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Drawing inspiration from the gnarled shrubbery of England's windswept moorlands, Brian Froud is best known for being the mad genius behind Jim Henson's film The Dark Crystal and illustrating such best-sellers as Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book. In this volume, a long-awaited sequel to his international best-sellers Faeries and Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Froud returns Drawing inspiration from the gnarled shrubbery of England's windswept moorlands, Brian Froud is best known for being the mad genius behind Jim Henson's film The Dark Crystal and illustrating such best-sellers as Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book. In this volume, a long-awaited sequel to his international best-sellers Faeries and Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Froud returns to the world of faerie with a wealth of new, never-before-seen paintings, watercolors, and drawings. Brian Froud's World of Faerie offers us a startling new vision of the magical realm, enhanced by Froud's own words about his experiences and insights. This lavish, full-color book opens the door to Brian Froud's wondrous imagination as never before. It presents beautiful portrayals of faeries that have touched hearts and minds for generations. World of Faerie is by far Froud's most personal book, and represents this visionary artist and creator of fantasy worlds at the pinnacle of his powers. This encompassing volume is a must-have for faerie and fantasy fans of all ages, the world over.


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Drawing inspiration from the gnarled shrubbery of England's windswept moorlands, Brian Froud is best known for being the mad genius behind Jim Henson's film The Dark Crystal and illustrating such best-sellers as Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book. In this volume, a long-awaited sequel to his international best-sellers Faeries and Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Froud returns Drawing inspiration from the gnarled shrubbery of England's windswept moorlands, Brian Froud is best known for being the mad genius behind Jim Henson's film The Dark Crystal and illustrating such best-sellers as Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book. In this volume, a long-awaited sequel to his international best-sellers Faeries and Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Froud returns to the world of faerie with a wealth of new, never-before-seen paintings, watercolors, and drawings. Brian Froud's World of Faerie offers us a startling new vision of the magical realm, enhanced by Froud's own words about his experiences and insights. This lavish, full-color book opens the door to Brian Froud's wondrous imagination as never before. It presents beautiful portrayals of faeries that have touched hearts and minds for generations. World of Faerie is by far Froud's most personal book, and represents this visionary artist and creator of fantasy worlds at the pinnacle of his powers. This encompassing volume is a must-have for faerie and fantasy fans of all ages, the world over.

30 review for Brian Froud's World of Faerie (Limited Edition)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Brian Froud has truly outdone himself with this book. All of his art books are a delight to read, but this book gives the "Froudian" something we have been wanting for the last 20-some years or more...a glimpse into his process. Although the "peek into his studio" was mildly disappointing (I was expecting to see more than just a single desktop with books and knick knacks...as wonderful as these objects were), the essay on the next page from Wendy Froud, describing what it's like to live with Brian Froud has truly outdone himself with this book. All of his art books are a delight to read, but this book gives the "Froudian" something we have been wanting for the last 20-some years or more...a glimpse into his process. Although the "peek into his studio" was mildly disappointing (I was expecting to see more than just a single desktop with books and knick knacks...as wonderful as these objects were), the essay on the next page from Wendy Froud, describing what it's like to live with Brian when he's creating, almost made up for the disappointment. The best parts of the book were the full-page descriptions beside some of Froud's art, describing in detail their symbolism, origin of props, and compositional intent. THIS is what I've wanted to see. Froud very clearly knows what he's talking about...backward and forward. I pride myself on knowing quite a bit of folklore and myth, and he taught me numerous things in these passing commentaries next to the artworks. Not to mention the gorgeous presentation of this oversized book, with its beautiful fey slip cover, and lovely modern-medieval art design on the hardcover binding, the miniature booklets found on certain pages, and the inclusion of the illustrated Gaiman poem poster in the back of the book. This is Froud at his finest, and it shows why he's not simply some British hippie faerie-lover who helped Jim Henson design a couple of movies (Labyrinth, Dark Crystal). He is instead a brilliant mind of our time, and a contributor to the world of imagination and myth whose name should be spoken of in the same sentence as Rackham, Goble, and Joseph Campbell.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) Brian Froud has illustrated several books on faeries but Brian Froud's World of Faerie is the most lavish art book yet. The book is beautifully constructed and filled with masterful paintings and sketches printed on low gloss paper. Just like other books published by Insight Editions, there are also several little booklets pasted onto the pages. At the end of the book in an envelope is a poster of a poem by Neil Gaiman. He paints as if he's beside the faeries (More pictures at parkablogs.com) Brian Froud has illustrated several books on faeries but Brian Froud's World of Faerie is the most lavish art book yet. The book is beautifully constructed and filled with masterful paintings and sketches printed on low gloss paper. Just like other books published by Insight Editions, there are also several little booklets pasted onto the pages. At the end of the book in an envelope is a poster of a poem by Neil Gaiman. He paints as if he's beside the faeries themselves. His commentary introduces us to the world and secrets of faeries, showing us the many disguises and types of faeries. He even has his own interpretation for classic stories like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. There are not just faeries but other mysterious creatures like unicorns, trolls, green women and phyllomantic men. Phyllomancy is the art of divination by listening to the rustling of leaves. Interesting details like such accompany the paintings. This is a nice book for fantasy art lovers or fans of Brian Froud.

