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The Frog Princess by Himmapaan The Frog Princess by Himmapaan
'She waved her right hand, and lakes and woods appeared; she waved her left hand, and various birds began to fly about'

Illustration for The Frog Princess, from Myths and Legends of Russia, collected by Aleksandr Afanas'ev and translated by Norbert Guterman; published by The Folio Society: www.foliosociety.com/book/MLR/… (June, 2009)

Ink and gouache on Arches hot pressed watercolour paper, 140lbs/300gsm.


This illustration won me the bronze prize in the Books category of the Association of Illustrators' annual award: Images 34 - the Best of British Contemporary Illustration 2010 More details can be found in this journal entry.
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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2009
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Please do not reproduce without permission. Thank you.
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:iconrrayaara:
RraYaara Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
woooow, just amazing
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micma Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Whoa! Fantastic siloettes.
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Magnificent!
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SoulCanvas Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous!
What sort of paper did you use for this?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. The paper was Arches hot pressed, 140lbs/300gsm. I forgot to include that in my description. I've done so now.
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the-mongoose Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So incredibly beautiful! I read foreign folklore as a hobby, and Russian fairytales have always been among my very favorites. I'd venture to say "The Frog Princess" is the best-known Russian story (some people know it as "Vasilissa the Wise"). Your work is marvelous on a whole, but this is gorgeous beyond words!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So kind of you. Thank you so much.
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MinObsi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it… Such details, it's amazing.
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MiloNeuman Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm right in the midst of researching Russian aesthetics and folklore for a Fairy Tale graphic novel I'm planning/writing, and I have to say that I've found this series of illustrations absolutely inspiring.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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elleneri Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the not-quite-a-silhouette thing you do.
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VeronicaRosejones Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student General Artist
LOVE IT!!!
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keitar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Замечательные иллюстрации
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Rain148 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
These black and white illustrations are really fascinating! So beautiful and elegant...
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Rugely Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just loving the mood and detail!
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Soulessss Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice ! i like this 1 alot kool kool kool ... im intrested in your opinion come comment your favorite drawing of mine !!! i will be looking out for it and be checking back here to see sum more of your work ..... take care peace !!!!!!
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little-cruel-thing Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely XD
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I don't suppose you can make these available as prints? *wishes*
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I'm afraid I can't enable the published works as prints here on dA, however, The Frog Princess (And Right and Wrong, another one from Myths and Legends of Russia) are available from my agent here: [link]

The price includes postage within the UK, though I'm sure you can enquire about any extras for overseas shipping.

Thank you so much for your interest!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Of course, that makes sense :) Cool! This'll be a treat to myself next time I head to the UK. Is this the only site where one can find prints of your work? It would be cool if you kept a link to it on your dA page so we can find it easily. (Sorry if you already do and I missed it....)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
At the moment, yes, I'm afraid so. And those are also the only two prints available. I hope something else can be arranged in future (though heaven knows when that might be; I'm so appallingly organised).

Ah, yes, that's a good idea, thank you! I'll put it in my journal footer or somewhere...
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MerryMeeper Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Again, wonderful composition! The details and forms of the birds are just lovely.
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MrsBrushwood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Ohhh it's so stunning! When I see this illustrations I want to read the story :). Ohh I would love to get my hand on this book...
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WillBarks Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Student General Artist
exceptional good artwork! :+fav:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Katrin-chan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Beautiful artwork, You are very talented :love:
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Concetta20 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I also really love those touches of color in her veil and ribbon! Just right!
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Concetta20 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your silhouette art. It's so classic! I once read a story book when I was younger called, "The Practical Princess, and Other Liberating Fairy Tales" it is illustrated (except for the cover) using silhouettes. Have you seen it before? [link]
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't remember if I've read it, I'm afraid. It does sound very familiar, so perhaps I may have done years ago...

Thank you!
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katmanen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
i love it! i love russian tales!
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sarazita Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
whaoh these are just incredible
it is amaizing how much feeling and characterization you are able to do with silouettes!
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shifaikia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
The use of silhouette combined with color and highlights is so nice. *_* Absolutely gorgeous!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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Belegephelien Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Pretty~ I love your style ^^
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ecardina Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I can not express to you how beautiful this piece is. Truly a masterpiece.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Most kind of you; thank you so much indeed.
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cooledskin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
When I was little they used to show these English-dubbed Russian fairy tale cartoons on TV. I knew immediately this was related to Russian fairy tales because of her distinctive crown and veil - a very familiar sight! I remember this very story.

Thank you for the rush of nostalgia.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank YOU for your kind words; and how lovely to hear from you again, it's been quite a while. I was wondering how you were.
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cooledskin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
I'm very touched you even remembered who I am! But really, this piece really did bring up fond memories. You captured the feeling so well.
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Woo-YunHee Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Lolz. I Know This Story.
Amazing Work, I Must Say.
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DreamsOfAtsuko Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like very much how you show a landscape. Amazing!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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rift-warden Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
:hug:

well - i love the fact that you have things to show!!!
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dear - exquisite work. thank you soooo much.
i am russian originally, and i love those stories.

thank you soooo much for doing them justice :D
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words, Shade. I have a few Russian friends here on dA, and I'm extremely touched to know you approve of these. :happycry: :hug:
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rift-warden Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
oh, i do...
you did the stories honour, and i absolutely adore your works :D

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socar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The forms of the birds are beautiful. I've been enjoying your silhouette pieces lately; makes me want to do something similar. It's been ages since I used stark B&W with no shading. Always a challenge, but can yield lovely results, as this picture shows so abundantly.
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giftofmagi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
love the lacework on her headress
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PaperTales Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Really, really beautiful....
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kinamoteng-kahoy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
oh oh oh, I don't think I've ever read of the frog princess! Now I really want to get to know this Russian folk/fairy tale.

and the art? Top notch, sir, as always.The delicacy of your work more than makes up for it's "slowness", as you say. Never you mind. The greatness of your hits are more than the sum of your misses.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words.

I hope you manage to find this tale and read it. :D
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