Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fairy-topia


A design on one of my daughter's nightgowns inspired this drawing. I have had the idea for a few weeks. Yesterday and today I took the time to sketch it out. Once I finished, I realized that her hair should be up (like the other fairy images I looked at), because have long loose hair makes for bad wing movement! :P

Anyway, let me know what you think!

Update: The wonderful Kathy Hare has enlightened me to qualities of fairy hair, and let me know my drawing was fine the way it is. Thanks, Kathy! I do, now, remember looking at a few figurines whose hair was down.

22 comments:

Jennifer said...

Ahh! I never would have thought of the hair issue!

This is really nice, Tom. I like the scale and proportion. :-)

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Jennifer. Yea, one of those small details you miss until after your done! Oh well, good practice for long hair! :)

kathy hare said...

Tom,
fairy hair is completely different to human hair it is like gossamer thread, it just floats around their wings, your drawing is perfectly accurate...

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks for the tip, Kathy. Granted, I didn't do much research on Fairies before I did my sketch. But now that you mention it, I do remember looking at a few figurines on which the hair was down! :P

Diana Evans said...

oh she is so sweet....and I love her hair....and learned something new about Fairies...great work!

kathy hare said...

:)

Deb said...

Very sweet...love the composition. I like the hair down too.

Alicia Padrón said...

This is perfect Tom! I love her specially the hair!! You are getting really good my friend!! :o)

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

So nice to get so much Pro to share tips. Look at your fairy, so sweet!
Hope to see her in color..

Bee said...

This is a charming fairy, a great success. The hair down is perfect -just imagine light & fine hair and quite strong wings. Would love to see it in colour too (colour is something I always struggle with.)

princesstomato said...

aww i love her! and i think the hair is great, too. i love her pose and her toes! very sweet...

i have painted tons of fairies the past few years, so this is very near to my heart...love them!!! :)

xoxo
teri

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Diana, Deb, Alicia, Mayy, Bee, and Teri!

Lisa M Griffin said...

This is really sweet. It is touching how she is leaning down to pick up the ladybug. Would love to see this in color as well.
Nice sketch.

carli said...

I love your fairy. are you going to color this one?
carli

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Lisa and Carli! Yes, plan to color this one as well as many others in the (hopefully) near future! :)

Jess said...

How lovely to be inspired by the things around you! I love her expression and long hair doesn't get in the way of arms (usually!) so wing movement should be fine.

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Jess!

Paola said...

lovely little fairy Tom!
I also like the whole scene.
Ask your daughter about the hair, she surely will say it's perfect, girls looooove long hair :)

Chickengirl said...

I think the hair down is great, because when she flies through the air, her hair would be blowing in the wind and it would look really good! I'm just saying, from a girl's point of view. :-)

She's lovely! Its great to hear you get inspiration from many places!

sketched out said...

Lovely, lovely fairy! And yep, love the long flowing hair. Hey, besides, it's your fairy, she can have any kind of hair you want her to have... gossamer, pixie dust hair, dandelion fluff hair, you name it, hee hee.

Eugenia Gina said...

and tom, add a crown to the hair, they'll love it.. it could be a made of flowers or colorful gems :D.. My daughter will ask for one if she saw this.. heehee

RyanLoghry said...

Well, I don't know about fairy hair styles, but it looks great to me. Nice work Tom!