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Fairies are ... by ciaee Fairies are ... by ciaee
... as cruel as children.

Did this for ConceptArt.Org's Character of the Week (CHOW #146) challenge. Man, the competition that round was INTENSE. There were some really mind-blowing entries in there, so be sure to cast your votes for your favourite entry when the poll is up: [link]


On my entry:
I wanted to portray as closely as possible what I felt fairies were like. Here's Queen Titania and Nick Bottom('s head).

In my imagination, fairies are innocent and whimsical as well as selfish, remorseless and vengeful. They're very much like children. In this painting, I took some liberties with the original story and character from Shakespeare's play, and wanted to create a "fairytale gone wrong" image. I tried to keep her quite childlike and innocent-looking, and I hope I succeeded in making the painting feel little disturbing. (I've always found innocent children in horror movies/ghost stories extremely creepy and scary, and I want to put a bit of that in here.)

I recently acquired the book "FABLES: Covers by James Jean" (present from sister - best art book ever), and his work was on my mind the whole time when I was trying to create this image.

Um, I do not promote animal-cruelty? ><

Photoshop CS3, Wacom Graphire4

WIP & Close-up:

January 16, 2010:
Minor edit. Touched up some areas that were bugging me. Updated print. [If you bought this print on dA before the edit, please send me a note and I will send you the updated print at my cost. I will need a proof of purchase of some sort though. e-receipt/photo]
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Given 2009-07-04
Fairies are ... by =ciaee ( Featured by sambees )
What i like the most in the image is the soft highlights and the great details on the fairy's head and wings,the donkey head looks really good aswell.the contrast between soft expression of the girl's face and the cruelty that she did is really good.the blue in her wings contrast very good with the green,both vivid and beautiful colours.
when i saw that you've asked critique ,ofcaurse i take closer look to other things, not only the obvious beauty of the whole.
first i point her toes,they look a little bit longer that they should,the same for her arms,a little longer too.but aside of this the image look great as a it's just small things that you need to look closer to discover.
congrats for the dd,and hope you don't mind my critique :)
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
63 out of 65 deviants thought this was fair.

Critique by Kiyoshi45 Jul 4, 2009, 9:49:45 PM
When I first looked at this, I didn't notice the donkey head. The fairy is very innocent and pretty, and then you look down and see the darker side to her. The dark hair and background at the top are almost like foreshadowing for what's below.
Though the donkey's head is a very dark image, it still fits with the light, airy colors for the dress. It definitely defies the typical fairy image, but it works very well.
The texture is very nice, and the colors mesh perfectly
I especially like the dress. It is light and pretty and very fairy-esque.
I agree though, that the toes are a bit too long. However, this is something that you have to look for to notice. I didn't notice until I started looking at details.
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38 out of 38 deviants thought this was fair.

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Talicia23 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist
😱! Wow
JohnnyCade4EVR Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
*looks up at her face* this is cute... *eyes drop* oh.... um...
ArtAgainstSociety Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Hello! I would like to notify you that I've featured you on my surreal and abstract art blog over on Tumblr. Your work really fits the theme, and you can see it on Of course, I have given you credit and linked to your page. If for any reason you don't want it published any longer, just send me a message and I'll delete it pronto. Thanks, and congratulations! Your art is beautiful. Please note: If you don't see your art right away on my blog, it is probably still in the queue and has yet to be posted.

GypsyMountainman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Writer
I love this pic and quote!
dnehrkorn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
GypsyMountainman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Writer
Love it, perfect
Cindyfred Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I was like, "pretty!" and then.... ". . . They have Bottom's head!!!" You have succeeded in your mission.
Cameron-Brideoake Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So glad I was able to find this piece again! Beautiful.
ciaee Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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