Illustration of a group of fairies rescuing baby birds by Danish illustrator and artist Kiri Østergaard Leonard. See more at: KiriLeonard.com

Personal Work: The Fairy Rescue

I’m very excited to show you my most recent personal piece: The Fairy Rescue! I’ve been work on it in between the tarot cards and finished it today, just in time to have it printed for the Special Edition: NYC convention in June.

The illustration is a new highlight for me, I tried to really push my values and with this piece finished I finally felt confident enough to toss the Little Red Riding Hood illustration from my portfolio, which was long overdue! Tip: Don’t keep artwork in your portfolio that is years old.

I received a lot of positive feedback on the process gifs I’ve been sharing of my tarot cards, so I made one for this piece as well. I didn’t start out with a full black and white sketch this time. I did a few thumbnail studies in my sketchbook and then jumped straight into color. I explore a lot as I paint and come up with many of my ideas along the way, therefore it can be difficult to do a full rendered sketch ahead of the painting process, when I am not working from a client’s art order.

Illustration of a group of fairies rescuing baby birds by Danish illustrator and artist Kiri Østergaard Leonard. See more at: KiriLeonard.com
Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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