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Wicked Kitsune by ursulav Wicked Kitsune by ursulav
I’m just gonna throw this out—red foxes are freaky.

You can scour the internet and find many many images of them being adorable, but the one time I met one in the wild and we stared at each other for a few minutes, it was not cute, it was not cuddly, and only a lunatic would try to scratch it behind the ears.

It was unexpectedly tall and incredibly thin. Its fur was not sleek, but stuck out in gouts and rags. It was shockingly orange. And it had the most alien eyes I have ever seen in a mammal. They were practically reptilian.

It was a beautiful animal, but it was not a pretty one. I could see why they filled the same mythological niche as fairies—as something arbitrary and dangerous and not necessarily well-inclined. But I sure as hell didn’t want to hug it. Actually, I took a step back and was suddenly glad of the sliding glass door between us. (And I love animals with the grim holding-them-while-they-flail-and-claw-and-pee-on-you love common to vet’s offices.)

So I set out to do a painting about how damn wicked foxes look, and I was almost there and Kevin came up behind me and said “Wile E. Coyote…SUPER GENIUS!”

Goddamnit.


8 x 16, mixed media.


Prints Available at Red Wombat Studio: [link]
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88monkies Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
scheming
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perfesser-bear Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, a no-good nogitsune, yako or 'wild' fox.  The other variation would be a zenko, 'good fox' or Inari fox -- the ones that guard the temples and act as messengers.  My up-close and personal experience with live foxes has been restricted to meeting a young one (about seven months) in a pet carrier at an electronics flea market eight or ten years ago.  The daughter of a vixen victim of a hit and run, she was adopted as a tiny kit, her eyes not open yet.  She danced around and licked my hands through the gate of her pet carrier.

A coworker's brother kept a red fox as a pet for many years; she used to ride in his van in the 'navigator' position -- paws on the dashboard and peering through the windshield.  I saw her running from the house to the van one day when I was at a tag sale in town.  We have reds and grays living in the area; they like to tease my dogs through the wire fence.
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TheSpoonlessOne Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So what does he say?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
There are several nice, though creepy, jewelry pieces I've seen, made with taxidermy fox eyes.
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TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
You may not think it but in my eyes you are lucky to have seen a fox in the wild, I have seen a Gray fox trotting away but I would love to experience what you experienced, That is so wicked!
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I'm so glad to find more art about foxes being foxes and not some cuddly domesticated dogs with fox fur!

I met wild red foxes a few times myself, except in their forests, and few times I saw one in my village. I agree that a red fox's eyes look spooky! Reptile eyes, like you said, describes it really well actually. Personally, I often called them feline-ish eyes. Red fox eyes captured my fascination so much I bought myself a couple of taxidermy fox eyes (made of glass), along with a few other animal eyes.

I think even with these cold blue color tones, you still captured the wild and haunting spirit of a fox that makes this animal so different from other canines. Also it's a kitsune! They're some of my fav fairy tale characters ever.

Anyway, I'm totally in love with this image, and the rest of your series is great too. But this is definitely my top fav! :D You're awesome at traditional art and coloring!
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NekromantiaFox Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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NekromantiaFox Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, that was random
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NekromantiaFox Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see foxed all the time in my area, and I don't think I've ever been scared of them. In fact, I've gotten pretty close before (not dumb enough to touch it or anything though). I just love their eyes...
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JuliaGraceArts Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awww! This is so adorable.... in a dastardly way. She looks like she could be The Saint of Soul Eating. I love the expression. Great work as always.
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