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The Fox and the Crane by Himmapaan The Fox and the Crane by Himmapaan
'The crane pecked with his bill, knocked and knocked at the dish, but nothing got into his mouth, while the fox lapped and lapped the gruel until she had eaten it all'

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

More illustrations can be found in this folder.

Ink and gouache on Arches cold pressed, 140lbs/300gsm.

This was the very first illustration I created for this book, but which I somehow hadn't uploaded here before. So by way of re-familiarising my kind watchers with my silhouette work, here it is. The little signature panel in the bottom right doesn't appear in the published illustration; I was just trying to see what it looked like.

This tale is identical to the Aesop fable of the same name, in which a fox invites a crane to a meal, only to trick the bird by serving up the soup/ porridge (or in this case, gruel) in a shallow dish, so that it is unable to eat. The crane retaliates by inviting the fox to a meal served in tall, narrow-mouthed jars...

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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Great work!
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freakdearts Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love the way you've implied the negative mass of the crane against the foliage
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vashley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the fox's expression and stance, and the contrast and composition is really a feast for the eyes. Good work!!!
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gemmaxwild Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Gorgeous art work! I'm so in love with anything related to fairtales & fables. So glad to stumble upon your art !
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chotabear Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
How delicate and pretty !!! Love the fox's mischievous face and I'm a big fan of Aesop's fables.
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MonochromeDestiny Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful concept~ <3 I love your style! :'D
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Your birds are so lovely. (I don't know if I have a greater appreciation for a well-drawn bird because of all the bird guides I've been looking through for my entire life, but maybe - some of those guidebooks are so mediocre.) The fact that you create the crane's body with background foliage without missing a beat is amazing. Love the fox's smarmy expression too. =P
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PhoenixLumbre Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful use of detail!
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talessak Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Oh my! I like Russian tales!! Beautiful this style, remainds a little bit sumie...sorry but, just to confirm... this is nanquim?
So gorgeous!! :dummy: Congratulations, your art is beautiful XD
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Starlace Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love your edgy style.
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KathrynBriggs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured! [link] :heart:
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Athenas-Owl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your use of red!
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MsStarsea Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
I love the red in this drawing, it has a real impact on the eye and draws your eyes perfectly to the soup bowls.
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ziotom78 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Love the way you suggested the outline of the crane using the background.
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StephHolmes Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Gorgeous detail. And I also really admire your smart use of blacks and whites, you don't need to use any lines because you wisely position white shapes in front of black, like the bird. I also really like the white patch of grass you used in the foreground. It balances out everything nicely.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Steph!
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love these. Both how you make contours in both black and white and how you manage the crisp details. The needles of the pine are marvellous!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Amadoodles Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Wow, i lve the use of colour, as well as the incredible detail that you manage to put into this! I'm amazed at the different textures that you manage to convey all just in black and white silhouettes.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmonavx:
monavx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your silhouette work is always so amazing!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Karl!
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SteveChanks Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
wow...
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
You did an amazing job with the crane -what is that called, negative space?
Anyway you are a master!

...also apart from the amazing detail overall, I love the red tiny details you added.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I think it can be called negative space in this instance. :D

Thank you, Teresa!
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catsy83 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Oooh, this is one of my favorite fables. And, this is beautiful art!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Fantastic stuff as usual. :D
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TurquoiseSubmarine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautifull! Thanks for sharing it with us :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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iristerwisscha Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I love this story and I love your illustration
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzorbama:
zorbama Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I always knew this story with a stork...
Anyway, the illustration is great.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, some variants substitute the crane for a stork. :)

Thank you, Amir.
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zorbama Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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The-Replicant Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice illustration. :+fav: :+fav: :+fav:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I want this book so bad! :la:
Glorious, as always. ;) The range of fine texture you achieve just blows me away.
Have you ever considered creating a video of your process? I'd love to see it!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I'm afraid I don't have the technology to make a video (besides, I'm so slow, I'd run out of batteries before I'm even a fifth of the way through :XD:). I'd been hoping to post some steps someday. In the meantime, you may be interested in these:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh splendid! :)
Thank you!
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RayaGov Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
So beautiful!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
This is really beautiful. The varied textures make this a detailed and intriguing picture without color. I especially like how the crane is defined through his lack of color.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love how minimal, yet detailed this is. You have an excellent sense of anatomy, yet still have a distinct style that graces all of your works. I love the black and white balance, with a hint of red.

Another incredible work! :faint:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this story from my childhood :3
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is magnificent by the way, you're an amazing inspiration, do keep it up :thumbsup::meow:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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