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The Curious Fox by Lhuin The Curious Fox by Lhuin
Been a long time since I did something as extensive as this, haven't done a full bg with foliage and other elements in a while :D got it mostly done in the streams but did the final adjustments now so it's all good for uploading.
Tried to something a bit more illustrative than just a 'character posing in the middle of the picture' this time, I feel like I've been a bit stuck with my works lately so trying out some things. Most of them shall stay in my sketchbook for now though haha.

Anyway hope you like it :) and rest assured, the fox is not after a ducky snack! ...unlike some of you in the stream! :eyes:

drawn in Photoshop, took quite a few days to do.

print to follow soon!

edit: last minute change! Flipped the picture. I think it flows better this way.

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ISHAWEE Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great job!
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Azure-Echoes Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that is just amazing! :)
Good job!
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Lilystripe Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nuuuuu!! Duckies! :( 
(lol beautiful picture though)
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ArtisanDwarf Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, but what I'm seeing is a fox ready to kill some ducklings. :crying: It's a very beautiful artwork, and I greatly admire your work in general, but to me this one doesn't communicate a curious fox, it looks to be intently staring at the ducklings (they themselves look friendly and curious), and the raised paw adds to the predator intentness.  He looks like he's crouching and has his paw raised (like a stalking cat) in readiness to attack. 
    I realize you may have been portraying the fox as walking forwards, in that case I think it would have been better to have the paw actually outstretched in mid-stride to indicate that. And I'd like to say I have nothing against foxes, they're cute animals certainly, I'm just pointing out that that's what this communicated to me. Perhaps if the fox was already almost off the log, and past the ducklings it wouldn't feel so dangerous. I watch a lot of nature shows as well though, so I've watched a lot of interaction between predator to prey, it's quite possible that's influencing my thinking. :P
  I absolutely love the way you did the water, it's so beautiful! :heart:
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
aHH I don't know why I never got saw this in my message centre?
But hah yeah I do agree that if I could go back I could probably make the pose and the body language of the fox a bit different!
The main thing I tried to do to convey the fact that he's curious instead of predatory was mostly his face, I tried to make it 'soft' and friendly enough and a bit stylised I guess, and not mean (for example basic evil fox eyes and licking his lips like on all those cartoons) in any way at all? But might not have been enough to portray that! 
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AnnoyingRobin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In total agreement.
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IDS-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Nice detail work!!!! O.O
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Growlie26 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute fox.
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SilverJADEWolf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is BEAUTIFUL!! I'm envious of your creativity and style.  The way you just... you're sucking my soul into that pic right now, ya hear?  P.S.  The ducks are adorable. ^^
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Shadyshadowcat Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just died
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Yumeless Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
The fox is beautiful, and I'm really impressed by the detail of the vegetation.
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snivy27 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I think flipping it makes a difference. Very nice job. If I would have done anything I would have included a leaf on the surface or a frog on the side. Instead of maybe grass near the roots of the trunk you could have sand and dirt.  Maybe some twigs near the branches. I guess these are mallard ducklings?I spend too much time at creeks. If I were to get any print it would be of this piece.
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XxRadiancexX Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! :iconsweetiederelleplz:
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pikanam Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
what does the fox say XD this is really coo
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Fox says that meme is getting old!
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pikanam Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student General Artist
XD but its really nice
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AwesomePossum26 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love the angle and how you painted the water. Nicely done.
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Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you better leave those duckys alone MR.Fox
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
What beautiful lighting effects! This really is a complete scene - it seems to breathe with life on the screen!
I just love the subtle reflections on the water and the way the foliage blurs off into hazy, blue shadows. It has a feeling of a crisp, early morning <3
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VWolfdog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is great!
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moondustfox Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww.. cute! Foxes are my favorite animal!
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tiiqer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
So cute ^^
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Mirka-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Aww, how adorable picture! :) Amazing details and great coloring!
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rikoee Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
That is so ADORABLE
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TherealFerncat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Unbelievable.
This art is so amazing.
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KazaWolfeArt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
oh my god, your work actually made me cry! haha, ive been trying to do this kind of work for years and I saw your work and it just overwhelmed me! our amazing!
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this and love the background! 
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KittyCat312 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
This is a beutiful picture
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Chifumi787 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like foxes, and y draw theme so pretty,realistic and so professional. HEY!!!people that thinks that the fox want to eat the ducklings, put the screen big and read what Lhuin post up there. Read and understand. Also y did nice work with the background.LOVE OUR ART!!!
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kellaymarie Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
so pretty!! i hope someday I can paint as good as you!
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Ziirux Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is lovely. Love the bg and the fox's pose. And those little duckies are so cute :3
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Wonderful!
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Aljexi1922 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
The fox is thicken "o look lunch"
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Soulfoxii Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist
What a wonderful piece *_*
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WolfPawsteps Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Look out little ducklings...
Love the water and the shadows the trees casts.
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foxstory Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really like the splotches of light on the leaves, the smooth surface of the water, and the overall depth and perspective of this picture's background. And that fluffy fox tail, not to mention the fur shading.
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Brookeeh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i can't tell you how much i love this! all your artwork is just amazing! :heart:
i got a question: do you teach yourself how to draw like this, or do you take an art course or something like that?
it looks so realistic and amazing! the colours are chosen perfect!

