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.
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For this post I have made up another sample page for my fairy book. This was done in the same way as the previous drawing of the Fairy Queen… using a pencil drawing, then shading with different pencil types (HP, 2B, 6B, 2H, etc.) then scanning to paint in Photoshop. I’ve changed the background and frame from the last entry, so I’m showing the two sets of pages including the Fairy Queen and the new pages of the Fairy Keeper to show how the new background and frame look with both. Please keep in mind that the text on both pages is not the actual story, they are just faded words I added to show how the fonts will look in the finished product.
I am still working on many more drawings and I’m sure they’ll take quite a while to complete. Hopefully I’ll be able to share with you one new page set a month until I’m ready to write the actual story for each image. Anyway I hope to enjoy my latest creation. Cheers for now!
You’ll remember that I had several different methods that I was looking at for the art work to be used in my new fairy book; well I have finally decided how I want to proceed. I started with my usual pencil drawing, but instead of re-drawing it on to a canvas or water-colour paper I scanned it into the computer and started adding colour using Photoshop. For me it showed the best results for what I imagined this book to look like.
Here are samples of how I did this and what a two page spread will look like.The first photo is of the drawing without anything done to it. In the second one I’ve used levels in Photoshop to bring out the contrast a bit. The colour is added to the next one and the last is with the border and background colours as well as the description page with the lower flowers added for the text to fall between and the fairy wings on either side of the heading.
There is still a ton of work to be done on the project and I will probably make changes to backgrounds and maybe even colours but this is the general layout. Also I just want to mention that the words on the page are not necessarily how it will be in the final. I just thought it up while I was putting the page together. My process will be to draw all of the characters and scenes first then add the story to each illustration.
For my post this month I’ve produced some samples of the type of art work I’d like to use for the fairy book I am going to write. I’d like to make the book mainly illustration with short story bits to explain each illustration. I don’t have a complete story yet, but I have many of the characters created and drawn already.
For the last couple of months I’ve been drawing the same scene and using different mediums to see which one I should continue to produce for the entire book. I was hoping I could get a little help from my friends and get your opinions. You’ll notice that not every scene is exactly the same. I was also experimenting with different ways to make the final scene for the bubble fairy. And before you say he doesn’t have wings he can’t be a fairy, this is a different kind of fairy book and you’ll see in the end why I call him the bubble fairy. Who knows, maybe I’ll add wings in the end.
So here they are the 4 scenes in the mediums I thought worked best. Let me know which illustration you think would be best in my fairy book.