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RFB Title Page: Original by Himmapaan RFB Title Page: Original by Himmapaan
Original title page illustration and hand lettering for The Red Fairy Book (Folio Society, 2008).

Pen and ink, 245 x 183mm; 2007/8

The printed version, together with the frontispiece:


Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2008.
Please do not reproduce without permission.
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ridonculously elegant and lovely :D
primulatook Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful fantastic bird!
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooooh, more peacocks! :dance: (A Java Green, perhaps?) :D

I like the clever way in which you've simplified the train, too. And as always, I wish I could steal your handwriting for my own personal use! :lol:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, indeed, this is a green (though a highly stylised one, of course). :D In fact, whilst I adore all peafowl, if I were forced to choose a favourite, I think I may well have to say the green over the blue. (And if I'm further forced to name a subspecies, it would probably be imperator, for a rather obviously biased reason. :giggle: But I love all the greens equally, really.) One of the many reasons for prefering it is that there is very little difference between the plumage of the sexes - except the train, of course.

My more 'formal' hand-lettering has its ups and downs though. It's not always so reliable. :giggle:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, yes! I have to confess I'd never taken a close look at the imperator subspecies before, and now that I have, I can easily see why! :nod: It's rather unfortunate that greens do not quite have the reputation that blues do, so are not often thought of. Really, now I'm tempted to do a painting of a green when I have more time on my hands! :dance:

Oh, your formal hand lettering still beats my standardized handwriting, that's for certain. If I'm writing something that will be seen by other people, I have to make quite the effort to make it semi legible, and it doesn't help that I write at half the size any "normal" human being would write at. :laughing: And if I have to do more fanciful text, I'm more likely to "draw" it than actually write it! :giggle: Ah well.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, oh it's because imperator is native to Thailand that I was tongue-in-cheekily suggesting it as my most favoured, hence my mention of bias. :giggle: =P
Oh, well, I look forward to letting you beat me to it with that painting :D, as I'm not likely to be able to do one any time this decade. :XD: Although I sneak green peafowl in in many places (for instance, behind the painting here:[link] Several in this Aladdin spread: [link]), I've never actually done a proper painting of one before...

Don't forget what I told you, when I first saw your handwriting. My mother and I said the same thing that it should be made into a font. ;) And drawing text is perfectly the right thing to do when the occasion demands it! :D
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
But of course! I surmised as much. :laughing:

I did notice those sneaky green peafowl! :giggle: It's kind of amazing that I'd failed to mention them earlier. As for me painting such a bird, I'm now debating (for when the time comes) which medium I should use. :plotting:

Aww, thank you, dear. :hug: If nothing else, I can think of my handwriting as bearing "distinctive character!" :giggle:
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