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She set out... by Himmapaan She set out... by Himmapaan
*Updated 3rd July, 2010. New scan of original artwork. Please see this journal entry for further explanation.


'She set out very early the next morning'

Illustration for Princess Rosette from The Red Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang; published by The Folio Society, 2008.

Pen and ink and watercolour on Arches cold pressed watercolour paper, 250 x 190 mm.

Other illustrations for the book: [link]

The queen is 'mounted upon a pretty little white mule, which was shod with solid gold, and two of her ladies rode behind her on beautiful horses'. She is seeking advice from the hermit after learning that her longed-for daughter, the Rosette of the title, will in time inadvertently bring death and destruction upon her two sons.

I'd approached this tale, by Mme Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy, once before during university ([link]). I was pleased to have had the chance to do so again professionally, even if I only got to do just one illustration for it this time. Perhaps someday I will get the opportunity to treat it wholly as one project again...


Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2008.
Please do not reproduce without permission.
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Joshuagoymer Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2015  Professional Artist
0___________0 This painting sleighed my existence 
RubyCat150 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So goooooood!
DaBair Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a gorgeous pic!
STONECASTLE311 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Ohhh so beautiful
SummerWren Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What enchantment! Full thorough illustrations captivate me
Irishmares Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
...and my heart skipped a beat...could it be I have finally found the artist who can capture my beloved irish horses nobility, beauty and grace. <soft sigh> you are incredible artist, everything I see of yours is simply amazing.
ViolaDiNebbia Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I'm amazed... you're works are so marvellous... I'm very amazed...
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Stunning work! :love:
SashaFitzgerald Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work! :heart: I love the soft colour pallet and the feeling fantasy and whimsy! :love:
Phee Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow this is really beautiful ... very reminiscent of Arthur Rackham, one of my favorite illustrators :D
DaggerRavionFall Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!
AnnPars Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is mind blowingly beautiful! When I first saw it I thought I was looking at a Rackham piece.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
melanippos Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
I know it may be some time before you get a chance to reply to this but you've replied in the past which leaves me hopeful - Do you have a specific source that you referred to for the dresses for the Red Fairy book - Especially those with the slashed sleeves? Is there a particular country or period they are from or are they based on Victorian images of medieval garments?
I am trying to find period references for something similar to these images of yours to make a medieval dress for a local society but am drawing blanks or not-close-enoughs in most of the references I have found so far.
Cheers - and I look forward to whatever else you work upon.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I rarely have just one source for anything, but contemporary paintings always feature strongly in my references and research, so I will have looked at paintings by Raphael and others of the high Renaissance (incidentally, I think slashes came into being from about late fifteenth century, so they were more Renaissance features than medieval; although I suppose it depends on how highly fashionable and forward-looking one claims to be :giggle:). Good costume and historical fashion books will have plenty of good paintings. :D

Whilst typing this up, I just went to look at some Raphael portraits, and look! I remember that these were definitely among the ones I looked at for this illustration:
Look at those sleeves! :D [link]
melanippos Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thankyou VERY much.
I have to go and have a look at Portuguese and Spanish costumes from about that time and see what they were doing - there's a fair bit of cross over between those areas.
It does looking like the time frame of the slashes I like are definately around renaissance, fortunately that still falls within the overall span of time that we work within.

If you are interested I'll send a photo of whatever I eventually do construct in the way of costume.
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010   Traditional Artist
Your work is absolutely stunning. Just captivating details. :wow: Beautiful.
jstater Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Most impressive.
FFA Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
I love her mule! Why don't more queens ride mules?
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a mystery...
AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Good work.
debbieattwell Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
This has a slight feel of Arthur Rackham about it.
haius Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist
Things that strike me: the diffuse light in the forest background, the golden hooves on the mule, and the queen's lovely dress.
owensangel10 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Incredible..the only thing I can say when I see a piece of work like this, it makes me want to be there! BROV for this masterpiece!
elena-flutterby Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Simply beautiful, as always! I love the textures in the clothes :D
ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
MalkavianDreams Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
FictitiousEyes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This just looks awesome, I love the white mule!
TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
What's the thickness of the inking line in this awesome thing?
Nekranea Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
So beautiful, I love her profile and the fabrics :)
lostinfairyrealms Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow all those details! and all those illusions creating the surounding forest! great work... !
jeffzz111 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning painting.. mesmerizing...
Nickillus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just wonderful. Really skillful use of watercolour. Glorious example.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I have only this morning posted a journal entry about updating this, among others. This was a scan from the proofs and I've only just got my originals back recently.
Nickillus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to comment. Isn't it great to get originals back like that? That's something I miss since drifting into digital. Enjoy.
KathrynBriggs Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured here! [link]

WineWriter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Looks just like the illustrations of the fairy tales I used to read. :)
Moore-Girls Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Beautiful! I love the red of the Queens skirt. Amazing picture! :+fav:
A-l-a-s-s-e-a Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
featured here: [link] :love:
adelaar1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is lovely, I love how the pop of the red and purple.
PateticaSoturna Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, and thank you for the favourites!
twilightprincess28 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Simply gorgeous, astonishing. A marvel and a gift to the world. Thank you.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much indeed, it's terribly generous of you.
Raemo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
All you're illustrations are fantastic, brings me back to my child hood ;)
sanderus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
I fell in love in this picture!
LadyMelinoe Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah wait, rewind.
Obviously I wasn't eight last year, so that is why I don't recognize the peice!
Did they reprint the books again??
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