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Uploaded: September 12, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 16
Updated: September 12, 2011
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Hey everyone, here's another fantasy tutorial. This time I'll be showing you how to draw a fairy. Get your drawing materials ready!

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how to draw a fairy, fairies

How to Draw a Fairy, Fairies

how to draw a fairy, fairies step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. I chose 2H and H pencils for light shading/lines, an HB pencil for sketching, and a B pencil for dark shading/lines.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 2

STEP 2.

Start out by getting a basic sketch of the fairy's body. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 3

STEP 3.

Once you have your body sketched in go ahead and sketch in the wings.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 4

STEP 4.

Go ahead and sketch in the face and hair. Use a photo reference for the things that you are unsure of. I used reference photos mainly for the body and a bit for the hair.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 5

STEP 5.

Develop the head a little more and start sketching in the clothes.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 6

STEP 6.

Start lightly shading in with an HB pencil. So detail needed yet.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 7

STEP 7.

Lightly sketch in the wing patterns. You can make them as simple or as complex as you want them to be. I kept mine fairly simple.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 8

STEP 8.

Now roughly shade in your background. I used an HB pencil and a cloth for this.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 9

STEP 9.

Now start adding details from top to bottom. Rely on the H and 2H pencils for the skin and the B and H pencils for the hair.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 10

STEP 10.

Make your way down the torso. You want to shade everything as well as you can for now. You can go over your shading again in later steps.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 11

STEP 11.

Shade in the rest of the body. Try to make the outlines as crisp as possible.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 12

STEP 12.

Now, use an HB pencil to roughly fill in your wing patterns. Don't press down too hard on the paper!
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 13

STEP 13.

Get a cloth, blending stump, or paper towel and lightly blend over the wings.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 14

STEP 14.

Erase the patterns out of your wings. Also erase the outline of the wings and erase some "sparks" around the wings. If you mess up on this step just repeat the previous step and try again.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 15

STEP 15.

Start adding details to the wings and background. I worked from bottom to top here. Basically just draw tiny circles around the wings and draw in a bit of texture on the wings themselves. This takes a lot of patience but it will be worth it.
 
how to draw a fairy, fairies step 16

STEP 16.

Draw in the rest of the drawing and go back over your shading and details. I hope this tutorial was fun for all of you, it certainly taught me that I need to work on my anatomy so look out for some how to draw anatomy tutorials soon!