How to Draw a Fairy, Fairies
Start out by picking your pencils. I chose 2H and H pencils for light shading/lines, an HB pencil for sketching, and a B pencil for dark shading/lines.
Go ahead and sketch in the face and hair. Use a photo reference for the things that you are unsure of. I used reference photos mainly for the body and a bit for the hair.
Lightly sketch in the wing patterns. You can make them as simple or as complex as you want them to be. I kept mine fairly simple.
Now start adding details from top to bottom. Rely on the H and 2H pencils for the skin and the B and H pencils for the hair.
Make your way down the torso. You want to shade everything as well as you can for now. You can go over your shading again in later steps.
Now, use an HB pencil to roughly fill in your wing patterns. Don't press down too hard on the paper!
Erase the patterns out of your wings. Also erase the outline of the wings and erase some "sparks" around the wings. If you mess up on this step just repeat the previous step and try again.
Start adding details to the wings and background. I worked from bottom to top here. Basically just draw tiny circles around the wings and draw in a bit of texture on the wings themselves. This takes a lot of patience but it will be worth it.