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Uploaded: March 2, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: March 2, 2008
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For you who don’t know what a Kitsune is, it is a spiritual fox from Japanese folklore. The word Kitsune is Japanese for fox, and these animals are a very important part of the Japanese culture. These spiritual foxes are supposed to be wise, intelligent spirits with the ability to poses magic. A common magical trick used by these foxes or Kitsunes is to transform themselves into humans. There are some people of Japan that think the Kitsune perform this trick to be spiteful and to play tricks on others, but a majority of Japanese people believe them to be friends, guardians, and at times lovers or wives. These spiritual foxes have the resemblance of a regular fox except instead of having one tail they have many tails, up to nine to be exact. Why so many tails you ask? Well the answer to that question is simple; the reason for all those tails identifies the wisest, and more powerful apart from the weaker less experienced Kitsune. The more tails they have the more powerful and older they are. As you know the Japanese and Chinese culture have a lot of intense beliefs and rituals that they never shy away from, and that is what makes them unique. One thing these people do is make offerings to powerful spirits like they would to a deity. It is a fact that Japan has two different types of fox species that reside there, the Japanese red fox and the Hokkaido fox. The Kitsune dates back as far as the 5th century B.C, but some of the Kitsune fox myths can also be traced back to places like Korea, India, and China. There are even stories of the Chinese that have folklore tales of a fox spirit much like the Kitsune; it has as many as nine tails as well. The Japanese culture fascinates me as well as the Chinese, because they have such strong beliefs that are always associated with colorful creative characters and icons. I believe if there is a Kitsune, these people embrace this spiritual belief as Christians and Catholics believe in spirits of deceased relatives that guide and watch over them. Still, I’ve always been a fan of Japanese art and tales, having said all that this tutorial will show you how to draw a Kitsune step by step. The instructions are easy to understand and read, and will help guide you to draw out your very own spiritual fox. I hope you like my version of the Kitsune. Happy drawing.

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how to draw a kitsune

How to Draw a Kitsune

how to draw a kitsune step 1

STEP 1.

As always this first step will show you where to start. First what you are going to do is draw out all the guidelines and shapes to form a good lined frame for the Kitsune. Start at the head and draw a circle fro the head. Then draw a squared snout, and rounded triangle shapes for the ears. Next draw another circle in the shape of a fat egg with a smaller circle inside of that one. On the hind end of the Kitsune draw another circle shape with a smaller one right below it. After you get all your shapes drawn out, start drawing the lining for the legs, back, stomach, and tails. You can also add the shape of an eye on the face before you go.
 
how to draw a kitsune step 2

STEP 2.

Now in this step you will be drawing out the outside frame of the body to start making it look like a fox. Starting at the face, sketch in the nose, and ear detail. Then sketch in some jagged strokes for the fur along the neck and in back of the front leg . Sketch in the shapes of the front legs and a part of the hind leg. After you finish here and your sketch looks like the one above move down to the next step.
 
how to draw a kitsune step 3

STEP 3.

This is a very short step because all you will be doing is drawing out the hind legs and detailing them a bit with fur. Also you will sketch in the minor detail above the eye on the Kitsune. So far I think you are doing great, just keep up the good work and you will be done in now time. Sketch some detail to the top of the back as well with sketching of the shape of the arch in the back.
 
how to draw a kitsune step 4

STEP 4.

WOW! here we are at step four already boy was that fast. This will also be a very short step because all you will be doing is sketching out the Kitsunes tails. I wanted this Kitsune to have the maximum tail count because he is wise, intelligent, and powerful. I even included the markings to prove it. Okay as you can see the tails are nothing more then curved fluffy tails just like a regular fox would have. After you sketch those in erase all the guidelines and circle shapes and move to the last step.
 
how to draw a kitsune step 5

STEP 5.

That is it you are done. That was so simple wasn't it. All that you have to do is color the Kitsune in and give it your own markings. That was something I totally made up myself. I don't even know if these spirits have markings on them at all. That was fun I have to say. I will see you soon.