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The Master Thief by Himmapaan The Master Thief by Himmapaan
*Updated 9th July, 2010. New scan of original artwork. Other illustrations from this set will be gradually updated. Please see this journal entry for further explanation.

'It's a remarkably fine hare!'

Illustration for The Master Thief, from Andrew Lang's The Red Fairy Book, published by The Folio Society, 2008.

Pen and ink and watercolour on 140lb/300gsm Arches cold pressed, 245 x 185mm.

The illustration is of the moment when the Governor rallies his friends to try and catch a hare which the 'Master thief' of the title has let loose in his household.

For some reason, I decided that the lady in black just behind him is his daughter.

Other illustrations for this book: [link]
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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2008.
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Calmar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
A fine hare indeed! :)
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Mis-misunderstood Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Love this, I got this baby gift 26 years ago :lol:...it's a WW plate with a similar theme, in mine it's a hare with food being chased away by farmers, quite nostaltic :clap:
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Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In a way I can't help thinking of Brer Rabbit, the anti-authoritarian trickster when I saw this.
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome! Great work :3
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Katira Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
A remarkably fine hare indeed. A cousin of Durer's hare, it would appear. ;-)

I love how serious those people look.
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haius Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist
The thing that stands out here for me is the woman in black. Her face and dress are lovely.
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Good work.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the strong diagonal composition and movement of the image.
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primulatook Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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miro-kaisou Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
It is a remarkably fine hare!
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SinisterVibe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
the rabbit is beautiful - back left leg looks a little awkward, but his face is wonderfully designed!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The hare's left or our left?
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SinisterVibe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
the hare's left, nothing overwhelming or anything, just the angle of the knee to the ankle joint looks a little akward. Sorry, don't fret over my comment. Just a critique.

Do you get to work from live animals for inspiration?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, no, I just wanted to know which one looks odd - please don't be sorry! :D

Hmm, I must say the hare's left hind (our right as we face him) looks fine to me, although his right (our left :giggle:) does look awkward the longer one looks at it. Perhaps it's where it appears from beneath his belly together with the way those toes are obscured by the other foot. That said, I do think if one were to trace a line through each leg, the joins would still be quite correct. I wish I could draw over the image to show you what I mean, except I don't know how to digitally. :giggle:

I guess it's an awkward angle, things don't always look convincing even when they're fairly correct... Just something else to work on, then. :D
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SinisterVibe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
i think I know what you mean, all good hun.
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Excellent re-upload Niroot. ^^
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Kingman!
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome. :hug:
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unlucky-nan0 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Such lovely work! Sigh~ <3
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creepy-rabbit Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
I adore the hare and the pose you put him in is brilliant!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
not to be confused with Master Chief. ;)
wonderful costumes!
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Xenothere Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
The hare reminds me of the a portrait of a young hare done by Albrecht Durer. Lovely piece :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Hehe, yes, I think it could only be inevitable that the hare should resemble Durer's... :giggle:
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meluseena Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is the sort of illustration I'd have spent ages pouring over as a child.
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labornthyn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
The way you've arranged this is wonderful. It is as if the viewer is swooping down in front of the hare in order to grab it, as if we have become part of the chase! The way you have drawn the hare is exquisite, its expression is true to life but there seems to be some kind of mischievous glint...
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!

I think I used to be better at giving character to my animals than to the people - I think I'm a little better at the latter now...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Another awesome illustration. Your hare is painted with Durer-like exactitude, and the people in the background are wearing beautiful 1560s attire.

I really love how consistent and well-researched your costumes are. The thing that drives me crazy about a lot of fairy tale illustrations is that the artists do a mish-mash of historical styles; so I'll see powdered wigs together with Van Dyck lace collars together with pumpkin breeches and hennins. Visually that doesn't really work, you know?
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junkauge Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
hehehehe
master theif :XD:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I ought to explain that isn't the thief chasing the hare, haha. :D

I'll go and edit...
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junkauge Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
i know XD
thats why its so good hahahah
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