Description: Start off by sketching a female model. This sketch serves as a starting point for designing your fairy. Start the sketch off with a basic figure. You can use the approximated markers that I used to help you with proportions. I made my fairy about 7 and 1/2 heads tall.
Description: Sketch in a basic idea of what your fairy's wings are going to look like. I based my wings off of dragon fly wings. It's really up to you. You can be as creative or as simplistic as you want to be.
Description: For this step I applied a rough layer of graphite using powdered graphite and a brush. If you don't have powdered graphite, you can lightly and roughly shade over your drawing in a cross-hatch pattern then blend it in with a blending stump, some paper towel, or a soft cloth.
Description: Finish up the sketch by adding some really basic highlights with an eraser. You now have a template/design for a fairy. You can still modify the design when you reference it later, but I think it's always nice to have a point of reference when drawing anything fictitious.
Description: Finish defining the body. It's up to you to decide how detailed or accurate the body is. I didn't stress too much about anatomy when drawing this sketch. Lightly sketch in some guidelines for the wings after you are finished with the body.
Description: Using bolder lines, start defining your fairy from top to bottom. Again, don't worry about making everything perfect since this is just a sketch. Just try to make your lines as clean as possible.
Description: Finish your line work and erase as many of your unneeded guidelines as possible. From this step you can do just about anything with this sketch. You can color it, paint it, shade it, or just leave it as is. The choice is yours.
Description: For this step I used a big brush to roughly add some powdered graphite to my drawing. You can use the same technique used in the previous sketch to add shading here. I used powdered graphite mainly because of how large this drawing is. It would have taken quite a bit of time for me to apply rough shading using just a pencil.
Description: Finish up the sketch by adding basic shading to the rest of the fairy. You can go over your background a bit if you want it smoother. You can also lightly blend over the drawing with some paper towel or a cloth to soften up your shading. I really hope you enjoy this sketch as much as I did. Let me know if you try this tutorial out and have any comments or questions about it!
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