“Garden fairies come at dawn, Bless the flowers, then they’re gone” – Author unknown
One of a pair of Fantasy illustrations using pen, ink and metallic leaf (although both do not necessarily have to go together as each picture tells its own story). I wanted to show that there are two sides to Fairy - the Light and the Dark. 'Aubade' shows the 'lighter' side of Fairy, when all the Flower Fairies and butterflies come out to celebrate Summer during the day.
The flowers are all open and other tiny Fairies take shelter from the sun underneath them. In their joy and frolicking, they don't notice the shadowy figure lurking inside the tree. But it doesn't really matter, as its turn will come when daylight fades...
In Fairy mythology, the Foxglove flower has many other names, some of which include 'Goblin Gloves', 'Witches' Gloves', 'Dead Men's Bells', and so on - just perfect for this picture! There are some wonderful stories centred around the Foxglove - the juice or dew collected from Foxgloves can be used to commune with the Fairies and the leaves are said to help break Fairy enchantments. And if you want to invite the Fairies into your garden, just plant some Foxgloves.
One of my favourite styles of illustration/drawing. Hidden within the drawing are other characters which seemingly emerge as I work. The joy of Fantasy illustration is that anything goes, there is no 'right' or 'wrong', which for an artist is extremely liberating.
Black mount & frame
Pen, ink and metallic leaf