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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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wispman2 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
Hey Vyrilien can I ask you something?
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply; but sure! Shoot :)
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wispman2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017
Do you take requests?
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I don't, sorry
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wispman2 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017
Okay
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wispman2 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017
Do you know someone who does
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, no, not really. I don't visit this site much anymore so I'm not at all up to date on other deviants unfortunately. 
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wispman2 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017
Are you kidding your art is amazing you should totally visit this place more often and i love to see others amazing masterpieces come to life and that's why I need help bringing mine to life
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess I kinda lacked motivation these past few years, but comments like these make me rethink some things. Appreciate it man :)
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ZethirT Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Holy shite that's cool! The pose, coloring and fur are super sexy. The eyes give me a slight Berserk (the manga) vibe though which is not a bad thing, the eyes are one of the coolest parts of the drawing :)

Good job!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woa, a comparison to Berserk? Very high praise indeed. Thank you for your comment :D
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AoArchangel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
One of my favorite nine tailed fox drawings, and I first saw this five years ago XD It's beautiful and mysterious~ Very cool too! And I absolutely love the realistic fur :D
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw comments like this make me smile so hard C':
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AoArchangel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
You're welcome! :3
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LynxLover137 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it, it's amazing and so realistic!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Touyjah Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
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someone stole your art
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks for alerting me! Much appreciated :)
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vindurza Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
love the look of it's face/muzzle 
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I wanted him to look real sinister, so a snarley, toothy grin seemed to work well :)
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ajb-2k3 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
Came across this on Pinterest and have to say WOW,
I really like this!
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Nightwitch69 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
love it
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional Writer
So very beautiful
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015   Writer
You made him look fearsome :)
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CreepyWarriorPony Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
This is pure awesomeness! I love kitsunes so much, and I just love how you drew it!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw thanks! :)
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Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very creative. It would have been cool to see this design in Naruto.
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! That would be awesome haha. I always did like Kyuubi's head design in Naruto though. Properly menacing looking :)
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LavaMan32 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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  Hobbyist Writer
No problem
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CeruleanFox333 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student 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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:iconvyrilien:
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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Vitilo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist 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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Vitilo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist 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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Vitilo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist 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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