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The Fox Bride by SarahRStraub The Fox Bride by SarahRStraub
(Art ©2014 Sarah René Straub. Do not copy or use without my permission.)

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My husband has a great love of foxes and constantly proclaims them as his favorite animal.  I made this for him as a Valentine's present.  He's the one who first told me about the kitsune of Japanese folklore and Shinto religion.  The kitsune were fox spirits in the service of the Goddess Inari.  It was believed their wisdom and magical ability only increased with age, as signified by their number of tails which range from one to nine.  One of the most common of magical abilities was the power to take human form.  It was common for the kitsune to take the form of beautiful women in order to play tricks on wayward travelers or terrorize wicked men.  It was also said that if you experience a rain shower without a cloud in the sky, you are actually in the presence of a kitsune wedding.

The image of a kitsune fox-maiden falling in love with a mortal and choosing to give up her mortality as her fox-sisters help her prepare for the ceremony suddenly came to me, in a story similar to the tales of the selkies of Scottish folklore.

3/3/14 Edit:
*NOW available as 11"x17" PRINT here.

More mythological creatures & fairytales:
The Tinderbox Princess by SarahRStraub Karasu-Tengu by SarahRStraub Kappa by SarahRStraub Blue Phoenix -color- by SarahRStraub 

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ChloeTheFox Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if you'll remember me. I bought this print at AX 2014. I was cosplaying as Fox McCloud from Star Fox. I love the print! I told you to check out the Korean movie: Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox. It is on Netflix.

Anyway I added this to my favorites! I will be giving you a llama as well!
SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Oh hi there! How are you? :D

I am so very glad you love your print! And I will definitely check out that movie. I think I saw it on Netflix a while back. Hope it's still there. Thank you for the reminder!

And double thanks for all the support and for finding me to let me know how much you enjoy my work. It really means a lot. :)
ChloeTheFox Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm doing great! Thanks for asking! 

I hope you like the movie and of course I will support you! Your art is amazing! I'm so glad I found you at AX
iRelics Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!!! :D (Big Grin) 
SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Thanks!  :)
Sabinalibertad Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful Kitsune, your style is stunning! The composition is really great :)
SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Thank you very much!  I am so pleased you like it.  :)
spidershag Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sarah, this is the very best thing I've ever seen you draw. Simply beautiful.
SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Oh wow!  Thank you very much.  :)

It's rather small and one of the first 100% traditional pieces I've done in quite a while.  Just graphite, red pencil, and chalk on toned paper.  I was worried it was too simple as I spent little time on it and didn't plan the composition at all!  I look at it and see tons of room for improvement, but I find my simpler works where I just let the pencil do what it wants tend to be the best received.  More stylized and less technical.  Perhaps I've been overworking my pieces?
Queaky Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I was recently introduced to the lore of Kitsunes and I am fascinated! This is beautiful and I love her mask! :)
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