Visu­al­is­ing the Queen of Fairies

See Vik­to­ria Gavrilenk bring her colours to life.

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Be­ing asked to paint a bad-ass Fairy Queen by none other than my favourite mag­a­zine got me very ex­cited, and slightly ner­vous. I man­aged to calm my­self down, how­ever, by start­ing off with some­thing that I’m com­fort­able with, in this case line art. I eased into hav­ing to video record my process, which I’ve only done once be­fore, and had a lot of fun cre­at­ing this cover of one of my favourite fan­tasy sub­jects, fairies. Be­fore start­ing out with any pro­fes­sional work, though, I al­ways gather a bunch of ref­er­ence that might aid me as the paint­ing pro­gresses. And be­cause this was my first mag­a­zine cover I wanted to be as pre­pared as pos­si­ble be­fore be­gin­ning to paint. Good ref­er­ence can spark a whole bunch of ideas, so I started my hunt by look­ing up dif­fer­ent films and art books, as well as old paint­ings of real queens. I draw bits and pieces from my gath­ered ref­er­ences when paint­ing my thumb­nails, but also make sure not to get too re­liant on it, be­cause this can limit my cre­ativ­ity.

I’ve painted many fan­tasy fe­males be­fore, so I felt com­fort­able tack­ling this theme. I also con­sciously didn’t stray too far from my com­fort zone: I wanted to avoid the risk of strug­gling while be­ing un­der a very tight dead­line, while also hav­ing a full-time job and thus lit­tle free time. That said, I hope that you find this work­shop help­ful.

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