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Fox Fires on New Year's Eve by SpaceTurtleStudios Fox Fires on New Year's Eve by SpaceTurtleStudios
So, I have one thing to start off with:

This has absolutely nothing to do with Naruto, Pokemon, or any other anime.

Now that that is out of the way...

This painting came about because I was assigned to copy any one piece of ancient Chinese/Indian/Japanese art of my choosing as a semester project for my Asian Art History class. Obviously I'm a bit biased towards Japanese art, and I ended up choosing Hiroshige's "Fox Fires on New Year's Eve at Oji" woodblock print, part of his "100 views of Edo" series. Here's the original: [link]

In Japanese folklore, foxes are believed to have magical powers, and the legend goes that every year at Oji all the foxes would gather and have a meeting to discuss their mischief and plan for the next year. As I was working on it, I began thinking that the legend was really rather neat, and it might be fun to try my own take on it. So I did.

I added in a few extra bits of kitsune lore for my piece-- notably the nine-tailed fox. Foxes are believed to gain one extra tail for every 100 years they live, with nine tails being the wisest and most powerful. Nine-tailed foxes are also believed to turn gold or white upon receiving their last tail. So in my picture I ended up drawing a nine-tailed fox sort of "schooling" the rest of them.

I'm quite pleased with how the lighting turned out here-- it was quite difficult to get the reflections correct, especially in the snow, but it turned out really well; even better than I hoped.

I'm also pleased with how well I managed to scan it. I was having some trouble earlier getting the color correct-- I think I found a way to fix that now.

Materials are india ink and watercolor; the original is about 13 x 20"

Prints are available for $10 each plus shipping.
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:iconsamurai-jirafu:
samurai-jirafu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cheerful!
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BeadyEyedGirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colours!
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fakedinnosence Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is about the kitsune legend correct?
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:iconspaceturtlestudios:
SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yep!
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:iconmetaknight422:
MetaKnight422 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Writer
Ninetales looks so sweet :3
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:icontechnopixelcath:
technopixelcath Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
very pretty adaptation of the ukiyo-e piece! good job!
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:iconkmo27:
KMO27 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWSOME
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:iconspaceturtlestudios:
SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconkmo27:
KMO27 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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LaceySeras Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I love this style. This is fantastic work, wish I could do this.
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:iconspaceturtlestudios:
SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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ludacris14 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i once heared a legend that when a fox recives its 9th tail, after a while it becomes insain because of all the knowledge it has. is this true? and i though that not all the foxes mischevous.


by the way this looks great
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haven't heard that variation on the kitsune story, so I don't know, sorry.
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midnight-812379 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
PPREEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTY LIGGHTT!!!!
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:iconscarabscorner:
ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty
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KimikoxNaruto Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist
very nice picture i love the kitsune saga x3
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Direlda Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A Hiroshige inspired painting!! ^^ And of one of my favorites of his! ^^ This is a fantastic piece and I love the lighting and the star speckled sky. Most absolutely wonderful! ^^
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Direlda Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome! ^^
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:iconwaffluver13:
waffluver13 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
it's very beautiful
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Kenny123663 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful :) I love it!
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SunsetFlareX Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A'aaaaaaawwwww, this is so cute!!! Really simple, but it made quite the impression on me.
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destiny131415 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
dude i wish i cood do that cause i cant draw animals worth crap!
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foxmaster55 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Don't wanna seem a Naruto fanatic but isn't the Nine Tailed Fox something from Naruto? I mean is it something common used in other Media as well?
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
The Nine-tailed fox is a common creature in Japanese mythology, yes. That's why it shows up in so many Japanese media-- Naruto and Pokemon are some of the biggest, but it's in a lot of other stories as well.
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foxmaster55 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I see. Interesting indeed. I remember there was also a movie once named Tale of the Nine Tailed Fox and at one point there was a manifestation similar to Naruto's Nine Tailed Base Mode (the one where his eyes just turn red and his fangs and claws grow)
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, there are all kinds of appearances in movies and video games and such.
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glila Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
LOVE IT!
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sonicXD1998 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
youre in my fav
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giggle-fetish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ I was so happy when I saw this. Not interested in critiquing. I just love it. It's simple and magical.
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dlinardis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
tdlob
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dlinardis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
hahaha so cool
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ohana808 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love how pretty it is
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:iconteam-rmk:
team-rmk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
it's so pretty
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:iconhoohlugia:
HoOhLugia Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well,it has something to do with Pokemon....Ninetales!
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:iconspaceturtlestudios:
SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
.... Yes, but the point is that Ninetales is based off the kitsune legend. These are kitsune, not pokemon.
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HoOhLugia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I know you know, I was only talking about the Ninetails.
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:iconhoohlugia:
HoOhLugia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, but the middle one is ninetails.That's what I ment,not the Kitsune!
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:iconspaceturtlestudios:
SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
The middle one is still a kitsune. Kitsune can have anywhere from one to nine tails, although they are most commonly seen with two, three, five, or nine.
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:iconhoohlugia:
HoOhLugia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh,ok.Now I get it.
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xLuna-Bubbles12x Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a Ninetales!
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silverwolfchild17 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love this!
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Silver-Fox-9 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
awsome
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Nakomiwolf Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I have no words to describe how amazing this piece of art is! GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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:iconspaceturtlestudios:
SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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kitsune4295 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow you did a great job and it turned out very nicely.
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JirachitheGreat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do I describe how awesome this is?
I love the artwork and the scene itself.
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JirachitheGreat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do I describe how awesome this is?
I love the artwork and the scene itself.
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sayarules Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool! I really like how you draw the foxes
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:iconkitsune-no-gekokujou:
I've been quite enamored with the historical value of the original piece for some time now, but this one brings a whole new level to it. In some sense, I actually like this one, and the style better than the original. Very nice. ^.^
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