Friday, 11 July 2014
ARTICLE: THE ALTERNATIVE, DARK AND MOODY WORLD OF JASMINE BECKET-GRIFFITH
The Alternative, Dark and Moody World of Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Dark, big-eyed and brooding - this is the general look of Jasmine Becket-Griffith's work. Her girls have piercing eyes, vibrant colour and bold, black outlines to bring out that colour. One of the things that will shock the reader at once is the fact Jasmine has bright backgrounds or has a dark background establishing the character at the forefront of the piece; In Pinot Noir, a moody redhead holds a glass of wine while the Green Man waits in the background. The Green Man is a classic character of the woodland in Celtic myth.
In The Secret of Notre Dame, the artist has painted a character with a dragon wings and put her against a limited colour background. This background is one of the most detailed I have seen her create and shows what she can do with a limited colour palette.
Some of her paintings have no backgrounds at all as with Pearl Dragon Princess. A pale face surrounded with even paler hair and clothed in a detailed Tudor frock, clutching a pearl dragon. As there is so much detail in the foreground, there is no need for a background there. The beauty is in the eyes, the royal blue of the frock and the jewels she used in the image.
Unlike other characters, Jasmine Becket's do not always smile. They some times scowl while others have strange appearances. For a Mona Lisa smile,. Fishnets and Flowers is n excellent painting with a bold winged fairy surrounded by an array of brightly coloured flowers.
Jasmine Becket, AKA Strangeling has had her work published in The Art of Faery by David Riche and Alan Lee, Spectrum 11 and Spectrum 13, 500 Fairy Motifs, Myrea Pettit's Collection as well as her solo art book, Fairy: The Art of Jasmine Becket-Griffith.
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