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Princess Rosette:1st Spread by Himmapaan Princess Rosette:1st Spread by Himmapaan
Update: 29th April, 2010. Better scan.

*Please note this is an older work.

Pencil, 2002.

Part of a project from my third and last year at university, when I retold and illustrated Madame Catherine d'Aulnoy's Princess Rosette. It was submitted for the Macmillan Prize that year and received a 'Highly Commended'. This is the first spread, in which the queen discovers from the equally dismayed fairies that her longed for daughter, Rosette, will someday inadvertently bring about the destruction and death of her two sons.

The large empty scroll on the right was intended as a text panel.

One deviant remarked that the 'dwarf guy' is carrying what appears to be 'a cat in a huge nutshell'. My having omitted to draw the shafts of the feathers probably didn't help the impression, though given that this was more of an elaborated 'working drawing' than a fully completed illustration, it didn't occur to me at the time to draw those in greater detail. For those still perplexed, however, it is an early 16th century hat, with a wide slashed brim, not unlike this one. :)

The title spread:

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:iconweaveroffantasy:
weaveroffantasy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
The size and detail of this thing is just simply AMAZING!

I don't know this story but I certainly plan on looking it up! 
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grilopururin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
OMFG! It's P-E-R-F-E-C-T!
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LadyLaffAlot Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing.
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I will never cease to marvel at the huge amount of detail you pack into these works of art :D
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irethkalt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you're putting up some of your older work, especially in sketch form. I like to see how an artist moved through stages of setting up the composition as is evident in the title spread. :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I had hoped a few people might be interested in seeing that. :)
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:iconirethkalt:
irethkalt Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D :nod: You're welcome!
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely. <3
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Good work.
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amenokumo Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
seriously you are....WOW......
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echdhu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
I love the way you handle draperies..such beaautiful linework
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:iconnekranea:
Nekranea Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Excelent work, your drawings always amaze me. You´re really good! :clap:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very kind, thank you. Though these pieces are several years old now. I just thought I'd replace the old files with better ones, just in case anyone was interested. :)
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IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Your old work is so exquisite, it makes one wonder if you were not born like this?!

:cuddle:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You are much too kind, Ileana. :hug: But presumably you'll have recently seen a piece a few years older than this one, which is... far less commendable, shall we say (in the mildest terms). :XD: It's surprising what just a year or two - or even less - can sometimes do.
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CalmHillOfTreasures Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Wow, what an interesting fairytale. You did a good job portraying the story with this image.
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NoraGoodtree Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
I wish i could draw as well as you do. utterly amazing as always!
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SailinWaterLilly Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
I'm speechless! This is soooooooo awesome!!
:jawdrop:
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
This is beautiful! the attention to detail is particularly awsome!
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ametriste Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Simply perfect....
i love the way you draw..
magnificent..
:)
:kitty:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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xXxQaudrusxXx Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
This is really lovely ! ♥
The details are so fine, i think i'll need glasses to see them all.
Great job ! ♥
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:iconmitsouri:
mitsouri Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
what a beautiful drawing!
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Vampiressartist Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is featured in my journal for the week.
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:iconvampiressartist:
Vampiressartist Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh, this is gorgeous! What medium do you use?
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Carlotta4th Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008   Traditional Artist
I absolutely love that girl's hair at the very bottom in the middle. The whole piece is very, VERY detailed (which I adore), but to me, that girl just makes the piece.

What is the dwarf guy holding, though? It looks like a cat in a huge nutshell...
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blondboy100886 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
the art is beautiful and i love how you soften the picture where the light is supposed to be hitting.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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blondboy100886 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Anytime, your work is awesome!
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Rburrows Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Filmographer
I just can't believe this!
Your gallery has got to be one of the best I've come across on DA and I've only looked through about 3 of your sketches. I'm just amazed! Everything has so much life and it's almost like I'm reading the story.
Did you use refernce for these?
And can I ask what course it was you studied at uni? And which uni it was?
I'm so amazed! :heart:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very kind - thank you so much!
As with most of my work, it's usually a combination of reference, memory and licence. As I'm fascinated by historical costume, it's something I've always done a lot of research in. The costumes in this illustration had most of their inspiration in Old Master paintings. :D

I studied Illustration at Kingston University (UK). Though as to style and ways of working, all the students were very different from each other. :D
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Rburrows Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ooh I was going to apply to Kingston but it didn't quite happen.
I'm in London too :P
Well your art is beautiful and I know you'll get far with it!
Good luck!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
just :love:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
THESE ARE THE KIND OF CHILDREN'S FAIRYTALE ILLUSTRATIONS SELDOM SEEN.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :thanks:

And thank you for the favourites!
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:iconzebabeth:
zebabeth Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
so amazing! ^^
Your medieval costums are really great!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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zebabeth Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Thanks for our eyes ^^
To look similars beautiful things is so good :)
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SpitfireShepherd Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
The detail in this is astounding... beautiful work :D :+favlove:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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SpitfireShepherd Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
You are very welcome :D
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Stael Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
A very interesting story :) . This is stunning :D
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blushes:
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Stael Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
:) :rose:
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HerOdyssey Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
::weeping with jealousy::

You are so gifted.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very kind. :blush:
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