Who’s the Faeriest of Them All? An Interview with Brian Froud

Here I combine a few excerpts from my interview with Brian Froud into a slightly longer but still rather short—and I hope wholly enjoyable—excerpt. Froud is exceptionally entertaining. Professionally, he worked with Jim Henson as conceptual designer for the films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He has been a leading illustrator of fairies and many…

Brian Froud on Pink Fairies

    Ray: Have you encountered blocks to your work because of the subject matter of fairies? Brian: I get it all the time. People just go blank when you say “fairies.” I’ve been touring for years, coming out with books about fairies, and my wife, Wendy Froud, who is a doll maker, also did…

Brian Froud on Sticking with the Fairies

Ray: Given the resistance to the subject matter of fairies, it must have taken some endurance and perseverance to stick with it. Brian: Looking back, it seems like it was an incredibly brave act for me to do. But once you step onto the fairy path, it’s almost like there’s no way off. You have…

Brian Froud on Working with Fairies

Ray: When did you draw your first fairy, and how did that become a career? Brian: In college, I became interested in folk tales and fairy tales, and gradually I became more and more interested in the underlying meaning of it all and the possibility of the reality of real fairies. I discovered a book…

Brian Froud on Fairies and the Fantastical

Ray: How does modern society compare with earlier eras in terms of its engagement with the fantastical? Brian: Well, the fantastical seems to have been, in earlier times, more mainstream. It was part of religious paintings. It might be depictions of hell, but they included spirits. Spirits were seen to be very much part of…