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The Bold Young Fox by Berenfox The Bold Young Fox by Berenfox
Over the next few weeks Bold ranged wide and far. He entered an area of human habitation - of farmland and scattered hamlets. He had attained his full size and was a splendid specimen of a male fox. He was well-built, muscular, with a beautifully healthy coat and brush; he was also clean-limbed and able to run quite tirelessly at a considerable speed. Though he had the sense not to stray too close to man-made buildings and dwellings, he had developed a fearlessness of his only real enemy which amounted to arrogance. His innate cunning and cleverness were more than a match for Man's.

Inspired by this passage of Colin Dann's "The Fox Cub Bold" - one of his Farthing Wood novels - I painted this picture in watercolour. It was done in spring 2001, a period in my life when I rediscovered my intimate love for foxes and Bold. I never really used watercolour before (indeed, this was my very first "real" picture ever), it was just a test and its far from perfect, but I like it very much. Very big (60*90 cm), I was only able to take a photo of it.

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overteccentricity Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
The Animals of Farthing Wood is amazing! I used to watch it endlessly as a child. Haven't seen it in a good few years though. Bold's death broke my young heart a wee bit <3
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*smiles* That was a real fantastic series! <3 I still watch it from time to time (got it on DVD). Yes, Bold's death broke my heart too...
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overteccentricity Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I still have the VHS copies stored away somewhere from childhood. I really need to dig them out and watch them again sometime very soon! <3 :D
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still have one veeeery old VHS with some episodes on it too... :D
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overteccentricity Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I looked into buying it on DVD a while ago but found very little that wasn't super pricey- i guess they weren't really releasing copies of the show much by the time DVDs came around
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Over here in Germany recently all three series were released on DVD. They are with german and english audio.
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overteccentricity Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
That's lucky! I'll have to try and find myself a reasonably priced copy online at some point in the near future- not sure the quality of my video copies has stood the test of time
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes poor old VHS do not last forever... I'm sure you will find some. Otherwise I may send you links to the german ones.
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seiko-neko Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
he is so wonderfull,i love this poor bold soo much....i 'll never forget him!! in spite of it, you done an awesome work,as ever^^!!!!
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yepp, Bold is the best one! :)

Thanks, I'm happy you like it!
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seiko-neko Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome sweetie^^!!
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shaz Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVED this character in the animated series. Sad ending too. Nice how you gave him his real colours as opposed the the bizarre peachy colour the animators gave him.
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes this... peachy colour was a bit odd...
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seiko-neko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
hiiiii bold-chan is so cute like iiit ^^'!!
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thanks!
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XXKitsunaXX Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is a fantastic picture of the fox. Really cool stuff. ^^
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm happy you like it! :)
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XXKitsunaXX Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
BRILLIANT
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyday mate! a friend of foxes is my friend too! ^_^
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*smiles*
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Aqwamareen Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Watercolor?
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:iconberenfox:
Berenfox Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Watercolour!
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Aqwamareen Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I suddenly realized that my problem with watercolour is that I use to much water in my strokes. XD
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Berenfox Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's no problem. Usually watercolor is used with much water. My luscious colours are very unusual for watercolour...
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Aqwamareen Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Thats true :)
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Kashad Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ehrlich gesagt- mir gefällt der Hintergrund besser als der Fuchs selbst =3 Liegt daran, dass ich selbst nichts konkretes auf die Reihe bringe. Im Übrigen aber sehr sauber gemacht. 2001 also? Damals hab ich Pokémon gezeichnet...wo die aber jetzt alle sind..? xD Jedenfalls Hut ab, sowohl zu Bleistift als auch zu Pinsel.
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*schmunzel* Naja das ist alles noch etwas "gepanscht" :D Pokémon habe ich nie gezeichnet, die sind spurlos an mir vorbeigegangen :P
Danke, freut mich sehr, dass es dir gefällt!
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Kashad Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gepanscht? xD Müsstest mal meine ersten Werke sehen... X) Wobei, die neuen sind nicht viel besser ^^"
Btw, haste nicht noch 'ne Note von mir?
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Kribie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
The colors and background are so lovely. :)

Great job!
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:iconberenfox:
Berenfox Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kannst super mit Wasserfarben umgehen! Bei mir sieht das immer aus wie ne Babyschmiererei, wenn ich mich mit Wasserfarbe versuche! ^^
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Naja das war mehr sowas wie ein erster Versuch XD Aber ich freu mich sehr, dass es dir gefällt! :)
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tut es wirklich sehr! ^^
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:iconberenfox:
Berenfox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*freuwedel* :hug:
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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minnimum Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
bold from the animals of farthing wood :D i love it he is my faverite charictor
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Yes, mine too! :) The best fox ever... <3
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Sharpk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Theres not enough Farthing Wood fan art on the interent, it's never given the credit it deserves!

Lovely piece, I look forward to seeing some of your more recent stuff!
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're absolutely right! :)

Thank you, I'm happy you like it. Sadly there is no more recent stuff by me, I didn't draw for years now...
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weasel-girl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He reminds me of Plucky. :D
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*laughs* Yes, the colours are more like the TV-Plucky...
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NativeWolfPup Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
GORGEOUS!!!!!
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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NativeWolfPup Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
your very welcome :)
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ScarIsTheEvil Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Fox looks so cute. 83 I also like about the background. c:
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) Gnah, he should look bold, not cute XD
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ScarIsTheEvil Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
You are very welcome. :3 Haha, funny. X'D
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Berenfox Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;P
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