I was a little confused by the title at first because I thought (this being a pro-wolf site) that it was the wolves doing the hunting, not being hunted. I saw this thread before the actual art thread, so needless to say I was a little... bewildered at first. <<
In my opinion? The art is not graphic, which does not violate any rules I'm aware of. My question is, however, that if it had been a badger or a fox or anything of that sort instead of a wolf, would we have really paid it any mind?
And I realize this is a pro-wolf site, but the picture itself could just as much display the prowess and power of a wolf (you can't really tell from the scene whether it is the dogs or the wolf who have the advantage) as it could the gruesome reality of wolf hunting. I think it's very beautiful, and that yes, the image itself leaves much to be imagined. No one can anticipate what an artist was thinking when they drew their pictures, but I doubt that this one was meant to incite an argument.
Aside from that, the Artist Lounge doesn't state that anything must be wolf-specific in content, much less pro-wolf specific in content. Personally, I think that giving wolves human qualities in art (anthromorphic, but not in all cases, mind) is an insult to the natural splendor of a wolf and defiles its image in my eyes, but that's a pointless argument because people will keep on drawing what they want no matter what I think. It all comes down to personal opinion and open-mindedness.
I get the point of why it was locked, and I know that under the circumstances some people -could- take it the wrong way, but that's no fault of the artist or even the art itself. I kind of ride the fence with this one... I know mods were only trying to prevent flaming, but at the same time, I think that with the attention it's merited now, it's more likely to draw negative feedback than it was to begin with if it was unlocked at this point.