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Treasures in the Dark: A Surreal Fairy Painting

Treasures in the Dark by Justin Gedak

Treasures in the Dark

Digital Painting and Photo Manipulation of a Mysterious Fairy

by Justin Gedak 2017

I've been wanting to start some more fairy paintings for awhile now. I know there's already a ton of amazing faerie artwork out there already--but I've still been feeling like it's a theme that I want to explore. It's like they're a part of a world that exists just outside the corners of our eyes. A place unseen and full of mystery. Artwork based on fairies always seems to have a surreal sort of dream-like feeling as well. I really like that.

It's also fun to see my take on the subject. To wander into those dream-like worlds, and see what comes up from the shadows as I create the artwork.

I actually very rarely know how I want my paintings to turn out when I start them. When I do know in advance, I tend to get bored with them early on. The not knowing of what I want, or how the artwork will turn out seems to keep things interesting for me. This is why for the digital works like this, I never really draw out any concept sketches. I just sort of take a photo or two for reference, and see what comes out as I'm painting.

Fairy Wings Detail
Grass Detail

This fairy artwork was created with a combination of digital painting and photo manipulation using Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, and a Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablet.

The stock images I used for reference for this one were from ArtReferenceSource and Mithgariel-Stock

Treasure Detail

Background Detail

Fairy Crown and Face Detail

Open Edition prints and merchandise are available at Society6, Inprnt, and Curioos


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