Fighting the Dark Fairy

I did this illustration a while ago, when I was writing Below the Floor, my illustrated fantasy children´s book. I was thinking about the knautbolds, a fierce but good-hearted tribe of tiny warriors. I had this idea for a backstory for one of these knautbold warriors – and how his life would eventually end.

Below you can see the scribble of the cover idea: The knautbold finally faces the malevolent dark fairy, a Phran.

ink and watercolour illustration of a phran and a knautbold for an illustrated fantasy chikdren´s book by author and filmmaker John E. Brito
ink and watercolour illustration of a phran for an illustrated fantasy chikdren´s book by author and filmmaker John E. Brito
ink and watercolour illustration of a knautbold for an illustrated fantasy chikdren´s book by author and filmmaker John E. Brito
sketchbook illustration of a dark fairy and a tiny warrior by author and filmmaker John E. Brito

This story was never meant to be a children´s book story. I thought of it more like a story for young adults – due to the content of the story. I thought, it might be too scary for children.

And this is what a knautbold from the children´s book Below the Floor looks like in action:

fairytale fantasy book illustration by John E. Brito

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