Pixie on a Shell Myrea Pettit left

A shell collected on the artist's travels was the starting point for this charming painting of a sleeping pixie. The figure itself was drawn from one of her own photographs of children she prefers to take these when the model* are not posing, so that they appear natural and unsel(conscious. Entwined periwinkle flowers and a few toadstools were added to complete the composition. A pencil drawing was made on the working surface, and the painting mas built up with waterproof ink and watcrcolor...

Materials

Fairy Line Watering Can Drawing

Vow don't need a vast quantity of materials to paint in watercolor. A basic range of colors, a small selection of brushes, watercolor paper, a palette, and a piece of sponge or tissue are all you require to get going, plus pencils and drawing paper to plan your work, and map out the composition. Watercolor paint* arc available in two main grade* artist'* and student' quality. It is Left to buy artist's quality, a tkey contain a higher proportion of pure pigment to filler* and binder*, and will...

Magical Trees The Essentials

Magical Fain

Perhaps the vast majority of fairies live in forests, making their homes in hollow trees or deep within their roots. They favor certain varieties with magical reputations, such as oaks, elms, hawthorns, willows, and elders. Some fairies embody the spirits of the trees they inhabit, and when we set up our Christmas trees and deck them with lights, we are following a very ancient tradition of honoring such beings. Mortals are welcome in the fairy forest, as long as they respect its laws, but if...

Fairy Helpers

Kate Dolamore

Some fairies take a great interest in humans and will help their favorite people. They admire simple folk who are generous and hard working, and hate those who are lazy, quarrelsome, and greedy. lhe Guardian I'airy appeared to the artist in a dream, and she felt compelled to paint her as soon as possible before the dream-image faded. She quickly sketched her daughter in the appropriate pose, transferred the drawing to watercolor paper, and began to paint, working from background to foreground....

Cheery Chaps

Drawings Trees And Roots With Fairies

'1 hey have jolly, craggy faces, with large noses and pointed ears. Every gnome has a Ik-.ml, which may be short and bushy, pointed and well groomed, or long and smooth, extending down to his feet . Sometimes gnomes plait and braid their beards, which is the only vanity they allow themselves. Gnomes are little idiom's, only six to eight inches in height, mhich enables them to pass easily through the earth. They are crumpled and elderly in appearance, although they are strong and muscular from...

Exploring the energy of the world of fairies

Some people may wonder Lout the choice of fairie* as a subject, when there are to many more acce**ible one* at hand. One answer i* tiwt painting fairie* give us a chance to explore our creative tide and stretch our imagination in a way that mundane, everyday subject* do not. Another if the simple wish to e*cape from dull reality and make a connection to a spiritual world. It i* no coincidence that the great fairy art movement began in Victorian England during the year* of the industrial...

Nymph or Mermaid

How Draw Beautiful Mermaid Tatoos

Tlie siren can either take the form of a mermaid, m-ith a shining fish tail girdled with seaweed, or that of a lovely nymph in human form, clad only in Kcr long hair. She looks out over the wild sea, playing a harp or lyre made from curving shells or mother-of-pearl. - - *-A' 'At - ---- Goblins are some of the more unpleasant denizens of the fairy realm the villains of the fairy world, and companions to the dead, their name means evil spiritThe best time to see goblins is Halloween, when they...

Elves The Essentials

Elves Pencil Sketches

Elves are larger than most fairies, being of human size or even slightly taller. They live in large communities in specific woodland groves, or underground inside the fairy hills. Elves are ruled by a king and queen, and are sometimes called troopingfairies because they ride out in magnificent processions behind their rulers, mounted on prancing ponies whose eyes flash with fire and whose hooves are shod with gold. The males are stately and handsome, while female elves have an unearthly beauty,...

Water Fairies The Essentials

Pictures Water Fairies Drawing

Every body of water, from the smallest stream to the vast ocean, has its own protective fairy living below the surface, and hoarding all the treasure from wrecked ships. Just as water takes the form of the vessel into which it is poured, water fairies have the power to alter their shape to suit their environment. If you anger them by polluting their water, they may appear as hideous green-toothed hags to drench you with a sudden storm, or drown you beneath the waves. But if they take a liking...

