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Fairies are ... by ciaee Fairies are ... by ciaee
... as cruel as children.

Did this for ConceptArt.Org's Character of the Week (CHOW #146) challenge. Man, the competition that round was INTENSE. There were some really mind-blowing entries in there, so be sure to cast your votes for your favourite entry when the poll is up: [link]


On my entry:
I wanted to portray as closely as possible what I felt fairies were like. Here's Queen Titania and Nick Bottom('s head).

In my imagination, fairies are innocent and whimsical as well as selfish, remorseless and vengeful. They're very much like children. In this painting, I took some liberties with the original story and character from Shakespeare's play, and wanted to create a "fairytale gone wrong" image. I tried to keep her quite childlike and innocent-looking, and I hope I succeeded in making the painting feel little disturbing. (I've always found innocent children in horror movies/ghost stories extremely creepy and scary, and I want to put a bit of that in here.)

I recently acquired the book "FABLES: Covers by James Jean" (present from sister - best art book ever), and his work was on my mind the whole time when I was trying to create this image.

Um, I do not promote animal-cruelty? ><

Photoshop CS3, Wacom Graphire4

WIP & Close-up:

January 16, 2010:
Minor edit. Touched up some areas that were bugging me. Updated print. [If you bought this print on dA before the edit, please send me a note and I will send you the updated print at my cost. I will need a proof of purchase of some sort though. e-receipt/photo]
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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-07-04
Fairies are ... by =ciaee ( Featured by sambees )
What i like the most in the image is the soft highlights and the great details on the fairy's head and wings,the donkey head looks really good aswell.the contrast between soft expression of the girl's face and the cruelty that she did is really good.the blue in her wings contrast very good with the green,both vivid and beautiful colours.
when i saw that you've asked critique ,ofcaurse i take closer look to other things, not only the obvious beauty of the whole.
first i point her toes,they look a little bit longer that they should,the same for her arms,a little longer too.but aside of this the image look great as a it's just small things that you need to look closer to discover.
congrats for the dd,and hope you don't mind my critique :)
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
63 out of 65 deviants thought this was fair.

Critique by Kiyoshi45 Jul 4, 2009, 9:49:45 PM
When I first looked at this, I didn't notice the donkey head. The fairy is very innocent and pretty, and then you look down and see the darker side to her. The dark hair and background at the top are almost like foreshadowing for what's below.
Though the donkey's head is a very dark image, it still fits with the light, airy colors for the dress. It definitely defies the typical fairy image, but it works very well.
The texture is very nice, and the colors mesh perfectly
I especially like the dress. It is light and pretty and very fairy-esque.
I agree though, that the toes are a bit too long. However, this is something that you have to look for to notice. I didn't notice until I started looking at details.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
38 out of 38 deviants thought this was fair.

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tite-princesse Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome, love the concept and her personality.. U are of course crazy talented
katt6661 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I like the longish hands and feet it all matches to me,I'm no expert though,she seems lanky tall with long limbs an has that youthful colt appearance.perfect I think yup but I can't draw a straight line....
katt6661 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's awesome and true about the cruelty of children and fae, humans too.really,this is not the cute little winged sweetie,although she's lovely,perhaps that is why it shocks so,bravo you for going against the wind.
Talicia23 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist
😱! Wow
JohnnyCade4EVR Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
*looks up at her face* this is cute... *eyes drop* oh.... um...
ArtAgainstSociety Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

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GypsyMountainman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Writer
I love this pic and quote!
dnehrkorn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
GypsyMountainman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Writer
Love it, perfect
Cindyfred Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I was like, "pretty!" and then.... ". . . They have Bottom's head!!!" You have succeeded in your mission.
Cameron-Brideoake Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So glad I was able to find this piece again! Beautiful.
ciaee Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!
westleyfench Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
The fairy has been blowing Pixie Dust into Michael's breath and he doesn't see a problem. What is going on??? Visit his blog at [link]
samuraiegg Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
TheBurningPeony Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so haunting! I saw all this red liquid around her feet, and wondered if it was blood, but I never expected this! This is so beautiful and yet, I understand the message. This is going into my favorites!
xxxxj Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
oh my goodness i really cant get over this!! this is so beautiful!! i love it so much!
KrissaChan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist
breathtaking *______*
TheLankyCameragirl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really beautiful. I'm including Bottom's head in this, I'm serious, this is masterful and SO close to what I thought Titania was like when I read A Midsummer Night's Dream.
XxxRenxxKitsunexxX Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool.... <3
PxyNuckle Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Beautiful :)
Belarus227 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful. I Love it
italianhomeslice Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just... wow. It's beautiful
aGirlCalledSophie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
omg thats so..wonderful o.o such a kind of amazing <3
AkaiTsukiYuki Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Two words.... FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!
MustangRider2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i agree, children are scary. Awesome painting:)
xElvishxFairyx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so gorgeous! It us exactlly how I picture theQueen of the Fae when she gets jealous. the pure innocence on her face is genius!!! LOVE IT!!!
yuffi-ra Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Intriguing... There's something about her eyes... As if she mocking you, or asking you to join her...
In any case it's gorgeous, very expressive and I love the colours and composition. The dress reminds me of a butterfly wing, it sort of accentuates the cruelty.
*takes a deep bow for such stunning artwork*
Kazemizu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Your art has been featured on our Awesome Alt Art blog! You can check it out at: [link]

All the best!
mugenfuu22 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
not all of them are evil!
Coyotmar Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it ♥
And it's true. As lovely, cute, Heart filling creatures children and fairies are their emotions are so raw, primitive and uncontained, that can be dangerous.
Hettie-Young Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
They fey are sociopathic. It's amazing to come across a piece that really shows just that.
raineesun Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This astounds me. It's so amazing....just, wow. I especially love how you made to blood at her feet stand out, but in a subtle way, so it doesn't overpower the rest of the picture.
<3 Seriously amazing.... o:
strawberryKE-KI Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Wow, it's beautiful and haunting. I've seen James Jean's awesome cover art for that book and was disappointed when the inside art was done by someone else. Anyways, I love this art :).
Faitherix Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is just so striking. I adore all the links from the peacock feathers eyes and her eyes to the butterfly wings in her sheer fabric and the way the donkeys head works with the piece, just an awesome job and something that's sure to stick with me
crazypurplemonster Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
you have definitely succeeded in making this look creepy yet awesome at the same time!
Doctor-Who-Girl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Amazing, I loooooooooooove it!
Cicillia Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Beautiful with a glamour of a twisted dark mind, love it <3
Josephineisahammer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
so pretty
gousman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Artist
love the detail
Zomb-Aid Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
i like it
Walrusesrawesome Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is undescribable. I cannot tell you how much I love this.
yukiwakashime Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kick ass
sa-cool Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
very beautiful! :heart:
ArzNuel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she´s such a beauty!
I don´t care if she is cruel, I adore her ^^
izoya101 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
u have the same thoughts about fairies as i do. she looks very child like with elegance and with a horrifying remorseless look :) id love to see many more people doing art like this.
themoonisfull84 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
love it
RequitedTourniquet Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Your warped...i like it! :D
your perspective of fairies is very fulfilling. :) great job! <3
FatalisticNixie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
This is truly amazing
madjiku Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
i totally agree on your perspective on fairies.
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