Froud was born at Winchester and lived
for his early years in a part of Hampshire, which although
only thirty or so miles from London, is an area abounding
in pockets of unspoiled natural countryside.
His most cherished memories of this period of his life are
of solitary explorations after school hours, and during vacations,
in these natural areas, and of building his own private worlds
and sanctuaries in the undergrowth.
He still wonders at lack of permanent scars which he should
have received from tunneling through gorse and hawthorne
Brian Froud's artistic techniques and wisdom of folklore
caught the eyes of many, including Jim Henson (creator of
the Muppets). In 1978 Jim Henson hired Froud to help create
a unique otherworld, better known as THE
WORLD OF THE DARK CRYSTAL. The
film "The Dark Crystal" was a monumental collaberation of
ideas, techniques, and creativity. On the set of "The Dark
Crystal"- released in 1982, Brian Froud met Wendy Midener,
a puppet designer (creator of the "Gelflings" and Star Wars' "Yoda").
Their son Toby starred in the Henson film, "Labyrinth"-
1986, in which Brian Froud was once again hired as the Conceptual
Designer. Froud also began to collaborate with the screenwriter
of "Labyrinth," Terry Jones. They created several books including
one of Froud's most popular, titled LADY
COTTINGTON'S PRESSED FAIRY BOOK.