Female Fairy Figure Drawing

I chose a different keepsake off the massive shelves of my wife’s keepsakes. I wanted to draw a figure, I wanted to draw larger, so I picked a female fairy and used the larger pad of newsprint.

Wow what a breath of fresh air. I don’t know what it is, maybe the subject or the larger working space but this was a lot of fun compared to the castle. Something about drawing a figure really is exciting, even when the figure is a really small anatomically incorrect fairy statue.

I really felt like something clicked with a few parts of this statue. I was able to really see and use the weight of the lines better to describe the figure. I always keep repeating in my head, “Try to be more sensitive to what you see”. There is a part in the bottom of the wing where I really used differences in pressure of the charcoal against the paper to describe the wing as best as possible.

I’m definitely drawing this again tonight and the focus will be on sensitivity and line variation, along with accurate drawing.

The Drawing


The Setup


My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color



How can I improve the drawing

I really went fast on this one, only 30 minutes. I didn’t measure that much, I just went for it, and it turned out pretty good. I will have to see tonight if that was just a fluke or I really can observer and record correctly without exact measurement.

Funny thing, I re-drew the length of her right art and made it longer, I think If I would have left it alone it would have been dead on.



How can I improve the values?

The lower part of her dress is too dark here, and I went a bit too dark on the parts of her wing that are in shadow. But the relative values around the upper body and head are pretty accurate.

Session Details