Fairy Godmother: The power of a TRUE wish (my illustration, inspiration and work in progress)

in art •  8 months ago

Fairy godmother - by priscilla Hernandez (yidneth.com).jpg

Original drawing of mine : "Fairy godmother": Be careful what you wish for, only wishes that are pure and without the stain of greed shall be granted. The fairies cannot be tricked, so if you hold darkness in your wish you might not get what you are expecting.

1, 2, 3... make a wish!

But remember with fairies involved nothing is what it seems

Here the inspiration and work in progress of one of my ink/black and white drawings. The drawing was done late 2017 I had just put it in a folder and today while tidying up I found the previous and unshared sketches.

Making of the drawing

thistle - by priscilla Hernandez (yidneth.com).jpg

Above: Thistle flower, a picture taking while hiking. Basic inspiration for the headpiece and starting to doodle.

Work in progress

Here is my work in progress, right from the beginning I wanted her to look a bit like a thistle flower, a little bit spiky and not the round benevolent "grandmotherly" figure that usually is portrayed in Disney movies. I wanted her to look royal and power, carrier of a magic flame and able to grant wishes (or curses). As you can see in the first doodle I imagined her in the middle of a "Fairy ring" (a ring of darker grass appearing due to the growth of fungi, sometimes becoming a circle of mushrooms in places where "fairies gather to dance". Old legends and folk tales usually advice the curious to avoid them.
As the proverb says.. be careful what you wish for...

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I moved on the make a clean sketch. I wanted it to be full front, almost stoic and regal, like a vintage fairytale book illustration, which I actually collect. This is the kind of magical being that can show you your dreams then to remind you "you must work for them". She will grant a vision, wisdom, guide a step... but advice that "no shortcut is safe".

Fairy godmother - by priscilla Hernandez (yidneth.com).jpg

I did the basic line work with a 0.03 mechanical pent the original is barely half a letter page.

I used micron pen markers 0.05 and 0.1 and some koi felt pens in warm and soft grey and a white marker to do all the line work. I wanted it to have a bit of an aged sepia tone. And here final result. By the way I still keep the original that I may list for selling.

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About Fairy Godmothers


Above me reading books. I still collect fairy and ghost tales, a great inspiration in my work

The figure of the "Fairy Godmother" (fée marraine) is common and recurrent in Northern European Folklore appearing in several well known fairytales, maybe being the post popular "Cinderella" and "Sleeping beauty" (at least in their modern versions) as a Fae mentor that can grant wishes and help the heroines or heroes of the story to achieve their goals. Usually they come to bestow blessings (or curses if uninvited or offended) upon the newborn children thus being a determinant part of their fate. Thus maybe their origin is slightly inspired in the Fates appearing in Greek Mythology.

It is also mentioned in countless legends highlights that the fairies gifts sometimes are not what they seem... a bunch of golden coins could become dry leaves, a beautiful gown turn back into rags
It is to be highlighted that the gifts from the faeries can be sometimes full of mischief and trickery... but they can also be a test.

leaves - by Priscilla Hernandez (yidneth.com).jpg

Above: dried leaves... sometimes they look like gold at sunset... Did you have golden coins in your pockets? Are you sure?

So again as this proverb wisely reminds us...

Not all that glitters is gold (No es oro todo lo que parece)

So wishes are powerful things... they should not be stained by greed, their true power is the vision of what they can be... Dream on... Maybe that powerful grandmother was yourself the whole time... no gift was bestowed upon your brow, no curse either...

Here some examples of my illustrations shared in previous posts:


Priscilla Hernandez
singer-songwriter & illustrator

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love seeing your process!
This is amazing work, simply amazing!


Thank you so much. Encouraged to share more art. I love drawing as much as singing

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Excelente ilustracion!!! 💙💙💙


Thank you so much

Beautiful post, @yidneth ! She is a very regal fairy godmother and I love her design so much <3 Her dress and wings are simply so high fantasy and just by looking at her I am reminded of childhood fairy tale books about fairies and elves and strange creatures in the woods <3

The progress pics are also magical <3 You're making me wants to try markers so bad ! :D

Beautiful post <3


Awww thanks so much, here I only used two markers, they're "micron" brand really cheap. I like to work small so I need very thin tips. Sometimes I colour these or sometimes they remain as inked black and white with a hint of warm greys or even a quick washed watercolour.
I love fairytales, I have a collection illustrated by Rackham, Bauer, Dulac... can´t denay their influence in my work.

Beautifully written my dear friend. I think I got the message ;)


Thanks for the reading Meno :), well I was in whimsical mood hahah


Aww thank you ! :) Encouraged to start to share more art

wow, this si a beautiful design and i love the progress <3
she looks so powerful, great idea in her style and clothes ^^


Aw thanks so much, I wanted her to be a little bit "stoic" and thus the almost rigid full front view, kind of all very symmetrical (righteous)

That is a really beautiful story and I love the fairy godmother. The art is just amazing and love her wings 😊 the picture of you reading the book, that is a beautiful one.. Such beautiful place to read. Thank you for sharing. Loved this.
Have a wonderful weekend. Much love 💕🤗

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Beautiful drawing 👍👍👍

This is a very beautiful beginning!
You are so talented and inspiring 😏

Lovely. I am always happy to find a new fellow artist on steemit. Following.

That would make a killer tattoo!!!

The photo with you reading books, I love it. Is this your home? Every inch of this space is truly enchanted. Ideal for reading about universal truths, beyond the boring layers of reality.


Oh no... I wish... this was the library of a very famous English abode I visited. It was a pretty place. Mine is cozy and full of lovely books too and my "own little corner" at least I like to think it's pretty magical too :)
Still when you read, it's the book the one able to take you wherever you need to travel.
thanks for your lovely comment!

So great to meet you here too. I always love your art, music and voice! Amazing step by step post. Very beautiful drawing and i like the story behind!