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My Neighbor Kurama by behindinfinity My Neighbor Kurama by behindinfinity
You have no idea how creeped out I was working on this, all the while being stared at by Totoro-Kurama. Hahaha! He's kinda cute though, at least fluffy and nice to hug maybe?

Naruto and Kurama Best Bromodachis Forever fan art series:

:target: These three and more are available in my new print store :pointr: [link]
I could sign them if you want, and I ship worldwide!

:target: This is series is also now available as shirts on my Society6 page! You can choose whatever background color you want! :pointr: Art shirts by Jin on Society6

:bulletred: Background info on the artwork:

One of the more recent developments in Naruto that really gets me is the transition of the relationship between Naruto and Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox. It's been rough, but now, oh man. That brofist in the Niwaka Ame Nimo Makezu anime opening... BEST BROMODACHIS 5EVER

Also, CHAPTER 631!!! I poured out my feelings here, if you're interested :pointr: [link] (SPOILERS, obviously)


To commemorate their new bond, I wanted to draw a series of artworks of Naruto and Kurama as other famous human and creature companion pairs. First up is this — My Neighbor Kurama

Little Naruto was fun to draw in the style of Studio Ghibli. I hardly had any difficulties with the little tyke.

Kurama is another story, though. I don't know which is scarier, the original form of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox or this thing I've drawn. Hahaha! Also, I've learned that it's a bit of a challenge positioning nine tails.

To be honest, Totoro has always kind of scared me even though everyone keeps going on about how cute he is. It was quite amusing to take that fear on another level and splice him with the Kyuubi. I'm definitely scared now! :lol:

I suppose this is also appropriate considering that during Naruto's early childhood, the Kyuubi was this thing lurking inside him that he didn't quite understand and caused much dread and apprehension.

(Just to share, I was creeped out by Totoro even before finding out about the Sayama Incident theory. Whether or not it is true, I do enjoy that idea and I felt it gave the movie much more depth. Read at your own discretion! Possible childhood ruiner if you don't like creepy things, hahah)

:bulletred: Process:

I had a lot of fun working on this, and am quite happy with the end result! The process was pretty simple.

I started the sketch on paper, scanned it, then inked and colored it in Photoshop. Just normal round brushes on Naruto and Kurama. I painted the background in Photoshop as well, using some textured brushes. One was called Flat Charcoal, and the other was like, Oil Pastel or something. I'm bad at names, hahah.

Read more about my process for this piece on my art blog! :pointr: [link]


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CrackersandCheese 6 days ago  Student Artist
your artwork has been stolen
kingdomgal47 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This was stolen by :icondeidarasasori123:
I'm gonna report it, but I thought you would want to know
TsunaNagi Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist


:iconkappibara: xD That's so cute 
MelodiaMystic Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute! 
KiraArtemis21Gahoole Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol cute and awesome pic.
Kurama looks like he thinking "I will perform the worsts feats of humanity on you when you sleep"
Agufanatic98 Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Naruto looks adorable! :heart:
omg great work :D I've seen this somewhere else, finally I found it on the original artist's page! Lovely art, I love the Ghibli style and Naruto's face and KURAMAAAAAA he's so cute here :heart:

Totally interested in purchasing the tshirt but it's quite... expensive... OTL plus the shipping fee.... Gotta save up first!

Thank you for the great work :heart:
Banana-Banshee Nov 30, 2013  Professional
Hahaha :XD:
omg this is amazing, instant fav :heart:
Kuubi coudl have been even more bigger!
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