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An Airing by Himmapaan An Airing by Himmapaan
Edited, 19th October, 2012. File replaced, with the gutter in the middle of the sketchbook spread digitally removed, with many thanks to *Heliocyan.


'An Airing Atop an Olorotitan'.

I'd made an alliteration of the title without realising it.

Various brown and sepia inks, sketchbook spread; 261 x 210mm.

An indulgent thing I began towards the end of November or early December, and which I worked on at intervals during last month. I spent half the afternoon and the entire evening of New Year's Eve finally completing it, with the clock ringing in the New Year just as I began making the final touches (though it wasn't until about an hour later that I eventually relinquished the pen and brush).

Again, the pixellation from the online image editor I used to resize the file has given it a rather blurry cast (not altogether helped by dA's size restrictions either).

Happy New Year!


Copyright Niroot Puttapipat, 2011
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The-Wild-Soul Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of Dinotopia
Myuna Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist

valda515 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Caraphae Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! Wonderful display of textures- the wrinkly dino skin, the hose, the hair, the embroidery- all so distinct!
Calin-4 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
brilliant babe
Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Spectacular, Those details are so fine...did you draw this with human hair!
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Near enough! I used brushes for parts of it. ^_^
Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
RayofSon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
actually dinotopia didnt even come to mind till people kept saying it....but personally i dont see it....your art is so elegant and intricate, it just so pleasing to the eye :D
usagimangafactory Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
holy crap the detail!! :O
CharlieRenwick Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is just so amazing... The amount of detail you've put into everything, all the way to the little folds in the fabric, is incredible.
santosnothell Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is fucking amazing ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!
Aranov Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is.... the best thing I've seen today. I want to be that impeccably attired and behatted lady when I grow up. :heart:
Z3PHotography Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Such a beautiful beautiful piece! I absolutely love your work. I was curious if I could humbly ask for your blessings to get this as a tattoo? I'd love to carry it about on my person forever. :)
valleyviolet Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist
I saw this via a tumblr and my immediate thought was "OMG! It's like if Dinotopia was set around 1600! This is the best thing in the universe ever!!!" :D
Z3PHotography Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
I totally posted this on tumblr roughly 6 or 7 days ago! xD Perhaps it was my blog you saw it on. :D What a small world. xD
valleyviolet Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist
I think I saw it via [link] ?

They're really good about posting attribution when they use deviantart stuff, which makes me super happy. I like being able to go to the original and comment and favorite. :)
Z3PHotography Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
I found it there as well originally! :) I like that too. I always give the name and link to the artist and wherever they are hosting their art on my Tumblr, so that whoever might find it there, will know where to go to see more from them. It's so annoying when people just post images on their Tumblr without saying who was responsible for the art you're admiring.
MrCreator3000 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
I can just imagine this conversation:
"Yes, it's the latest fashion. I had it imoprted all the way from the Cretaceous."
I seem to like not very well known dinosaurs way better than popular ones, and you've done this one perfectly.
Eomamenchisaurus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I want an Olorotitan! :D
Morag-I Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   General Artist
This piece has been featued here: [link]
dsivis Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
That WOULD be there life.
KatiraMoon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so beautiful and unique, one of your best works I think. :)
Reluin Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
What all the truly sophisticated people ride.
marymmmm Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful...*sigh* ;)
Swordlord3d Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
backthatelfup Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Egads, gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.
Black--Moth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Man, you're freaking awesome.
Ninjerina Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student General Artist
i think you must have stolen this from my imaginary utopia
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nuu, no stealing! :giggle:
P0UL Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
I really love your work, Niroot. this one is soo majestic and graceful....!!!!!!
babbletrish Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
So cool! The draftsmanship is amazing!
Crydwyn Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
This is really beautiful. I love the composition, the unique content and the woodcut-esque feel to it.
3girls1book Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
the whole thing is so beautiful and theres so much detail.
sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mesmerizing! The dinosaur looks perfectly in place with it's aristocratic and exotic human companions.
thesunisup Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
jaw ------> floor
This is amazing!
MalkavianDreams Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My god this is fantastic. Love the detail
ryotsuru--daosu- Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Such superb detail and subtle colour!
stevenshipman Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Exquisite, even more so than usual! I adore the concept!
AquariusWolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Wow very awesome! I wish golden age illustration had dinosaurs! :D
Nekranea Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Absolutely wonderful! :clap:
nic-xc Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so much detail! So imaginative too. :wow:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail is fabulous.
cabepfir Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You are possibly mad and I only hope they won't put you in confinement.

giftofmagi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
"Oh, just a mere thing I dashed off for the whimsy of it."


Astonishing stufff, Niroot. I was going to make some facetious remark about how I could imitate Jackson Pollock using MS Paint. But it sounds like drivel. I'll merely note how marvelous a thing it is that people are graced with such superlative talent.

I happen to love ee cummings' poetry. (sample to follow)
your slightest look easily will unclose me / though i have closed myself as fingers, / you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens / (touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

But I would be utterly delusional to presume to compare his work to something titanic like Dante's Divine Comedy
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, but it's not that and I never implied it! :D I said it was indulgent. ;) :D And I also mentioned how long it actually took me to complete. So, no 'mere thing dashed off' at all. :D Besides, no such thing exists with me; I could never dash anything off, however hard I try. :giggle:

Thank you for your very kind words. But it's no superlative talent, really. Just a deal of patience and a resolute refusal to deal with the horrid verities of the real world. :giggle:
giftofmagi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
A host of responses flock to my mind. I’ll try to keep it down to 2 or 3.

1st, the idea of talent vs. persistence in executing a superlative work. This statement by Johann Wolfgang Goethe when he visited Rome in 1787, regarding Michelangelo’s frescos

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what ONE man is capable of achieving.”

2nd, the notion that the “horrid verities” are *more* genuine than our transcendent hopes--which I know you’re not you're not explicitly saying--I’m just taking an unwarranted leap of logic.

C.S. Lewis speaks of those who disparage lofty noble things as some out-of-touch.

“They tell each other, of some great spiritual experience, ‘All that really happened was that you heard some music in a lighted building’ all experiences which can make them happier or better only the physical facts are ‘Real’ while the spiritual elements are ‘subjective‘; in all experiences which can discourage or corrupt them the spiritual elements are the main reality and to ignore them is to be an escapist. Thus in birth the blood and pain are ‘real‘, the rejoicing a mere subjective point of view; in death, the terror and ugliness reveal what death ‘really means‘.…Wars and poverty are ‘really’ horrible; peace and plenty are mere physical facts about which men happen to have certain sentiments.”

I renounce such a worldview. I am an ardent Theist. But I could drone on ad nauseum…so I won’t.

3rd thing. You strike me as being very at home with the English purveyors of dignity. Beatrix Potter, Tolkien, Kipling…am I making sense?
cerine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Your sketchbooks must be a delight to peruse in person. That's one of the only things I can think of when you post images like these.
Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dinosaurs with howdahs = very very yes. I've done one before but this is way cooler :0
GuoBia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
But James Gurney rocks!! >w> *read your earlier comment* XD

It's funny, I also thought Dr. Seuss.

I'll start counting the Dinotopia/Gurney comments- you got 6 so far!!

Still, it's so luxurious and elegant I just want to be riding one too. Did you just draw this as it struck your fancy? XD
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