Fairies are considered to be very whimsical and magical. They are usually depicted to be beautiful, delicate and mysterious. They also bring an aura with them that makes you feel as if you were in some enchanted forest. Although they are mythical creatures, a lot of artists love drawing them. If you want to learn to draw fairies, here are some things that you should consider and try.

Your Fairy Your Rules

Since fairies are mythical creatures, there is no fixed parameters in which you would be limited to in drawing them. All those beautiful fairy pictures, drawings and paintings you have seen are all products of their respective artists’ imagination. This is why, as an artist that wants to draw fairies, you would have all the power to do so.

All you need to do is imagine. Create a vision of your own fairy in your mind and this would be your guide. If you want your fairy to be a boy or girl, it all depends on you. However, for starters it is recommended that you start out with a female fairy, since this is the common.

The Traditional Fairy Look

Most of the time, fairies are depicted to be women in small sizes that have wings. They are also usually beautiful. They also glow at times or has a very colourful aura. They have the ability to fly. Their wings are most of the time depicted to be similar to a dragonfly’s, which is transparent and slender. However, in some other renditions, fairies are seen to have butterfly like colourful wings that matches their colourful clothes. Of course, there is also the ever present magic wand.

Basic Body Parts

Fairies have two major body parts. One would be the human like body, which is generally similar to a human’s figure. The second would be the wings. In some cases, artists add a little twist with their fairies. They do this by giving them pointed ears. Some would even make the head shape a little pointed too. It still depends on you whichever style you want to go for.

So basically, you would just have to draw a woman. Then, make her whimsical by adding a pair of wigs on her back. For the hair, you could either give her extremely long hair or extremely short hair with a pointed head. The hair color could also vary depending on your imagination. Almond shaped eyes are common among fairies too.

Clothing And Accessories

For clothing, your fairy can wear something that is close to nature, especially if the type of fairy that you want to draw is the kind that lives in the forest. Most fairies appear to be wearing a miniskirt that has asymmetrical edges. Their long slender legs are also prominent with their clothing. For accessories, you can draw a flower garland around their head of around their waist in a way that it would look like a belt hanging loosely. You can also add a pouch to their belt, just like the one where Tinkerbell keeps her fairy dust.

The Environment

For your fairy to appear more magical you should draw her in her environment. Again, this would depend on you. She can be playing in a pond, beside a flower or sitting at a rock. Whatever the environment is, make it appear magical and out of this world.

 

Being able to draw a face is considered to be an outright talent by many. This kind of talent is also possessed by a lot of artists. However, the ability to realistically draw a face would be a different subject matter at hand. If you want to learn to draw faces, doing it the realistic method would be the best way to do it.

Map And Plan

Although it may seem complex, drawing faces is quite simple. Just as with any kind of art, there are some basic guidelines that you can follow and use. One of these would be mapping. For you to have a realistic output, you should be able to map the face correctly. This is imperative, before you even add on finer details.

You should not just out rightly copy the face of your model as if it were some outline on a kid’s coloring book. Certain preliminary steps are needed if you want your drawing to have form, structure, depth and a convincing aura.

The Egg

You can start mapping out by using the egg technique. Do this by drawing an oval that has the shape of an egg. Try to find its center and draw a line downwards to it. Take note of this line. It would be a very important landmark for you throughout your drawing process. It would serve as your midpoint so that you can measure nose width, eye separation, eyebrow separation, etc. Since this is a sketch, try do draw lightly with your pencil.

After vertically separating the upper half of the egg into two, separate it again so that you would have 3 equal parts. Do this by placing 2 horizontal lines on your egg’s body. These three areas would demarcate important aspects of the face. Try your best to make them evenly proportioned.

The top part of your egg would become the top portion of your subject’s hairline. The lowest portion of that area would also become your subject’s eyebrows. Next, the middle portion would be the part of the face starting from the eyebrows down to the most bottom part of the nose. Lastly, the third area is allotted for the nose bottom, lips and edge of the chin.

Notes On Measurement

There are also some basic guidelines for measurement and facial feature proportions. For instance, 2 of the said egg segments turned sideways would give you the sideway measurement starting from one cheek to another. You should also take into consideration the measurement of the eyes. Make sure that the size of one eye would be equal to the space in between both eyes. You should also check and see if your drawing’s nose wings are lined up with each eye’s corner.

Now, focus on the bottom segment of your egg. If you divide this into half, by the use of a horizontal line, you would get the line that serves to be the bottom of your subject’s bottom lip. If you have drawn the lips already, take a look at its corners. Make sure they are aligned with each eye’s pupil.

As for the ears, they should also be visible even if it’s a front view image you are drawing. This is because they aren’t simply sitting flat on your head’s side. As a guide, you can simply look for the midline of the middle segment of your egg.

However, be careful that you do not overdo the size of the ears. They should only stick out approximately as far as the egg’s main center line up to the nose wing.