At the core of my artistic expression lies the ever faithful base of Fantasy. Varying from trigger to trigger, what stirs and drives my art if the fantastical, magical and extraordinary. In the ever changing world of grey to grey, it is often the beauty and colour of the fantastical which captures my imagination and drives me to create, capture and explore.
Digital Air-Brushing using a reference model
Original work was detailed at 5400 x 3600 pixels for clarity of resolution.
Image was composed using 10 layers in PS
The simplicity of the Faery is often played down in Fantasy (personal opinion). More often than not, the playfulness and beauty of the relatively smaller creature is over shadowed by Dragons, Magicians, Mystics and or depicted in a overtly feminine manner. (not that I'm knocking Dragons or feminine Faeries - by all means they rock in their own right) Here, I have chosen to depict a more masculine Fae in mid-glide - capturing the majestic beauty of a creature, so unlike man, yet so fantastically tangible.
Personally, I believe Faeries as a general species, are neither good nor evil. They live for the moment and enjoy what fruits of their existence has to offer. The mood and expression which is conveyed is that one of indifference, to life, to the world and to existence.
The choice of colours are more subdued in the cooler end of the spectrum for the atmosphere of night, where their mysterious glow becomes more alluring and captivating. The accompanying Wisps (smaller Fae) are there for lighting.
Thanks to ~anttek
for allowing me to use his face and body as a ref - it's always easier to work with a base which is already captivating.