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Night Before Christmas, Jacket by Himmapaan Night Before Christmas, Jacket by Himmapaan
I really do wish dA wouldn't restrict title lengths...

Front Jacket of The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore, published by Walker Books, 2007 .

You can see two views of the pop-up at the end of the book here: [link] . I'm afraid they're not very large views, but I don't think I can take a better picture myself. There's so little light...

The original silhouettes were drawn in black ink and gouache.

A few other illustrations from the book are here:
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This book (my fourth) has done so well, completely to my astonishment. There are three co-editions: US, published by Candlewick Press; French, published by Editions Milan; and Japanese (I'm afraid I don't know the publisher's name for this...) The Golden Treasury Bookshop in Southwest London even reproduced the silhouettes for their window display last year: [link] .
This was also the first book I've illustrated to have earned me royalties. It was all quite bewildering...

Merry Christmas, all!
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:iconlmonster2:
LMonster2 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope I can get this book. It is amazing.
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:iconvalethia:
Valethia Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
The talent!
Do you do autographed copies?
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This edition looks lovely, your illustrations are beautiful as ever and the style is so fluid and detailed :nod: Wonderful work, Niroot. The combination of shadow imagery with certain colors, gives it a very unique look :)
I'm very happy to read this was the first publication to give you royalties and that it has been much sought :clap: I'm sure it is only the beginning of many accomplished projects for you ;)
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lennan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
I love the delicacy of the work and the old school beauty of it. =)

I too wish dA wouldn't make a limit to titles....
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Wenchworks Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
I bought this book for our family--our tradition is to read "The Night Before Christmas" on Christmas eve. We LOVED the book! The pop-ups are very well done, and I love, love, love all the delicate details.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so pleased you like it - thank you so much!
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:iconplexar37:
plexar37 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! Another book of yours I will have to get.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks very enticing. Seeing this on the shelves of a bookseller would certainly make me want to pick up a copy...
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
You are just... awesome. Really.
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
very nice. since they dont allow full size, what size and DPI did you illustrate these at?
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, they're not digital. I don't have my originals back yet, so I'm afraid I can't give you the exact measurements. The cityscape silhouette is taken from the design used for the pop-up at the end of the book. The silhouette of St.Nick & the reindeer team was drawn seperately. Both won't have been on a larger than A3 sheet, but of course, the silhouettes themselves are much smaller than the sheet. And both were reduced for the jacket. Let's say the length of the reindeer team are about 250-290 mm or so, and about 70-80mm in width.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So great to have you posting your work again. Few artists inspire me the way you do. This is just beautiful and has me itching to get back to my drawing board.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so kind of you, Andy, thank you. :thanks:
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
this looks wonderful!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
It's all so beautiful - I am not at all surprised this book did so well. :) You put in so much detail, I'm going to go to go back and look at every corner of the pages you posted. I'm going to see if I can find this edition next time I'm at the bookstore too. ;)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconsoyunhamster:
SoyUnHamster Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
:wow: Love what you're showing us here! All that work with sillhouettes is so detailed and beautiful!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconumbrellasky:
umbrellasky Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
Gorgeous work! I love how even silhouettes have details :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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slightlytriangle Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
Aha, I think it's wonderful, as you know :D I intend to take my copy from the shelf this evening and look and read through it again :aww: (I do this quite often, actually, but it seems so appropriate today :giggle: )
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww: :hug:
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:iconaaronpocock:
aaronpocock Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great cover!
hope the royalties keep on rolling in!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I hope so, too. :giggle:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
DA's title limit is indeed a bit tight..
Fantastic work, it's got a nice cutout look. :)
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IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for a lovely Christmas treat :cuddle:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:cuddle:
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ffnana Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
a wonderful book and work!
Merry Chritsmas :aww:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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zaulia Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Incredible, Niroot!
All in one - exquisite silluettes, soft ant precise. Flowing down with the book text. I would purchase this book, definitely :aww:
Reminds me those 18th century paper-cut silhuetes - but nevertheless, none of them are boring or too classical ;)

I will try to buy on February when I'm planning to go to London. Eventhough I'm not sure they would have some left after two days - it should be a perfect present :D
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Saule!
I don't know if it is in the shops this year (it was last year), but you could ask them to order it for you. :D
Failing that, there's Amazon. :giggle:
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:iconzaulia:
zaulia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
oh, I can always use my londoner friend and poke her... Russian tales are very appealing, too :)
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:iconirathray:
irathray Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, congrats on this book! :) I'll definitely have to go out and buy it now.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing these. I will keep my eye out for one in this area.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
;)
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:iconjezhawk:
Jezhawk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
looks awesome, as always.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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primulatook Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a wonderful book! i will look for it!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconbluebirdie:
BlueBirdie Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic-! :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So delightful!

Merry Christmas!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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rift-warden Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
dear - it's magnificent!!!
you did a great job!
i don't want to take too much of your time - but i have seen all four pages you posted, and i love them all!!! thanks so very much for sharing dear :heart::hug::glomp:!!!

merry christmas to you!!!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :rose:
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:iconrift-warden:
rift-warden Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
you are welcome!
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