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Kitsune by behindinfinity Kitsune by behindinfinity
Kitsune ( 狐 ) is the Japanese word for 'fox'. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as 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.

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Third photo from the Le Petit Prince project, which you can read about more here: [link] I won't be posting most of the pictures from this series online, but my class is having an exhibit at The Podium from March 24 to 28, 2008. There'll be a gallery showcasing all of our works, and I'll put up some prints as well as my whole book on display. The opening is on the 24th, at 6PM. If you see someone wandering around in black semi-formal clothes and a white tie, with spiky blond hair - that'll be me. :lol:

This is my take on the Fox, who had always been my favorite character in The Little Prince. Better view of the clothes here: [link] Back then I had intended for it to partly represent the Kyuubi - which is, in a sense, also a fox spirit.

It took me a while to decide on how to portray the character without having to put on a pair of furry ears. Searching for inspiration, I picked up my copy of Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano, and it reminded me of the role of kitsune as guiding spirits in Japanese folklore. I thought it would fit well with the character of the fox, and how it was from him that the little prince learned life's greatest lesson.

"Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

:iconbehindinfinity: myself as the Fox / costume design / mask head ornament construction (from scratch)
:iconmoonlightflight: photography by Kat
:icondeland-fox: fox mask design

Le Petit Prince:
:star: The Little Prince
:star: The Geographer
:star: Kitsune
:star: Taming of the Fox
:star-half: The Garden of Roses

This image is not for use without my permission. Thank you.
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obsidianxnight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I really like this. It's hard to find quality cosplay for Kitsune (or Kitsunes... I'm not sure what the plural is). I think the slightly more natural-looking hair is a great change from the usual cosplay, too.
Kagamika Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job on the mask! I love it.
ymnicata Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
that's so cuteee and cool
LilChickenWings Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful! I hope one day I can pull something off as amazing as this ^^ Well done, It looks beautifully made, aswell as shot.
raku-n-shounin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Genius. I absolutely loved the description as well.
Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the way you interpreted the Wise Fox, because he's my second favorite character in Le Petit Prince - since the Little Prince is already my favorite ^^ It really does fit well <3
ChainShinra Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Wow... I'm.... astonisched :D

That's exactly how I would imagine a kitsune :)
PhysoLou Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
I love le petit Prince :)
Kezeimie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:O sugoii!!
Kezeimie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... *speechless*

You really made that mask from scratch?? impressive! really! how'd you do it?? >.<
Kareli Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
You make an awesome design! its a beautiful artwork!
animaxfreak123 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Artist
so amazing....
Pen-scribble Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great mask - I love drawing this kind of mask on my characters :3 And the composition is beautiful, the reddish string flowing back at the top of the photo.
madbaal Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
sooooo cute
uchiha-iya Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like this photo. Somehow, I wish I can see you cosplay in person :D
kulekrizpy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Filmographer
This makes me want to tame him and set him free at the same time. :'(

Love it. <3
kizuu-chan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
really I like this image, the representation of "fox" that appears in " le petit prince " is excellent... I add You to my fav
Dinora15 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
wow this is really awesome
Hikikomori-soft Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student General Artist
vincent-girl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Can I keep it XD lol It's adorable.
Duduru Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Hello po :D!

pwede ko po bang gamitin 2 sa mga gfx n ggwin q :D?? lalagyan ko po ng source :D
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010   General Artist
Hello! Maari bang matanong kung para saan po yung graphics na yon?
Duduru Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
for tags lang po :D ang gnda po ksi xD....kung pde lang po nmn lalagyan ko nmn po kung san ung source :D pero kung hindi po pde ok lang po hehe xD

*is overwhelmed that I was answered :O!!*
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010   General Artist
Um, tags ng ano? ^^; Sorry, hindi kasi ako madalas pumapayag magpaedit ng pictures, lalo kung for public use, at lalo na yung mga kinuha ng mga kaibigan ko. Shempre vision at execution nila tapos babaguhin ng ibang tao. :(
Duduru Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ahh ok po pasensya po xD
setsunakaizersoze Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
I love the way your friend took the picture ^^
it is really pretty!!
edorei Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Such a marvelous light, posing and colors!
kamelyon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
lrisTHEviru5 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
your models get the expressions down so well
Mushupan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Beautiful outfit and photography :)
ShirouTsuki Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
wow, love the mask! is it paper mache?
donotpokemeh Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Simply bewitching.
dorkinabubble Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Student General Artist
This entire series is beautiful! We read the book in the original french and I had a hard time really understanding it, but these images bring back wonderful memories of what I did understand! Thank you so much! :D
sekaitoyume Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
awsome... really...
I can't say anything else...
RandomCommenterGurl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
really beautiful [:
i've always liked kitsunes , and this by far , is the best photo i've seen > w <
the colors and the expression , and the costume ...
its amazing [:
The mask , is something i want now [:
it's really pretty . <--- hahah gay word .
i love you now O:

god , so handsome <33 [x
Sabattier Featured By Owner May 14, 2010   Photographer

You've been featured - [link] :aww:
LunaFeles Featured By Owner May 6, 2010   Photographer
*__* i love this pic
HoldTheBreath Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
I luv the dress thing you're wearing :meow:
and nevertheless, the whole picture !
virginiagina Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
suo kawaii:meow::heart:
UtopianPictures Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Wonderful use of light and dark.
TheEbilBunni Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
the picture, its so pretty
i wish i could see the whole costume though
kyoukeii Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
FuzenKomadori Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
I love how your eyes look all black here- it adds to the whole 'inhuman and mysterious' factor!
Lorna-RoseFoX Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish england regaurded my favourite animal as a rich folklore.

Foxes are seen as game to snobby rich folk and pests to farmers. (though go over the top too much)

I adore foxes because they are delightful and curious animals.
Naara1223 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
I could have sworn this was a Naruto pic before...
Anstellos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
You have been featured in news article :groups: #Picture-Editing 1 because our watchers are asking to put this picture into our collection. Do you want it?
skEtcHy12 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is simply breath taking... Beautiful work!
i'm just speechless :x
HoldTheBreath Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
S-so sweet!
arrrrgh! <3
HoldTheBreath Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
S-so sweet :o
NoahOfChaos Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
So great.
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