How To Draw A Fairy

How To Draw A Fairy

Drawing a fairy is a magical thing, from when I was a kid I would see the fantasy art paintings of many great fantasy artists of fairies and this was inspiring for me, of course there was old fashioned fairies dressed in the long dresses of the time which was fine, but I always tried to concentrate on the fairies face and then the gestures of the fairy in flight.

Of course as a child I leaned more towards drawing monsters and dragons and sword wielding warriors, but occasionally I like venturing into drawing something unexpected and something that my mum might just like for a change, of course now I'm in my 30s and no longer live with my mum, but I've decided to try my hand at drawing different things and this is it, a fairy.

Typically when I start to draw a fairy I often need a few quick sketch attempts to get the figure right and to make it look at least like a fairy. I like drawing my fairies with long curly hair and almost child like, because when I draw and draw a women's figure I tend to make the boobs too large and then the bum looks like a ducks arse, so I found that if I tone it down the best fairies emerge on the paper.

The following photo slides is the Fairy I have had a go at drawing, what I did to get these sketches was to draw the complete fairy you see right at the end and then back track using my trusty lightbox to break down the parts of drawing a fairy, and the first sketch starts off with a very basic figure sketch that doesn't have to look perfect, it is more about deciding on a pose or a figure positioning.

The second sketch is about developing the figure more and seeing what she might be wearing, obviously a dress of some sort, but I've marked in the hems of the dress for some kind of floral design, almost like flowers have been sown on her dress.

The third sketch, I pretty much refined all the details and finished the figure and added the long curly hair which was always a way in which I see fairies when I think of drawing them now and you can see I started to draw the flower designs at the hems of the dress and arms and neck line too.

The fourth sketch is obviously the final inked drawing were I've added some extra details to the fairy such as eyes and more details on the curly hair and of course the wings which are minimal really, because this fairy drawing I would like to add to it later by testing out some experimental filters on the wings and the texture of the fairies dress using Photoshop.

So try and take what you see from the drawing process and apply it to your own fairy drawings, drawing fairies is cool again, even though I still like to draw horror stuff..

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Drawing a fairy drawing tutorial sketch 1 - basic figure drawing.How to draw a fairy sketch 2 - refining the figure.Draw a fairy sketch 3 - Details and sketch development.How to draw a fairy.  Fairy art Copyright Wayne Tully.
Drawing a fairy drawing tutorial sketch 1 - basic figure drawing.
Drawing a fairy drawing tutorial sketch 1 - basic figure drawing.
How to draw a fairy sketch 2 - refining the figure.
How to draw a fairy sketch 2 - refining the figure.
Draw a fairy sketch 3 - Details and sketch development.
Draw a fairy sketch 3 - Details and sketch development.
How to draw a fairy.  Fairy art Copyright Wayne Tully.
How to draw a fairy. Fairy art Copyright Wayne Tully.

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Drawing A Fairy 19 comments

Ellie 5 years ago

This is the fist time I am drawing arms on a body and I realy need some help... Is there any easy way?


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now!

Those pesky tags...just when you think you've got it sorted....an error tag pops up.thanks SF!


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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com

well done, you deciphered my gibberish test- tag error, grow a 2(but now lose the old one!)


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Hah cheers SF!


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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com

test- tag error, grow a 2


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now and thanks!


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

Nice collection of drawing tutorials Wayne. You obviously have the talent to make this work!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Well get on with some hubpages then and show us how it's done!!


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dahkeeria 6 years ago

u liein thaat is not how o draw a fairy


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Hahaha lol! you just gave me an idea now!

Zombie monster fairy might be a great idea and one that I can picture now in my head.....gotta do some drawing!

Cheers Robert!


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robertsloan2 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Thanks for showing your stages. She looks much more delicate and lovely in the last sketch than the first, the first one could have been turned into anything!

Of course knowing you, I would not be surprised to see Zombie Monster Fairy sporting fangs, rotting wings and claws!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now!

They is really ugly hands and "foots"


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amirsp 6 years ago from Kerman, Iran

ugly hands and foots


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Shalini!

The drawing tutorial process is quite something to capture as you have to start from sometimes a simple basic structure and work to a finished drawing and I'm more conditioned to drawing finished pictures first and then moving on to the next...


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Thanks Wayne - you've made that look easy!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers there Cags!!

Got 8 more of these drawing tutorial hubs to get through, nearly done, one step at a time!!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Waynet, that was pretty cool and nicely written. I'm not an artist in any way, shape or form, and have zero skill at drawing, but your hub was nicely done. :) Thank you for sharing. :)


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks craftdrawer!

I've been practising drawing for years and I love it!!


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craftdrawer 6 years ago

Very informative. I like to draw but not very good at it!

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