My Art | Scottish Fairies: Part 1

If you picture a fairy as how they are described in Hollywood, then you are in for a surprise. In folklore, the term “fairy” is more of a category for a certain type of mythological creature. Some are generally nice, and some are generally mean, but all are fascinating to me.

A current novel I am writing for Wattpad has several fairies, so I plan on doing one drawing a week and posting those drawings on here every so often with a brief description of what they are. So, here are the first drawings!

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Brownies

No, not the chocolate dessert. Brownies are from Scottish & English folklore and will help with chores in exchange for food, but you can not call the food a gift or payment or it will leave. It used to be common for houses to leave a small stool near a fire just for a brownie to warm himself at.

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Crodh Sidhe

A Crodh Sidhe is a “fairy cow” found in Scottish folklore and is described as without horns, white-bodied & red speckled. They eat seaweed & sometimes visit with regular cows, but will always leave again for the sea.

I got a tad carried away with the branches and green fur, but I wanted to make it clear that this cow is not a regular cow. Also, I figured even a fairy cow might want some camouflage to hide from predators.

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Merrow

Scotland has their own mermaid lore (including a clan which is supposedly descendants of them), and they come in the form of Merrows. Unlike mermaid myths elsewhere in the world where mermaids are often only described as female, Marrows have a balance of lore about both male and female marrows.  The female marrow love to seduce sailors, and the male marrows love to drag sailors down and drown them.

Merrows are often described as having skin with a green tint, webbed hands, a fishtail, and seaweed green hair. I know, my drawing does not depict any of those descriptions, but I thought it would be fun to draw a mermaid with jellyfish-like hair.

Flower Pixies

A “pixie” is sort of a vague description of a small sized mythological creature. Like “fairy,” it is still a broad category, so that is why I decided to put these drawings in that category. Sometimes the words “pixie” and “fairy” are used interchangeably, but in some places, they are seen as very different things. For example, at Buckland St Mary in Summerset, England, the faires and the pixies are said to have gone to war against each other.

Want to learn more about fairies/Sidhe? Click here.

 

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Improving Art

I would like to think I have improved with art over the years. True or not true, it has been fun drawing my characters.

I have always loved drawing, but when I started writing I found more of a reason to do it. Drawing my characters makes them feel more real to me as I write, and gives me time to think them out.

The drawings below are the redo’s of old art, quickly re-drawn and coloured. As you’ll see, their clothes have changed a lot since then, but they are still characters that are dear to me.

So how about all of you? Do any of you draw as well as write?

Haze: A Practice Novel

cover copyVery soon as a way to practice writing, I am going to be posting a novel chapter-by-chapter onto the website, Wattpad.

In the past I have found that posting on there is a wonderful way to learn more about writing since the community is so helpful, so I am going to do it again in hopes of learning even more.

I would love to become a better writer, so I hope this will be a way to help me do that.

Haze is a Victorian-inspired world that has a fantasy twist and is full of Irish and Scottish mythological creatures. It follows Ellamae and her bother Aldwin as they try to clear her name from the series of murders she was framed with.

If you would are interested knowing more about Haze, I do have the synopsis up on Wattpad and this website already.

What about all of you? Do any of you have a Wattpad? Have you ever posted a novel for free before? If so, do you find it helpful? I would love to know your thoughts.

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