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

Kiri Østergaard Leonard is an award winning illustrator and artist from Denmark, currently living in Austin, Texas. She enjoys working on projects within the fantasy and children's illustration genre.

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