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The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Himmapaan The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Himmapaan
*Updated 6th July, 2010. New scan of original artwork. Please see this journal entry for further explanation.

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'What was that noise?'

Illustration for The Twelve Dancing Princesses, from The Red Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang; published by The Folio society, 2008. [link]

Pen & ink and watercolour on Arches cold pressed, 245 x 185mm.

Because one is generally not allowed to have the best of all worlds, although it is better to have this new scan of the original, the clarity of the youngest princess's face has somehow been compromised. :confused: So here is a seperate little scan of it just to show you that it was properly executed...



Other illustrations for this book: [link]

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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2008.
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses by ~Himmapaan
The suggester writes: "himmapaan is a relatively new user here on dA and his gallery hasn't had much attention. Which is a pity, since it's full of stunning images. 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses' is an illustration which combines incredible watercolour skills and detailed technique with a touch of fairytale magic, creating a real eye-candy". I could not agree more. 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses' I regularly read to my little girl, and this illustration is truly worthy of a much loved story. ( Suggested by naturalshocks and Featured by LorrieWhittington )
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andreakristin12 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The intense levels of blue saturation remind me of Maxfield Parrish. Your work is simply stunning.
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fuwafuwanwan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh gosh, I love this story so much! Very lovely illustration~
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RubyCat150 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks more then twelve but it's still twelve!
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Oldstar-Rod Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it.It has a vintage air very pleasant.
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blackdragontears Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
:love:
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Mydriad Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So beautiful ;_;
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Ishtarstar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I loved this story when I was young. The detail in this is wonderful
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WindsongDragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This was one of my favorite stories as a child. You did a beautiful job illustrating the princesses!
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Writer
:wave: Hi! Your piece has been featured in #Lit-Visual-Alliance's Fifth Allied Artwork Feature! Please :+fav: the article to bring attention to the feature. Thank you for being a part of the Alliance! :salute:
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Gorgeous details! One of my favorite stories as a child! :heart:
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art-poems-life Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
oh my gosh i read this story over the summer!
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padawansguide Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
This is one of my absolute favorites of yours!
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Evlydia Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
:la: I remember reading this fairytale
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WikkidX Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my absolute favourite fairy tale, and you've captured the magic of it magnificently.
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BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful! :love:
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StarlightOrchard Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The gowns are stunning!
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darkflame98 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I love the twelve dancing princesses. It was always one of my favorite stories.
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LadyRosepixie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely lovely. I'm particularly charmed by the detail in the gowns and other details of dress. Very impressive!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
:jawdrop:

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I can't say anything else, I'm blown away with all your beautiful works.
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Imaginarytea Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
This is extraordinary! Well done.
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Juja-Anandini Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
what a clever piece and gorgeous execution. so enchanting!
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Disneylyric Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice! I'm thinking of imagining it as a movie, only there's another story on my plate.
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NovelPashion Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Beautiful.
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MelMel13 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of my favorite stories and the you did this beautifully. I love the detail in the clothing. This image alone sold me on getting a copy of the book.
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Clishame Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Your work is incredible!
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EmilyParrishCostume Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Incredible
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Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your work.
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LadyLaffAlot Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the texture!
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naneste Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
superb beyond words, few people still draw like this today!...
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
So kind of you, thank you!
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mgcat989 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Both so beautiful! I had the Fairly Tail Princess VHS when I was little this brings back memories. Very Nice!
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crackerpipe Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I love the story :D this is beautiful work
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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flyingfish98 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Wonderful illustrations: I'll be ordering this volume on the strength of your work.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
So kind of you, thank you.
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I mentioned seeing a dress just like this at my cousin's Art School Costume fashion show and thought I'd show you. :) I don't normally like that kind of thing but it really suited her.

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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh, yes, I see! Thank you for showing me. The one in the illustration is more straightforward 1760s, whilst this one is a sort of eighteenth century style with a mid-nineteenth century crinoline and some contemporary touches... How interesting! ^_^
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I thought so too! :D Some of the stuff was really rather incredible - really well thought out and executed and that was one of the 'simpler' designs amazingly. :D
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DeeyanaLeFey Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
This reminds me of the paintings from old story books that I used to have as a child.
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Kitty-Grimm Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely! Very Rackham-esque!
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
This is absolutely gorgeous!
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poseidonSchild Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woah!!!!! every one of the princesses look like they took a lot of work. this image is incredible!!!
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CherryBlossomSpring Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful. absolutley love!
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singlestar1990 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I loved that story when I was little. my dad would read it to at least once a week for months. It bugged him to no end, until i stopped asking for it. then he started to miss it. its funny, the things you miss.
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singlestar1990 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
the twelve dancing princesses
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marymmmm Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You are, as of now, my hero :)
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darthryuker Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Your illustrations are GORGEOUS
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xAerisx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How lovely!!
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Opal-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Wow this is beautiful!
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