This really struck a chord with me today. They look an awful lot like two of my OCs, brothers, one of which is a shapeshifter who sometimes enjoys the form of a fox. And ... the one brother is forced to betray the fox by his kingdom, even though he doesn't want to; and later he holds his brother in a last apology before condemning him. So this ... well, it may be arrogant, but it almost feels like you drew it just for me because it fits them so well and the emotion is just so beautiful. <3 (And of course I hold no delusions that you actually did, you have never met me before.)
I love the nearly monochromatic color scheme and the grungey background. The shading and folds in the old man's clothing are lovely and the emotion in both faces feels so real. Love the hand, it's very natural. Same for that fox tail and the almost bony, almost sleek curve of the fox's back. And the man's hair is perfect, just the right blend of simplicity and detail. Loving the blood, it's not overdone at all and adds just that right punch. I can find nothing to critique; beautiful work.
Thanks for posting this and letting me have a moment with this piece of art. Which sounds weird, but yeah, it gives me a lot of feels.
Saw this image while listening to a sad, nostalgic melody. Kudos for you. As everybody in this comment section can agree, this is quite a intense/powerful emotional image. My impression on this piece, if I may, is that it is this man making peace, at least in his mind, with a dearly departed. Can't really tell which fox is it, since you never portrait that particular fox. I believe it spectral since there are lines from his legs that go through the fox. This details may be unintentional. Yet all the same, accidental or not, the effect is the same as the photo of the cover album of Placebo's "Sleeping With Ghost" ([link]).
So sad to have lost somebody you loved. I know this might sound silly, but whenever good, positive things in my life comes to an end (be that both peoples life, friendship or circumstances of life), I always repeat a phrase I learn while reading Dr. Seuss books. "Don't be sad it ended, be glad it happened"
For me, it's like they're saying godbye for each other. They're so much connected, so it is so difficult to let the other one go. The man don't have so much time of life, and the fox is like, conforting him. Saying "it's alright, it's alright..." It's so beautiful. Though it's so simple, it holds so much story into it. I rarely comment in something, but I needed to explain my feelings for this piece. Congrats <3