My Parisiens series accepted into the 3x3 Pro show. Nice to see it getting some more recognition. Looks like I’ll have to definitely add some more to this series when I’m back in Paris in July and August. Thanks judges!
had the good fortune of going to Kyoto over 10 times in my life and
Fushimi Inari Taisha is my favorite shrine there. It’s a Shinto (sacred
essence, spirits exist within everything is a big thing) shrine with
Inari being it’s patron god. Inari is male, female, or androgynous but I
usually see her depicted as female. She is the patron of business and
fertility and rice. Each Torii gate is donated by a business. Foxes
are Inari’s messengers. The first time I went I was blown away, it felt
magical, like much in Japan does. Combine this with seeing Hiroshiges
Ukiyo-e art “New Years Eve Fox Fires at Changing Tree Oji” and this
image has been in my head for 6 years. It was such a big undertaking
that I didn’t start and finish it until this year. This piece now takes
the crown for most time spent on an illustration. Japan has such a
deep culture that there are so many details to point out: The mask I
bought for my brother, the small porcelain figures now sit above my
doorway. I put in an offering of Inari (sweet tofu pockets with rice in
them) on one of the alters, I took home one of the uniquely shaped ema
(votive tablet) that you write wished on and hang up at the shrine. I
imagined if every fox statue, porcelain figure, and image came alive at
night. Many wear red bibs and have the key to the rice granery or rice
stalks in their mouths. The rope and white paper hanging up denote a
god lives inside. Sadly this is all digital and I don’t know if I could
have done it in my lifetime traditionally. I tried not drawing with
line and drawing with shape. Legend has it the more tails a fox has the
older, wiser, and more powerful it is and they can have up to 9 tails.
One story is that the flames are their souls. Foxes can shapeshift
into female humans, and can be portrayed as trickers or wives or lovers.
There is so much folklore on this subject that you’ll never know all
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