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How the Camel got his Hump by Himmapaan How the Camel got his Hump by Himmapaan
The Djinn rolled himself up in his dust-cloak, and took a bearing across the desert, and he found the Camel most 'scruciatingly idle, looking at his own reflection in a pool of water.

'My long and bubbling friend,' said the Djinn, 'what's this I hear of your doing no work...?'


Illustration for How the Camel got his Hump, for Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies by The Folio Society, 2012.

Watercolour on (old) Fabriano Artistico cold pressed paper.

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(c) Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2012.
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LadyNinkharsag Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Cool idea and story...
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LadyElka Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
I remember that story from way back when I was a little kid! Love this illustration!
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mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work!
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MysticNarwhal Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
so much fun, I love story illustrations
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MsStarsea Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Camels judge you without a word. You capture that perfectly.
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I never quite knew how to picture the Djinn, but I love how you have done so here! the layers of dusty robes are great, as is the camel's expression :D
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love this story! One of my favorites from when i was little and i love this illustration ^^ the feel of it is dreamy yet realistic :) Beautiful work
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Parabuteo78 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, love how the blue on the djinn's bag draws the eye in.
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emiaka Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this work.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
So ridiculously lifelike, yet magical at the same time.. How is it possible?! :rose:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So kind, Taylor. Thank you so much.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
It's just the truth. Don't ever let anyone or anything get you down about your art. You are literally one of the best artists of this time. I know sometime soon you're going to get the right project and your art will become famous. It more than deserves to be.
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anatotitan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Had not seen this one yet! It's wonderful. That single spot of blue on the Djinn's bag... masterful.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, David.
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jessomie Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great work, love just so stories and this is beautifully detailed
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing this! otherwise your work would be appreciated by so few people... 1000 and their friends...
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Teresa. Though not many people here are interested, it seems. But I'm heartened to know that people like you do care.
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I guess what you do has too much quality so it is longseller content instead of the usual bestseller stuff...

It also shares the thing about art that makes it not very accesible to all: the pricing, which actually should be even more high considering the quality of it all (I mean, I have my copy of Sense and Sensibility, I've been around books for a while and I can tell quality of an edition starting from the paper it is made of and even the materials you use for illustrating). So many people may be interested but may not have the cash (including me, unfortunately).
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I wasn't think of the book itself. I understand that well enough, I can't afford my own book either, I'm afraid.

I was only speaking of the work; the illustrations themselves. I don't expect anything grand, but when I have worked long and hard at something which I regard as among my best so far and only 1/6th of my watchers have even looked at it, I can't help but feel disappointed and even a little hurt. It's the disparity of numbers that puzzles me. I'd sooner have just sixty watchers who care than six thousand who do not.

To my bewilderment, I also recently gained over 400 new watchers in a very short time, but this number is apparently scarcely reflected in the interest these illustrations have been given. In light of this, even without expecting anything, one would start asking questions.

Meanwhile the kind of things I do see getting the interest and the favourites just leaves me speechless. I know that such is the way of dA, and I shouldn't take it to heart. But I'm afraid I'm not quite made of stone yet. ;D

However, it does help confirm a decision I'd been pondering for a while, and one I should finally put into action, as soon as I have had time to create my own website and can start blogging more regularly again.
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, your feelings are shared by a number of very good artists I know in DA (including me heh).

I like to think of DA as a bar where you go after school/work. People are always changing (by change I mean some donīt even log in anymore, yet new guys appear to check it out every day) and the popular drink is always a short lived trend. The barman is changing too, so you have these irregular trends in DDs and stuff like that... A blog is like your house where a few frends feel free to drop by ;) you can extend the invitation through facebook, although that's kind of a bar in a different neighborhood :shrug:
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kaaslave Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Camels is the craziest peoples! :D
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Nicole-Marie-Walker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! And I love the textures and shapes in your rocks.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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MiloNeuman Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful stuff, as usual.
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Gorgeous! The camel looks so snarky too - like 'yeah, I'm not working - so what?' :giggle:
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Silenced-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man if only I could afford this collection ;-;

I have a few Folio society books from an aunt's friend but augh to have some new ones.

I need to find some poems from my kipling poetry book to doodle to as well.
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HypotheticalTextiles Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, I love this story! And you always do such perfect expressions, I bet this camel was so much fun to paint!
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selkiemoon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg I remember having this story as an audio book! nice part of my childhood :)) the German version of course but still, I loved it!
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shebatortle Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
humph [:)] Lovely.
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ZePip Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
:onfire: ... excellent!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
very fine work! :nod:
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echdhu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I love the subdued,subtle tints in this one. Lovely,lovely work!
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Sahilee Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art! I love it! :clap:
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IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The camel's expression is wonderful, the half closed lids, the disdainful mouth... Love it!
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my dog i love camels, and to see one painted so masterfully... ^_^
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ForeverCreative Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
So Lovely!!!
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Copperwulf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh hey ive read that book! great job!
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mpjawka Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
lovely touch of blue to anchor the composition
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flufdrax Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! I can just hear the camel going "humph"
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Masterful. :)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Camels always have such excellent expressions :D
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