Off the top of my head, when I think ‘fairy drawings’ – I think of Tinkerbell from the ever-popular Disney hit, Peter Pan. A girl (or person) with wings, and a magic wand!… that’s pretty much what a fairy is.
In this lesson, I decided to go with the ‘top to bottom’ sequence. Start at the head, and slowly work your way down – much the same as you would draw a cartoon person – in this case, a cartoon girl.
Have a look at the finished drawing to the right. How about those wings? Is that how you envisioned fairy wings? Or did the ones you were thinking of look a bit different? If you answered different – great! Make yours look however you want them to, and do this last – after the girl part is finished.
And the same goes for the other parts of this lesson. Use the examples to guide you along, but in the end… don’t hesitate to implement your own ideas wherever you feel the need.
And here we go!…
First Step – A Framework to Make Fairy Drawings
As I mentioned above, creating fairy drawings involves first drawing a girl. The wings come at the very end. With this in mind, draw a simple stick person framework. Ensure that it has a cross over the face area – and that you include some sort of guideline from which to draw the wings when you’re all finished.
Here’s what mine looks like…
I’ve positioned one arm differently, perfect for the ‘magical wand’ soon to be drawn in the fairy’s right hand. As for the wings, four diagonal lines work well to map out their position. And in case you haven’t noticed – I went for the ‘butterfly look‘. In your case… angel wings? Bug wings? Bat wings? Who knows! Draw either lines or shapes – curved or straight, depending on the ‘look’ your aiming for.
And with your framework now complete, let’s move on to the next step…
Second Step – Draw the Head of Your Fairy
Not much changes with respect to ‘how to draw a face’. Use the cross to help you along. Oh, but something I should mention – let’s say you wanted to draw a tiara (princess crown) on her head. Well, looking at the examples below – I recommend you do so BEFORE the second step. This way, you can draw the hair below and around it.
Here are some examples to help you draw the face…
I wonder… is there anything else to mention here? Well, with respect to the face – there are certainly some details to add. But same as usual, I suggest you save them until the end – pupils, inner ears, tongue, eyelashes, etc. A necklace however may just be in order at this stage. By the way, I purposely went with ‘elf ears’. Human ears work just the same!
So then, finish up the head and neck, and let’s continue on down the drawing…
Third Step – Drawing the Upper Torso & Arms of Your Fairy
Well, it’s true we’re creating fairy drawings here, but really – it’s the same as drawing girl drawings – after all… a fairy is pretty much a girl (person) with wings. So now, let’s take a look at how to bring the torso and arms of this fairy/girl into view…
As you draw your fairy – referring to each of the six phases above, keep in mind that I chose this specific order to do so by thinking about how the fairy would look if I were to draw her in 3D. What things would appear closer to the eye? What things would appear farther away from the eye? If you think about these things before you draw — a little planning so to say, you’ll be much happier with the results! 🙂
Well, only a view things remain to do… let’s finish it off!
Final Step – Let’s Complete Our Fairy Drawings!
After you’ve finished drawing in the body of your fairy (girl), you can then go ahead and draw in the details – anything and everything that makes her all the more ‘fairyish’.
Below, you can see the difference – without details and wings — and with! Draw the details, along with the wand, first. Then, only when you’re all done everything else… draw in the wings.
So… happy with the finished product? If so, congratulations! If not, congratulations just the same! Remember, practice is what counts when it comes to improving. So, by all means, practice creating fairy drawings some more. Experiment with different ideas. And of course… have fun! 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the lesson!