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Nautilus by Himmapaan Nautilus by Himmapaan
Nautilus pompilius (with small sketch of an American lobster)
Natural History Museum, London.

Pencils, graphite sticks and ink on Ingres paper,
2001.

Some straightforward observational drawing from several years ago.
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Sur-la-pointe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Were you studying a model or a preserved specimen? This is really beautifully done work: simple and calming.
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Dusk9 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
lovely!
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Sanuq Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
I love how traditional this is...as if it were ripped out of the journal of a 18th century sailor-turned-naturalist. Great job!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I find my studies of this kind do tend towards the historical too.
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Ninjerina Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Student General Artist
Ah, I love cephalopods! I have a nautilus from the Academy of Sciences as my phone picture! Awesome.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the hint of iridescence on the nautilus shell...
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Mafeo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
You know how much I respect and adore your work. This is no exception. I love how you see the world. :nod:
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Ladyadokenai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
...your handwriting is even pretty! D:

I assume that's your hand, anyway.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it is. ^^

(why else might it be on my drawing... :giggle:)
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Ladyadokenai Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
well, it could have been a font! I would probably pull something like that, just because my handwriting is so awful. everyone I know says I should have been a doctor because of it...D:

I've had to read handwritten papers to my teachers because they couldn't read it...I think I need a penmanship class, lol!
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Of the Nautilus it is said that, when it spins around in the deepness of the dark sea, whirpools are created that not even sea serpents can escape and that the aquatic monster Kerphinode fears. These creatures' design were a petition by the king of the sea, to Ephaistos. Poseidon wanted a creature that would resist the pressure of the sea and still move swiftly through it; that it had the neverending form of the water cycle in its body and that it was the pride of the ocean. Such were the ruler's wishes and Ephaistos created the nautilus' shell and form, which has everything Poseidon asked for.

Marvelous piece! :D
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That is just wonderful! I seem to vaguely recall having heard something like that. Thank you so much for sharing it. :D

Thank you! :hug:
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primulatook Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful work... perfect...
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Love these things :love: You've coloured it wonderfully-even captured their shine :D
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Flynn-the-cat Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love animal studies ^_^ and the Nautilus....


...now, I don't suppose you've got an octopus tucked away, anywhere? (I imagine not, if these are Museum studies - and I remember that museum, it's a lovely one)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, I'm afraid not. But if I ever get the chance to draw one, I shall post it up for you. :D

Thank you. ^_^
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ArchArad Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
A lovely study - you have captured the iridescence of the Nautilus shell without sacrificing the looseness of the study.

By the way - I adore your handwriting. It flows and curves beautifully.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.:D
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Tifani-Malcolm-Black Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember growing up, my mother had a shell of one, and I had always wondered what the body had looked like until I saw it on the discovery channel and it kinda scared me. But now that I am older, I appreciate how odd and weirdly beautiful it actually is. Great job capturing the small detailPr
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, it is an extraordinary creature indeed.
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FFA Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Ah! He is soooo cute! I love lobsters for some strange reason.
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fedoragirl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
WOW.
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junkauge Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
eeee Nautilus!
i love those things
we have a shell of one dad brought home back in his sea days, its such a cool shape
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, that's wonderful. :D
What did your father do during his sea days? :D
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junkauge Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
my dad was a pearl shell diver all my childhood. we lived in Broome, pearling industry capital of Australia until i was 8. it was his job attached to a boat to sweep over the sea floor and find wild pearl shell to be taken into the company to make cultured pearls. he found many things down there including that shell. work would usually take him out to see for up to months at a time before he would be home, so he used to bring me all sorts of treasures from the sea, coral, pearl shell shells, and of course he would always bring home a sizable ammount of seafood, like lobsters he caught and huuge fish, even a swordfish once. even before that though he was a regular sea salt. he always worked and lived in the sea from his teen years onwards. he has some cool story's, and lately with his beard i keep relating him to a old pirate haha
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, my word, that is just wonderful! I now have an image of him as of some character from a tale... No doubt he has many stories to tell, as you say. Oh, how I should like some sea treasures too... :giggle: Jos, I had no idea your childhood and family were so Romantic. This is extraordinary. I wish you had told me sooner! *Akimbo*

Small wonder you love prawns, heh? =P
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junkauge Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
ehehe yes small indeed
yeah my childhood was interesting allright haha.

