Famlaer – The real faeryland, another sneak-peak.

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Famlaer is a book about faeries. It’s mainly introducing the community and how they are created. It is more description than story at this point. My next book will be more story-like but still lots of introduction and descriptions of faeries not mentioned in the first book.   

In the meantime, I’d like you to meet Naldoow, the forest keeper. He is one of my favourite drawings. I thought it would be fun to make a faery look like an old hippy rocker. He is just one of many fun and unusual characters in Famlaer – The real faeryland.

This little fellow is the oldest looking of all the faeries. They are always male, they live to be 98 years old, and there are at least five around at all times. They live in the trees, making them the highest flyers of the whole of Faeryland. They fly to the tops of the tallest trees, acting a little like a scout watching for problems. The forest keeper has an overly humungous head but sports a small body, hands and feet. Quite out of proportion. Although he looks old, he’s actually one of the most energetic faeries. They always have a scowl on their face but have a wonderful sense of humour and for the most part, are quite happy. He resembles what we call a hippy from the sixties.

 

Famlaer paperback is available on Amazon.com for $9.95 US, $13.20 CA as well as UK, DE, FR, ES, IT AND JP. If you would rather read a digital copy it’s available for $4.98 US on all the same as above plus NL, CA, MX, AU AND IN. (the digital version is not available in mobi or epub, but can be read on your phone, tablet or computer using free readers that can be downloaded through Amazon or your mobile market)

Happy reading everyone.

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A world of faeries you never knew about.

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Fairies, they’ve been in the world for hundreds of thousands of years. Famlaer is the very first fairyland, located in a remote part of the world. No human has ever been there, until now. I discovered Famlaer quite by accident while travelling around the world. Finding the first fairy was quite the experience. She was quite hesitant at first, but once she realized I wasn’t a threat we got along fine. The real adventure started right after this encounter. I learned so much about the life of the fairies and this is why I decided to write about how they come into this world, the many types and sizes of fairies and where they live.

Just a few images from Famlaer – The real faeryland.

Head over to Amazon to get my new book, Famlaer – The real faeryland for free digital copy if you are with kindleUnlimited or $6.67 CA digital copy, $18.72 CA paperback. 

Also available in US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, JP, BR, CA, MX, AU, IN digital version and US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, JP paperback version.

 

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Egnuf – The Mushroom Faery

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Egnuf – The Mushroom Faery

Yeneb Shroom
Yimij Shroom

This is just one of the faeries you’ll see in Famlaer – The real faeryland, my new illustrated book. I hope you enjoy and visit Amazon to get your copy of my book in paperback or digital.

More commonly known as Shrooms in Faeryland. These little guys love mushrooms. Their village which is called Egnumlaer has every variety of mushroom you can imagine. They pick edible mushrooms every day to add to meals, the rest are just there to look at and have fun with. Some of the mushrooms are considered to be shroom helpers. They have a face and can talk. The faeries will sit on top of them and have little chats. They are called Sugnufs. The only thing is, the Snugnuf is stationary like a typical mushroom so the shrooms must always go to them for play time.
Mushroom faeries are always created in sets of two. The shrooms shown in the illustrations are named Yeneb and Yimij. They look identical until you look a little closer and notice that the eyes and wings are different colours.

Visit Amazon to buy Famlaer – The real faeryland in paperback or digital (the paperback available on Amazon.com) and read about the rest of the faeries and their home. Amazon.ca

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A Fairy Book – My Process Using Pencils & Computer

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Once again it has been eons between my posts. I thought I’d take you through a process I am doing in making drawings for my fairy book. This is not a lesson, it’s just the way I am producing these drawings.

I’m using mixed media involving pencil drawing and computer colouring. I want to apologize for the low quality photos; they were taken with my tablet.

I start with a sketch, of which I don’t have to show, but none the less that’s where it always starts. This drawing is of the Fairy Keeper and his pet. I haven’t come up with names for the keeper or his pet yet but the pet is an RTC (really tiny cat). Of course you’ll notice that the man is smaller than the cat which means he is also quite tiny.

The entire drawing is drawn with an HB graphite pencil. Once I’m satisfied with the drawing, sometimes that’s 2 or 3 or 4 drawings later, I begin the process of shading it. Each type of shading requires a different shade of pencil. As you probably already know there are many shades or hardness of pencils such as H (1, 2, 3, 4, etc), B (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) and F. You also have HB which I use to make most of my drawings. I use the H pencils for my lighter shadings and the B’s for the darker shadings. As I’m shading with the pencils I’m also using a stump or tortillon to blend it. There’s a good explanation of the difference between these two smudging tools at this web site—Pencil Drawing – Blending and Shading – Learn to blend and shade your drawings with JD Hillberry. I must admit, after watching the video I realized I wasn’t using these tools in an entirely correct way, but I did get the desired effects I was looking for. There’s also another web site I found to be quite informative, Rapid Fire Art 

Fairy Book artwork from begining

Once I’m finished the shading, I scan the drawing at 600 dpi grey-scale. I find this setting works best for my purposes. Next, I open it in Photoshop and the first thing I do is select Image, mode then RGB so I can add the colour. Then I tweak the drawing a bit using the levels adjustment to bring out a little more detail in the lines. This can also be done during the scanning process, but I find it works better in Photoshop. Now the process of colouring begins by adding a new layer and naming it. For example, I will make a layer for face or skin tone. Next I go to my foreground colour picker to choose a suitable colour for my skin tone. For the Fairy Keeper I chose a medium pink-orange tone. Using a soft mechanical pencil brush, I begin adding colour to the face. While adding the colour I change the layer blending to “Colour Burn”. The layer blending is different for other parts of the drawing depending on the effect I’m looking for. For instance the clothes are done using a “Linear Burn” instead of the “Colour Burn” to give the colour a little more intensity. I also use “Overlay” on occasion. I will do each part of the face on a different layer then make a new group layer from selected layers and call it Fairy Keepers face. That way if I decide to change the colour of his eyes I can just go to the face group, find the eyes layer and change the colour. It’s also helpful using groups to keep the layers list from getting too long. From here I just do each part of the drawing adding layer after layer until I’m finished.  I used some special brushes to make the grasses and bubbles. I also added a couple of my individual fairies to this drawing of which I went through the same process to colour. One on the roof and the other behind a blade of grass. Now I’m finished colouring the drawing.

For the last thing I open a template that I’m using for the frame around each of the drawings. Next I will go back to my finished drawing and flatten the layers and then drag it over to the template, size it to fit the square and change the outside colour of the square to match with my drawing. That’s it I’m done. I make a glossy print and put it on the wall with the rest of the fairy work I have done so far then go to work on the next drawing.

As I said at the beginning, this is not a lesson. I don’t always do things by the book where art is concerned, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I learn a lot with each endeavor and I really enjoy what I do.

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