Ann Mari Sjogren Illustrations

' 8 bns, pixies, and water f es- y, -1 eautifclly illustrated gaUer f f lOS yc 'he essentials, which will give you PedfiC y choose numerous kinds of C amp rea W of ,he fairy world fror ile Pers there are also seven eocV ttfi Pr ects that you can recreate. Fairies prefer the quiet of the wood or meadow to the bustle of the city. All natural things are in their care, from the tiniest flower to the fiercest forest animal. The twisted, gnarled figure.' that form the tre trunli were initially drawn...

Driss in Green

Fairies And Their Meanings

Elves are dignified fairies, and are garhed in stately style. Ihe women wear shimmering white, full-length gowns with wide sleeves, and the males dress in green tunics and leggings to enable them to hide in the forest. I hey carry how and arrows tipped with flint to defend their lands against human invasion. At certain time of the yvar, such as .May Day and Halloween, elves will ride out in a procession called the Fairy Rade ride , mounted on white horses hung with silver hells, and with...

Character Development

Evil Fairy Drawings

The first step is to visualize the type of fairy you intend to depict, so think about the main character traits is it innocent, friendly, mischievous, troublesome, or perhaps even wicked Consider also where the fairy lives, how and what it eats, and how it moves about. Its role in the fairy world is also important, as this will dictate its appearance. To develop your idea about character, make a erie of drawing , letting your imagination take over as you work, and experimenting with different...

Making Lacy Ice Patterns

Fairy Animal Like Drawings

Sprites are tiny nature fairies associated with weather and the seasons. I'rost sprites bring cold, snow, and frost to the world, so tabe your cue from the winter landscape to portray them dressed in mhitc. blue, or silver costumes, wearing icicle caps or snowflalte crowns. They may be transparent, or be formed by flurries of snow. Add frosty sparbles to their wings. Autumnal sprites can be shown tumbling playfully among tbe falling leaves, m-earing tbe red, orange, ocber, bronze, copper,...

Hideous Grins

Goblin have horrible grin , even woroc than the cathedral gargoyle who might he aid to he tome of llu goblin ' better-looking cousin . They h JVC bad teeth like listing granite tombstones, tufts of spiky hair in between bald patches, broad flat noses, piglike eves, warty shin, and large cauliflower ears. Lonely hosts and ghouls are the only creatures that will keep company with gobl ins. They come out of their r gt ct and lairs on Halloween to hold a ghastly celebration, waiting beneath gallows...

Flowing Light

Pencil Drawings Fairies With Wings

To emphasize the devas' nature as beings of light, try giving them long, flowing bright hair, pale diaphanous wings streaming behind them, and wispy. fluid garments. Devas are sometimes semitransparent or partially materialized within their plant or mineral. JL Sketch th e composition onto the paper or illustration board using a 2li pencilI taking care not to make indentations. Light pencil lines on a smooth surface such as illustration hoard will eventually he ruhhed away hy brushstrokes and...

Directory of Fairies

Maria William Fairy

These sea fairies are usually depicted as nymphs or mermaids, though it is said that they once looked like bird-women. Their wonderful singing is an irresistible enchantment, drawing men to their deaths as they either jump overboard or wreck their ships on the rocks in an attempt to reach the exquisite music. The shore of the sirens' island is littered with the bleached bones of sailors. Only one man heard their singing and lived, the clever Greek hero Odysseus, who stopped his mens ears with...

The Christmas Tree

Fairy The Christmas Tree

In ancient times the evergreen tree was a symbol of fertility and the continuation of life during winter, when all other vegetation kaJ JieJ. It was decorated with bright round baubles and lights to encourage the return of the sun. We continue this custom every year when we decorate our evergreen Christmas trees. You may be sure that fairies live wherever the oak, ash. and hawthorn stand together. Fairies make their homes in the roots of a tree, or inside its hollow trunk. On tin nights of the...

Ethereal Fairies

Sprites Fairies

f-rlpk never touch the ground but airborne in the company of other creatures. Their particular allies butterflies and moths, swooping .Ae allows, and swift-striking prey, especially ham'ks, falcons, Sylphs share their avian ability to hover on the wind and mt thermals. Sylphs vary in size from tiny creature hardly bigger than moths to impressive beings much larger than humans, hut they are always slight and pale, sometimes even appearing semitransparent. They are svelte, graceful creatures who...

