Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Niroot Puttapipat (himmapaan)

Niroot Puttapipat (himmapaan), illustration and paleo art
Niroot Puttapipat is a London-based illustrator who uses the handle “Himmapaan”.

His work shows his admiration for Golden Age illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Howard Pyle and Edmund Dulac, as well as natural history and paleontological greats like Charles R. Knight.

Puttapipat works with a nice balance between detailed rendering and graphic shapes, particular in his series of illustrations for classics like Aladdin, and modern novels like Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life (images above, second and third from bottom).

He has provided illustration for a number of recent editions of classics. There is a list of publications here, and a listing of books for which he has done illustrations on Amazon.

As continuing Lines and Colors readers will not find surprising, I particularly enjoy his fanciful takes on dinosaurs and related subjects. Sometimes Puttapipat’s fondness for classic literature and paleontological art collide, as in his hilarious and wonderful “Brontesausus” (above, bottom).

[Via Wil Freeborn, (my post here)]

3 thoughts on “Niroot Puttapipat (himmapaan)

  1. Glendon Mellow

    Fantastic! What a great collection of Himmapaan’s work. Every time I see his drawings and watercolours, it reminds of curling up with illustrated fairy tale books on rainy autumn days as a teen.

  2. Brian Harrison

    Wonderful illustrations, and I`m intrigued that his use of media so closely resembles the art associated with The Golden Age, especially the softness of finish of, say, Edmund Dulac, absolutely stunning !
    The range of styles he also works in are equally interesting – great stuff !!

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