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Baba Yaga by Himmapaan Baba Yaga by Himmapaan
At full speed did she fly in her iron mortar

Pen and ink and watercolour.

Illustration for The Death of Koshchei the Deathless from Andrew Lang's The Red Fairy Book, published by The Folio Society, 2008. [link]

File scanned from a proof.

Baba Yaga is a very prominent figure in slavic folklore - a witch who travels through the air in her mortar, urging it on with her pestle and sweeping away her traces with a broom. Another of her famous appearances is in the tale of Vasilissa the Fair.

Other illustrations for this book: [link]
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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2008.
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:iconeindain:
Eindain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
As a kid I was so afraid of her. She lives in a cottage on chicken legs and can smell you from miles.
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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:iconelianthos80:
elianthos80 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Every time I stumble on your work it's like being brought back in the XIX century. Great illustration style. Truly great :clap:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwerewolfsfan:
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I admit, I'm fascinated by Baba Yaga. The villainous is always so much more passionate than the princesses, don't you think?
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:iconmarymmmm:
marymmmm Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
speechless...:)
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:iconjinxfu:
jinxfu Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it. I'm going to preoccupy myself with this legend and see if I can get her to chase me in a dream.
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:iconarmacara:
armacara Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
i adore her
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:iconnebulaemporium:
nebulaemporium Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
baba yaga is one of my favorite story tale villains. her hair seems to be a combination between smoke, ice cream, and some sort of sea monster. in other words, perfect. c:
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AnnaDefiesGravity Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist
i'm a bit afraid of her xD but great work though^^
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:iconxsellenax:
xSellenAx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
amazing. how big is it in original?
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm afraid I can't remember now... I still don't have the originals back from the publisher.

Thank you for all your comments!
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:iconxsellenax:
xSellenAx Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
it was my pleasure!! :aww:
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:iconsadtriiis:
SADTRIIIS Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
WOW!!!;]
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:iconwinewriter:
WineWriter Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Your illustrations are so charming. They're just like the ones in the Grimm fairy tales I used to read. I know all the stories behind them. Very, very lovely.
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:iconarajja:
Arajja Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009   Traditional Artist
aaa baba Jaga!
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:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember hearing or reading a short story about the baba yaga and it spooked me. Again, great work!
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Isobel82 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
I just love this style, but there's pretty much nothing left to say after all these comments :)
I love painting in watercolour, but it never turns out this way, I'd love to improve though. So just a question, what do you do the outlines with, and what sort of paper works best for you?
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:iconladyember:
LadyEmber Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Isn't she like meant to be really evil?

She looks to like granny like
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:icontrollgirl:
TrollGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Is that hotpress paper?
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:iconpawiooka:
pawiooka Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Yay, my favourite fairytale character! <3
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:iconvrolok87:
Vrolok87 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Student General Artist
Heh! Baba Jaga! :D
I know few fairy tales/legends about her.
In Russia she's travelling on her butter-dish. In Poland - on her broom (like witches and wizards in Harry Potter series). She's always evil and wants to eat children. :D

I love how you drew her here. :clap: True Baba Yaga! :D
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:iconartman225:
Artman225 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent work. Reminds me of Arthur Rackham's work.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. He's one of my many favourite artists...
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:iconbaragon2001:
baragon2001 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
no hen house?
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Not in this scene, no. :giggle:
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:iconbaragon2001:
baragon2001 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
oh okay u should do more fairy tale and legendary creatures
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. ^^
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:iconautumnelle:
autumnelle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
She is a beauty, he-he :)
And you have managed to express the spirit of a Russian fairytale personage perfectly.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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:iconbandea:
Bandea Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Baba Yaga!!! Love it- colours and style I have old book about slavic demons with illustrations in style looking like this.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconayellowbirds:
ayellowbirds Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work as always, and wonderful to see your interpretation of her. I especially like the mortar and pestle, they are very distinctive interpretations. Her hair and physique are also fantastic... I always have trouble finding things to say about your work, since there are so many great things about it!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you so much - how very kind. :blushes:
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fairyhoods Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I have a book 'Tales of Russia' and there is Vassilissa !! I adore this book :heart: and your Baba Yaga is really good :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :thanks:
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BlueBirdie Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
incredible; how you got that texture with the watercolor is a mystery to me; so Arthur Rackham- or Edmund Dulac *__* !
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :thanks:

Those two are among my most favourite ilustrators of course. I love all the Golden Age illustrators.
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:iconbluebirdie:
BlueBirdie Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I do too ^.^ :) maybe you are a reincarnation of one of them. ;)
If you dont mind me asking, what colors are in your main pallatte? (I would like to make art with more earthy pallattes; less candy-colors) I usually use yellow ochre and ultramarine blue; and van dyke brown; aliz. crimson. Also; did you use alcohol to make some of the patterns and texture? I sometimes use salt but it doesnt always work right *_*
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I rather doubt it. ^^

Um, main palette, let's see: Raw sienna, raw umber, burnt sienna, Venetian red, French ultramarine, Payne's grey and lots and lots of sepia. :D Of course, I use a little of other colours too, but those are the main ones.

I've never tried alcohol - sounds intriguing. I think the textures you can see are simply those of the paper. I've tried salt before, but I think that's for a very specific effect. Yes, it doesn't always work - it depends a lot on how wet the pain is too.
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BlueBirdie Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing; I have a few of those colors but may invest in venetian red and payne's grey;

I usually use arches watercolor paper; what kind do you use?
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Snap! Arches too - Cold pressed, 140 lb/300 gsm2. :D Although I have also used the hot pressed (grain satine), but not for this series.
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Peaje23 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Wow i love it
Your style looks like something from the XIX centry, something of Dulac...
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:icontheblendedpath:
theBlendedPath Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Your coloring is amazing. Well done!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :blush:
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:iconoolena:
Oolena Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
:clap: What a great depiction of Baba Yaga!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconsunshishi:
sunshishi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow,

your work is amazing.
She looks just how I imagined her when reading all those Russian fairy tales^^

SuShi
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