Make Your Faeries Come to Life
With over 80 pages of faeries to read about, plus their rich histories it is an essential one to own. Each page has the particular faerie listed with a respective picture on the left hand side completed, while in the right is the history of the faerie and sketches of it and how it was rendered. They start out as a hand drawn sketch using a computer art package then are coloured in and detailed in an original way.
The reader might think it only aimed at computer artists but the traditional artist will find this exceptionally useful too for the invaluable reference material. The Phantastic Faeries index at the beginning of the book has six categories of different types of faeries; nature sprites, house sprites and faeries of the world. This makes it easier to distinguish them from the normal everyday ones we have come to know and love.
One of the many faeries listed in here is the Green Man. He is a popular pagan deity besides Herne the Hunter from English tradition. His painting is brilliantly executed in pencil and then Photoshop. The Flower Faerie is a beautiful sprite in pink and green pastel hues, the picture jumps from the page creating much excitement. Her wings give the reader a sense of the realistic among the ethereal.
Artwork in there is provided by some of the most active and notable fantasy artists around including; Artemis Kolakisa, whose hand drawn Djinn is an inspiring work, Julianna Kolakisi’s Queen Mab shimmers on the page brighter than the stars, Alain Viesca’s Faerie work with hyper realistic wings and Bob Hobb’s Ariel roaring across the sky in blue and mauve hues. There will be a faerie everyone will like, those that will be their favourites and ones they can identify with. It is also a book adults and children will adore.
For a small hardback it has a great deal to offer those interested in folklore as well as art. The faeries are professionally drawn and give an even more pro finish on every page.
As a visual source it is purely enthralling and makes sure that all budding artists and illustrators get a good idea of what is acceptable in fantasy art today. It also draws the reader into the richness of colour used in the illustrations, their vibrancy and detail. The profile history of the faeries too provide intriguing reading as they span many years of research by the author to give an almost painstaking mini encyclopaedia.
Impact who are an imprint of David & Charles publishers produce many ‘how to’ art books that are some of the most useful around.