Brian Froud

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Brian Froud
Froud at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Born 1947 (age 68–69)
Winchester, England
Education Maidstone College of Art
Known for Illustration, painting, writing, and conceptual design.
Awards Hugo Award[1] Chesley Award[2]

Brian Froud (born 1947) is an English fantasy illustrator. He lives and works in Devon with his wife, Wendy Froud, who is also a fantasy artist. The landscapes in his paintings are frequently inspired by Dartmoor.


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). He collaborated with Terry Jones, who was a screenwriter on Labyrinth, on The Goblins of the Labyrinth (1986, re-issued in abridged form as The Goblin Companion: A Field Guide to Goblins in 1996), and subsequently on a number of non-Labyrinth-related books about fairies and goblins, namely of the "Lady Cottington" series, such as Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book. He has also worked with American writer Ari Berk on more recent books, including Goblins and "The Runes of Elfland", and produced art books such as Good Faeries/Bad Faeries. One of his most famous art books, Faeries, produced in collaboration with Alan Lee, was the basis of a 1981 animated feature of the same name.[3][4][5] Froud's son Toby portrayed the infant of the same name in Labyrinth; he is now an accomplished puppeteer and creature fabricator.


Illustration works[edit]

  • Romeo And Juliet (1971)
  • The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate (1972)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1972)
  • Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos by Lin Carter (cover illustration)
  • Ultra-violet catastrophe! Or, The unexpected walk with Great-Uncle Magnus Pringle (1975)
  • Are All the Giants Dead? (1975)
  • The Wind Between the Stars (1976)
  • The Land of Froud (1977)
  • Master Snickup's Cloak (1979)
  • Faeries (1979) — With Alan Lee
  • The World of the Dark Crystal (1982)
  • Goblins: Pop-up Book (1983)
  • Goblins of the Labyrinth (1986)
  • The Goblin Companion: A Field Guide to Goblins (1986)
  • The Dreaming Place (1990)
  • Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book (1994)
  • Quentin Cottington's Journal of Faery Research: Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells (1996)
  • Good Faeries/Bad Faeries (1998)
  • The Faeries' Oracle (2000)
  • The Runes of Elfland (2003)
  • Goblins! (2004)
  • The Secret Sketchbooks of Brian Froud (2005)
  • Chelsea Morning (2005)
  • Brian Froud's World of Faerie (2007)
  • Heart of Faerie Oracle (2010)
  • How to See Faeries (2011) — With John Matthews
  • Trolls (2012) - With Wendy Froud
  • Faeries' Tales (2014)

Brian Froud's Fairylands series[edit]

Conceptual works[edit]


  1. ^ "1995 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  2. ^ "1999 Hugo Awards". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  3. ^ "The World of Brian Froud". 
  4. ^ "Faeries". Internet Movie Database. 
  5. ^ Brian Froud; Alan Lee (1979). David Larkin, ed. Faeries. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group. 

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