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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
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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
I just wanted to compliment you - again - on your gorgeous artwork. Yesterday I received my Folio Society copy of the Myths and Legends of Russia and I love it. My mother and I admired the artwork together for quite a while, until my brother came up and noticed and took the book for further admiring.
So, compliments from several parties on your gorgeous drawings.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much to you and your family. I'm touched your brother was interested too.

Interestingly, some of the reproduction suffered slightly in both this book and the Rubáiyát. You'll probably have noticed that the red in this one tended to reproduce with what looks like a fine black outline, which of course, is not there in the original. I think this is a kind of 'shadow' effect that had much to do with reproducing in pantone black and red, and not in the same way full colour illustration usually is.

The Rubáiyát had different issues, simply those of the colours not being quite so faithful as one might like, which is understandable enough. But the reproduction also did a curious thing of slightly over-accentuating line, which includes showing up more than they appear in the originals some of the fine pencil underdrawing, and strangely 'pushing back' and flattening some of the colour. The more subtler washes simply appear almost white.
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
To be perfectly honest, I actually didn't notice any flaws at all in either book. I'm sure I'd find them now that you've pointed them out, but either way, considering I can't own the originals, I'm delighted to have had the good luck to snag these reproductions in the books. :)
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Lionsong Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your lovely art has been featured! [link] :heart:
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zpapageo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I love how you've managed to get such a great feeling of depth and movement with just silhouette. I'm in awe
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mreid973 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
I love the lines and the detail and the layers and the red. You've portrayed the wind exceptionally well.
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PeGGO Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
so elegant and fine..!!!
I really love it
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TheEverydayHardcore Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
wow.

:+fav:
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sarazita Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
this is so gorgeous!
the patterns on the cape and the girl's clothing and the flow itself of the fabric really add to the personality of each. the detail/design of the girl's outfit, from the earring to the gathering of the shawl at her back, and the floating ribbons in her hair make her so real and tangable.
your use of color is also fantastic, something i haven't seen before :heart:
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
There is so much purity in the cloth hanged out for drying. The figure of the lady is so elegant.

The horse reminds me of your piece with Andromeda and Perseus.
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hito-w Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I grow up, I wanna be like you. Seriously. :worship:
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LaFoi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
Beautiful!
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful as ever, Niroot :D :clap:
Hope you are well and things are going like you want them ^-^
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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BetterthanBunnies Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
This is striking!
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amenokumo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
i'm amazed.....no words
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
achingly beautiful....

your work is amazing.
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
I'm losing it. I thought I'd commented on this one. :O Anywho, it's hard to believe that these keep getting lovelier. You're going to make me fangirl - and I don't fangirl easily. =P I think that the horse and its rider are my favorite part, regardless of lost contrast. The mind just kind of fills in where one thing ends and another begins. Gorgeousness!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, the idea of you 'fangirl-ing'. :XD:

Thank you!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
EPIC!! i am so ordering this book! :D

the pegasus is splendid! i love the inclusion of the hen and chicks, stick fence, and laundry as 'grounding' elements. and the red cloak accents. stunning work. :clap:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I completely understand what you mean about some ink coming up "pale" against something as saturated as gouache. :nod: In fact, I have so many bottles of different kinds of India ink that I often forget which one I'm using for what specific purpose... (not like I am saying this happens to you of course! :giggle:) But in my own experience, I find that the super black India inks have too much shellac and/or are far too thick sometimes to make such delicate lines with a brush. So I have to resort to something a bit thinner... and oftentimes, lighter.

BUT! This is SOOOOO beautiful, as it stands right now in front of me, oh I have to get this book as soon as I find the money! :faint:

Beautiful work as always, my friend! :hug:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, yes, too much shellac - and therefore thickness and shine. :no: What I do with those shellac-based ones is to dilute it with half its amount of cooled, boiled water (boiled water is of course less hard). It won't lose intensity because it is so very black. :giggle: But it will become more fluid and a little more matte (but not entirely).

