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Kumiho by kimchikawaii Kumiho by kimchikawaii
The kumiho are the Korean equivalent to the Japanese kitsune - fox spirits. Kumiho are a bit more vicious though, they appear as brides and lure men to their deaths. I did a Google search and kept coming across kumiho pieces where they were dressed in kimono, so I decided to do one in a traditional Korean wedding outfit which I think fits better.

The flowers around her are taken from a motif found painted on traditional Korean architecture. I referenced one of my many photos from a trip. The clouds are done in colors similar to ones found in Korean art.

Prismacolor colored pencils. Original piece 18x24
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Suggester says: "Kumiho by *kimchikawaii is a beautiful traditional drawing based on a Korean myth. She did a lot of research and used her own reference photos to make it as authentic as possible... then she added a bit of her Art Nouveau style to make it an unique, enchanting composition." ( Suggested by Talty and Featured by Mollinda )
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ArthursKnights Featured By Owner Edited May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Believe it or not, there are some Korean tales that have examples of benevolent Kumiho, you don't hear about them as much though.
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francatstein Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
cool! reminds me of mi ho from that drama"my gf is a gumiho" XD
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I keep hearing about that drama. I need to check it out!
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ShiraiTheWhiteFox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm korean and the kumiho is one of my favorite mythical creatures:D
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay! =D I had never even heard of them before until I decided to try my hand at a kitsune. I went to Wikipedia to read about them and then found the reference to kumiho.
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ShiraiTheWhiteFox Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome:) I first heard about the kumiho from my uncle, who was watching this thing with me and we both saw a nine-tail fox. Then he was like "Oh, is that a kumiho?"
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human-groveback Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
AH!! KUMIHO!!*I pull out an odd looking drum-fed gun. In the magazine are 150 nails, instead of bullets. I also have 4 identical drums in reserve, for a total of 600 reserve ammo, bringing my total ammo to 750 nails. The kumiho smirks & starts hitting on me in an evil manner, so as to be able to murder & eat me, as females of her kind are prone to do to male humans.*
Me: Sorry, bitch. Your mental trickery doesn't work on me. I'm immune to psychic powers. *I open fire. The kumiho is sufficiently agile that I never stop firing, except to reload when the magazine is empty. 76.32 seconds later (15 seconds per magazine plus .33 seconds per reload), I've used up all my ammo (yes, I've counted both the time spent firing, the time spent per reload, & the nails as they were fired). I notice that there are exactly 750 nails embedded in the general area)*
Me: Oh crap. I missed every shot! *I run off, trying to get away. I succeed just as the kumiho lunges at me*
Sorry, I really, really, REALLY can't stand kumihos. SCP-953 mentioned above caused me to stand them even less after I joined the Foundation.
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lol!
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human-groveback Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I actually used to date a kitsune who regards kumihos as a cheap evolutionary knockoff of kitsunes. I've also had bad experiences with Kumihos in the past. SCP-953 embodies everything I hate about them. Not only was she the 1st SCP to breach containment during my time as a member of The SCP Foundation, but she almost raped me. Since being put back in containment, she's had it out for me. Oddly enough, despite the fact that me & her are arch-enemies in-universe (it's a running gag that any time something bad happens to me at the SCP Foundation, SCP-953 is involved somehow), she's on my list of favorites in real life. I also am THAT LOUSY a shot with a machine gun in real life.
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El-Drago-800 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Oh my God, it's SCP-953!! Run away before she makes us eat our own flesh!!
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
What's SCP-953? (showing my n00b-ness).
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El-Drago-800 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
She's a Keter-class SCP, a really vicious kumiho that likes to kill and torture people, both physically and psychologically. She hates furries and otakus and flips her shit when called a kitsune.

SCPs. (numbered 001-2000+) are paranormal entites from the SCP Foundation, which is secret MIB-esque foundation(actually just a very detailed creepypasta website) full of said entities and details their containment procedures. (SCP = Serve, Contain, Protect/Special Containment Procedures)

