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How to Draw and Paint Fairies [Paperback]

linda ravenscroft
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15 Sep 2005
From finding inspiration to capturing diaphanous detail, a step-by-step guide to fairy-painting techniques. Drawing and painting fairies is a delightful and eternally popular art form that poses its own unique challenges: how do you paint an imaginary subject? How can you capture the luminosity and tiny detail of a figure that might fit in the palm of your hand? This book explains the techniques to bring your fairy art to life. It supplies the know-how and the skills in the form of practical techniques, linework to trace, and constructional drawings that clearly demonstrate how to form heads, faces, and figures that are easy to copy. For the beginner artist there's linework to copy and trace, and then colour using whatever technique appeals. Easy-to-follow constructional drawings reveal how to simplify shapes and figures to create flower fairies, nymphs, and sprites; trace a basic form, then complete your fairy however you wish. Learn how to capture the grace and movement of fairy gestures; use stippling and impressing to add texture to fabric and wings; learn how to lay variegated washes and reserve highlights.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (15 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184448095X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844480951
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 21.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hazel Harrison is a practising artist who works in all painting media, often using her own photographs as a source of reference. She studied painting at the Guildford School of Art and the Royal Academy of Painting in London. Hazel lives in a small village in the Peak District, and divides her time between painting and writing art instruction books. Linda Ravenscroft is an artist of international standing, whose beautifully detailed fairy and fantasy images can be seen all over the world, from fine art prints to exclusive giftware and fantasy art books. Linda became a professional fantasy artist in 1996, and since then her work has been in demand, with many of her pieces now with American collectors.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real How To Do! 19 Oct 2005
This is an excellent book, both in concept and execution.I bought it a couple of weeks ago and its already been used to produce pictures!
The "Getting Started" section covers equipment and media,use of colour and much more...even experienced artists can gain something from these pages.
The second section is devoted to drawing the specific subjects of the book...fairies, and includes how to draw faces, hands, wings etc with proportion and classic poses also well as fairy fashion and habitats.
Swipe files are included so the aspiring artist,from beginner to more advanced,can copy relevent bits to create their own fairy.
The Techniques section takes a step by step approach to producing a variety of pictures using different media.
The final section is a gallery of fairy art by some of the best in the business.
The text is interesting and informative...and never condescending.
Even if you're not in to fairies the book is a good guide to drawing and painting techniques for many aspects of the natural world.
This book is worth every penny of the very reasonable price from Amazon.Recommended!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that Covers all you need 19 Feb 2007
By Kezwick
This is a book that covers just about everything you need to know, do, draw and paint. With simple informative step by step instrutions, that dont treat you like an idiot. You will very quickly be creating, changing and dreaming up new ways to paint and draw Fairies.

I cant rate this book highly enough...this should be sold as the definative handbook on how to do.

Great value for money and if you buy no other book than this you will not go wrong.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 26 Dec 2006
I love this book - its got gorgeous artwork and easy to follow step-by-step techniques to help you improve as an artist. The amount of colouring techniques shown make it great help for any style of artist, not just the fantasy/faerie orientated. The thing that really makes it stand out from the crowd is its emphasis on originality - there are "swipe files" included, showing different hands, feet, costume, lips, eyes etc - encouraging the reader to play with their artwork, developing their own style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic. 21 Dec 2006
Excellent details and shows you a variety of expressions on faces,even down to feet fingers and wardrobe to draw.There are even templates for you to copy if you wish to.Hghly recommend this to Fairy lovers everywhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 12 July 2011
Excellent book this one. Beautiful to look at and a joy to have around. Not to mention the fact that I couldn't draw anything, never mind a fairy, before this and now I'm already on my way to producing passable drawings. The instructions are clear and easy to understand and the 'swipe files' mean that you can copy or trace various features, faces, body parts, costumes etc. to make up designs that are unique to you. Some of my fairies have developed into quite interesting 'characters!' Well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What you need to get started 16 Aug 2009
This book is very useful if you want to draw fairies: it teaches you how to draw (and paint) the basics, then becomes more and more difficult and challenging but at a slow pace which will allow you to learn everything you need before proceeding.

There are lots of useful tips, from how to mix colours to get the right skin tone to using your imagination to see flowers, leaves etc. as fairies clothes or acccesories.

The only thing I didn't like was seeing the same style for almost all the book. I'd have appreciated it more if examples of fairies drawn or painted in different styles were shown earlier in the book, maybe explaining which elements for every painting could be used for inspiration. I found the focus on the same style again and again a bit boring after a while.
Also, I don't like the "copy/trace my drawing" thing; I think that giving a theme to work on, give tips and suggestions and then showing one of the author's drawing as an example would have been much more useful to discover one's style, not only imitating the author's one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and fun 29 Sep 2008
By Penny
I bought this book as my little neice kept asking me to draw fairies for her and my results lacked magic. This is a great book for getting started with, particularly if you're not that good at drawing people and faces.I found the instructions clear and easy to follow and the gallery of complete artwork really got my imagination going. If you are not a confident artist the easily copied examples of eyes, lips, hair, clothing etc can be mixed and matched in your own drawings to get you started and give you confidence. My own fairy drawings are much improved and my neice a very happy little girl
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 14 Dec 2012
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This is a good book that explains several techniques in a comprehensive way. The only problem is that often the faces of the fairies are schematic and stereotyped, often expressionless . It is our task to give the right soul to our creations. Still offers some good ideas and good exercises. However is a great, good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Dawn McIver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
was a gift but lovely book
Published 27 days ago by Julia Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent........
This book is just fabulous. I paint a lot of pictures of standing stones, glastonbury etc and I wanted to add some fairies to my paintings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by isismoonchild
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm just not that good
Book is good easy to understand- but I'm afraid i dont have an artistic bone in my body- so still not drawn anything yet/
Published 9 months ago by C. E. Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Illustratiolns!
A fantastic book! Absolutely love the illustrations and constantly refer to it
for some of the drawings I am doing.
Published 9 months ago by G B Lazarus
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Good book with a lot of stuff you can work with and learn from.
Really nice book and really worth the money.
Published 14 months ago by Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful fairies
What a beautifully illustrated book. Gives easy to follow instructions to create lovely fairies and flowers. Also show painting techniques to get the best effects. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C. M. Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
When I saw Linda Ravenscroft illustrating the art work out of this book even though I have never been keen on fairies, being an artist myself... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ms. K. F. Clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspirational!
This book is beautifully presented, with step by step instructions on how to combine various material and techniques into lovely pictures. Read more
Published 20 months ago by zzzLazyDaisy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful book! Whether you want to draw fairies or whether...
This is a beautiful book. Whether you want to learn to draw fairies or just spend ages looking at them. Read more
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