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Kitsune- full color by spyra Kitsune- full color by spyra
I've spent so many hours on this lately, and it's the first week of school too... But in case you didn't catch the SUBTLE theme, she's supposed to dressed up as a fox- like kitsune, the fox spirit. (really- a lot of people didnt catch that DX) Her tail was meant to be a huge train ribbony thing, and the corners of her bandana make up her ears. (do you seeee it now? XD)

I had this theme idea in my head for a really long time, so I just HAD to make it happen. I was incredibly anal about getting the colors and details down which makes me think I spent way too much time on this pic. ^_^; The background still probably has some kinks to work out, so maybe I'll fix those later. Or not (says the lazy spyra). :D I think her tail turned out nicely (it'd better have! XP) and I really like the overall vibrant theme. The most difficult part of this drawing was the background; I wanted something that complimented the subject, but wasnt so bright that it takes away from the foreground, or so dark that it hides her skirt, tail, ears, or gloves. It was really difficult coming up with something perfect, because the solid colors I started out with killed the overall composition of the picture. The current one was the best thing I came up with...

I am using this image to enter the cover contest for our annual comic anthology baau down, fourth edition. When I finish the entire cover, I will post it again, with the entire layout design and whatnot. And since I have kicked my modesty out the door, I would like to say that I really hope to win and I hope this picture really is as good of a cover illust as I think, so any constructive critiques would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! ^__^ <3

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SukiMoon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
I love how the tail was made, it looks like fish fins or flower petals.
Reni-Hyuuga Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
That is so cool!
spyra Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! =)
Foxi-Loxy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
you are amazing!!! nough said^^
Randomcause Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
I was forced to by the anthology at a con...sarcastic long story.
Anywho I love this cover looks great and well there are no words to express my like of it. I just wanted to say thank you and congrats on getting the cover ^_^
Kyuuketsuki-Neko Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006  Student General Artist
I love it! :heart:
Attalus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I've heard of nine-tailed Kitsune, but she really takes the cake. Nice.
jaxspider Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006
I knew firefox was hot, I didnt know firefox was that Hawt!
Madkizzy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006   Writer
dude, that's amazing! a definate :+fav:
phantomgirl628 Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
I seriously thought this was an anthro piece when I saw it in the teeny tiny thumbnail in someone's favorites. But you made the clothing seem like parts of an animal, which is really interesting. I love your color choice, and I love the expression. The values and shading is also amazing. Very well done.
spyra Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankies. :D I made her outfit fox-like intentionally, so I take it as a compliment that it looked anthro.
phantomgirl628 Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
It was a compliment :) You're welcome.
Jessami Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2006
This is the one that was chosen, right? I've always like it :nod:
DigiTora Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005
thats cool how you made the gloves and the scarf/belt thingy look like animal parts! colors are very cool!!!!!
spyra Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! =)
cyrad Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
That's pretty cool. I like the colors and the outfit design. So awesome.
spyra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^_^
usaku Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
This came out great! I like the background a lot more now! :} THough, I dont know if there should be as many purple shadows(from light bounce) in her shirt since there isnt as much purple in the BG anymore, but that could just be a stylistic contrast you did. :}
theGHOSTofCHE Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004 impressive work.....i didnt know u were gonna color it and basically bring it to life!....this is just awesome....considering im faving this piece for a second time, just this time as the complete piece........and i almost cant add anything to the comments and critisizm cause there were three good artists before meh lol...and they got most of the points that i i mostly second wat they said....and to try and add meh own thoughts....the lighting, shading, and coloring on her skin....beautiful....u did a very good job on that....and its subtle enough that its perfect....not exaggerated or underdone...but in the middle there so it fits the piece perfectly....and it is beleiveable as skin...that can be very hard to do, so major props for the only thing i can suggest for the tail is making the tip darker *sorry for picking on the tail as wells* but check out some fox pics...and foxes tails end in a darker thats just if u want it slightly more foxlike....other than that the tail is just wonderful....i love it!.....the graduating colors and the ruffles are very impressive.....and i love the way it sorta swirls around her...reminded meh very much of a spanish a lot of spanish/mexican dresses and the dancing.....i also really like the tied up slits in her skirt...that as was said, shows great attention to detail...overall i like how u did her clothes...the blue satinish look of her skirt goes very wells with her orange shirt and bandana.....and it works out quite nicely because of the contrast......the ruffles on the hem of her skirt i would touch up a little bit....they just look a slight bit plain compared with the elaborate tail rigth next to them....but dont overdo that or it would look tacky.....but the contrast or her white ruffly hem and the kinda lacey white bra go very wells with the outfit....the white brings out the other colors and brightens them a bit.....and last but not least i love the fits so wells and brings the picture to life....and it definitely fits the lighting on her...or should i say vice all in all u have done a marvelous job and i am greatly impressed......u got meh vote!....heh....cheers....
T03nemesis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004
holy crap that looks awsome!
porku Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
i think this is the best one yet. the background fits perfectly this time. yaaay~! if you dont mind me asking, though, how come you changed the tip of the tail/dress? it was white before, ne? it was a nice contrast with the rest of the 'tail' and with the rest of the piece as well. but anyhow, it still looks great....i cant compete against something like this~!!! XD
ladyfox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
I really like how this turned out. Especially, the complementary color scheme that you used. Orange goes very well with blue.