i once had a pirate birthday party where everyone had to come dressed as a pirate and i had a cake shaped like a pirate face and we had a massive treasure hunt in the beach caves to find a chest full of chocolate coins :3

something you would like about broome is the stairway to heaven festival they have. its when the tide goes low enough to reveal the sand banks and the moon is huuuge, full and low on the water. it creates the illusion of ascending steps of moonlight up to the moon.
and they have a festival with music and food and aboriginal style animals made of sparklers that they put on the beach. and there was the old guy that would play the didgeridoo and it was such a haunting melody.

it was good fun

we also had the circus come to town once, it wasn't a huge circus on the de soules scale of nowa days, but it was still a circus, and it had a Ferris wheel and stuffed animals cleverly put into inflated balloons so that when it popped the kid didn't feel so bad XD

broome was nice, i have a lot of fond memories of living there.
sad to say though it was better as a local thing
broome has become a bit of a tourist trap now-a-days
which was part of the reason we moved.
hah the whole reason is much to lengthy and depressing
but yes
its still a great place for a holiday though :3
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh... It all sounds so wonderful...

Your pirate birthday sounds fantastic (hmm, this has given me a glimmer of an idea...)
And that was rather sweet of those ballons with the toy animals! The Stairway to Heaven festival sounds... heavenly...

*Sad smile*

Thank you for sharing that with me, Jos.
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junkauge Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
your welcome niroot :3
:hug:
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jdrainville Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
These are such fun creatures to observe in real life. Thanks for sharing your sketches. :D
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IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is my favourite study, the nautilus is such a fascinating little creature, and your handwriting adds up immensely to anything you do :love:
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It almost looks like a cat sleeping :D
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
is there anything you're not good at?!?!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Tax returns and dealing with people, for instance. :XD:

I'm very bad at heaps of things. :tears:
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, those are simple things. No one's perfect at anything. I meant your drawings. They're perfect, at least ;P :highfive:
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Katira Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
I love all those subtle irridescent colours in the shell! Thank you for posting these, sketchbook pages of nature drawings especially appeal to me for some reason. (Unless they're mine :XD: )
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LG-Young Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
When I was a girl, I used to tell people I'd grow up to be a naturalist, and dreamed about taking great sea voyages armed with butterfly nets, phials and leather-bound sketchbooks.

Thanks for the renewed inspiration.

P.S. I think that the word missing after "The five ..." is "chambered". (but you probably already knew that.)


:)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, the question mark is for the uncertainty as to the actual number of species which exist. ^^
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LG-Young Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Ah! I see now. :)
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hito-w Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, the NHM! That building is so beautiful! It was one of my favourites tourist-like spots when I visited London =)
Plus, Nautiluses = Love, so I just had to fave this one of yours. Congrats!
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aaronpocock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful drawing Niroot. Lovely soft colouring on the main image. Very delicately done.
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bievallhir Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
nice soft colours :)
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Your Nautilus shell looks lovely. :)
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I especially like the blue reflection on the left! Great!
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FollowLeLapinBlanc Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   General Artist
I like your animal studies; I don't think they're quite as perfect as your people...yet (and this is just friendly critique, no insults intended) but i think with more time they will become quite good. The reason I say this is for most artists, who are used to seeing people and their own reflections animals are generally harder because of the fact that we don't see them as often. I have always been fascinated by marine biology, and nautiluses are one of my top favorite animals--I think you did it good justice in this drawing; maybe the shell could have been smoother around the edges, though. =)
I absolutely love your work!!!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
These were relatively quickly drawn on location rather than intensely finished - and from almost eight years ago. ^^

The curious thing is they used to tell me my animals were sometimes stronger... ^^ They were the first things I drew since I ever began picking up a pencil, and I probably drew them more than anything else throughout my early years. I didn't really like people and drew them sporadically. It wasn't until I realised I didn't have to draw the people of the real world or of the present day that I approached them more. :giggle:

I don't have enough examples of the kind of complete, finished, realistic (in the natural history sense) animals to show, so I suppose the point remains moot as far as it can be concretely seen. The few I do have in my gallery here are more flavoured by my own style, as they were not really intended to be supreme specimen-type work. These days I don't really have the time nor inclination for that kind of treatment either, unfortunately. There are many people already doing that and mine won't be much different because of the dictates of that kind of realism.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Nice tonal qualities in the nautilus. Looks like you had fun in a wunderzimmer. ^_^
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love the different colored reflections on the nautilus shell. :)
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zaulia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
well THESE things I love.
Nautillus is one of the most adorable creatures for me, don't know why;)
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