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Reynard Fox by Culpeo-Fox Reynard Fox by Culpeo-Fox
older illustration project i had to do for school. our task was to illustrate an old story (wood-engraving-like) of our choice.

you can guess what i chose. ;)
my favorite villain/anti-hero when i was little.

here's the cover. three other illustrated pages will follow soon.

(the title says "reineke fuchs" - which stays for reynard fox in german. yes, it's old german. i love to read old german.)
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graysight Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
wasnt it originaly french? I think reinard meant fox in french but I am lazy to look for it now XD
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
The word french word for fox, "renard" (as well as all other variations of this name, like Reineke in German or Reynard in English), has its roots from the Ysengrimus, which is the oldest animal epic where both main characters - the fox and the wolf - are called by these names for the very first time: Ysengrimus and Reynardus. The origins of this epic remain unknown but it is thought to be written by a cleric from Ghent.

In French, the fox was originally called "goupil". But since it was considered bad luck to call the fox directly by its name, it was later replaced by Renard. :)
graysight Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
fine, I didnt knew that XD. althoug I assume Ghent is from Germany by the spelling, I don't recall hearing that place before
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Belgium. ;)
graysight Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
fine XD
Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Imagine if they made a cartoon movie out of this.

One thing though (I understand German a little), if you read "Reineke Fuchs" from English perspective..."fuchs" looks an awful lot like, well, you know what word. :B And the character himself does f around the lot.

GREAT picture all the same! :la:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
Another interesting fact is the word "vixen" seen from a German perspective, since it is spelled the exact same way as "wichsen" - which is German for jerking off. :P
Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
There ya go! :XD:
Languages go into funny separate ways, don't they? :rofl:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... he looks quite a rascal, doesn't he! :giggle:
Love that Nick Wilde smirk you gave him, too! ;)
Cambion-Hunter Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Looks good, Culpeo. ^^
Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Pawsome work! B-)

My bro :iconcambion-hunter: would love this!
wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job !
KannaAsa Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Reineke, der alte Gauner!
I love it^^
suewrite Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015
Nice! I love the pipe
Consty-T Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh realy!Nice bender dance 
magranger16 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I started reading the book, it took a few minutes to get used to the old English, but its pretty cool. I love the illustration.
Foxysauce100 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy moly! My last name is Reinike!
GhostWriter503 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
TheSkunkCat Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Aaaah, Reynard... villain or anti-hero?

Depends on how censored your version of his story is!

Being familiar with the uncensored story I'd say DEFINITELY a villain protagonist. His story was a pretty brutal no-holds barred satire on just about all of medieval society. With a very sadistic sense of humour. Sort of the equivalent of satirical cartoon shows of the time I suppose. Making fun of just about everyone. (Just goes to show that some things aren't as new as people think.)

And uncensored Reynard... oh, definitely a gleeful torturer, murderer, overall sadist, arguably a rapist (And definitely at least an adulterer.) Played for laughs! But he's not a nice fox. Not that there are many nice people in his world, he's just smarter then the other nasties. (And since said other nasties ARE pretty dumb... (Seeing how they're parodies of various types of medieval people. XD)

I'm actually surprised Disney at one point considered doing a movie about him. Although I DO know for a fact Disney liked and grew up with trickster stories. But even so, even the most censored versions of Reynard I've seen don't really have him as a particularly nice fox.

It's more of a difference then between 'cruel trick you wouldn't want little kids to imitate' (Censored) and 'try to kill someone, they get horribly mutilated instead and Reynard smugly/sadistically makes fun of their injuries when they're helpless' (And it gets worse still) (Uncensored.) Again, played for laughs, but Reynard is a bad guy even so. A bad guy brutally (if cleverly/comically) picking on asshole victims to suit his own purposes.

If one thing the Reynard stories show that no holds barred triple R-rated satire with lots of violence and sexual content was around in medieval times too. (Then again it was around in ancient times and probably in the stone age. But not everyone knows that.)
Darkness-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
 Wow that looks awesome slouch
such fine details in the art

b1k Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love the expression on his face. So classy!
b1k Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Can you understand German?
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am German. ;)
b1k Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wirklich? Sehr gut.
gundamfan2 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
cool picture
RennardFuchs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"Reineke Fuchs" ist wirklich eine coole geschichte, wo das Gute mal nicht gewinnt :P
Obwohl es im ersten Moment nicht sehr Positiv erscheint, lehrt sie uns viel.
Habs auch in Altdeutschschrift :P
MfG aus Polen
JoekelCat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Not. Only german also dutch Reintje de vos
SirFox001 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Damn, this is epic nostalgia.
TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Oh very nice. ^_^
RareKarma Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! keep it up!
Rotfuchs999 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
der sieht ja super aus... ist es ok wenn ich den als Avatar verwende?
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Gerne, kein Problem.
Rotfuchs999 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Cool, Danke
DarkSenses95 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
That's so amazing. Very good drawing.
Kael17 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Dies ist einer meiner Lieblings-Geschichten!
Ooh! I love this story! ...And the movie! (1937)
InuKura Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Ja~Ja der Reineke!

Hat den Isegrim sich im Keller mit Pökelfleisch satt fressen lassen und dann kam er nicht mehr aus dem Schacht und wurde erschossen.

Was waren das nur für tolle Geschichten xD
Shishanski Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
tolle arbeit!
SnowStoat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved that story. I've read the original poem. But it's not a German story. 'The fox Reynard' was a Dutch epos, and it was most likely written by Willem van Boudelo.
I've been studying 'the fox Reynard' for quite some time!
The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Always an reader and never a fighter. Und Das its Reineke Fuchs.

Yeah, I don't get it either. I said it anyway, to get it out of my system.
Caulaincourt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Reynard Fox? That's funny "Renard" means fox in French. I'll see if I can find the story.
dingo-murci Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
shibamage Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowwwww. :clap:
Forsaken-Cipher Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student General Artist
He stole my HAT!
BoywithHat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student
Great ... i like it!

... and it is traditional ... pencil! Yay!
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Not pencil. Quillfeather and ink. :P
BoywithHat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student
Yay! Feather is great, when you know how use it ... and it looks like you know it! ;)
DJScoots10 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Stupendous! I love the look in his eye.
emilition Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You drew that? It's amazing!
PepperoniGirl Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Ich liebe Reinecke immer noch sehr.
Zeit das Buch nochmal rauszukramen.
V-Redmond Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! It wold be a nice cover for a book!
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