50 Digital Fairy Tale Character Illustration Collections

50 Digital Fairy Tale Character Illustration Collections

Once upon a time, when you were a young child, you must have read a few popular fairy tales before. Today, we have put together a collection of digital character illustrations that are based on some very well-known fairy tales. Each interpretation of the fairy tale and its characters is a reflection of the unique style and characteristic of the illustrator who created it.

From this collection, you will see the many creative ways a fairy tale and its characters can be illustrated. Let’s take a look at fairy tales with a whole new perspective.

Digital Fairy Tale Character Illustration

Painstakingly hand-picked and sorted, here are some fantastic modern fairy tale character illustrations that are sure to boost your creativity. We hope that this selection will bring back the child in you and all the sweet innocent memories of the past.

Little Red Riding Hood

Once grandmother gave her a little riding hood of red velvet, which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else; so she was always called Little Red Riding Hood.

Bobby Chiu
Little Red Riding Hood - Bobby Chiu

Nicolas Gouny
Little Red Riding Hood - Nicolas Gouny

Little Red Riding Hood - Skolzki

Violeta Dabija
Little Red Riding Hood - Violeta Dabija

Little Red Riding Hood - 2DCale

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

He stood in the Square and looked quietly around. He took a deep breath and blew a note on his silver pipe that spoke to the rats of far off places, of woods and forests and rocks and mountains.

Laura Palmer
The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Laura Palmer

The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Otagoth

The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Zaphk

Timothy Terrenal
The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Timothy Terrenal

Violeta Dabija
The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Violeta Dabija


Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down.

Rapunzel - SquidPig

Kei Phillips
Rapunzel - Kei Phillips

Johann de Venecia
Rapunzel - Johann de Venecia

Lucia Rodriguez
Rapunzel - Lucia Rodriguez

Mhery-Ann Andes
Rapunzel - Mhery-Ann Andes

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.

Skottie Young
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - Skottie Young

Sebastian Giacobino
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - Sebastian Giacobino

Julian Totino Tedesco
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - Julian Totino Tedesco

Gino Roberto
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - Gino Roberto

Toshiyuki Osakabe
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz - Toshiyuki Osakabe


Once upon a time there lived an unhappy young girl. Her mother was dead and her father had married a widow with two daughters. Her stepmother didn’t like her one little bit.

Cathy Delanssay
Cinderella - Cathy Delanssay

Cinderella - Metaborg

Cinderella - Polawat

Cinderella - Spicysteweddemon

Amelia Fabian
Cinderella - Amelia Fabian

Jack and The Beanstalk

The beanstalk grew up quite close past Jack’s window, so all he had to do was to open it and give a jump onto the beanstalk which ran up just like a big ladder. So Jack climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed, till at last he reached the sky.

Roberto Campos
Jack and The Beanstalk - Roberto Campos

Violeta Dabija
Jack and The Beanstalk - Violeta Dabija

Matt Horan
Jack and The Beanstalk - Matt Horan

Sebastiao Peixoto
Jack and The Beanstalk - Sebastiao Peixoto

Jack and The Beanstalk - Ahvia

The Frog Prince

When the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see, instead of the frog, a handsome prince, gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen, and standing at the head of her bed.

Cathy Delanssay
The Frog Prince - Cathy Delanssay

Luke Mancini
The Frog Prince - Luke Mancini

The Frog Prince - Toiabates

Julie Dillon
The Frog Prince - Julie Dillon

Monika Schoffmann
The Frog Prince - Monika Schoffmann

Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time there were three little pigs and the time came for them to leave home and seek their fortunes. Before they left, their mother told them ” Whatever you do , do it the best that you can because that’s the way to get along in the world.

Dave Kurtz William
Three Little Pigs - Dave Kurtz William

Gabriel Herrera
Three Little Pigs - Gabriel Herrera

Violeta Dabija
Three Little Pigs - Violeta Dabija

Three Little Pigs - SquidPig

Aaron Blecha
Three Little Pigs - Aaron Blecha

The Princess and The Pea

The old queen said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.

Ana Fonseca
The Princess and The Pea - Ana Fonseca

The Princess and The Pea - SquidPig

Hanna Sandvig
The Princess and The Pea - Hanna Sandvig

Monika Schoffmann
The Princess and The Pea - Monika Schoffmann

Jeanette Salvesen
The Princess and The Pea - Jeanette Salvesen

Hansel and Gretel

They followed it until they came to a little house. When they came closer, they saw that the little house was built entirely from bread with a roof made of cake, and the windows were made of clear sugar.

Hansel and Gretel - Bnito-art

Violeta Dabija
Hansel and Gretel - Violeta Dabija

Hansel and Gretel - 2DCale

Laura Palmer
Hansel and Gretel - Laura Palmer

Filippo Curzi
Hansel and Gretel - Filippo Curzi

Fairy Tale Illustration Tutorials

With the inspiration booster, you might be tempted to create some fairy tale illustrations of your own. Here are some links to online tutorials related to digital illustrations of fairy tales.

