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]
[UPDATE: ZOMG I WON. WAAAT. ]
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]
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 whole.so 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
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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In any case it's gorgeous, very expressive and I love the colours and composition. The dress reminds me of a butterfly wing, it sort of accentuates the cruelty.
*takes a deep bow for such stunning artwork*
And it's true. As lovely, cute, Heart filling creatures children and fairies are their emotions are so raw, primitive and uncontained, that can be dangerous.
This astounds me. It's so amazing....just, wow. I especially love how you made to blood at her feet stand out, but in a subtle way, so it doesn't overpower the rest of the picture.
<3 Seriously amazing.... o:
I don´t care if she is cruel, I adore her ^^
your perspective of fairies is very fulfilling. great job! <3
Lights and colors are fabulous