Fairy Backgrounds

Myrea Pettit	Image The Sunflower Fairy

Outline the figure with pen and waterproof ink. Ink in the eyes and eyebrows, hut Late the rest of the face sketched in pem'il. Ink in the main outline of the luiir, leaving the shaded areas In pencil. Ink in the outlines of the leaves and the wings. Darken the remaining pencil lines so more detail shows in the tattoos and sleeves. Sketch the figure onto the working surface using an HB pencil, avoiding hard pressure as you will need to remove the lines later. Pay special attention to the face...

Tricksters

Devonshire Violets

They may substitute pixie children, called 'killicrop ,' for human babie , neaking into a cottage while the farmer wife is busy in the yard, and then laughing at her shrieks when she discover the fairy changeling. I hey may return the human child when they haw had their fun. The moorland of south-west England is alive with these playful fairies gt who delight in playing practical jokes on the unwary. One of their tricks is to pixie-lead travelers or in other words,...

Airy Realms

Sylphs Are Not Fairies

Sylphs do not like to fly too near to the ground, but prefer to remain in the upper regions of the earth's atmosphere, or near the pure, cold summits of mountains and high peal . These place. suit their airy temperament and give them the quiet they need to develop their thought and creative abilities. bt tterfly or feather wlncs Sylphs are buoyant creatures of the air and are always winged. Some have the delicate wings of butterflies or moths, for which you might adapt those of large, exotic...

The Old Librarian Myrea Pirrmr below

Old Librarian

TKi veneraKlc airy librarian, drawn witK a waterproof ink pen and watcrcolor pencil , wa cnvi a ed a being over a tKou and year old, with fragile wing lilre tattered, ancient paper. I Kc central image i framed Ky a drawn-bad curtain, ugge ting tKat we are being allowed a Kriei, tolcn glimpte into a private world. Vhilc tKc librarian Kim clf i lit by a bright candle. everything el e i thrown into hadow, and tKc corner o tKc library are dark and my teriiHi . Notice tKc creature peeking out front...

Mushroom Hats

Because they are associated with magic, fairies often wear caps of mushrooms, especially red ones. I hese help the fairies to appear and disappear at will. Fairy milliners supply hats fashioned from fly agaric, liberty caps, milk caps, bonnet myccna, and wax caps. 1 ry working from photographs and sketches of sui tably shaped varieties of fungi. When the moon shines brightly, fairies dance in meadows or on the village green, creating bright green rings on the grass. They are accompanied by...

Flower Fairies The Essentials

Bluebell Flower Fairy

There is an old legend that fairies are born in flowers, and certainly the two are closely associated. Many people still believe that fairies cause plants to grow, flitting from blossom to blossom, ensuring that the buds open in spring and then wither again as summer gives way to autumn. Images of such creatures have become very well known since Victorian and Edwardian times, when several popular illustrators assigned each flower to a particular fairy, and depictedfairies clad in the petals and...

Charms Maria J William below

Seductive Fairy Drawing

I he glowing stars in this malevolent-looking goblin's hands give an intimation that a magic spell is being cast, and it is plain that it is not a benevolent one. In the past, nukny diseases and disasters were attributed to the malign interference of fairies. Rheumatism, cramps, and bruising were considered a punishment for Annoying them, while the invisible presence of a fairy market might cause paralysis in an inadvertent trespasser. The glowing effect of the wings in this image mas digitally...

What you may have seen in the countryside but if you dont feel confident to make up the toadstool shapes you can use

Waterproof Hinges

AJJ some pencil fltaJin to fhoic the face on the tree ftump, but don't press too bard as you trill need to erase the lines later. Indicate the moss u ith small wavy lines, letting some of it overlap the bottom of the toadstools so that they appear firmly rooted in the ground, not just perched on top. Put in the doors, adding details such as hinges, door knockers, and the cobweb ladder. Using a waterproof septa pen, draw around the toadstools, adding detail to the...

