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The Bold Knight... by Himmapaan The Bold Knight... by Himmapaan
'She bade him leave his horse with her and ride on her own two-winged horse'

Illustration for The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life, from Myths and Legends of Russia, collected by Aleksandr Afanas'ev and translated by Norbert Guterman; published by The Folio Society: [link]

The embroidery on the knight's cloak is almost directly inspired by an Ivan Bilibin illustration. :D

As it will no doubt be noticed that the horse's head appears to lose itself in the red cloak, I also would like to point out that this is another one which suffers from the paleness of the ink against the strength of the gouache (or a different, darker ink, as the case may be elsewhere) in the original drawing. However, this is the final printed illustration: [link]

Much better, I think? :) I promise you a great deal of planning went into it :giggle: (in this as in all the others). Here, I had the problem of depicting in silhouette the horse's head, the knight, and both wings, all occupying pretty much the same space. In order for all these elements not to become one amorphous blob, I had the cloak blown in between the horse's head and the farthest wing. It also helped me to define the shape of the knight quite satisfactorily. As I knew the pantone black wouldn't have a problem fighting the red in the final reproduction, I trusted the device well enough to expect it to work in the final result, even though the black of the mane in particular doesn't look strong enough in the original. So I did nothing more to it lest the attempt should instead prove detrimental, as it often does... The end, in this instance, seems to have well justified the means, I think... :D

Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
Please do not reproduce without permission. Thank you.
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NaamahDarling Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   General Artist
This is breathtakingly beautiful, the kind of illustration that made me want to BE an illustrator. Thank you.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So kind of you. Thank you so much.
VeronicaRosejones Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student General Artist
This is Beautiful!!!!!!!!! You are very imaginative :)
skhallandor Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I Love it.
caffea Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
That's great. I'm from Russia, and I know all these legends and myths (actually, we'd call them just "fairytales", children like them very much) - and your works, they really show the spirit of russian culture, indeed. White, black and red - that's what it is. Beautiful.
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Your illustrations are as symbolic and layered as the tales themselves!
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
intergalactic-girl Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
AMazing. Just... stunning.
graphite-geneticist Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Your illustrations have such a beautiful Old World air to them; it's so refreshing to see something more refined than the current trend toward simplistic, childlike drawings for fairy tales.
ElanaWarlord Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
You've inspired me to pick up my pen and ink work again! THANKYOU!!!! :hug:
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