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New painting! [Aug. 17th, 2004|08:05 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
This one is really cool! It is modeled after the beautiful faerystar!

Here she is (since she's so big I stuck her in my eBay store):

"Looking for Faeries"

For those of you who would like prints, I've chosen "Looking for Faeries" as one of this week's sale prints!!! The 8"x10" prints are on sale for $10.00 and the 12"x16" sized prints are on sale for $20.00.

""Looking for Faeries" 8"x10":


"Looking for Faeries" 12"x16":


In addition, little "Licorice Fairy" is on sale for $10.00 for the 8"x10" print:


Okay.... off to make dinner, and then maybe get to some email/LJ comments (I'm falling behind again!!). Enjoy!

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From: delphineart
2004-08-17 11:42 pm (UTC)
HOLLY !!!!!!! I *LOVE* when you paint full figure !!!!!!!!!!
It reminds me some of your very first pieces loooong time ago !!! This one is SOOOOOO pretty !!!!!! Oh wow !! I could write an entire movie only from this scene !! :) :) :) :)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-18 11:35 am (UTC)
Thank you Delphine!!!! Lol, it seems I only do full figures when it's a BIIIIG canvas! Otherwise I always end up running off the sides, or having them sit down, etc. I have a giant roll of canvas (6 feet wide by 50 feet long, I think) that I am cutting up to make more BIG pieces, so you'll probably see more full figure poses from me soon ;0)

That's what Misty said - she kind of reminds me of my old "Ophelia" painting, which I loved so much!
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From: delphineart
2004-08-18 12:05 pm (UTC)
OH you must me just like me, when I start sketching something I love to work 'in BIG' ( not specially the size of the sheet, but BIG faces and stuff ) so I always end at cutting at the knees LOL !! The thing is, I really love to work on facial expression so I need the head to be big lol ! BUT I do ADORE to design outfits and cool boots lol, so I try to make them fit in a whole sheet but still it's hard, and most of my pieces are 11x14 which is kinda big for 'paper' !

OH wow ! It mean you can paint badass big pieces !! ^.^ ! Due to my stupid 4'11" jawa sized body, I can't paint on bigger pieces than 12x16 or I can't see what I paint lol, then I have to sit on the floor wich it awfully hurt since one of my knee has been 'damaged' due to serious Karate training lol !

Yep !! She totally reminds me "Ophelia" and all the pieces you've done in your early ebay years ! I ADORE your cute fairies too but this 'older' style of you is soooo special since it's what I've seen first from you 5 years ago ! ^_^

Damn you are so good at painting forest scenes !! This is something I simply CAN'T paint !! I'm such an a*s ! I can't paint a damn tree LOL !!!! I always admired people who can paint great backgrounds ! ^__^

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-19 07:54 am (UTC)
Oh yes - that's exactly how I am too! I like the face to be large, so I can put a lot of detail in, and still keep the paint very smooth. It's even harder on a canvas with just brushes, since the size of the brush is usually bigger than a pen or pencil, and it is all shading with colour more than lines, etc.

I have that art table and it can change from being flat, to being at an angle, or even being all the way upright! I keep it at a middle angle for big paintings, so I can reach way up at the top. I still have to roll up the bottom of the painting though when I work on details, LOL!
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[User Picture]From: yanmei
2004-08-18 05:44 am (UTC)
Wow! this one is wonderful!!! :D
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-18 11:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, Laura =)
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[User Picture]From: mercury_realm
2004-08-18 12:46 pm (UTC)
Unsurprisingly, this is one of my favourite things of yours that you've ever done Jasmine. The Pre-Raphaelite hommage, the impressionistic dappled light on the lush background undergrowth (which is exquisitely handled btw), the sumptuous handling of complimentaries, the composition and subtle marriage of styles, beautifully laden against the kind of lighting you get just before a storm, makes this one of your most evocative pieces yet.
Brilliant work my friend:)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-19 07:55 am (UTC)
Thank you David! Thta is indeed the "pre-storm" look I was going for (which we have quite frequently here in Florida, despite the misnomer of the "Sunshine State", lol).
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-08-18 01:50 pm (UTC)
I was just wondering what technique you use to keep high resolution files of your paintings on your computer- do you take photos using a digital camera or do you scan them in sections and put them together in a graphics program- or do you use a different technique all together? I just noticed the high quality of your photos of your art and never even thought how you manage that when your paintings are so big. I'm just curious ^^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-19 08:03 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, I do it all with a standard 8.5"x11" scanner! Basically I take multiple scans to cover the whole piece (sometimes up to 40 or more scans for my BIG paintings), and then carefully lining them up to the pixel, erasing seams, adjusting colours, etc. all in Photoshop. It can take several hours, unfortunately, but it's worth it.