SCP Object Classes:
Safe = Reletively harmless (on its own) and/or easy to contain.
Euclid = Unknown properties, difficult to understand or response to stimuli changes constantly. (No, I don't know what "Euclid" means. Although it was the name of a Greek mathematician)
Keter = Hostile all the time and/or extremely difficult to contain. ("Keter" is the hebrew word for "Crown")
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL! I actually started this drawing with the intention of jumping on the kitsune bandwagon. I decided to read up on them in Wikipedia and that's when I found out about the Korean kumiho. I'm Korean so I decided to go with my culture. Then I did a search on here for 'kumiho' and found all these fox ladies in kimonos, but labeled as the Korean fox spirit. ARGH! So researched Korean wedding dress since one of the appearances is as a bride. I like to at least keep it in the same culture =D
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moonykitty1 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
indeed.... korean..ㅠㅠ
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) I did all this research on kumiho, I had never heard about them before and I really felt that there needed to be one in an actual Korean dress. So many people just put them in kimono!
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Renee-Mariposa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG so goooood!!!!!
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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dbani Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Great! 'Kumiho' theme always remind myself of my character 'Yehsonho' the half-kumiho.
but, the costume is looks much more like 'Sun-nyo(선녀)--one kind of Korean Fairy, I think.' rather than that of Kumiho.

Despite of that costume, I'd love it! :)
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Actually the costume is based off the traditional Korean bridal outfit. I felt it was appropriate since often, they appeared as brides to lure the men to their deaths :)
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a-fiery-boom Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Very beautiful!

I love the rich colors and the traditional style you did this in! =D
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Every now and then, I like to go back to my 'roots' and pull out the traditional media. Something really satisfying about the feeling of pencils on paper. Originally, I was going to do this as a vector, but I just wasn't liking how sterile it was looking. So glad I went back to pencils for this one.
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bidnajunkeol Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
ToT(huge impression) why, thank you, thank you.
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
=D
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StriderDen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lovelly! Congratulations!
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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ajshim Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also if a Kumiho wanted to become a true human, they have to eat a human heart or liver depending on the story and then they will become a human being.

I really love your style of drawing and the dress is beautiful. I love the eyes as well.
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

Yep, I gathered that kumiho were much more vicious than the kitsune :)
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GigglingOne Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Have you seen my girlfriend is a Gumiho? ♡ ^O^
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Someone mentioned that one earlier and so I went over to Netflix to put it in my queue, but sadly, they don't have it. I guess I could always try to watch it in 20 parts or so on YouTube...
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GigglingOne Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
One episode in 20 parts? madness. Or in Dramacrazy.net
It's really good.
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'll have to check out that link!
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GigglingOne Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
As you wish~
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madgus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing colors and shadows.!!!!!!
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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steffne Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Artist
Awww, congratz on the DD! Beautiful work :D
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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ghostkite Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh this is so pleasant. Your coloring technique and all. I really love how you incorporated those cultural motifs, this is a great piece.
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It's kind of fun researching all the art styles and trying to put in elements of the cultures in the pieces I do.
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A-Alias Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice. :)
But I want to point out some little fact.... that outfit is called a "hanbok," and it's actually just a traditional Korean dress. Kind of like the equivalent to a kimono. Yes, women wore that during weddings long ago, and some women still do, but it's not limited to just weddings. :)
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.

I don't know why I didn't write hanbok in there for the dress name. Maybe it was cause it was late when I was uploading and I was tired (which happens a lot)? :) I know that this style of hanbok is based off of what was worn in the royal court in the past, but I didn't know that this style was worn for other things outside of weddings! I actually have a more 'every day' (for lack of a better word) hanbok that I got on my trip to Korea. I've forgotten how to tie the bow though, time for more Wikipedia I guess (sad Korean I am), lol!
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A-Alias Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, yes. That particular style of hanbok is more for weddings. You are right about that. My bad. I was talking about just hanboks in general. xD

And again, very nice work. :)
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nashaman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Oooh Gumiho??
This is really beautiful !!
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I wanted to do one of the lesser known fox spirit varieties :)
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nashaman Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
nine tailed fox? maybe.
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yep, but in the interest of keeping it not too cluttered, I just gave her one :)
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Adrolyn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Before I came to DA, I really never saw great colored pencil work. Thanks for being one of several who have enlightened me to the range and expression possible with this style.
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you! I've seen some pictures on here done in colored pencil that I swore were photographs!
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L1qw1d Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
did you have a hard time with the "grain of the pencils? I seem to
you did such an amazing job- it looks like much of the solid korean art i've seen with that great noveau twist!
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
I actually like the grain with colored pencils. I think that was one of the things that attracted me to them in the first place. I do find that Prismacolors, since they are softer are much easier to blend and don't look as choppy. I also put a lot of colors into the shading so all the layers help to smooth things down a bit.
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L1qw1d Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
i highly agree- its just such a bother when i translate into digital. I need to smudge it to death sometimes
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