This man is so inspiring, he has drawn demons, and faeries, gelflings and pixies and has captivatated millions. He delights and dazzles with the tremendous amounts of human emotion he puts into his drawings. So much so that I wanted to share my love for his art with a quick tour.
After gaining a degree in Graphic Design, Brian Froud started working as an illustrator of children's books. In the process he managed to get a few of his own published and caught the eye of a certain Mr. Henson. They worked on several films together. The first one was "Dark Crystal" where Brian actually met his future wife. Wendy Middener designed the wonderful puppets for which the movie is so famous. In the later film "Labyrinth", their son played the younger brother of Sarah, whose name was also Toby.
He also has many books based on his fantastic art, "Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book" and "Good Faeries/Bad Faeries" spring to mind. The former is a wonderful story of a little girl growing up who discovers to her delight that she can trap fairies in her diary. They have all sorts of odd adventures. It must be noted that this book is not for children and has adult themes in it as Lady Cottington grows into adulthood. And also no fairies were hurt in the making of the book. Just to reassure you.
The latter book is a wonderful collection of myths of faeries, good and bad from round the world. It explores the need for faeries in folklore and their connection to us. Sometimes light and full of mischief, often dark and fearful, it's a brilliant piece of world and should be checked out by those of us interested in the magical, fantastic and mythical.
There are some new Froud books out. Which can be found in the Goblin Market
World of Froud