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Brian Froud (born 1947) is a well known British Fantasy Art illustrator.

After the rise of Fantasy Art in the Seventies with notable figures like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, the cladistic tree of it grew and branched into subgenres, one such subgenre was Faerie Art. Brian Froud is Faerie Art.

Most people will recognize him for his work on the films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, in which his concept art provided the foundation for the extensive Worldbuilding seen in those films. His son Toby appeared at age 2 in Labyrinth and would go on to become the design supervisor of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Froud's homepage can be found here.

Not to be confused with the Canadian voice actor of the same name.


Notable Projects:

  • Faeries (1978): An art book co-produced by Froud and Alan Lee; probably Froud's best known work. Spawned an obscure 1981 animated TV special.
  • The Dark Crystal:
  • Labyrinth:
    • Labyrinth (1986): Collaboration with Jim Henson once again.
    • The Goblin Companion (1996): An art book with concept art from the movie, featuring humorous biographies of dozens of goblins and fleshing out the world of the Labyrinth. Illustrated by Froud and written by Labyrinth screenwriter Terry Jones.
  • Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book (1994): Another collaboration with Terry Jones.
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  • Pete's Dragon (2016): Worked on concept art for the film.

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