Visualising the Queen of Fairies
See Viktoria Gavrilenk bring her colours to life.
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.