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How do you draw a fairy? It's not like you can convince one to do life modeling in your studio. How to Draw and Paint Fairies confronts the fairy labor shortage directly, explaining all the techniques needed to bring fairy art to life. For beginners, explanations of basic techniques and easy-to-follow constructional drawings, plus information on materials, sketching, forms How do you draw a fairy? It's not like you can convince one to do life modeling in your studio. How to Draw and Paint Fairies confronts the fairy labor shortage directly, explaining all the techniques needed to bring fairy art to life. For beginners, explanations of basic techniques and easy-to-follow constructional drawings, plus information on materials, sketching, forms, and color make starting out easy and pleasant. As artists progress, the book offers detailed descriptions and beautiful illustrations of little people--from flower, water, and moon fairies, to nymphs and sprites, to sirens. Basic to advanced techniques on watercolor and mixed media are covered step-by-step, and finished images from leading fairy artists provide inspiration. This beautiful book will make every artist believe in fairies.


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How do you draw a fairy? It's not like you can convince one to do life modeling in your studio. How to Draw and Paint Fairies confronts the fairy labor shortage directly, explaining all the techniques needed to bring fairy art to life. For beginners, explanations of basic techniques and easy-to-follow constructional drawings, plus information on materials, sketching, forms How do you draw a fairy? It's not like you can convince one to do life modeling in your studio. How to Draw and Paint Fairies confronts the fairy labor shortage directly, explaining all the techniques needed to bring fairy art to life. For beginners, explanations of basic techniques and easy-to-follow constructional drawings, plus information on materials, sketching, forms, and color make starting out easy and pleasant. As artists progress, the book offers detailed descriptions and beautiful illustrations of little people--from flower, water, and moon fairies, to nymphs and sprites, to sirens. Basic to advanced techniques on watercolor and mixed media are covered step-by-step, and finished images from leading fairy artists provide inspiration. This beautiful book will make every artist believe in fairies.

30 review for How to Draw and Paint Fairies: From Finding Inspiration to Capturing Diaphanous Detail, a Step-By-Step Guide to Fairy Art

  1. 5 out of 5

    Toviel

    ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Linda Ravenscroft’s HOW TO DRAW AND PAINT FAIRIES looks more useful than it actually is. Beneath the beautiful illustrations and winged fluff lies a generic watercolor-based figure drawing 101 book. Like many of its ilk, Ravenscroft’s take on teaching her readers consists of showcasing a pose or figure, then giving the reader step-by-step instructions on drawing that specific thing. As a result, the effectiveness of this method varies from section to section: the “Basic Shapes a ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Linda Ravenscroft’s HOW TO DRAW AND PAINT FAIRIES looks more useful than it actually is. Beneath the beautiful illustrations and winged fluff lies a generic watercolor-based figure drawing 101 book. Like many of its ilk, Ravenscroft’s take on teaching her readers consists of showcasing a pose or figure, then giving the reader step-by-step instructions on drawing that specific thing. As a result, the effectiveness of this method varies from section to section: the “Basic Shapes and Forms” chapter suffers the most, while the “Techniques” chapter greatly benefits from detailing the process. Ravenscroft seems to think all the figures readers need to learn to draw are androgynous children and slender adult female pixies, but she does provide excellent insight into drawing and texturing backgrounds, plants, wings, and the like. While the focus is on watercolor, it wouldn’t be difficult to adapt her advice to other media. FAIRIES should be held onto for artistic inspiration, not artistic instruction. Ravenscroft’s artwork has a quaint illustrative quality reflective the style mainstream fairy artists had in 2005, such as Amy Brown. While the aesthetic may be a bit dated in that regard, it is fun to revisit from time to time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deena Wilde

    This gives artists of all levels a chance to accomplish the artwork they want how they want. Love it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cher

    Wonderful instruction book for artists of all levels. You’ll love the playful look on her little creatures and how easy her instructions are to follow.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This isn't a book for learning how to draw the fairies themselves (they give basic guides) but it's a really good reference guide for working out your own watercolour colour schemes as well as a great section of techniques for interesting watercolour finishes. Also great ideas for fairy clothing and wing designs as well as personality in facial features. I don't paint fairies but I picked up this book for the good tips on watercolour finishes. Good reference book and the fairies are really cute. This isn't a book for learning how to draw the fairies themselves (they give basic guides) but it's a really good reference guide for working out your own watercolour colour schemes as well as a great section of techniques for interesting watercolour finishes. Also great ideas for fairy clothing and wing designs as well as personality in facial features. I don't paint fairies but I picked up this book for the good tips on watercolour finishes. Good reference book and the fairies are really cute.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meighan

    The drawings are beautiful and the artistic advice in many places is sound, but I feel that this book specifically teaches you to draw fairies like Linda Ravenscroft. I wish that art from different artists had been used more often, and that the art peices shown were in more different media and styles.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Raha

    This is a fairly good book on techniques and instructions. It's surely fun to draw and paint imaginative creatures, especially since fairies can be composed of human body, butterfly or bird wings, and floral costume. Creating fairy land requires paying close attention to nature and building confidence in drawing and painting skills. This is a fairly good book on techniques and instructions. It's surely fun to draw and paint imaginative creatures, especially since fairies can be composed of human body, butterfly or bird wings, and floral costume. Creating fairy land requires paying close attention to nature and building confidence in drawing and painting skills.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patsy

    I really love this book. I spent a great deal of time working out of it a couple of years ago. I drew lots of fairies, but eventually moved on to something else. I like the way it explains proportion and the illustrations are excellent.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Several Start to finish examples, considers feel and settings well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Geralyn Guardacasa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book will surely be love by all art-enthusiasts. The book gives a lot of techniques in painting fantasy creatures most specially fairies. I love to read this book all over again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Great book- use it all the time when I am stuck for inspiration. It always has a way to get the creative juices flowing again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mchristie

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mari Funai

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jing Jane

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ali Nawaz

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Taylor

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danica

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joy Elia

  19. 4 out of 5

    S. Fedor

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jacklynn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth Alumbaugh

  22. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve

  23. 5 out of 5

    mrs Yve L Cattermole

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gilly Denham

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Taylor

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marwan2368

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sithik Aysha

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