So I was stuck in a confusion of not knowing how to portray these fox characters and began to come up with different designs. They aren't particularly great but I kept looking at different portrayals of foxes in Japanese folklore and the shape of foxes to try and come up with a base form.
I chatted with Alan yesterday about the above right hand image and encouraged me to work into this design to make it better. I need to play around with the pen tool to make some crisper lines and get some exaggerative curves into the body shape to make the character stand out more. After I have perfected this with the 'base' Kitsune I will be able to push it into the other enemy territories discussed such as a sneaking fox which I will need to look at exaggerating the curve of the back.
Unfortunately my Illustrator is currently not working at the moment but I am experimenting with the pen tool in Photoshop at home. I know this isn't as successful at this point but it's good practice which I will be able to start perfecting on Monday.