Draw Fairy Tale Characters in Photoshop
Draw Fairy Tale Characters in Photoshop

Create A Beautiful Lonely Fantasy Fairy
Create A Beautiful Lonely Fantasy Fairy

Make A Fairy Tale Inspired Magical Hand Shaped Vine
Make A Fairy Tale Inspired Magical Hand Shaped Vine

Create The First Page of a Fairy Tale Story Book, with a Hint of Kitsch
Create The First Page of a Fairy Tale Story Book, with a Hint of Kitsch

And They Lived, Happily Ever After

What is your favourite childhood fairy tale? Who was your favourite fairy tale character?

Don’t forget to share with us your opinions on our collection of fairy tale illustrations. If you know of more illustrations worth sharing with everyone, add a link in the comments section below. Think happy thoughts, and may we all live happily ever after.

Oridusartic is a graphic designer by day and a blogger by night. Her enthusiasm for illustrations and design often takes her on long surfing trips on the internet, looking for new and interesting stuff. Just read the letters of the word ‘Oridusartic’ backwards and what you get, is her real name.


    • Eva,
    • January 14, 2010
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    Ayyy Excellent post, Citra. I love the first artwork of “Jack and The Beanstalk”.
    Keep up the good work!

    Cheerio Eva

    • Astho,
    • January 14, 2010
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    nice collection…,
    love it.

    • hi10,
    • January 14, 2010
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    nice one… thnx

    • yagnesh ahir,
    • January 15, 2010
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    Nice collection citra. I loved the PRINCESS AND THE PEA – HANNA SANDVIG, the girl looks so inncocent and cute.

    • Nic da Costa,
    • January 15, 2010
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    Great Post! Some amazing designs and styles! And also some very interesting takes on the fairy tales! Thanks! Definitely going to use some of the styles and out the box thinking for inspiration!

  1. / Reply

    This is a really cool post guys! One Extra Pixel never seems to let me down on good quality posts, and I really like your ideas and blog design, too. Just keeps bringing me back for more!

    • tony,
    • January 15, 2010
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    Thank you so much for this post. I loved them all very much!!! Truly inspiring, and bring back that good old memories. =D

    • Dumm,
    • January 15, 2010
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    most famous fairy tales collected a good collection. congratulations

    • Kevin,
    • January 15, 2010
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    Nice inspiration. I love the cartoon graphics like the asian inspired tutorial.. let just say mine didn’t come out as expected =D

    • Elsa,
    • January 16, 2010
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    Wonderful collection, it’s interesting to see the different interpretations for the same story.

  2. / Reply

    Thanks a lot everyone for liking this article. May you all live happily ever after. =]

  3. / Reply

    Nice collection

  4. / Reply

    hello citra, nice posting. I am waiting for your other articles on your campus website.

    • Jesper,
    • January 18, 2010
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    Nice round up! I really like the Hansel & Gretel illustrations.
    This truly brings my childhood memory. =)

    • Angel,
    • January 19, 2010
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    Great round up, Citra! :)

    • intan,
    • January 19, 2010
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    nice posting and really inspiring me :)

  5. / Reply

    This is definitly one of the best inspiration posts to be written all year, thanks so much. Love it.

  6. / Reply

    What a fun post Citra! These are so cute and amazing!

    • bird,
    • April 20, 2010
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    Stumbled on the website and all the illustrations are just awesome!!!

  7. / Reply

    Wow, so cool :)
    Inspired me to do a free to download character collection, have a look http://bevelandemboss.net/free-character-illustration-set :)

    • usr128,
    • September 27, 2010
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    baguuuuuuss banget.!

  8. / Reply

    this is awesome

    • Paul Kranz,
    • January 7, 2011
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    I am directing Into the Woods at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, NJ, and your website was helpful to me and our costume designers in coming up with ideas, colors, clothing styles, etc…for costumes. The illustrations were also useful for set design as they gave us varied ideas of what “could be.” Thanks.

  9. / Reply

    This is often a amazing blog, could you be interested in going through an interview concerning just how you created it? If so e-mail me personally!

    • cris,
    • November 22, 2011
    / Reply

    nice and cool i love the fantastic modern fairy tale character…

    • Bekah,
    • November 30, 2011
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    I loved these! especially the princess and the pea picture with the ants… so cute!

  10. / Reply

    Beautiful Fairy Tale Photo Covers and Book for Kids ~ Pix Gateway http://www.pixgateway.com/2011/12/beautiful-fairy-tale-photo-covers.html

    • john,
    • February 6, 2012
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    Lovely illustrations. My favorite artists featured here are Violeta Dabija and Monika Schöffmann :)

  11. / Reply

    Wow – great stuff here! Glad I discovered it. I’ll be tweeting and posting to spread the word.

  12. / Reply

    this is gay

    • yasho,
    • August 27, 2012
    / Reply

    awesome, magnificent….

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