Get it? Because it rhymes with booty? Lol
Hello Gophs! I’m back to gush about three ladies I believe deserve some recognition. One of them is already quite known I’m sure, and the other ladies are no secret to their followers. However, I believe they should get just a bit more recognition because they are amazing at what they do and I aspire to be them. The way they capture the human form, emotions, and fantasy are all awe inspiring. Plus, two of them tell unique stories with their pieces. Art and story telling in one? Of course they’d be my idols lol. I do have two male artists that I very much enjoy as well, but we’ll save them for another post.
So without further ado, the First Lady I shall introduce is Jasmin Darnell a.k.a. Yasahime. I found Yasahime while perusing Pinterest and instantly fell in love. Her use of shading is honestly something to be jealous of, mainly because she does it with subtlety and only where the form would actually have it. She doesn’t drown her pieces in lines or smudges and I find it refreshing. Art classes, at least for me, always seemed to ask for SO much shading. So much so that I felt my pieces were reduced to a mess of graphite, ugh! I digress, as that is not the only reason I love her work. I love the Victorian era/Lolita fashion many of her drawings incorporate. Her choice in style always gives her ladies such a regal feel, and her attention to detail is more than pleasing to the eye. She isn’t one to color her pieces often, but when she does they are just as flawless and spectacular as her penciled works. She is definitely on my “Teach Me Senpai” list.
Behold her splendor!
Next lady that I’m going to gush over is arguably more well known than the other two. Not much is known about her except that she most likely draws her pieces and posts them under a nom de plume, which is Chiara Bautista. At least that is what I’ve gathered from an art magazine interview she did quite a while back. The gentleman she fondly draws and holds in deep regard is a mystery as well, though if one pays attention to the clues it isn’t hard to figure out where her heart lies (it’s not a mystery if you follow her Facebook either). From the interview she spoke about her Hispanic heritage, her love for the weird, and mentioned she actually works for some sort of paper or magazine as an illustrator I believe? Not entirely sure so don’t quote me 😂. On to why I love her work.
Now her art isn’t as refined or orderly as yasahime, but there in lies her pull. Her pieces could be considered rough, but they carry a weight of emotion because of this. I feel like the pieces she creates in her pass time are scratchier and rougher because they are pieces meant for her (though she graciously shares them with us), rather than pieces meant for work. I feel like these drawings are ones she can really let go with and explore herself through. Especially about the emotion of love. Love is a common catalyst for her work, and what a wide range of love she conveys. She has two couples, though there are plenty of random flings too, that are staples of her doodles. My favorite couple is The Moon and The Night Sky, which she has personified using a wolf with stars in his coat and a woman in white with a bunny mask. The other couple is The Mermaid and The Crow. The depiction of the mermaid is self-explanatory, but the crow is actually depicted with a mans body and a crows head. His skin is a transparent gray so one could be justified in calling him a skeleton, as you can see his bones.
Either way her work is utterly stunning and wonderful to look at. Not to mention it very seldom sticks to one art style, showing her versatility. I love Chiara’s work, and she was the first idol I came across. I haven’t been in love for a long time (not that I haven’t wanted to be mind you) so her drawings either don’t pertain to me, or they remind me times best forgotten. Regardless her work is a wonder to behold, and I hope one day to be half as good as her.
Chiara Bautista doesn’t have any sites that I know of, but she does a Facebook she seems to be current with. Go check her out! https://www.facebook.com/pg/chiarabautistaartwork/about/?ref=page_internal
Last, but in no way least, is the wonderfully multi-talented lady named Haenuli. Haenuli is from The Republic of South Korea, and she was also one I discovered through Pinterest. How can I describe why I love her art so much? I suppose it stems from the known fact I have Anxiety and Depression, and Miss Haenuli draws her pieces in an effort to help with her own depression (at least that’s what the description under one of her drawings on Pinterest said 😂). I suppose my love for her works stems from a sort of connection with her, especially with the subjects of her works. Unlike Miss Yasahime and Chiara Bautista, Haenuli’s style is very minimalist. She doesn’t have very many details, and conveys her emotions in the positioning of the two subjects instead. Her use of the body is very pretty, and organic. I can’t tell you how often I end up disliking art work because the composition is either too stiff or merely anatomically incorrect; blech!
Haenuli is also a designer for the Lolita fashion, and they are so gorgeous it hurts. Lol but we aren’t talking about my dream clothes, sooo…moving on!
Haenuli only ever draws a naked woman and a skeleton, who seem to be in love. The little situations she puts them in are very endearing, and sometimes she even has some jokes and funny situations, but mainly her pieces can be quite saddening to look at. I suppose I love her work best because it is simple, and the relationship between the girl and the skeleton remind me very much of the struggles I face with my mental illnesses. Although they cause me much grief, I wouldn’t want to get rid of them. They make me who I am, and they are there when no one else is. I can see myself in her art, and isn’t that what art is all about?
“Well Gopher this has all been very sweet, but what exactly do you get from them?”
Great question, though I don’t think I’ll be able to articulate an answer 😂 I suppose I should start with why I love art?
Let’s see…I guess I love art because…it was the only thing I ever felt good at..aside from reading of course, and writing wouldn’t cross my mind as a thing I could do until sophomore year of high school. No, art was my first talent, and my first love. I am a middle child between two extremely bright brothers, that always seemed to be so much better than me. At least that was how I felt… when you live in a world where science and mathematical skills, or athletic prowess, are more highly regarded than being an artsy bookworm…you can feel pretty crummy next to anybody with those skills. So it’s no surprise any time I got praise from ANYBODY about my art, I felt like God himself had appeared to me. Is that a little much? Maybe, but to a seven year old that thought herself alone it meant the world.
I love art because it can literally be anything. All it has to do, is touch someone. Wether that’s through drawing someone’s favorite character or creating a piece that conveys an emotion they have known or wish to know… like writing, they feel a part of something. They feel understood, and I really enjoy giving that to someone. I hated feeling alone..still do, so if I can help someone feel like they belong then I will. Wholeheartedly. Plus, it’s always such. A fun and relaxing experience when something that started in your head becomes reality. Like Albert Camus said, “Creer, c’est vivre deux fois.” To create, is to live twice.
What a gift that is…
So what do I get from them? I suppose I get a sense of belonging, and something to work towards I suppose. I don’t know 😂 artists (and musicians I’m sure) always see a better person’s art and not only do we want to emulate it, we fucking WANT it. Beautiful art to an artist is like clothes to a shopaholic. We WANT it, but at the same time we still want it to be ours. “I must creat a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.” – William Blake.
Ah, an artist’s conundrum.
Any way Gophs, these are the ladies I aspire to be. Their art is impeccable, amazing, inspiring, envying, etc. I’m so glad I found them :3
Sorry for the long post and until next time
P.s. none of these beautiful drawings are mine. They belong to their rightful owners Yasahime, Chiara Bautista, and Haenuli. Go check out their sites :3