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Fox Spirit by RedShoulder
Fox Spirit
I've got some things I'm working on right now, but this drawing wanted to get out of my head, so....

This is my take on a fox spirit--if you're familiar with Japanese mythology then you know that foxes can transform themselves into beautiful but bewitching women.  Some have one tail, some have nine--but I didn't have the room so she gets three.  I'm sure there are errors here too, but I'm still happy with how it came out.

Of course, I also took liberties with her clothing, but that's just me...:)  I may color this in the near future, but for now, I'm glad I did this--just in time for Halloween!--and now it's time for me to get back to work on the other stuff I have to do.

Drawn in Carmine Red pencil.
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Now here's an anime project I'm definitely looking forward to in 2015:…

It's just a teaser, but sometimes that's enough.

Genocidal Organ was the 2007 debut novel of Project Itoh (Keikaku Itoh).  He would later write the novel adaption to the game Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, but he passed away from cancer in 2009 right after finishing his third and final novel, Harmony.  He was only thirty-four.

Itoh's final novel won the top SF award prizes in Japan (the Seiun award and the Japan SF award), and its English translation won the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation.  All three of his novels have been translated into English (courtesy of Viz through its Hiakasoru label; they also published the hugely popular translation of All You Need Is Kill).

I haven't read MGS: Guns of the Patriots or Harmony (although I plan to in the near future)....but I did read Genocidal Organ recently and I'm interested to see what it's anime adaptation will be like.  Genocidal Organ is a dark story, a story set in a world dealing with terrorist attacks, surveillance, and things basically falling apart.  It is not an easy book to read, but it does stay with you long after you turn the last page.  The story is unsettling: after the destruction of the city of Sarajevo by a nuclear bomb constructed by terrorists, the war on terror has ramped up.  But there is something else--a wave of genocides that are sweeping across countries around the world.

American agent Clavis Shepherd and his team track down the man they believe to be behind it all, the American known only as John Paul.  What they discover is truly horrifying.  John Paul has found a way to learn the "language" of genocide, and is using that method to spread genocides around the world.

Genocidal Organ is science fiction, no doubt about it, but the dark nature of the story doesn't shed a positive light on the US and our policies post-9-11.  Don't worry, it isn't a ham-fisted polemic but a chilling tale about how, well, easily humans can be made to turn on one another.  There's a lot of interesting tech that discussed in the book, but the focus is (and should be) on the characters.  The ending is...well, let's just say that as I put down the book all I could think was, "Man....that's f@&$ed up."

Read the book if you can--it isn't for everyone, I admit, but it's one of the best SF novels I've read this year (or any other year, to be honest).  If the anime adaptation turns out to be well done, then it will be a fitting tribute to a writer whose promising SF career that was cut short.

UPDATE:  It looks like there will be anime adaptations of both Genocidal Organ AND Harmony that will be released in 2015, according to this video from a couple of months ago:

  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: The Bob and Chez Show
  • Reading: Berserk Vol. 4; The Best of The Spirit
  • Watching: Edge of Tomorrow; Claymore Vol. 1
  • Playing: The Amazing Spider-Man; Metal Gear Solid 4
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water


Marc McKenzie
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Current Residence: Hillsborough, New Jersey
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Favourite genre of music: Hard rock, movie soundtracks, jazz
Favourite photographer: Annie Leibowitz (sic)
Favourite style of art: Manga-influenced, science fiction and fantasy
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Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: "Every drawing has to be struggle if it is going to be any good."--Robert Fawcett

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slawyn Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Hobbyist
Thanks for the fav and watch!
RedShoulder Featured By Owner 20 hours ago
You're welcome!  You've got a lot of great work, keep it up!

"I sell my soul, but at the highest rates."
     --Harlan Ellison
SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, RedShoulder. I'm excited for the Tiffany turnaround prelims.
RedShoulder Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I've started on the actual turnarounds, but I'm going to post the color versions on the weekend--hope you don't mind me not posting the pencils and going straight to the color version!
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SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay. Does this mean there's still a chance for the Johann spectral piece to be uploaded around Halloween?

And BTW, can ya make one of his poses similar to this?…

One thing to note about Johann is that he often displays symptoms that are commonly associated with individuals possessing dissociative identity disorder. Therefore, he suffers from a mental illness that is Bipolar Disorder.

In the pose, one side of him (his good and innocent side) tries to suppress the darkness within him, whereas his other side (his demonic side, with the Slender Man-like face) forces him to kill innocent people, among other bad things.

What do you think of this idea for the Johann spectral piece?
JACAC Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014

h e l l o . Marc:wave:

t h a n k . y o u . f o r . t h e . k i n d . :+fav: . =)


i . h o p e . m y . o t h e r . p h o t o s . a r e . a l s o . i n t e r e s t I n g

i f . y o u . g e t . t h e . c h a n c e . i . w o u l d . l o v e . t o . r e a d . a l s o . y o u r . c o m m e n t s


s m i l e . s u m m e r . i s . o u t s i d e . =)=)

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StarWarriorRobby Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello. Nice to meet you. :)
segaman4 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Hey how ya been?
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