Kuzunoha, white kitsune and legendary mother of the most famous Japanese onmyoji (sorcerer) Abe-no Seimei of Heian era, with her little son.
"The young nobleman Abe-no Yasuna, on his way to visit a shrine in Shinoda, encounters a young military commissioner who is hunting foxes in order to obtain their livers for use as medicine. Yasuna battles the hunter, sustaining several wounds in the process, and sets free the white fox he had trapped. Afterward, a beautiful woman named Kuzunoha comes along and helps him return to his home.
In reality, this woman is the fox he had saved, adopting human form in order to tend to his wounds. He falls in love with her, and they marry. Later, she bears him a child, Seimei, who proves prodigiously clever. Kuzunoha realizes that her son has inherited part of her supernatural nature.
Several years later, while Kuzunoha is viewing some chrysanthemums, her son catches sight of the tip of her tail. Her true nature revealed, Kuzunoha prepares to depart to return to her life in the wild. She leaves behind a farewell poem, asking her husband Yasuna to come to see her in Shinoda forest.Yasuna and his son search Shinoda for Kuzunoha, and eventually she appears to them as a fox. Revealing that she is the kami, or deific spirit, of Shinoda shrine, she gives her son Seimei a gift, allowing him to comprehend the language of beasts" -- from Wikipedia
Credits: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, "Kuzunoha leaving her child"; photographs of kudzu (Japanese arrowroot) from the web -- Kuzunoha's name means kudzu leaf.
Size A4, coloured pencils, mechanical pencil and white pastel on grey "hairy" paperboard.