How to Draw a Fairy

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Fairies are magical creatures of European mythology, although their origin is not entirely clear.

Some folklore holds that fairies were evil spirits; others, that they were unworthy angels. Some stories paint fairies simply as a different race of creatures that inhabited woodland areas.

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Modern popular culture includes a number of fairies, the most famous being Tinker Bell. She first appeared in Disney's Peter Pan (1953), and has since starred in a number of films and television series.

Would you like to draw your very own fairy? Doing so is simple with this easy, step-by-step tutorial. All you will need is a piece of paper and a pencil, and perhaps an eraser and something with which to color.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Princess, Angel Wings, and Unicorn.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Fairy

How to Draw Fairy: Step 1

Begin by drawing a circle to outline the shape of the head.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 2

Draw a curved line through the circle to outline the shape of the chin and ear.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 3

Erase the guide lines left by the original circle.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 4

Extend a long and short line from the head to form the neck and arm. Draw a short line parallel to the long line to form the underside of the arm.


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How to Draw Fairy: Step 5

Extend two curved lines from the opposite side of the neck to form the other arm.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 6

Draw two parallel curved lines in continuation of each arm. Note how the lines are curved inward at the elbow and the wrist.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 7

Draw a hand at the end of each arm. Use narrow, overlapping "U" shaped lines to form the fingers, and detail the palm with short lines.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 8

Draw a "U" shaped line around the neck to form the collar of the clothing. Extend a curved line downward from each shoulder to outline the torso.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 9

Draw two parallel curved lines at the bottom of the torso, forming a belt. Extend a curved line outward from each side of the belt. Then, connect these lines using a long, wavy line, forming a skirt.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 10

Detail the dress. Draw wavy, scalloped lines along the neck and sleeves of the dress. Draw a wavy line along the bottom of the dress, then short, curved lines extending upward from this line and downward from the belt. This adds texture to the folds of the fabric.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 11

Draw the legs. Extend an "L" shaped line from the skirt, forming a leg bent at the knee. Draw a line parallel with each section of the "L" to outline the other side of the leg. Then, extend two parallel, slightly curved lines downward from the knee of the bent leg. This outlines the far leg.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 12

Give the fairy some shoes. Enclose the bottom of each leg using a curved line. Draw a flower shape on the toe of each shoe by connecting small "U" shaped lines. Draw a curved line from the flower to the ankle to form the top of the shoe.


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How to Draw Fairy: Step 13

Draw ribbons on each wrist. Draw three curved lines across the arm, then extend two sets of curved lines from each. Connect each set of lines using two straight lines. Then, use straight, parallel lines, to draw a wand in one hand. Enclose the wand on the bottom by drawing a small circle.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 14

Draw the hair. Use a long, curved line to outline the hair from the top of the head to the shoulder. Around the face and at the end of the hair, enclose the shape using several curved lines of various lengths. Allow the lines to meet in points. Draw curving lines down the length of the hair to add detail.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 15

Draw a star at the top of the wand, surrounded by dots of fairy dust.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 16

Decorate the dress with small stars and circles.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 17

Draw a circle for each eye. Within the eye, draw a small oval and a curved line across the bottom; shade between the oval and the line. Draw curved lines above each eye, forming the eyelid and eyebrow.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 18

Draw a wide "U" shaped line to form the smiling mouth. Draw curved lines beneath the mouth to dimple the chin, and use another curved line to form the nose. Draw a "U" shaped line within the ear to add detail, and draw a star-shaped flower behind the ear.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 19

Draw the wings by extending long, curved lines from the head and lower back, allowing them to meet in a point. Draw a smaller, parallel shape within each wing. Draw rounded wings beneath these using curved lines.

How to Draw Fairy: Step 20

Color your fairy.

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  • I actually drew a fairy! Thank You! A little more work on the hands and it will be great. I’ve never been able to get hands correct. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Again thank you, your amazing!

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