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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...


Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
Please do not reproduce without permission. Thank you.
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freakdearts Nov 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love the way you've implied the negative mass of the crane against the foliage
vashley 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!!!
Gorgeous art work! I'm so in love with anything related to fairtales & fables. So glad to stumble upon your art !
How delicate and pretty !!! Love the fox's mischievous face and I'm a big fan of Aesop's fables.
MonochromeDestiny Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful concept~ <3 I love your style! :'D
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
PhoenixLumbre Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful use of detail!
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
Starlace Jul 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love your edgy style.
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