“Night, when words fade and things come alive” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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. 'Nocturne' shows the 'darker' side of Fairy, when all the elves, pixies, gnomes and the 'She-moth' come out to celebrate Summer... but only at night.
As darkness falls, all night creatures emerge - some from the ground, others from the trees and hollows. The She-moth beckons enticingly to any human travellers, who must be wary in case they fall under her spell and enter her realm, never to return...
In Fairy mythology, the Foxglove flower has many other names, some of which include 'Goblin Gloves', 'Fairy 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 working. 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