“I paint the spirit and soul of what I see.” ~ Brian Froud

Artist: Brian Froud



Brian and his wife Wendy

Brian Froud (born 1947) is an English fantasy illustrator and conceptual designer. He is married to Wendy Froud. Wendy is also a fantasy artist, and an internationally acclaimed doll maker. His son, Toby (born 1984), portrayed the baby Toby, in the film Labyrinth, and later became a puppeteer and creature fabricator, working alongside his parents on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

The landscapes in his paintings are frequently inspired by Dartmoor, an upland area in southern Devon, England.


Froud was the conceptual designer and costume designer for the films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth (both in conjunction with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop).


Here is some of his most famous illustration works:



Faeries (1978) — With Alan Lee

Faeries (book) - Wikipedia


The World of the Dark Crystal (1982)

The World of the Dark Crystal - Wikipedia


The Goblins of Labyrinth (1986) (reissued in abridged form as The Goblin Companion: A Field Guide to Goblins (1986)

Goblins of the Labyrinth


The Dreaming Place (1990)

The Dreaming Place by Charles De Lint (1990) Paperback | eBay


Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book (1994)

Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book: Terry Jones, Brian Froud:  9781570360626: Amazon.com: Books


Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Journal (1998)

LADY COTTINGTON'S PRESSED FAIRY by Jones, Terry: New (1998) |  BennettBooksLtd


Good Faeries/Bad Faeries (1998)

Good Faeries Bad Faeries | Book by Brian Froud | Official Publisher Page |  Simon & Schuster


The Runes of Elfland (2003)

The Runes of Elfland by Ari Berk (2003) Hardcover


How to See Faeries (2011) — With John Matthews

How to See Faeries: Matthews, John, Froud, Brian: 0783324825961: Books -  Amazon.ca


Trolls (2012) — With Wendy Froud

Trolls by Wendy Froud Brian Froud (Hardcover 2012) 9781419704383 | eBay

Brian Froud’s Faerielands series

The Faerieland series is a collaborative series of books where the authors chose from a set of illustrations by Brian Froud and wrote their novels around those illustrations.

Something Rich and Strange (1994) by Patricia A. McKillip Something Rich and Strange - Wikipedia
The Wild Wood (1994) by Charles de Lint The Wild Wood: de Lint, Charles: 9780765302588: Amazon.com: Books
The Wood Wife (1996) by Terri Windling The Wood Wife by Terri Windling (1996, Hardcover) for sale online | eBay
Hannah’s Garden (2002) by Midori Snyder Hannah's Garden by Midori Snyder | Goodreads

Brian Froud also did a lot of great conceptual work for well-known movies, amongst others, Fairies