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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.

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

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(c) Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2012.
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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:
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AlinaSoloviova Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
fantastic
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Anima-Lux-Artifex Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Is that light dappled texture due to the paper you used?
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endless-spirit Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
I`ve never seen that! So great!
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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!
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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.
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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)
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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.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. Lateness is immaterial, especially when accompanied by kindness and appreciation!
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JillHoffman Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great detail, this is really beautiful. Love the concept, too :)
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iristerwisscha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
The whale looks absolutely amazing!
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I'm in awe everytime I see a piece from you. I love your detailed ways :love:
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annask Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Beautiful...all the details and the colours. I'm curious, about how long does it take to make one image(like this)?
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AdrianeInnisNeill Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The accurate depiction of the whale makes it one of my favorites. Applaus from my side :-)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting work!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Oh Himmapaan, it's so beautiful as always! I wish I could afford every book your work has ever been in! I know you don't have much time to answer comments, but is there any chance you could give a hint about how you get such lovely textures on your paintings (eg. the whale's back, the sky...)?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So kind of you, Erin; thank you so much.

I wet the paper with a fine spray of water and build up the layers of pigments with many, many tiny strokes and 'dots', using relatively larger brushes for more visibly 'dappled' marks like those on the whale. I also let the pigments saturate much more in that case. Plus, using colours which granulate helps this further. The sky was painted with layers of cobalt, Prussian blue, sepia and raw sienna, all of which (excepting the last, I think?) granulate. The indigo for the whale does likewise too.
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thankyou so much for such an incredibly thoughtful reply, I really appreciate it! (And will now labour into the wee hours trying to replicate the effect :))
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AdrianeInnisNeill Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you don't mind to hear an advice from a mere amateur, but passionate watercolourist, I'd have one more hint:
Instead of tube paint, try mixing a brown out of 3 layers of cadmium yellow (light or deep), red and blue.
(example: cad. Yellow deep, alizarin, pthalo blue)

If applied evenly and given enough time to dry for each (!) layer, you will be rewarded the most vived brown you can imagine. The colours will literally dance! ;-)

Try mixing the same amount of colours in a pan and apply it to the paper and it will be grey and
My best regards, A.N.
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Thanks very much! I will have to give this a try :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another favorite of my childhood given gorgeous artistic life. :love:
A truly wonderful sight to behold.
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St0DaD Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Oh this is absolutely beautiful! Would you ever consider making prints?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I can't enable prints for the formally published illustrations, I'm afraid. Limited edition books less so. I'm so sorry.
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St0DaD Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
No need to be sorry, I understand, and I love your work no matter what. :D
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BookLyrm Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I read this book so, so long ago, but these illustrations are making me interested in reading it again!
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Gorgeous!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Yeah, really need to reread those. The depth and contrast you get out of the blue and white whale and the blue and white water just astounds me.
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RADification Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
This is stunning, you've drawn the marine image of my childhood fantasy. I mean that as a kid I always wished I could create a striking image of dolphins and whales (I was never very original) and you've done it much more uniquely than I ever could. I love the colour and pattern on the whale and the overall atmosphere is great thanks to the tone of the sky and the composition of the cliffs and sand
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whee-ooh , just marvelous . You do so many fabulous pictures I have to get out the thesaurus just to comment on your pictures any more .
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent :love:
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blind-fate Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I am saving up to buy this book!
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You should definitely do more sea life!
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Beliar2007 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome work!
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jennovazombie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this looks so soft and detailed!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Gorgeous work from you--thanks for posting this one! :iconwhaleplz:
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The rocks in the foreground are fantastic...and is that a cave I see further along the shoreline?
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Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could do cliffs like that. They confound me.
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TheSilverBells Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work. (:
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