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Nine-tailed Fox by Vyrilien Nine-tailed Fox by Vyrilien
The Nine-tailed fox - 九尾狐

In Japanese folklore it is believed that foxes -or 'kitsune' as they are also called- are intelligent beings and possess magical abilities.

The more tails a kitsune has the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. In some folktales it is said that a kitsune will only grow an additional tail when it has lived for 1000 years. When a kitsune grows its ninth tail, its fur becomes golden or white. These nine-tailed foxes gain the abilities to see and hear anything happening anywhere in the world. Other tales attribute them infinite wisdom.

Most notably they are known for their ability to take on human forms ľan ability learned when it reaches a certain age (usually 100 years). Foxes are particularly renowned for impersonating beautiful women. Common belief in medieval Japan was that any woman encountered alone, especially at dusk or night, could be a fox.

Other supernatural abilities commonly attributed to the kitsune include possession, mouths or tails that generate fire or lightning (known as kitsune-bi; literally, fox-fire), wilful manifestation in the dreams of others, flight, invisibility and the creation of illusions so elaborate as to be almost indistinguishable from reality.

The Nine-tailed fox was a suggestion/request made by ~BBoyWonder A big thanks to him for this cool idea :heart: I've never seriously painted or drawn one before, but it was a lot of fun to paint :) I just hope it doesn't look too much like the one from Okami... Oh and here's the Progression piece for it: [link]

Anyway, I hope you like it!

~Vyrilien

Medium: Corel Painter Essentials 2, Photoshop CS2, Intuos 2

Time Taken: Ermmm, say 10 hours?

P.S. I tried giving it a BG, but in the end it proved best to leave it as it was. I hope it's not disappointing...
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LavaMan32 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
So beautiful:D (Big Grin) 
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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LavaMan32 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
No problem
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CeruleanFox333 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
His coloring and expression makes him look so fierce. Amazing picture! :D Foxy Fav 
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I am quite pleased with how it's snarl turned out too :)
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raziel32v Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
the colors you pick make this pic. great job
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Scourgeninetales Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Artist
can i draw this
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go ahead! I'd wanna see it :D
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Scourgeninetales Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Artist
it may take a long time send me reminders once in a while oh first give me a animal to draw and dont judge my style a mammal like cat 
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought you wanted to draw this one? :O

Well, if you want me to name one, I'd pick a snow leopard! :D And no worries, I don't judge style, just quality, haha!
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Scourgeninetales Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Artist
no i mean i cant draw plian go ill draw on paper and look at paper to do on here and YAY snow leapard
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Scourgeninetales Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Artist
so pretty
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Scourgeninetales Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Artist
lolz
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Toothy-Teh-Person Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Artist
THTAS MY NEW SCREEN SAVER
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :D
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Toothy-Teh-Person Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Artist
yea its awesome ouo!!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! <3
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Toothy-Teh-Person Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Artist
i am glad too XD
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DeathMask002 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just beautifully done, its amazing
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Patrik356b Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! 
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tails8000 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

oh I for got mine nie tails is hafe angle and hafe demon


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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As in his powers, his looks or as in his parents (one parent angel, one parent demon)?
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tails8000 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

mom is a demon dragon but she is a good mother but she has anger probulems and the dad is the angle


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tails8000 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

his name sorry


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tails8000 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
my nine tailed fox chariter I made is a nine tailed fox and has the same coloers white fur with red belly and tips of tails and red claus his have is Hayate Bloodtail
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds cool! Didn't see a drawing of him in your gallery though :) Will you draw him at some point? 
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tails8000 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

I have him dram but I have no scanner to pit it in to my pc


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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw shame!
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tails8000 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

thank you if you want to know  more ask


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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so! :)
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Oqrjop Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
I love this, great work, was just wondering if you had a version of it where tails are not cut off from the picture, cause i would love to get this as a tattoo
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're not the first to ask actually! I have at some point drawn a rough outline of how the tails would look like beyond the borders of the picture, but unfortunately it's on the harddrive on a PC of mine that died two months back. So sorry, can't help you, unfortunately. Although, I'm sure it wouldn't be very hard for a skilled tattoo artists just to fill up the blanks :) 
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Oqrjop Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
ok thx
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:iconmittenstheninjakitty:
Wow...I didn't know all that stuff about nine tails...these things are freakin' awesome!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, they sure are!! There's a lot more to know about them actually, this is just a snippet of info :) Kitsune are such awesome mythical creatures. 
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I agree!
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spirtiwolf101 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yes!ive finally found the person who made this amazing picture!great work!=D
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spirtiwolf101 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yes!ive finally found the person who made this amazing picture!great work!=D
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Keitsumah Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow I'm actually quiet familiar with this legend -neat take on the Gumiho (aka that's another word for nine-tailed fox i just had to use it!)
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Kapuchu1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Gumiho (Kumiho) is a korean legend about a fox gaining the ability to shapeshift into humans, and also feasting on human flesh. 

The Kitsune (Japanese) and Huli Jing (Chinese) are slightly different. THIS is a Kitsune, not a Gumiho.
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luvJesusInHeavn Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've found the artist behind this amazing picture?!!


*faints from happiness*
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, I'm so flattered! Thanks! :D
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CJcool007 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist
nice work
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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xXninja4lifeXx Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
fan of naruto... anyone??
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