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Christina Joy Sanders

"Moth-Fairy" by Christina Joy Sanders

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Pretty much what the title says. You see fairy-butterly things all the time, so I was going to draw one with moth wings instead. And then I got into a weird mood, and bugged her out. I figure moth-fairies (which, as far as I am aware, I made up) are slightly less humanoid and conventionally pretty, but much more common, just like moths aren't considered as special as butterflies but you see them alot more. Nocturnal, duller colored, covered in fur, and with insect-like faces and an extra set of arms, people often mistake them for the prettier type of fairy until they get up close, and are then disappointed. 'oh, it's just one of those.'

Oh, and those sparkles were awful, it's a real pain making things glow in colored pencil, you have to plan it all out ahead and be sooooo careful... yuck. I was at this one for way too long for my sanity to tolerate, and I was so sick of Indigo Blue by the time I was done (both the sky and the flowers are Indigo blue, with different shading). But I do like the result, except for her head, that looks weird to me. I wasn't sure how to pattern it, and I didn't take long enough designing it, I just slopped it down and didn't take my time. I like the wings though, this is my first real success with those veins in insect wings.

9 Dec 200345 Joanna R. Barnum
mindblowing background! whoah. Colored pencils & any sort of decent background = no as far as my work goes. Yay for you, nice job.
11 Dec 200345 Doni
WOW!!! *blinks eyes in amazement* That's...wow! And I'll just leave it at that.
11 Mar 200445 Peter Malone
I agree that this is a very cool concept. I also like the background your painstaking work shows. I adore the wings. I also like the star in the moon idea.
23 Mar 2004:-) Shara E Donohue
A fantastic Piece! The flowers are really beautiful, and i must agree with some of the above comments, your color-choice for the flowers was superb. You have a true knack for anatomy as well, fantastically done! (Excellent work on teh SHAPE of the wings also. that's often quite difficult.)
8 Apr 200445 Kii
I have to say, I love this Moth Fairy better than most conventional fairies... Do you have prints available of it?
1 Sep 200445 Martin l krieger
Well, fairy is a general term... And in some circles, elves and goblins are included under that name, as in: 'the fairy folk'... (that division makes it much more interesting) so, your new kind of fairy is great... I sure wouldnt say "oh its only one of those"... And all of the fairy pictures ive seen were actualy not based on butterflies and little girls... Almost every single one i actualy bothered to look at was based more on "nastier" insects, i actualy based some of my fairy folk on hummingbirds (no feathers).
20 Mar 200645 Anonymous
I really admire your technique (espceially with colored pencil).. and you have a great understanding for how light shines, reflects etc.
12 Oct 2007:-) Heidi Hecht
This is an awesome concept. Well-deserved Mod's Choice.
13 Feb 200845 A malachite maiden
I really do like the moth idea. Her body is a really nice shape, and I think you did fine on her face. I just love the little feelers. It seems to me that moths are like your plain cousin. They’re nice, but no one ever pays attention to them. Stupid Swedish super model cousin...
12 Oct 2008:-) Kurt Le Courtois
Congradulations for having the patience to do something like this.
The veins in the wings look very nice.
As for taking the time with the face, perhaps leave it for a while if you get frustrated and come back to it some other time?
My sketchbook is full of sketches and not enough finished drawings though... *laughs*
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 • Created by: :-) Christina Joy Sanders
 • Copyright: ©Christina Joy Sanders. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Antennae, Fairy, Flowers, Fur, Glow, Moon, Moth, Night, Sparkle, Stars, Tree, Wings
 • Categories: Body Study, Faery, Fay, Faeries, Woman, Women
 • Techniques: Coloured Pencils
Modpick •  Mod Pick at: 2003-09-27 10:28:57
 • Submitted: 2003-09-10 20:12:30
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