This week I’m taking a look at four additional paintings by Kinuko Y. Craft. They demonstrate her talents in mythical art, detail, realism, and composition.
Ooh, so ethereal. The colors Craft uses for the woman and the egg evoke an atmosphere of other-worldliness. The woman’s hair drips water-like into the pool from which she emerges; and she emerges into a lush, yet cold, landscape. I love it.
Cry of the Icemark
This is probably a book cover. Looks pretty damn epic to me. I question the use of the fluttering red cloth, though. Although Craft may have intended for the woman’s orange hair to blend in with the cloth, I think the orange color would have been gorgeous with a grey, blue, green, or even violet backdrop.
Alphabet of Thorn
Another probable book cover. The floral borders are beautiful and all the curves of the woman’s hair and clothes, as well as the curved arches, make things interesting. Plus, there’s a deer with its antlers on fire. Try to top that.
Eleanor of Aquitaine (bust)
This is one of two Eleanor of Aquitaine portraits, the other being the queen on horseback… with a a hunting bird… accompanied by three dogs. I chose this one because it is an idealized portrait with great movement and use of light without too many distractions. It’s also in the tradition of historical portraits – lots of cloth, placement of the person almost in the center, etc.
Next week I will present some of Craft’s colored pencil drawings – I didn’t even know she had any until this month!