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Fox Masks by Gishkishenh Fox Masks by Gishkishenh
These were the Fox Masks [Kistune] I made to debut in Anime North 2009, Craft's Corner.

I had realized in the last little bit that- as much as I love mask making- most people cannot afford the masks I make. Mainly because I carve them full size, and they take a lot of resources and time.
Also, as a bonus problem was the fact that I refused to do specific ethnic masks for people who wanted to use them for non-traditional ceremonies and the like. Decor is one thing, but to take a traditional mask and build a shrine/dance with it as if it's your to do so? Not with MY masks.
As a good compromise to everyone, I found that I could easy carve or sculpt smaller masks so that they were affordable, customizable, non traditional and even if in semblance of something traditional- not capable for use.

Seen here are 8 different foxes that exist in Japanese legend:

Fire Fox, Water fox, Smoke Fox, Earth/Dirt/Mud Fox, Silver Fox, Pipe/Tube Fox, Fox Fire, and Merchant's Fox.
Each fox is said to originate from a specific place, do a specific thing, and when tamed do a specific action/chore at their master's request.
Each mask was stylized either by traditional description, ethnic local of the legend, or images supplied by old scroll sources.

The only two foxes that could not be photographed up close was the Merchant's Fox (the gold one) and the Fire Fox (The red one) because they were both painted with iridescent paints and just could not be photographed without glares and shines too strong for the camera.

I still casts these foxes, and can customize them as well.

Medium: Plaster-resign Volcanic ash cast.
Size: 2.5" X 3"
Price: $10 each. Custom $15


Additional trimming and ornaments can be included in/on these masks as well- contact artist for price and estimate. :)
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:icontameyetwild14:
TameYetWild14 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
awsome masks!!
espacially cause they r fox masks ^^

uum one question ^^ wat did u use 2 make them?:heart:
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:iconyritia:
Yritia Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
i love foxes, so i like you masks....
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Thank you. :)
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annathewerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oi could you tell me more info about the fox types or at least about the silver fox, please? i need it for a book i am writing
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CheshireCatGrin Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, these are gorgeous. I think I may look into buying one or two in the future. There are certainly a few that are catching my eye.
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
I'm glad you like them! I also do custom variations if you are looking to have one specifically unique. :)
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:icontsuna-draken:
Tsuna-Draken Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't know you worked with other materials than wood, these are beautiful ^_^
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Thanks!
I work with everything. It's the fun of artistry- always new mediums!
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:icontsuna-draken:
Tsuna-Draken Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! ^_^
It's true, but only if you can get your hands on the materials lol
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Butterfly-Aria Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One word...

AWESOME!!!!! <3 ^_^ :hug: :love:
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Thanks! :)
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:iconbutterfly-aria:
Butterfly-Aria Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^_^ :hug: you're very welcome
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51chocolates Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Are you still selling those masks?=)
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
I sure am!
If you are interested in one, please send em a note. :)
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:icondarthkarnage:
darthkarnage Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
they are all awesome I really like the purple one though because I am biased toward purple
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:iconxxxcici-chanxxx:
xXxCici-chanxXx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
That's not a bad price... sadly all my money has been poured into manga and the little art supplies I have ^^' oops.
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Kiinotasha Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Would you be willing to do a normal sized mask in a traditional style? It WILL NOT be used for anything other then decorating and being a present to my friend that is 2/5 Native American. If I can find out the tribe she is from will you give me a price qoute for one?
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
These are not Native American masks, but Japanese.
Also, depending on the Nation she is form, they might not have masks at all. When I say "traditional" it usually means traditional method to a specific culture.
I can give you a quote, but full size masks are usually in the hundreds of dollars. I have to carve them from wood. :)

Also, just something to keep in mind- when speaking to community members, you either are Native American, or not. There is no such thing as fractions. :heart: :)
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:iconkiinotasha:
Kiinotasha Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Sorry We had to figure that out for some scholarships that she applied for so its in my head now.

Ah, ok I will find out for you then. I am not completely up to things with their culture but I am trying to learn what I can from her and her family.
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
No prob! Just send word when you find out. :)
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xX-x-Rai-x-Xx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Are you still selling these? =3
The merchant's fox is so pretty I'd love to buy one and I actually have enough cash laying around xD
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Yes I am! If you would like to paypal me, or send me a money order, send me a note and I'll respond with the appropriate info!
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Edge-chan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If i have to choose one, the black-blue one (it was pretty obvious xD). But all of those are so beautiful i would buy them all, but i cant :c Make sure in save me one black-blue, ok?
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
One water fox will be saved just for you! :)
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Wolverina Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
oh my gosh beautiful you even have the pipefox squee!! You are so talented in so many ways sweetie. Im not fantastic but I love painting things so much now.

gosh these are so colorful.
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Dude, stop putting yourself down!!! You are just a fabulous artist as any- we ALL start somewhere, and in all honesty, we all hate our own work. :giggle:
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Wolverina Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
aw thanks sweetie. that's true isn't it. i suppose its as the saying goes our own worst critic
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Lithium-Tears Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
they really are awesome and look even better in real life :D
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Thank you! :)
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NightengaleNeedles Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, these are gorgeous, honey. And your compromise to maintain the integrity of them is absolutely creative and wonderful. My favorites are the black and blue, the black-purple-blue, and the white-red. The white and red reminds me of the videogame they did with a fox protagonist - the name escapes me at the moment.

By any chance, did you mean to say "resin" instead of "resign"? I ask because I'm interested in getting into resin casting, and if you have advice to share I'd love to reverently listen.... :D
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
The black and blue is the water fox- done with an Ainu ethnic touch, black-purple-blue is the for fire and white red is fire fox [complete with pop up blocker!]. XD

Yes, yes I DID mean "resin". But thanks to my horrible spelling capacity, I totally wrote something else. XD
My only advice to you is what I do with every medium I am dabbling in: Go out, get the materials and go by trial and error. The ONLY way to learn, and the BEST way to learn. Because theory is good on paper, practice application is unique to every individual! :)

As for the videogame, I think you mean "Ookami" and the protagonist is a wolf (or maybe you are thinking of another one?). Traditional masks in Japan (or depiction of the supernatural animals) are similar in that they are white with specific markings on them. They generally resemble one another, but vary slightly for eahc animal and spirit. :)
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madman1455 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I must say...


CUTE!

And awesome!

And many other descriptors!

Had I money, purchase one I would!
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:icongishkishenh:
Gishkishenh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Cute and awesome is a good mix! ;)
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:iconmadman1455:
madman1455 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
QUITE! :3
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