Kitsune: colored

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Crystal Ward

This was gift art for a friend of mine based on her preference for a kitsune drawing.  I tried to incorporate well the symbols and aspects she asked to be in it, namely the tomoe (symbol under the kitsune's paws), magatama (below eye), three tails, Inari shrine gate/torii, key in mouth, bib, and other body markings.  Some aspects of the kitsune's design and coloration are inspired by the game Okami, though only loosely, and the face is also inspired partially by the Japanese kitsune statues, which is the reasoning for his blank eye.  I wanted to portray the fox as being part alive and part not--looking similar to a living statue as well as a spirit. Prior to this piece, I had not done any colored pencil work in about four years and had also never worked with (on a serious or presentable piece) watercolor pencils, so it worked as a comparison of my artistic development and as an experiment in new techniques.  The tomoe symbol, shrine gate, key, bib, and all of the kitsune were done in only colored pencil (Polychromos), and the background/foreground scenery was done in a watercolor pencil (Faber-Castell) base and finished with Polychromos colored pencils. Created in 2008 with Micron ink pens, colored pencils, and watercolor pencils on bristol board.


Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology



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