Fungus Fairy

The full title of this piece should be “The Fungus Fairy and the Unfortunate Phallus”.  It is a cautionary tale about going straight to ink when drawing and not taking time to think things through.

The Art Journal Adventure prompt for last week was the letter “F”.  Don’t enquire why I thought to draw a Fungus Fairy as a result because I actually don’t know why.  Let’s call it a flash of inspiration.  I know that I was feeling in the mood to draw something whimsical.  In my early teens, I decided to draw my own versions of the classic Flower Fairies.  I think I got about twenty illustrations done before I packed in the whole enterprise because I loved drawing but hated colouring in (I was using pencils).  Maybe I should start over now that I actually enjoy adding colour to my illustrations.  But I digress.  Short on time (as always) I decided to commit to drawing straight away with pen.  No pencil guidelines.  No preliminary sketching.  Just straight from my brain to my hand to the ink pen.  The way I drew the Fungus Fairy a lot of the line work was over on the right hand side of the page so, to fill in a bit more of the left hand side, I came up with the bright idea of giving her a toadstool as a sort of magical wand.  Yeah, I don’t know what on earth I was thinking either.  In the very instant that I lifted pen from paper I realised that the fungus wand looked like a phallus.  Great.  So, yes, this is a cautionary tale about maybe taking some time to plan things out before committing ink to paper.

30 - Fungus Fairy

13 thoughts on “Fungus Fairy

  1. When I first looked at your piece, I thought she had a tail. When I read the post, I laughed at myself for not see the cautionary portion of the tale. Wonderful drawing. Thanks for the smile.

    • I’m happy I made you laugh. A few people have read it as a tail and I’m not sure if that makes it better or worse. I’ve definitely learned to think more carefully before putting ink to paper.

Let's chat! Leave a comment and I will reply.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.