The Dark Crystal
Brian Froud (born 1947, Winchester) is an English fantasy illustrator, Froud was the conceptual designer for Labyrinth, producing a large number of paintings and sketches that informed the look and feel of the finished film. He is the father of Toby Froud, who appeared in different movies.
Froud started his career as an illustrator, working on titles from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1972) to the medieval moral tale Master Snickup's Cloak (1979).
In 1977, a book dedicated solely to Froud's fantasy paintings, The Land of Froud, was published. The book came to the attention of Jim Henson, who was intrigued by Froud's work and met him with the intention of collaborating on a film project. Froud and Henson worked on two films together, The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1986). Later in the same decade, Froud provided some concept designs for Henson's fairy-tale based series The Storyteller (1988).
Froud's work with Jim Henson resulted in several books that tie-in to the films resulting from their colloboration. These books are The World of the Dark Crystal (1982) and The Goblins of Labyrinth (1986). In The Goblins of Labyrinth, Froud's sketches and paintings were accompanied by annotations from Terry Jones.
Froud has published a range of books dedicated to his fantasy art since The Land of Froud, including Faeries (a collaboration with Alan Lee) in 1979, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book (which, as with The Goblins of Labyrinth, featured written material from Terry Jones) in 1994 and Good Faeries/Bad Faeries (1998).
Froud also provided concept designs for the films Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1988) and Peter Pan (2003).
Froud married Wendy Midener - who he had met when she was working as a sculptor on The Dark Crystal - in the early 1980s. Their son, Toby Froud was born in 1984, and played the infant Toby in Labyrinth.