could you give me a little tip about making fur look realistic? i really want to draw realism pictures too, but when i try to draw fur it looks .... idk, just ugly.

whatever, there's nothing i could complain about, i think all your pictures couldn't be better!
you're one of my idols (:
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
About realism; just make sure to look at a lot of references and study how light and colours work in general, both in real life and also from photography. :) if you're aiming for realism it's good to study the things you want to portray, such as how fur 'works' and why does it look like the way it looks like; try "thinking 3D" if that makes any sense XD why does it look different in the neck and legs etc.

so mostly what I've learned is self learned by doing the stuff above and also reading some books and tutorials about the topic as a support. Fur is a difficult one yeah, but I rather enjoy doing it (especially longer fur) cos it has lots of variety and different shapes and lengths.

dunno if that made any sense ;_; XD but good luck!
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Brookeeh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha yes, it made sense xD
Anyways, thank you for telling me, that was really helpful! :)
I'll try it out. ^^
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
*CoyoteMange has some nice fur tutorials too btw! :) I recommend checking them out too ^^ might have seen them already but just thought about that
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Brookeeh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I'll check it out ^^
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SnowBumbee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aww, wow, this is fabulous ! I really love your way to draw foxes, and the fur is amazing ! Also beautiful work on the little ducks, they are adorable ! The background is beautiful, I love the atmosphere of this forest, it's very peaceful. =)
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Passin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Beautiful, but I think he's thinking dinner
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Caintt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My little sister said:

OHH Hey Look.... DUCKS!!!
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BigPolarFox Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
PHOTOSHOP??? SRSLY????11111 :omfg: =OWO=
Professional :salute:
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Valhalrion Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
This painting is lovely! I was looking through your gallery and this stood out, personally I think one of your best. The composition is lovely and the perspective is what really makes the picture for me. Keep up the great work, I always look forward to seeing your paintings :)
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Oops sorry for replying so late, but thanks so much! I'm happy to hear that, I really enjoyed working on this one and in this style so good to hear! ;u;

By the way love your gallery and traditional work ♥
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nijjawolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Curious more like hungry
the fox would eat those no questions asked
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student General Artist
nuuuuuu 8(
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nijjawolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
but yuuuuuuus
if the ducklings would stay there while the fox was up there. foxes will eat baby chicks, ducklings, chickens, cats, and apparently themselves :( went to check on a fox carcass to see if it had been eaten and there was a live fox all up in there hurr
well at least it wasnt wasted sfijhdskj;dsfk
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