Dryads The Essentials

Dryads live only in those trees that grow in secluded places, far away from the prying eyes of men. Each has her own sapling and can merge with it at will, so that the chance passerby will see only a slender graceful tree. The dryad has a very special relationship with her tree, and if it is cut down, she will die in the same instant. Nevertheless, on the night of the full moon, all the dryads leave their homes to dance together through the moonlit glades of the forest, and many a lonely...

Sylphs The Essentials

Drafts Fairies

Sylphs dwell entirely in the element of air riding the wind thermals and resting occasionally on high mountain summits. They are almost transparent to those who do not have the fairy sightbut you may feel their passing on drafts and puffs of air, or if you listen carefully you may hear their voices on the breeze. Their name comes from a Greek word meaning butterflyand some sylphs have the wings of butterflies while others have feathered wings like birds. Some are very tall, and others as tiny...

Dark Fairies

Pencil Drawings Dark Fairies

Alot all fairies are good and beautiful. Some are ugly, and some are very wicked indeed with their chief aim in life being the suffering of human beings. The Tiiief Bricid Asiiwood ateno This fairy thief may he either a scheming temptress who will take your last penny or a female Robin Hood, who takes from the rich to give to the poor. Some fairies are certainly known to be thieves, but on ly take away what selfish humans deserve to lose when people become miserly and refuse to share their...

Fly Agaric Mushrooms

J c Their rapid growth and trange shape have alm-ay given a mysterious reputation to toadstool, and mushroom . The fly agaric mushroom, wine It ha a red cap and white spots, is the one most closely associated with fairies, though there are many other interestingly shaped fungi you might use, such as the giant round puffball, or the shaggy ink cap. Occasionally you might find a ring of fairy ring mushrooms on your lawn, an almost perfect circle of little toadstools, mixed with buttercups and...

Castles The Essentials

Pencil Sketches Fairies

Some fairies make their homes in human castles, living in the cellars or dark corners and occasionally helping out with the chores, rather like very grand brownies. Others are fascinated by abandoned turrets and haunt their remains, some with good and some with evil intent toward human travelers. Many fairies have their own magnificent dwellings, built in the air from clouds, or in the far north from ice. Water fairies own impressive palaces under the waves, decorated with plunder from...

Watercolor Techniques

Bleeding Hearts Drawings Growing Stages

The translucency of watercolor makes it the perfect medium for capturing the ethereal, fleeting nature of the fairy world. Watercolor can be an unpredictable mediumespecially when employing wet-into-wet methods, as the paint tends to spread where you don't want it to and run into other colors, but with practice you will learn to control it. In the early stages of a painting you may want to lay a wash over a large area, or even over the hole paper, to form the hasis for a background. It is...

Sunflower Fairy by Myrea Pettit

Simple Drawings Air Pollution

The inspiration for this charming Sunflower Fairy came from the artists young niece, who was photographed sitting in a tree. Children make wonderful subjects as they are so relaxed and supple in their positions, and sketching them from a series of photographs is the easy way to go about it. Don't ask them to pose candid shots look Once you are satisfied with the positioning anJ perspective, ink in lite face, doth es, and hands ici tJTfi rnter hut still soft lines. Carefully position the fairy...

Tore or Frost Linda Ravenscroft right

Linda Ravenscroft

A few autumnal leave- cling to the branches of a tree in which a fairy perches. Her slrirt an J wings are rimed with ice, showing that winter is on its way. She is a frost fairy, a hind of female Jack Frost who paints delicate icy patterns on window panes, and who nips children's noses and toes in her cold fingers. She was drawn in sepia ink and comple ted with la gt ers of watercolor washes. Notice that the contrast of her blue dress with the red leaves gives a wintry effect to the image....

Inspiration from nature

How Draw Fairies

Many fairie live in habitat familiar to us, such a gardens, flower-strewn meadow , tree , lakes, river , or roclry landscape , o you can bring element of landscape and flower painting into your fairy image . Nature provide important source for clothing, wings, or fairy home some fairies, for example, live in flower or in toadstool houses o whenever possible make sketches of leave , flowers, mushrooms, and anything else associated with fairie . The setting your fairy or group of fairie can be as...

