat of arms with shield, motto, supporter, and accessories for the Argent family. 
Wonder what it all means? Here’s five explanations:
The motto is the Werewolf Hunter’s code, “We hunt those who hunt us”, in the Argent family’s native French. (C’mon you knew that….)
On the tilting-shield is the Argent’s first Werewolf kill, La Bête du Gévaudan. Shot full of arrows, this Werewolf is transforming back to it’s human form as it dies — hence, the back arm having returned to its human form (notice you don’t see that in the early sketch above).
To the sides of the shield are the family’s favorite Werewolf hunting tools of the trade: crossbow and arrows on the left, wolfsbane on the right.
Behind the shield representing all Argent women is Athena, goddess of wisdom and war strategy. Why? As Chris Argent explained to Allison, it is Argent women who make the decisions regarding the family’s Werewolf hunting pursuits.
Finally, this is more trivia than explanation, but I originally designed this elaborate crest to be used inside the Bestiary, but it’s placement was upgraded for use on the cover.
Pictured above: Top, the Argent Family Crest on the Bestiary’s cover; Bottom-Left, an early sketch of the crest; Bottom-Right, final artwork of the crest.

Behind the Bestiary: Argent Family Crest Explained

On the Teen Wolf Bestiary’s cover, I created an elaborate coat of arms with shield, motto, supporter, and accessories for the Argent family. 

Wonder what it all means? Here’s five explanations:

  1. The motto is the Werewolf Hunter’s code, “We hunt those who hunt us”, in the Argent family’s native French. (C’mon you knew that….)
  2. On the tilting-shield is the Argent’s first Werewolf kill, La Bête du Gévaudan. Shot full of arrows, this Werewolf is transforming back to it’s human form as it dies — hence, the back arm having returned to its human form (notice you don’t see that in the early sketch above).
  3. To the sides of the shield are the family’s favorite Werewolf hunting tools of the trade: crossbow and arrows on the left, wolfsbane on the right.
  4. Behind the shield representing all Argent women is Athena, goddess of wisdom and war strategy. Why? As Chris Argent explained to Allison, it is Argent women who make the decisions regarding the family’s Werewolf hunting pursuits.
  5. Finally, this is more trivia than explanation, but I originally designed this elaborate crest to be used inside the Bestiary, but it’s placement was upgraded for use on the cover.

Pictured above: Top, the Argent Family Crest on the Bestiary’s cover; Bottom-Left, an early sketch of the crest; Bottom-Right, final artwork of the crest.

Behind the Bestiary: Twin Alpha
This was one of my favorite vignettes to illustrate. From watching Teen Wolf, I never knew that the Twin Alpha had a double spine. But then I saw a production still from MTV with the note “IT HAS TWO FREAKING SPINES!!!” 
OKAY!!!
The anatomist in me was excited to figure out why Twin Alphas have double spines (A: they are basically the Pacific Rim Jaegers of Werewolves) and how a double spine could be constructed that wouldn’t make itself obvious in a live figure (A: well, you can see my solution in the sketch above).
I included the ribbon on the right as both a joke on the flying clothes/ribbons that were used for morality purposes in classical paintings (plus, I’m skeptical of those magic jeans that can merge along with the Carver twins on Teen Wolf), and to help explain that the sketch is of an Alpha transformation in progress.

Behind the Bestiary: Twin Alpha

This was one of my favorite vignettes to illustrate. From watching Teen Wolf, I never knew that the Twin Alpha had a double spine. But then I saw a production still from MTV with the note “IT HAS TWO FREAKING SPINES!!!” 

OKAY!!!

The anatomist in me was excited to figure out why Twin Alphas have double spines (A: they are basically the Pacific Rim Jaegers of Werewolves) and how a double spine could be constructed that wouldn’t make itself obvious in a live figure (A: well, you can see my solution in the sketch above).

I included the ribbon on the right as both a joke on the flying clothes/ribbons that were used for morality purposes in classical paintings (plus, I’m skeptical of those magic jeans that can merge along with the Carver twins on Teen Wolf), and to help explain that the sketch is of an Alpha transformation in progress.

Here is my skeleton Herb (who posed a lot for the Teen Wolf Bestiary) hanging out in the studio while pondering “Who is the Benefactor?”

Here is my skeleton Herb (who posed a lot for the Teen Wolf Bestiary) hanging out in the studio while pondering “Who is the Benefactor?”

Anonymous asked: can you please give us a copy of the bestiary, posted its in tumblr, Brazilian fans can not buy :(

Hi, I have posted a link here on Tumblr that will take you to my website (swannstudio.com) and you can see the bestiary in its entirety.

FYI: MTV commissioned the bestiary from me and gave it out for free as a limited edition collector’s item to fans at San Diego Comic-Con. The Teen Wolf bestiary is currently not for sale anywhere (although some fans have put the copies they received up for sale on eBay).

It’s up to MTV and Teen Wolf’s production company whether to make printed versions of the bestiary available to fans globally in the future. Right now I don’t know whether they will, but I’ll post if/when I hear of new opportunities for you to obtain the bestiary.

Thanks for your interest :-)

Hey Teen Wolf fans (and anyone who just likes supernatural creatures), check out the entire Teen Wolf Bestiary along with some insights into its creation at my website swannstudio.com

Hey Teen Wolf fans (and anyone who just likes supernatural creatures), check out the entire Teen Wolf Bestiary along with some insights into its creation at my website swannstudio.com

As a supplement to the Teen Wolf Bestiary, I also created the artwork used in the customizable beast activation kiosk for fans attending San Diego Comic-Con 2014. This by far is my favorite from the 18 possible combinations. I call it a JagOniMa (Werejaguar ears, Oni eyes, Kanima teeth).

As a supplement to the Teen Wolf Bestiary, I also created the artwork used in the customizable beast activation kiosk for fans attending San Diego Comic-Con 2014. This by far is my favorite from the 18 possible combinations. I call it a JagOniMa (Werejaguar ears, Oni eyes, Kanima teeth).

This is a mockup ad/poster for a spin-off series to MTV’s Teen Wolf that I would like to see created (sorry, the “Coming Soon” is my wishful thinking).
I see House of Hale taking place before the tragic fire and being centered around young Derek Hale and his prominent family of born werewolves. (Oh, and of course little Stiles would often be caught snooping around the Hale property trying to figure out the family’s “secret”.)
Notes: I do not own the images of Derek or the wolf. Logo inspired by the Teen Wolf logo. Hallway image is all me and Photoshop wizardry.

This is a mockup ad/poster for a spin-off series to MTV’s Teen Wolf that I would like to see created (sorry, the “Coming Soon” is my wishful thinking).

I see House of Hale taking place before the tragic fire and being centered around young Derek Hale and his prominent family of born werewolves. (Oh, and of course little Stiles would often be caught snooping around the Hale property trying to figure out the family’s “secret”.)

Notes: I do not own the images of Derek or the wolf. Logo inspired by the Teen Wolf logo. Hallway image is all me and Photoshop wizardry.

Happy Halloween!

These are some Photoshop manips I created from my standard profile picture.

T-shirt Design: Sitting Duck

It’s nature vs. technology gone amok in this illustration.

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