Illustration of two fairies in a cherry blossom tree with their Magpie friend. Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2015.See more at:

Client Work: Fairy Illustration Samples

I want to share a secret with you: Have you seen the big tree deep in the woods? It is a very, very old tree and when you first see it, it looks like a normal tree but it is not normal at all. This old tree is the home of many fairies and this is where our story begins...

Remember a few weeks ago I blogged about a book pitch, where the characters art wasn’t a match for the audience? If not you can find it here. This is a continuation of the same project. The illustration above was the revised character design I sent to the publisher. They loved the new characters, but unfortunately the project didn’t get the go ahead. That’s okay though, at least I ended up with some nice new illustrations!

It was also really fun to work on. I wrote a 750 words Easy Reader manuscript to go along with the art samples. The characters are named Mistletoe and Pip – Pip being the one on the branch.

I’m considering to turn it into a personal project, I think it has some potential and since I already have the base materials it wouldn’t be too hard to do. What do you think?

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

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.

1 Comment

  • alissandrasweeney

    23.06.2017 at 15:05 Reply

    Absolutely you should publish it! The illustrations are enchanting. I’m working on writing and illustrating my own fairytale project right now too. Stories have lives of their own and they need telling. 🙂

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