Friday, 4 September 2015

Fairies from the Dark Side

While I'm in this frame of mind, I thought it might be interesting to show some male fairy artists. The first is Richard-Dadd, (his painting left) and if you click on the link you will perhaps understand why my title is Fairies from the Dark Side.

The second is another long time favourite, Arthur Rackham. I have spoken about him before, along with a post on Beatrix Potter (probably on a previous blog, as I can't seem find it here). Once again, the link gives you his background and readers of my vintage will probably recognise his work (shown below).

Of course no reference to dark fairies would be complete without including one very special illustrator, so recent, that even the youngest of my readers should be familiar with him ~ Brian Froud. (You can thank Alasse for reminding me about him.)

And simply because I love to share, here is another more recent artist, this time from the land of BIG ~ Texas! Let me introduce you to a whole gallery of lovely fairy art by Howard David Johnson.





Now a little fairy of my own ~ she's a work in progress. I used a pre-loved PF body with the recently acquired PF Soso Event face plate and wings from Bambicrony. I'm not sure what she is going to have on her head, it's a toss up between some sort of cap or a wig. I think I will make her a petal dress, but that could change if it doesn't work out the way I want.


6 comments:

  1. Your gorgeous little fairy is so adorable. I love her wings, they are such a lovely translucent quality and colour and that grinning face just gets me every time. I used to own a Soso but I never could get along with that size, I think it was a touch too small for me.

    Ah, I definitely recognise most of those artworks. It's so great that we seem to have a lot of similar interests in art and the fae. That makes me miss my old fairy books. I don't remember where they are but I bet my parents threw them out or gave them away. I did manage to recover my "Book of Ballet Stories". I was into Ballet too back in my childhood days.

    Was I dreaming or did you have a knitting post? I saw it this morning but haven't had a chance to catch up on blogs until now. But then I'm very zombified today from a restless night so I could have been seeing things as usual.

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    1. Hi Alasse,
      I am so happy that Fairyland decided to bring out Soso in the PF and LF size for the Real Fee Event, I have Pupu as well so it's going to be fun making them into fairies. I'm happy you like her, thanks. :)

      Oh that is really funny, I did ballet when I was very small, but stopped when I was seven. However, it wasn't my last contact with the ballet world as I was the sole illustrator for Dance Australia magazine for five years back in the eighties.

      Yes, but I didn't mean to publish it, it was a slip of the finger. Sorry to confuse you. Hopefully you can go to sleep tonight thinking of faries.
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  2. Hello Sandy,
    What great posts (I just noticed my comment on your last post never went through...Blogger is annoying me this week!!!) All the fairy art you have brought to our attention is great and I look forward to sharing it with my niece...even the dark ones. Your fairy is lovely, such a sweet face.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi there Giac!
      Sorry you've had problems with Blogger, it can be a pain sometimes I know, but never mind you've caught up with me now and I'm pleased to read you are enjoying the change of pace. :)
      Big hugs to you too,
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  3. Your little fairy is gorgeous! even blank :D! I can imagine her having fun in top of a flower or dancing with her friends!

    Thanks for showing us more of your favorite artists, I loved seeing all the illustrations!! Besides the Celtic Twilight book I don't think I have any other fairy related stuff, though I own some fairytales books (I specially love reading russian fairytales :D). I think it's time I look for fairy books in my kindle~

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    1. Thank you Alejandra, Soso has such a jolly face it's not hard to fall for even blank as you say.:)

      I'm pleased you are enjoying them, it makes a change for me to ramble on about something other than dolls. I love children's fairytale books too, though I don't have any Russian ones.
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