Here's what I do:

You need to have Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro or some other image editing software, and a scanner:

#1 Take multiple scans of the painting, covering the whole piece. For example for a 12"x16" I take four scans - upper right corner, upper left corner, bottom right corner, bottom left corner. Save them all separately (name them so you can remember - like fairyul.tif (ul for upper left) or something). For larger paintings (like a 36x48) I'll take about 50 scans, to make sure it's all covered, and name them things like "fairyC-2.tif" or "fairyA-4.tif" using a letter/number grid pattern to keep track of them. I always scan at least 300 dpi (600 is good too, if your computer can handle it) and save as uncompressed .tif files. BE SURE that each scan is very straight - no crooked scans! You might want to take duplicate scans (maybe 8 or 12 scans instead of 4 in case some don't turn out or are crooked - even a 1 degree angle can ruin the scan).

#2 Open a new image (blank) in your photo editing program (I use Photoshop) that is the size of the painting at the same resolution - in this example, a 300 dpi 12"x16" tif file.

#3 Open one of the scans - I start with the upper right corner. Copy and paste the scan into the big 12"x16" window.

#4 Open the next scan (like the upper left one - go in a circle). Copy and paste it onto the big window, in approximately the upper left corner.

#5 On the second scan that you just pasted in step #4, change the opacity (transparency) of that layer to 50%. This will show the "overlap" zone so you can line it up just right!

#6 Zoom in with your magnifying tool as far as you can go (1600% or so), and move the second layer until it lines up perfectly with the first layer!

#7 Change your opacity back up to 100%.

#8 With an eraser tool (the fuzzy edged ones work best) erase the "lines" on the edge of the second scan, to blend it in with the first scan, and flatten the image.

#9 Do the same thing with the bottom right and then bottom left corners, following steps #4-#8 until it is done!

#10 Be sure to flatten the image again, and crop off any edges. Adjust the levels and contrast if needed, and save as one big picture!

You're done! This is very time consuming, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. For larger paintings (36x48, etc.) it still can take 4 or 5 hours, easy. But in the end you will have a perfect high resolution scan that is suitable for giclees, printing, publishing, licensing, etc., which is invaluable =)
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-08-19 01:12 pm (UTC)
Hey thanks!! I always wondered how to do that, and it's kept me from working in larger sizes with traditional media. These days I really only work in digital, but I have been wanting to paint again. I haven't painted anything in four years! I used to paint all the time. I miss being able to actually feel the brush in my hand :D I'll have to use this technique when I scan my work. Thanks!
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From: surrender_sadie
2004-08-18 04:19 pm (UTC)
Wow! Nice, different piece from you! I'd never recognize it as yours if not for the little ones at the bottom!
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[User Picture]From: haunted_dawn
2004-08-18 05:38 pm (UTC)
I love it sweetie it looks really medieval and i love gothic and medieval! Almost has a Waterhouse feel about it (one f my favorite artists) with a twist!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-19 08:05 am (UTC)
Thank you Dawn! He's one of my favourites too. When I first looked at the photos of the model I used (faerystar I thought she looked like a Pre-Raphaelite girl, hehe!
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