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Kitsune The Celestial Fox

by Lisa Herron

The central model is from poser 7. The hair is done using the photoshop smudge tool. The chainmail is done using the circle brush tool found in the standard potoshop special effects brushes and cloned over a soft grey background. The cape cloth is done from using the smudge,blur, and filter distort effcts tools. I really like this effect as it resembles the realistic quality of cloth drape. The tree brushes and the cloud brushes are from *redheadstock from deviantart. The leaves brushes are from the standard photoshop special effect brushes that I tweaked a little using the brush options tip pressure and scattering. The flames on the swords are done in photoshop using the smudge, dodge, and burn tools. The Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others — as foxes in folklore often do — others portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives. Foxes and human beings lived in close proximity in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as his messengers. This role has reinforced the fox's supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has — they may have as many as nine — the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make offerings to them as to a deity.
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  • 03/06 2008

    Julie Bassett

    Vibrant and with a great composition, I love this image