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Princess Rosette: Title Spread by Himmapaan Princess Rosette: Title 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. The project was submitted for the Macmillan Prize that year and received 'Highly Commended'.

This is the title spread, and along with the first spread, was more of a worked up 'rough' than a complete illustration.


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asiapasek Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So gorgeous. Fantastic work!
FFA Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
I love how you make your lines look so soft. You just feel like you could reach out and pet the peacocks.
ellichen Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish my 'roughs' would look like that! ^^

I really like the playfulness of your work and also that slight 'victorian nursery' touch.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
your peacocks are inspired. ;)
lethelen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
I've actually never heard of this story before, but I love the drawings! Did you ever finish it? If so, I'd love to read it!
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
I'm not surprised you haven't heard of it, I don't think many people have. Its obscurity was one of the reasons I chose to work with it; and it has so many irresistable things to draw, like a chariot drawn by twelve peacocks, for instance...

I only finished it insofar as the project was required for the submission of the Macmillan Prize, which was to the extent of a few colour illustrations and a rough book dummy, but I didn't complete it entirely as a whole book. These are just a few pieces from it which I think are still decent enough to share. The rest of it is pretty forgettable now. :) But I'm very fond of this tale and would love to illustrate it wholly one day, either for myself, or better yet, if some publisher would care to commission me for it.

I think you might be able to find the tale online... Ah, here you go, there is a synopsis on Wikipedia. There is also this fuller translation of the tale.
nokki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow I absolutely love how detailed even your pencil drawing is! How long did it take you to do this?
StellaWindwalker Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. You have talent!
SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful piece with a great deal of detail. I think it is lovely when a piece without color and still portray so much.
ManipulatedSilence Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Oh, very pretty.
I like the contrast between the man, and the hight of the protrait/peacocks.
I also like the motion of the's only a picture, but you can see the birds are alive---that they are moving! Could that perhaps be why the bucket has been disturbed? Even uncoloured, it's a beautiful piece. I would love to see the detailing on the feathers though.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.

What I neglected to say was that this was a rough - otherwise I'd never have left it in quite so unfinished a state. ;)
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