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How to Draw & Paint Fairyland [Paperback]

Linda Ravenscroft
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764139533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764139536
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1963, Linda Ravenscroft is a self taught artist who has been painting since she was very young.
She lives with her husband John, daughter Vivien and numerous pets in the beautiful county of Cheshire, England,
Linda has illustrated and written several Tutorial Faerie Art books, including the best selling "How to Draw and Paint Fairies" and the "Mystic Faerie" Tarot Deck, her NEW book "Enchanted" Faerie and Fantasy Art has just been released together with the NEW "Fairy Artists Figure Drawing Bible" more recently her brand NEW card crafting CD was previewed on Television and was a huge hit with crafters and art collectors allike, more of her work can be seen on her website

"My inspiration comes from many sources.
I rely mostly on my dreams and inner feelings as I have done since I was a child together with my love of nature, and fascination for myths and ancient legends my mind is constantly visualising NEW creations.
In my view "Faerie" represents the natural world we live in, and whether you believe or not, they do have a place in our modern day society, in fact their light is needed more now than it ever was before.
It's time to look at this world and our feelings towards our fellow man, and realise what harm we are doing.
Most of my images are inspirational and uplifting, offering hope or a thought for the future of this beautiful world we live in.
I truly believe that we all have a little bit of Faerie light within our hearts, helping us to make the right decisions in our everyday lives we just have to look for it, and let it SHINE BRIGHTLY in the darkness"!

Shine brightly and live your dreams.
Linda R

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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Draw & Paint Fairyland 21 Sep 2013
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If you want an easy way to learn to paint with watercolours and acrylics detailed fairies in their landscape this is an excellent book, with lots of little projects to try out to gain confidence; one of my favourites was the dandelion puff clock, but there are many more, shows how different colours of the same picture will change the mood and how to think about light source, very informative throughout. The instructions are easy to follow and already is one of my favourite books for returning to for ideas. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need In One Book 11 July 2010
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I am not an artist. I have never drawn or painted anything before. I wanted to try something new for home decorating. This book has it all. I can't believe how well my projects are going!!! I've never had so many people comment about my room decorations. Just started with some small furniture hand going to a wall mural. I thought you had to be a "professional" artist...I had no idea how fun and easy it could be!!! I definately recommend this book for anyone who wants to try something new!!! It covers everything you need, from the fairies, flowers and plants, to their habitats. No experience needed to create beautiful works of art!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Draw and Paint Fairyland Review 10 Sep 2010
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This 128pg book is beautiful and holds a lot of information in great detail. This truly is a "how to" book.

In the first section it shows you how to: use media, combine color for mood, create fairyland weather and seasons and painting flowers and foliage, etc.

Section two deals with cropping, scaling, foreshortening, light and shade, perspective and ready to draw fairies, homes and neighborhoods, etc.

The third section covers the inventing of your own fairyland. It shows you techniques in order to create: leaves, foliage, trees, flowers, fruits, stones, water, underwater and reflections, walls and fences, castles, thrones, rainforests, ready to draw environments, etc.

The last section gives you ready to trace and draw figures and artwork done by other artists

This book is a must have if you want to create your own fairyland, and it's a wonderful reference and source of inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful images! 18 Jun 2010
By Sue B. Jeffreys - Published on
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This book does NOT dissapoint. The fairies are charming. There are mythical drawings, but they are not gothic. There are charming pictures from different realms and are extremely detailed. I am using this book for watercolor ideas and I just can't paint fast enough. There are so many wonderful images and so little time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Draw and Paint Fairies 16 Mar 2010
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This is a advanced art book. I bought it for the 5 to 10 age group but it's a little too much for them to wrap around. the teenagers liked it very much and it has gotten much use from them. The pictures are nice and it is easy for an older teen or adult to follow the instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for advanced students 20 Sep 2011
By Caraculiambro - Published on
My wife is into this stuff. For one of her recent birthdays, I scoured some local bookstores and picked out the two best books on painting fairies that I could find. If you've no experience in this area, you might be surprised to find that there are a ton of books out there on the subject, and they all seem pretty similar on Amazon.

The two I chose were Barbara Lanza's "Enchanting Fairies: How to Paint Charming Fairies and Flowers"and Linda Ravenscroft's "How to Draw and Paint Fairyland."

My wife later applauded my choice. Here are our considered opinions:

1. Lanza's text: this is lots of fun. I think Laza is short on raw talent but heavy on technical talk. This is not a put-down: it is a recommendation. What I mean is that her creations are not so mind-blowingly amazing that you'll get the feeling there's no way you could ever do this. They're actually on the mediocre side, which you might find inspiring. You get the idea that this isn't so hard after all. But most of the text is technical: "With a no. 1 round, paint a medium tint of Permanent Mauve . . . " etc. Besides that, though, it is geared to the beginner.

2. Ravenscroft's text: the woman is extremely talented. The book is a bit intimidating. But you can get some wonderful ideas from this text. It is also full of technical talk, but short on the step-by-step, unlike Lanza's. If you're going to buy only one book, I would say it should be this one. But it is basically advanced: for people who already know how to paint and want to start painting fairies.
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