Between my last school assignment and the day I needed to seriously start studying for final exams, I had a few moments of free time last month. I could have played with a bird drawing but I felt like it was time for drawing a red fox (I’d started contemplating this about a year ago).
My first red fox drawing was a whole fox sitting in the snow. Its facial proportions looked a bit odd though, somewhat reminiscent of a proboscis monkey (another excellent drawing idea! such a wonderful face!), so I decided to do another drawing of only the face and upper body. I used a grid to transfer the facial features from a photograph to silky-smooth pen and ink paper. The resulting face looked foxy but I had some trouble colouring the white chest fur. Feeling clueless, I went all scribbly-wonky with a grey marker.
Various white-fur experiments followed. They all looked like beard stubble or overgrown grass! And somehow one of my foxes turned into a sheep!? Still uncertain about how to marker-colour white fur, I started colouring version 2. Yes, the drawing is almost exactly the same! I used a sunlit window to trace the main lines of version 1.
I wish I had coloured the right ear with lighter colours, but I didn’t want to create a version 3 so I decided to think of the magnetic black as a worm hole into another galaxy.
One night, while I was colouring version 1, J mentioned that Belle and Sebastian have a song titled Fox in the Snow. The song has a sweet and delicate melody, like a gentle snowfall, and was a lovely accompaniment for colouring.