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The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox by Himmapaan The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox by Himmapaan
‘The fox is carrying me away … Cat Cotonaevich, rescue me!’

Illustration for The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox, from Myths and Legends of Russia, collected by Aleksandr Afanas'ev and translated by Norbert Guterman; published by The Folio Society: [link]

The motif of the cock being carried away by the fox may bring to mind the fables concerning Reynard the Fox, Chanticleer the rooster, and his hen, Partlet - most particularly, The Nun's Priest's Tale, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Unlike that tale, however, in which Chanticleer manages to outwit the fox in the end, this one does not end happily for the cock. In spite of having to be rescued by the cat twice and being warned not to be deceived, he eventually falls prey to the fox in his third attempt.
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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
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Randy-J-Cushman Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
the composition is just mind blowing!
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RATARMA Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
what an unusual name for the cat!))))

i've read this fairytale in Russian several times but in a different version
and it had usually been Khotofey Khotofeevich.
(the second part represents father's name which is the same as the son's.
the word "Khotofey' comes from the word "khot"which means "cat")

So it had aways seemed to be quite logical:
one of the main characters is a cat whose name comes from the traditional pronounciation of the word "cat"))

but now...i discovered that there is another variant of the Cat's name!
probably from some dialect or the Old Russian

because ''Cotonay'' sounds like a name of some elderly magician to me)))
and such variant of the Cat's name does exist...in google *i really needed to check it!*
and, maybe, in some of my childhood memories
but it seems to be a really faint recollection)

*hope it's not a too complicated, time-consuming and unclear describtion)))*
i just needed to share my tiny linguistic discovery;)

BTW you've got the real feeling of the dramatic moment in your picture(s)
absolutely great and truly professional work!
Best of all luck with it!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your explanation and for sharing the extra tidbits!
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RATARMA Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   General Artist
i'm glad you like it!)) yeah, there are many variations in folklore characters' names. some of them are really peculiar and hard to explain) it's great that you found the time to read and answer my comment as you must be having a really big workload!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
As a matter of fact, I do! :fear:

(I read all comments, though don't usually manage to reply, I'm afraid)
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RATARMA Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   General Artist
that's a very polite thing to do!
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MiloNeuman Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student General Artist
The consistency with which characters from Russian folklore fail to learn from their mistakes never ceases to amuse me.
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VeronicaRosejones Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student General Artist
WoW!!! Amazing! So detailed :)
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CwnAnnan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Student
.. o.o kind of nostalgic beauty.. ^-^ like it
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Sassar Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I love that style, it's wonderful!
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T-JO Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student General Artist
brilliant!
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hogret Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Featured [link]
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Soragirl71293 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I use this for inspiration for my English 4 project? ^^;
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Miria696 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Great picture. I love this story ^ ^
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow, Wow, WOW!!!!....wonderful illustration.
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hito-w Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, what can I say? Your work is stupendous. I really can't express it well enough. The amount of the tales, the shapes, the anatomy, the themes.. everything. Your art's truly a treasure. :blush:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
you are most kind; thank you so much.
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hito-w Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Sunhorde Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
I love the intricate details in this piece -- the fur, the feathers, the tree roots -- gah! Gorgeous. :D
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dangopocky Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Extraordinary~

Loved it the moment I saw it.
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FictitiousEyes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome illustration!
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
The fox gets the short end of the stick in so many stories, I kinda like that he won in this one - the rooster is such a twit anyway, lol. I don't suffer fools gladly. :D

It's beautiful! And even though I side with the fox, it makes you really fear for the rooster with the way his neck is twisting and the cat looking so terrified. Conveying emotion through a) animals and b) silhouette is incredible skill!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, actually, if one thinks about it, the fox often does get away with heaps of things; it is the wolf who gets the short end more frequently, I think. I do feel rather sorry for him... The rooster in this one is certainly a twit, but Chanticleer in the Nun's Priest's Tale is rather more cautious. I too suffer fools rather badly, although I'm often very foolish myself in different ways :blushes:.

Thank you! :hug:
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Yumemi-chan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
"Cat Cotonaevich", huh? I think he is "Cotofeevich"...
Anyway, great picture! I'm so glad then I see so wonderful illustrate our tales.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that was in the text of the translation. :)
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slightlytriangle Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Beautifully done :)
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Brutus-Illustrator Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
This is fantastic work. The first piece of yours that I've seen. Will check out your gallery:)

The book itself looks great. I like the folk character, Baba Yaga. She's appeared in the Hellboy comics.
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Comacold Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I know this story from my childhood! :D
Nice pic although the cat kinda reminds me of a rat.
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Sussi1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009   Digital Artist
Great work!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous stuff. as always. the red accents bring such a spark. ;)
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LiZn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Clever, clever Fox.

Proving that by not giving up, one can get what one desires.
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Ryph Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009   General Artist
Oh this is simply beautiful :heart:
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Phyrbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
This is beautiful, and now I shall be bothered all day because I can't remember what the cat was called in the Canterbury Tales. I know he had a name.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, there is no cat in Chaucer's tale. :D Chanticleer escapes by flattering the fox into singing, thus freeing himself from the fox's jaws. :D
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Phyrbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Ah, but the cat in medieval stories did have a name - just as Bruin was a bear and Reynard was a fox, the cat was always Tybalt - sometimes with variations on spelling.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, yes, now I see what you mean. Yes, the Reynard cycle cat is Tybalt or Tibert/Tybert and other variations...
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how dynamic the poses are, you can almost feel the action that's going on there. :D The little splashes of red were a really good idea. :thumbsup: Once again, beautiful work, mister. :clap:

I've basically grown up with Russian stories, your drawings make me feel nostalgic here. Love them. :lol: :aww: :heart:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Merilyn. :rose:
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Travis-Person Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
your silhouettes illustrate such interesting stories =D
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :rose:
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Travis-Person Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome =D :hug:
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
Great illustration! :thumbsup:
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely! Especially the red contrast to the black. Gives the picture a special feeling.
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Cautionary tales prompt you to come up with very interesting images, Himmapaan. They seem so simple at first glance, but are notably laden with symbolism upon closer examination. Beautiful, beautiful work.

Looking at the bared and sprouting roots of the willow, I have to ask: have you ever illustrated naturalist or medical books? You have a nearly indefinable precision that I'm only used to seeing in those...
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, KGJ. :hug:

Oh, I'd love to do natural history and botanical illustrations, but I haven't yet done any. The only thing which concerns me is the magnitude of the work. As I already take so long on my 'regular' illustrations, these would require a rather different approach which will take so much longer to complete. I'm not afraid of the amount of work itself, but I doubt very much that I would be able to finish it in the time that will be given me. :hmm:
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CageyJay Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at all, dear Niroot. :tighthug:

Ah. I understand that sort of problem. 'Tis a pity and a great loss to the students of natural history. Perhaps, though, (in all your non-existent spare time :roll:) you could work up a two-by-two chart of common gastropods or comparative foliage images of willow subspecies. Stand-alone reference plates and posters rarely seem to have deadlines, especially if you know of something or other that people have rarely thought to examine or compare, and always go on backorder when I see them advertised in journals or a Smithsonian catalogue.

*Shrugs.* But who am I to talk? With your bookplate handwriting, you probably have a massive portfolio of such independent things already, tucked away somewhere. ;)
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely illustration, as always :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the feeling of drama and swiftness!
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