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!
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.
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.
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.
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.