Fairies are a type of mystical creature often referred to in myths and legends from around the world. They are usually depicted in natural settings such as in forests or lagoons. While fairies are often thought of as creatures of light and goodness, many stories depict fairies as beings that are not always good. The changeling concept in myths and legends supports this idea as does jealous Tinkerbell from 'Peter Pan'. Drawing gothic or dark fairies is a relatively simple process so long as you break down the figure into basic shapes.
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Things you need
- Coloured pencils in selected shades
Look through books, magazines and online resources for pictures of dark fairies and pixies you would be interested in drawing.
Use a pencil to lightly sketch the frame/body of the fairy including an oval shape for the head. Breaking down the drawing into basic shapes such as sticks for arms and legs and boxy, bell-like shapes for a fairy dress is helpful especially if you are new to drawing. This also makes it easier to add detail later.
Draw in some facial guidelines such as a light line down the middle of the oval which will help keep facial features symmetrical. Continue to sketch the face and body, adding details like hair, facial features (eyes, eyebrows, mouth) and details to the bell-shaped dress.
Shape wings based on preference. Options can include butterfly, insect and birdlike wings. Continue to shape the legs and neck based off your original stick figure. Add details to the eyes, ears, hands and chest such as making the ears pointy and the eyes large and sinister-looking. Chest includes detail to the fairy's dress or other outfit, also based on personal preference.
Add additional details like fairy wands and footwear if desired. Colour the fairy using dark colours like red, black and dark purple and green to make you fairy look as 'dark' as you wish. You can give your fairy an evil expression and draw or colour the surrounding paper to place her in a dark bog or other dark environment.
Tips and warnings
- There are numerous online tutorials for sketching all types of fairies and mystical creatures. Drawing Now and NeoPets are two sites that offer free tutorials and printouts for drawing fairies.
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