Draw a great looking Nine-Tailed Fox with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!
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The kitsune or nine-tailed fox is a spirit common in Japanese folklore. Kitsune are “legendary foxes… intelligent beings… possessing paranormal abilities” such as shapeshifting.
You can learn how to draw a nine-tailed fox with the help of this mythological drawing tutorial.
According to legend, kitsune foxes can take on human form once they reach the age of 50 or 100. They can be identified by their fox-shaped shadow or their tales, which they maintain as humans.
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They are also very afraid of dogs. They may be loyal companions or wily tricksters. The more tails they have, the older and wiser they are.
Sketches and paintings of these mythical foxes have been common for centuries in China and throughout East Asia.
They also appear in anime and manga stories. Perhaps the most familiar nine-tailed fox is the character Ninetails from the Pokémon franchise. Ninetails is the evolved form of the puppy-like Vulpix.
Are you ready to make a foxy drawing? How old and wise is your kitsune – how many tails does he sport?
If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Fox, Baby Fox, and Arctic Fox.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Nine-Tailed Fox
1. Begin by outlining the fox’s ears and eyes. Use a pair of curved lines to enclose the shadowy shapes of the inner ears, which extend to form patches around the eyes.
Allow the lines to meet at points at the end. Shade the lobed shapes, leaving only the whites of the eyes. Complete the ears by drawing lines from the top of the head to the tips. Then, detail the crown of the head and the furrowed brow with short lines.
2. Use a series of short, curved lines that meet at jagged points to enclose the fur along the fox’s cheeks. Connect these with a curved line, outlining the muzzle. Use curved lines to draw the neck above the ears and trace the open mouth.
Draw triangles within the mouth to indicate the teeth. Shade the irregularly shaped nose above the mouth. Finally, detail the base of the ears and the top of the nose with short lines.
3. Draw the muscular forearm. Use overlapping curved lines to craft the upper and lower portions of the limb. Then, draw the paw or hand, using curved lines that meet at sharp points to trace each claw.
4. Draw the remaining foreleg. Again, use overlapping curved lines to craft the muscular limb. Then, draw the claws using pairs of curved lines that meet at sharp points.
5. Use curved lines to outline the back, shoulder, belly, and rear leg. Then, draw the claws using pairs of curved lines that meet at sharp points.
6. Begin drawing the fox’s long tails. Use pairs of curved lines that meet at points to draw the first three tails.
7. Draw three more tails, again using long curved lines that meet at points. Notice how some of the tails overlap.
8. Draw the remaining three tails, again using long curved lines that meet at points. Erase as necessary as the tails overlap one another.
9. Add the texture of fur by drawing many curved lines along the length of the tails and the rear leg.
Color your cartoon fox. We’ve shaded our example in a foxy orange-brown. The Pokémon Ninetails is white in color like an arctic fox.
Printable Drawing Tutorial
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