On with the nit-picking: it looks like you choose a side lighting for your composition. You did a good and through job of lighting your character on her right side while leaving shadow on her left side. The areas of her body that overlap each other deserve shadow as well. There should be a cast shadow under her right hand (above bandana) and one where her left hand reaches out of the frame. Also, her hair would cast a shadow; keep the opacity light if you are using a computer program to paint or just add more water to your traditional medium if using gouage, acrylic, or watercolor. Those are the only things that I can see wrong with it. Otherwise, I love it!

Keep up the good work! :)
SwirlyGreen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004   Traditional Artist
I love this picture. It feels so alive, and the background seems to add even more movement.
Her expression is perfect, but her left eye bothers me... Like, it looks exactly like it might if she were closing her eyes in sadness. A little to relaxed to be wink-like... but that's a bit too nit-picky, I suppose.

I love how you managed to make her gloves actually look like fox-fur or that of an animal's! Very tough, I'm sure. The folds are beatuful and as far as I can tell at a glance, flawless! I also love how you added hints of blue to the orange of her over-shirt, like the blue from the skirt is being reflected a little onto the shirt. That is awesome attention to detail.
Her hair works beautifully with the bandanna, rather than the popular look of working against it. The highlights in her hair feel a bit dodgy, but maybe that's what you were aiming for.

The way you shaded her left arm amazes me. It actually looks like her arm is bent slightly, and the shading at (and below) the elbow is perfect.

The trailing ruffling tail piece is absolutely gorgeous. It pulls the whole piece together in those wonderful vibrant oranges and reds. It reminds me very much of what a salsa dancer might wear.
The ruffles themselves, both on the tail and the skirt, are very well done. Rather than the popular lazy-half-assed look, you managed to make it look like there are multiple layers of overlapping fabric and frill. The laces are also well done, and look like hand tied bows.

The highlights on the skirt bother me just a little bit. They look like you simply took a ruler and went straight across, working against the curve of her body. It might look a little more convincing if there were a slight 'u' curve to it.

That's it for my c+c! Sorry for completley picking your pic apart, but I thought it would appreciated. =)
I love this piece, great job, and good luck with the cover contest! In my oppionion, this pic was well worth the time.
spyra Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Waiii~ Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! <3 <3 Seriously- I never thought anyone would put so much effort in commenting. XD But dude, I totally appreciate your "picking it apart" because I really want this pic to be the best I can make it. :D I will definitely take your words to mind when I fix it up a bit sometime this week... heh.. "sometime" XD But thanks so much! As I said before, very much appreciated! ^_^ <3
SwirlyGreen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004   Traditional Artist
^____^ I know it's rare, so I try to give comments like that as much as possible. I also know what it's like to put hours into a pic and not get one constructive comment on it.... (actually, I know what it's like to put hours into it and only get about one comment at all that just says "oooooh..." in it X_____X)

Anyways, you don't have to change the pic (unless you want to), just take it into considderation on your next one. That's how one gets better, they say. And once again, good luck with the contest! I truely hope you win! :D
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