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How the Whale got his Throat by Himmapaan How the Whale got his Throat by Himmapaan
'...the Mariner walked out of his mouth'

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

Watercolour on Saunders Waterford hot pressed; 255 x 180mm.

A few progress stages can be seen here, from the blog of The Folio Society's production director.


More illustrations (and more to come) in the Just So Stories folder .


(c) Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2012.


I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I'm afraid I didn't manage to produce anything for it this year.
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ImthenD Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student General Artist
wooow! water is AMAZING!!! :love:
AlinaSoloviova Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Anima-Lux-Artifex Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Is that light dappled texture due to the paper you used?
endless-spirit Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
I`ve never seen that! So great!
varunjk Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm going out on a limb here - I think you've slipped up in drawing the sea; the blue is a Touch (just a touch) too intense and one sees a lot more foam and sand underneath when waves break. Nothing that detracts from another stunning work, as ever!
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. You are right about the sand of course. Though as is often the case in my work, I'm not attempting to capture hyper-realism (or something close to it). Most of the time, there are purposeful stylistic and artistic choices. :) Also, the monitor on my ailing laptop suffers somewhat and I've had to adjust the colours slightly as my scan didn't really match the original. Some of the colours are closer (on my monitor) now, but others are slightly too strong. The sea may be one of them.
varunjk Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's probably just the insanely high level you normally keep :D. The drawing does look a little too small to capture such innate detail, now I come to think of it. (sheepish grin)
ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I'm late to the party, but I must say - The markings on the whale's side are absolutely beautiful. So are the sea foam and the rocks, but the whale is particularly beautiful.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. Lateness is immaterial, especially when accompanied by kindness and appreciation!
JillHoffman Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great detail, this is really beautiful. Love the concept, too :)
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