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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 –an 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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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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