Leprechauns The Essentials

Leprechauns are cobblers who make the shoes for all the fairy gentry. They are usually seen with a last and hammer but, for some reason, only one shoe in the making. The Irish will tell you that the leprechaun hides his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and if you can reach the end of the rainbow, he will be forced to hand it over. Leprechauns are small, wrinkled, and usually dressed in a homely fashion. Don't be surprised if you catch him enjoying a pipe of tobacco and a glass of good...

Seasons Fairies

Four Seasons Fairy Drawings

Leprechaun love trea ure, especially gold, and they may go out on dark night armed with picks and shovels to search for buried riches. Every leprechaun owns at least one pot oi old, wh ich he hides at the end of the rainbow. Nary rare Iun r rainbows hide the most valuable hoards. The wings of these fairies are based on those of the male and female silkworm moth, and this, together with the accurate and careful observations of the dandelions and other plants, gives a nice blend of fantasy and...

The Fairy Gathering James Browne opposite

Fairies Among Human

This painting, with a fair family playing among plants found in many ordinary suburban gardens, gives impression that there really are fairies at the bottom of the garden. Who knows what you might find if you mere to look under tkc rose bushes in your yard right now The real delight stems from the many painstaking details such as the little fell ow with a belled collar and hoop, and the flower-hatted fairy child reaching for an insect. You would probably discover something nem every time you...

Nymphs The Essentials

Ancient Greece Nymph Drawing

The lovely nymphs, who guard all the natural places of the earth, appear as young maidens, exquisitely beautiful, gracefuland charming Their legends come to us from ancient Greece, where several different classes of such fairies were known, including the Potamids who made certain that rivers flowed freely, and the Naiads who ensured that the water of streams was fresh and clear. Oreads looked after the lofty mountain peaks, while A4eliads were the nymphs of ash trees, and Dryads those of oaks....

Fairibs

How Draw Max Steel

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Banshees The Essentials

Banshee Drawings

Banshees adopt families of pure Celtic blood and their unearthly wails pierce the air when death or disaster is about to befall them. Their keening is said to resemble a combination of a wild gooses screech, a wolfs howl and the pitiful cry of an abandoned child. If a member of the family goes out to look, the banshee may be seen sitting in the branches of a tall tree, silhouetted against the moon, combing her long black hair- The family member must be careful though, as if one of these hairs...

The Mischievous Pixie Julie Baroh This artist

Particu larlv loves painting pixies, elves, and the smaller fairies. She tries to show their individual funny personalities lovable, cheeky, and full of character. Once you have an idea of your fairy's character, painting it is no more difficult than making a portrait of a real person in fact, perhaps it is easier, as you don't have to worry ahout creating an exact likeness. But you do need to he able to handle the watercolor medium with confidence, an d this is where the step-by-step...

Thistle Fairies Linda Varos

right Two elegant, white-gowned fairies strike a dignified, reflective pose heside a thistle plant, which sets the scale and tells us how small they are. The vibrant effect stems from the strong contrast between the bright green and red of the thistle and the background color, a loose wash of blue and deep purple, which is carried through into the wings and gown of the background fairy. The same color is repeated in all the shadows, giving the impression that the fairies have their own inner...

Treehouses

Leprechauns may make their homes in tkf roots oi trees, preferring the hawthorn. In a pinch, they will take over abandoned animal burrows or even beehives. There is a strong rapport between leprechauns and animal , especially the red-breasted robin, though they may also ride dogs, sheep, and wis. leprechaun fashion Varying in size from a fern inches to nearly as ull as humans, leprechaun usually wear KdKky green jerkins, waistcoats and leather aprons, pocket watches, and purses. While some...

Meoauthic Stones Stephanie Pui Mun Lav left

Stephanie And Andrew Trees

Hie gaps between the old stones of megalithic circles and dolmens are reputed to be entrances to fairyland. Pass through, and you will find yourself in another world. In tbis picture, a red-haired girl has bravely entered a stone circle, and stands entranced by the tiny fairies that flit around its central column. The muted colors of the artist's restricted palette of purple and yellow add to the sense of mystery, and the foreground stones are silhouetted by the light that emanates from the...