Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Fantasy Art Focus: Yasmina Siamendes
It's been a while since I've focused on a Second Life artist, and because recently I've discovered a wonderful fantasy artist whose work I love to follow, I decided it was time. I first saw Yasmina's work when I noticed she had done several pictures in Elven Realm and Elven Mist, my two sims. They were truly magical and beautiful and I really love the way she captured and brought out the best of both sims. Yasmina's work is amazing, and that goes for her ability to use colors and bring them out, lighting, composition, treatment and poses. She has the ability to play with all different "styles" when creating her art and has great talent doing anything from forest faes to modern landscapes. Overall, she has a knack for bringing out the magic in every picture and each and every one looks professionally done!
Yasmina comes from Germany and has been a member of Second Life for about four years now. She started out making quite a few friends and they would spend time in game chatting and dancing most of the time. She quickly got bored with this routine and wanted more, thus decided to become an elf and live in some of the beautiful forests of Second Life. Yasmina had always loved fantasy and thought the game was the perfect place to express this and live out her dreams of being a fantasy creature. She would take turns living in different forests, all the while still chatting and dancing while experiencing life in the woods. Again, she became bored with this and looked for more. She just happened to meet an exceptional photographer in Second Life named Alles Klaar while in the forest. Alles asked Yasmina to be her model for some photos, and Yasmina was happy to oblige....the rest is history. She started to become interested in photography within game herself and explored Flickr by looking at Alles' stream and several of the fantasy groups. Already having a background professionally in graphic art and design, Yasmina found that editing and using Photoshop became second hat. She started out doing unedited pictures, but wanted more. She wanted that creative and magical touch in her pictures, and you can definitely see that magic shining through in all her creations!
The first and second pictures posted are my personal favorites of Yasmina's work and both happen to be photographed at my sim, Enchanted of Elven Realm.
I asked Yasmina to tell me her own personal favorite pictures. She listed six total and I've posted them below with her MOST favorite first and so on. She stated it was funny because when she quickly worked on a picture and didn't spend much time on it, people tended to like those particular pictures the best. When she did spend alot of time editing one, those seemed to get less attention and not be as "faved" as the others. Overall, Yasmina likes the pictures she's done that have some kind of meaning behind them or statement to make.
I hope you enjoy Yasmina's pictures as much as I and many others do. I will have several of her masterpieces displayed at our gallery over Enchanted, so please stop by and visit! You can see many more of Yasmina's creations on her Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61281993@N04/