If you haven’t already seen this amazing prequel to the classic Dark Crystal film featuring the incredible art of the legendary Brian Froud, what are you waiting for?
Not only is ‘Dark Crystal – Age of Resistance’ an amazing leap up from the original Dark Crystal film in every respect it is also a series that is ten hours long giving so much more Brian Froud to enjoy! In a time of overdone CGI and trendy teen heroes ticking all the marketing boxes it is refreshing to see some real creativity at work in this Dark Crystal prequel. Brian Froud may be a lot older than the young artist who collaborated with Alan Lee on the classic “Fairies” book and made his name in the original Dark Crystal film (and also Labyrinth) but Brian Froud shows no signs of slowing down as he gets older. The work he has put into the look of this series is staggeringly creative and he is just going from strength to strength. This Dark Crystal series isn’t just an enjoyable fantasy story but with Brian Froud’s art it is a feast for the eyes for anyone aged 5 to 500! The characters are great fun and the detail is just wonderful. The lies and treachery of the Skeksis also reflect the world politics of our own world where we could easily feel that those in power are far more interested in their own agendas than serving their people. You can see more of Brian Froud’s amazing artwork here.
Although there is of course still much to be done before the new Dark Crystal extravaganza hits the screens next year Brian Froud has finished his work on the project and is taking a well-deserved rest. It has been a lot of woerk and a massive outlay of creative energy but we’re certain it will all have been worthwhile when the latest chapter of The Dark Crystal legacy finally emerges. Of course, he isn’t completely relaxing and has just signed some godd fairies art prints for us that I’m sure his many eager fans will be looking to buy for themselves or as Christmas presents. You’ll find the new stock right here and the overall Brian Froud section is here.
If you live anywhere near Glastonbury then the wonderfully talented artist Ed Org will be at the Faerie Fair at Glastonbury on 10-11th March. Celebrated and practically legendary faery artist Brian Froud and his equally talented model-making wife Wendy Froud will also be attending as well as all the other usual artistic suspects. If you love fantasy art then this is the place to be. If you are not familiar with artist Ed Org’s amazing work then look here. If you are really unsure about any of it then you can also find artist Brian Froud’s art here and Wendy Froud art here.
Tapestry by Brian Froud
Brian Froud was supposed to be receiving a lifetime achievement award from the society of illustrators but somehow this rumour never actually materialised and everyone seems at a loss as to why it was floated and then didn’t happen. It is hard to believe that anyone could conceive of the possibility that Brian Froud is not worthy of such an award. If anything, it is long overdue since he had already produced a lifetime’s brilliant work years ago! Brian Froud must now be well into a third or fourth lifetime of work in comparison to many newcomers. Perhaps a triple lifetime achievement award would be more appropriate. After all, Brian Froud is not an artist who climbed on the bandwagon of faery art, he was one of the very few pushing it uphill at the beginning! Brian Froud’s work dates way back into the early days of fantasy art – far further back than Brian Froud himself probably wishes to remember! Along with his colleague Alan Lee, Brian Froud set the standard for technical excellence as well as realism, imagination and vision in bringing fantasy ideas to life.
Whether Brian Froud actually IS an illustrator is of course another issue and maybe that was the problem. Perhaps they recognised that Brian Froud is more a painter than an illustrator. For the most part Brian Froud has not illustrated books other than his own and certainly in recent years the number of Brian Froud books has grown considerably. But if film design work is illustrative then Brian Froud’s work on ‘The Dark Crystal’ alone is worth a lifetime achievement award.
Brian Froud has always trod his own path and openly acknowledges his admiration of Arthur Rackham whose work inspired his early efforts. The world of faerie is probably more due a lifetime achievement award in his opinion since Brian Froud’s work has always been by the inspiration of the faerie folk, however you conceive that to be. Brian Froud himself doesn’t actually profess to know faerie because he is happy enough to bathe in its mystery … or at least that is how it always seemed to me.
For someone so influenced by faerie that they sometimes pop up even when he is signing his name Brian Froud actually isn’t away with the faeries. If you read a Brian Froud book you’ll find it refreshingly down-to-earth in many ways. Although the Pagans, New Age people and others love Brian Froud’s work he is somehow somewhere else and does not seem really close to any of these groups or genres. There is certainly magic in Brian Froud’s artwork though and maybe it is that kind of magic that the world is lacking right now. Let’s hope he continues to bring the realm of faerie out into his paintings for many years to come as he starts on producing the work of a fifth lifetime!
If you are not that familiar with Brian Froud and want to see more, just click on Brian Froud’s Tapestry or here and away you’ll be whisked away … as if by magic!
Have you seen anything like this before! WOW!
Faerie, Fantasy and Mythology arts and crafts event, 29th November, 10.30am- 5.30pm, the Flavel, Dartmouth.
Brian Froud, Alexandra Dawe, Mark Potts and other great artists. See Exhibitions page for details.