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The Butterfly that Stamped by Himmapaan The Butterfly that Stamped by Himmapaan
Then the butterfly stamped. The Djinns jerked the Palace and the gardens a thousand miles into the air…

Illustration for The Butterfly that Stamped, from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies by The Folio Society, 2012. Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico cold pressed (the old kind no longer in production), 180 x 255mm.

I enjoyed myself with this one and included ‘portraits’ of myself and a few friends as Solomon, Balkis, and the Djinns. By ‘portraits’, I don’t mean actual likenesses but rather attributes and visual clues (of those who are on dA, ~anatotitan is Solomon, ~Ashere is the djinn in the centre, and I am the djinn on the far right).

More illustrations in the Just So Stories folder.

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(c) Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2012.
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El-R Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is an absolutely fantastic piece. The details are fantastic and the color is so bright. Very nicely done. :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I figured that was you, with crane's wings.  ;)
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Fiofiorina Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
it's a magical piece!
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
So beautiful! I thought you might be the one on the right, since those are crane wings. :) I love that your djinns aren't just "human lookalikes" but *creatures* - something far beyond the normal.
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MiloNeuman Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Beeeuuuuuuuuutiful as always.
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PooFoxPyrocraptor Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wait for meeeee!
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!:)
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Lesliewifeofbath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love Rudyard Kipling...my favorite was Plain Tales from The Hills. Great picture!
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FaDemian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Totally awesome
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I do love all the different tails!
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Oak-Child Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Fantastic! Great designs! It must have been fun to include yourself and your friends :)
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Karasutheraven Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
This is amazing! I especially love the splashes of vivid color against the more monochromatic background.
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow this is such a dynamic piece!! and very complex too. It is tough to see the portraits though, I guess they are very personal... anyway I think this is one of the best (from what we've seen so far from the book). Congratulations Niroot!
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Unreal! I love it!
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r-lilie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
great art!!!
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whimandwonder Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The wings are very unique compared to the wings most artists draw. I like that!
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those Djinni are beautiful! I'm particularly jealous of the one on the left's tail. :P
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EtShadow Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your illustrations and your unique style of drawing!
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PetStudent Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is even more awesome than usual. If I could fav it twice, I would!
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JARM13 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Goodness I've never even heard the story .
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Scarletfrost Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this story! Its one of my favorites. Thanks for the awesome illustration. :glomp:

Ever heard of The Traveling Wiseman or The Sultan and the Orchard Thief?
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skunktoy Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Wow!
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HypotheticalTextiles Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, my, this is lovely - and such lucky friends you have! I have one question, though - is there a specific mythological reason that the djinns have fish tails and bird wings? I ask because I'm making something of my own (probably unlikely to be seen for a long time yet) with a djinn character, and I'd like her to be right, but I find I know frustratingly little about djinns. The current design is of the 'pictures in storm clouds' sort, and has neither tail nor wings, but I'd feel a real idiot if I finished the thing and someone said, 'where's her tail? She's not a djinn if she doesn't have a tail!'
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Also, you may recall that in my illustration for the camel, the Djinn of All Deserts looks quite different to these and has neither tail nor wings. ^_^
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, no, you needn't worry at all. As supernatural beings, I would imagine that anything goes, especially with the informed inspiration you have. The wings were partially inspired by Kipling himself (in the caption to his original illustration, he describes them as having 'gull wings' and draws them accordingly, but as we're doing without those in this edition and this description is not in the text of the story itself, I just took those wings a step further) and by Persian miniatures of angels. The tails were simply another extension of their connections with nature. Only 'I' (ha) have the fish tail, by the way. The others have reptilian and maniraptoran tails. :D
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HypotheticalTextiles Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much, that's really helpful! Damn my inability to tell a fish tail from a maniraptor tail at first glance - actually I did think the middle djinn had some kind of dinosaur tail but I actually thought the one on the left was something specific like a swordfish. Alas, I find I can identify more fish parts than most young women my age, but that's not really saying much.
(In the end I think my djinn will probably owe more to tornadoes or videos of fabric moving around in the wind than to birds of any type...)
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driany Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
woooooow, so great!!! wonderfull!!!
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Phenomenal! I love the vivid blue in the wings. :heart:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Taylor. :tea:
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KatiraMoon Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing. It looks really great. :)
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Very nice. Not sure if Nabi Sulaiman dressed as an Assyrian potentate though, but gorgeously done!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A not unreasonable bit of artistic license for a 'fairytale' Solomon, I hope. ^_^
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Not at all, methinks he would wear whatever was 'culturally/geographically' appropriate ;p
Fairytale to some, story of faith to others...
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ShinySilver Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   General Artist
The tails on the djinn are also a very nice touch. I especially love your discriminating hand in use of vibrant color. This turned out lovely!
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irethkalt Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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flufdrax Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The wings! I knew there was something familiar about the wings when I saw this one, but reading the comments confirmed it. Very nifty way of including a portrait that isn't a face, and will still clue people in.
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Skia Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the design of the Djinns.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Gorgeous! :heart:
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome work!
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