  3. 5 out of 5

    T.L. Wood

    Brian Froud has done it again with another beautifully illustrated book about Faeries! I truly enjoyed reading it; I love the humor that he puts into his books as well. Absolutely brilliant! :D He even added little smaller picture books inside, which were a really nice surprise. :) I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of Brian Froud’s work. It will not disappoint any fantasy art lover. :D

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ronald

    Unlike the brillaint Good Faeries/ Bad Faeries and Goblins a lot of this book is rehashed artwork from other volumes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    K.S. Thompson

    WOW! What an amazing experience. I still remember discovering Brian Froud's work and now I have this little window into his world. I have had this book for ages, but was being really precious about it (along with the rest of my Froud library). I wanted the conditions to be perfect. The perfect chair, the perfect lighting, the perfect cup of tea. But as we all know, nothing is perfect and we miss out on so much by trying to make it so. So I just decided that it was time to stop being so precious WOW! What an amazing experience. I still remember discovering Brian Froud's work and now I have this little window into his world. I have had this book for ages, but was being really precious about it (along with the rest of my Froud library). I wanted the conditions to be perfect. The perfect chair, the perfect lighting, the perfect cup of tea. But as we all know, nothing is perfect and we miss out on so much by trying to make it so. So I just decided that it was time to stop being so precious and start enjoying my books. I popped this into my bookbag, took it with me for the day, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was inspiring to me not only as a person, but as a writer.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J

    This was even more art than the last one I read and I probably appreciated it more because of that. There was more poetry than historical accounts. But overall I think I enjoy Froud’s trolls more than his fairies.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Valeria

    One of my favorite artists. Looking at his paintings and then then reading the descriptions feels like you literally entered a new world. You'll never look at a tree or a pond the same way again. Each image is full of mystery and wonder. Very inspiring artwork! He is our modern-day Rackham

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The paintings and sketches are impossibly lovely and Froud's meditations on art, creation and his spiritual connection to Faerie are profound and moving.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James

    Some very nice drawings. I like his studio. It looks like he uses a lot of models for his art.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Sometimes Mr. Froud comes off as a little sappy and perhaps leans a little towards making brown-nosing generalizations about women, but there's no denying his art is beautiful and can make you believe in magic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janemarple

    Once again Brian Froud acts as an interpreter into the world of the fey. No one captures faery quite like Mr Froud and this book shows some of his most amazing drawings. Throughout his book he talks of his inspiration, the fey themselves and how he strives to correctly capture the forever changing creatures. An excellent look into the mind of a wonderful artist.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shelley VanWitzenburg

    Anything and everything Brian Froud EVER does I LOVE!!! He is my hero. He did the puppets for the movie The Labyrinth and his son, Toby played the baby Toby, and he and his wife did Yoda for Star Wars. Basically he is a BA and I want to live in his world. :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    All I have to say is how incredibly brilliant Brian Froud is. He obviously has made quite an impact on countless people. The Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, and so many fascinating books full of aesthetic wonder are the reasons he's one of my favorite artists.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Antoinette

    Brian Froud out does himself in this one ! There's the wonderful drawings from his other books. Plus, he does the text by himself this time. I liked getting a glimpse of his paints and sketch books. I don't doubt that he has seen the faeries and communicated with them !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jada Stuart

    One of my favorite artists. Looking at his paintings and then then reading the descriptions feels like you literally entered a new world. You'll never look at a tree or a pond the same way again. Each image is full of mystery and wonder. Very inspiring artwork! He is our modern-day Rackham.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This is another one that I had to pay through the nose for as it's out of print and has been for several years. I managed to track down a brand new copy that had been in a warehouse since like the late 70's. I don't ever take it out of the protective jacket that it is in, so don't ask me to. :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Wonderful illustrations

  18. 5 out of 5

    brian tanabe

    A great gift for any fan of Froud's work or the like, but it seems a bit padded if you will.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hunter R.

    Amazing work of an amazing man!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carly Shilling

    I live, eat, and breathe Brian Froud, so for me there is nothing better than this latest addition to his faery collection. Truly awe-inspiring work.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    Many of these illustrations can be found in other of Brian Froud's books, but never have they been collected with such fun accoutrements, and the volume itself is beautiful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Saw this book and bought it right away!!!! It's on my coffeetable eversince :D

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bladestryke

    I. Love. This. Book! If you love Brian froud or fairies or wish to peek into the in-between this book is a must!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    Brian Froud is a visionary and inspiration and an absolutely stunning artist. I adore him!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Gonzalez krasnohira

    Enjoyable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joel Christian

    Lip smacking with delectable drawings and flavorful fantasy realms

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Fuentes

    The book is beautifully constructed and filled with masterful paintings and sketches printed on low gloss paper

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wan

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. This is a keeper. I need to own one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    If only Brian Froud didn't write in his art books. His earnest treatises on the validity and magic of faeries only serves to sap some magic out of his paintings.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liza Feeney

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