Spring Fox Picture

It's been a while, hasn't it DA? Well, when you're newly graduated and just starting an office job it really does take up a lot of your time (though energy even more so). I've been feeling rather bland for the past while (okay, definitely more than a while...) and of course I haven't been letting my muses free as much as I should, but I'm working on it. Life's not going to change so you're the one that has to roundkick it in the face and become awesome, so that's what I'm doing. Hopefully this means more art for you guys and, as I derust myself, higher quality art.

For very brief context, the White Fox Kuzunoha is a Japanese fox who disguised herself as a woman, as foxes may freely do in Japanese mythology. Unlike foxes in most cultures who are seen as deceiving, they are also able to form deep bonds including romantic relationships. She fell in love and married a man with which she had a child with. When her child discovered she had a tail (as foxes have difficulty hiding these) she ran away and wrote a poem to her lover asking him to meet her as a fox at her shrine in Shinoda.

I wanted to paint her because 1. I love foxes 2. I love mystical women in mythology 3. Her poem (which you can pretty much imagine a whole story related to that that makes me hnnng) is so heartbreaking but in a good way. Go read it. It's 5 lines yo.

[Also this probably has to do with the fact that I beat the 2 Raidou Kuzunoha games this summer and really, REALLY, enjoyed them (DSRK3 when?) so I decided to up my culture on 1930's Japan along with the accompanying mythology. Not sure if I'll be doing art of that (or Nocturne but I sort of planned a duo thing with Raidou and Demi-Fiend) but if I do, you'll be the first to know!]

Painted on 12" x 24" canson 90 lbs paper with soft pastels. Edited in photoshop.

Art (c) Michy B.
Contest Entry No. 03
Spring Fox