The ink I used for this was a different one altogther though. I think it might have been Higgins calligraphy. I don't remember now. :XD: :ashamed:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my, how clever!!!! I would have never thought of something like that, then again it seems I'm unfamiliar with many techniques. ^^; I shall have to try that sometime, thanks so very much for telling me! :aww:

Oh yes, Higgins. I have some Higgins "Black Magic", which, contrary to the title, is oddly light-ish by comparison to some of the others... let's see, I have Speedball's Super Black India Ink, and also some Rapidograph Universal Black India. The Speedball may have condensed a little over time, rendering it useless for anything but blocking with a brush. Perhaps I can revive it with the trick you taught me... The Rapidograph, however, seems to have excellent qualities, nice velvety black and with minimal gloss! :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I shall have to look out for the Rapidograph one... Also, have you ever tried using traditional Chinese inksticks? You'll need an inkstone to grind it with, of course, but a good quality inkstick is delicious (in fact, a really good quality one even smells wonderful, as sandalwood and various other exotic ingredients are included :giggle:). You can grind it to your desired consistency and strength, it is never shiny, non-clogging, and dries waterproof. It is of course traditionally part of Chinese brush painting (the Japanese equivalent being Sumi-e, as no doubt you know), and probably may not be best suited for use with dip pens, if only for practical reasons; unless one grinds enough to store away in a container or something. But this ink is best used freshly ground each time. You can get bottled Chinese ink, except this won't be waterproof.

And you're familiar with more techniques than I am! Certainly much more than many (and that wasn't supposed to sound patronising; it was a genuine observation)! This dilution tip was in fact told me by a tutor and friend of mine. :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes! The only negative aspect of the Rapidograph ink is that it is sold in a bottle with a narrow tip... which is of convenience if you're using it in a Rapidograph pen! :lol: But one could always remedy that by putting it into a more dip pen accessible container... (Which I should do with mine!)

Oooooh, inksticks! I am tempted to say that they may even carry some at the place where I'm working... They sound amazing, I've always been afraid to try them, but now I think I'll look around for them. It sounds glorious!

I don't know if I'd say that... my "techniques" seem to involve me simply hacking away at things until they start going the way I want them to! :giggle: Or maybe "hacking" is too violent of a word... persuading? :lol:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Sometimes, that's the best way! :D

Take care you find a good inkstick if you do try it. There can often be ones which were just made for the 'novelty' of it, and those have very poor ingredients - some even contain grit and concrete and other horrors like burnt tyres. O.o Sometimes, they'll give themselves away through their smell. :giggle: The fragrance of a good inkstick reveals itself properly whilst you're grinding, but sometimes, a hint of it might be detected just on the surface. Equally, a bad one may not smell very promising to begin with, and then betray the travesty that they are by well and truly stinking during grinding. :bleh:

Although quite what impression it will give of one to be sniffing at inksticks whilst one chooses, I cannot quite vouch for. :XD:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yikes! Then I must certainly be careful, I hate surprises in my art materials. :XD:

For once, though, I can say that I am grateful to have a good sense of smell. I'm rather odd enough already to get away with sniffing things, I think. ;) :laughing:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't expect I'm much different! :giggle:
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slightlytriangle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Eee, I love this one :aww: I think it's my favourite :)
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Pania-of-the-Reef Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
This is beyond gorgeous!
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lennan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
THe designs on the red cloth are to die for.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
I love your stuff.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LisaCrowBurke Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, this is gorgeous, i really love the style and all the wispy detailing. it has that old traditional style flair to it... very nice
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Vnoid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
i think this would be great for a cross stitch pattern... I have no idea why :P

Its a simple but awesome picture.
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weremoon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student Artist
Love this!
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rosesmusings Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Oh my goodness! This is absolutely lovely! I can definitely see the Ivan Bilibin inspiration.
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skjon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Beautiful
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Shi-san1987 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
I love your work and I wish I had some day this book. Is it possible that this book will be released in Polish?
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aurickandrien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
I'm probably overexcited by the fact that this is a winged horse which isn't "a pegasus". I have an irrational pedanticism over Pegasus being a specific winged horse. ^^;

Nice use of negative space for the sheet. :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm completely with you on that. ;) :D I don't like seeing every winged horse in creation being branded Pegasus either, much less a number of them being pluralised as Pegasii, as though it were a species or a type of mythical creature, as opposed to the name of one particular winged horse. I think it is a pretty reasonable pedantry. :giggle:

And thank you!
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
I like the extra details you put into his cape and her dress. While all the elements are beautiful, I think my favorite element is the tree. Beautiful as always.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the silhouettes, and it's such a clever ploy to put the white sheet behind the princess. This way you can have trees and her in black right before them!
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Phyrbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
It's very, very beautiful, but if you will accept criticism from someone who is far below your level, I think the cloak is too much. It's lovely but the horse's head fades into it and the focus is on the pattern and not the head of the knight.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, I had anticipated just such a comment. :D 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. 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. :D
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Phyrbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Oh, yes, I see it does work very well as a finished product - which makes you all the more awesome for being able to anticipate such an effect.
Yes, that's truly beautiful.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, no, not 'awesome' at all. :blushes: Just familiar with some reproduction processes - it comes with the territory. :giggle:
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Phyrbyrd Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
It makes you a master of your art.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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