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Thought I’d go ahead and share some projects I’ve been working on recently. I’d love to hear your comments 🙂
I Started illustrating a new children’s book recently. This is the story of Bug & Teddy. They get up to all kinds of adventure and I’m finding it fun to create these illustrations. This is the first of many beautiful images that you will find in my upcoming children’s book “Bug & Teddy’s Adventure”, based on the antics of my very own daughter and her best friend Teddy.
Bug and Teddy were inseparable growing up. They went everywhere together and got into all kinds of mischief. She loved him dearly and still has that bond even though she is grown and off to college. I raised my daughter as a single mom so Teddy took on the responsibility of looking out for us. He died when he met the business end of an angry dog and we have missed him ever since. So this is a book, and possibly a series of books, done as a tribute to Teddy and a gift to my daughter. This way, Teddy will always be with her.
Although I have illustrated children’s books in the past, this will be the first one that I have attempted. I will share each new illustration as I create them if you’re interested in watching my progress.
If you are interested in commissioning me for your children’s book illustration, I’d love to hear about your book and discuss your project with you. Have a look at my services and illustration examples and then contact me and I can create a custom quote just for you.
Much of the lore surrounding faeries seems to have come from European countries with Celtic beliefs, such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Nordic countries like Finland, Denmark and Sweden.
The earliest recorded mention of fairies comes from 1000 BC in The Iliad, where Greek poet Homer wrote “watery fairies dance in mazy rings”. Many creatures that appeared in ancient Greek myths, such as satyrs, nymphs and sileni were also considered to be fairies, however.
The next oldest mention of faeries comes from 12th century England, when the historian Gervase of Tilbury mentions a type of fairy known as the “portune”, which ranges in size from 1.5 inches to the height of a little finger.
According to Gervase, portunes looked like very old men with wrinkled cheeks, and they were said to have worked on human farms.
They could either be very helpful and finish any laborious task far sooner than any man could, or they would be mischievous and trick a lone horseman at night into going into a soft, muddy swamp called a slough.
The Norse traditions of Scandinavia, on the other hand, depicted fairies as elves, mostly female. Described as either small creatures, full-sized women or transparent spirits, elves were skilled in magic and illusions
In both Sweden and Denmark, tales are woven about beautiful female elves who bewitch careless men, suck their lives out or make them disappear.
Of course, one of the most famous examples of fairies are the Tuatha De Danann. According to Irish myths, they were the first people of Ireland and had the ability to shape-shift at will.
Some of the Tuatha De Danann became the Daoine Sidhe, which means “people of the mounds”. They retreated far away from humans and have traditionally lived underground in mounds of earth. Leprechauns, fairies, brownies and dwarves are considered to be part of these fairy people.
Other members of the Tuatha De Danann decided to remain on the Earth’s surface as Fenian heroes and heroic fairies, and they then became interwoven in our legends of magic, where they would have been wizards and witches, as well as fine warriors and champions.
In Scotland, fairies took on another meaning.
The Scottish considered them to be unpleasant supernatural creatures like banshees (originally spelt “Bean sidhe”), that only appeared to foretell tragedies, or hags that haunted areas in the wilderness.
Another famously evil fairy was the “Jack-o-Lantern” or “Will-o-the-Wisp”, a creature that haunts marshy grounds with a flickering lantern, ready to lead unwary travelers to their deaths.
After the 16th century, it is believed that fairies took on their modern tiny, slender and beautiful form, partly popularized by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and sightings of faerie folk began to decline as people ceased to believe in their existence.
In fact, by the late 19th century, folklorists began to believe that fairies were not actually supernatural creatures, but a tradition passed down in memory of an ancient tribe of Scottish people, known as the Picts.
The Picts were a confederation of Celtic tribes during the late Iron Age and Early Medieval Periods, and they were known for their tattoos.
Although neither their language or a written history survives for them, they are known to have existed in the 10th century and left behind carved stones and crosses, which are now used as the Celtic Cross.
I painted this one fully and did not layer it with the original pencil sketch like I have been doing in the past. She is meant for the YA genre and I like the way all the colors work together. I kept thinking of all the old cartoons I’d watched while growing up. She was fun to paint, I have some great story ideas for her. I think I am going to create a book of some of my illustrations and put a few lines of a story with each one. I think if I can keep working on these characters and gather some various past works and a few new ideas it might make a great piece of work that I could have ready within about six months 🙂 I get books of various artists as gifts all the time and it would be fun to see my work assembled that way. 🙂