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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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iRelics Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!!! :D (Big Grin) 
SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
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  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!  I am so pleased you like it.  :)
spidershag Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Sarah, this is the very best thing I've ever seen you draw. Simply beautiful.
SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
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! :)
SarahRStraub Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!  I'm glad you like it!  I find all mythology and folklore fascinating.  It's amazing to me the patterns and similarities in cultures that surface in these fictional accounts of human history.  At the same time, it provides an interesting window into a specific place and time.
Queaky Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Yes, yes! I agree. I love seeing how the mythologies intersect... much like how Adonis is considered a minor god in another culture (I forget which) and, yet, he appears in Greek Mythology as one of Aphrodite's many lovers!
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