Magical lands full of dark forests, mysterious maidens, and unicorns fill the world of Jessica Albert. The young French artist, going by the handle Sieskja on art site deviantArt, creates lush, complex watercolors which open a door from the everyday into the world of fantasy.
Le Loup Blanc
Les Sept Merles
Oh Dear Black Horse
Albert”s work instantly calls to mind classic fairy tales. She often draws her inspiration from fairy tales as well as from modern fantasy stories. Her work is ethereal and earthly at the same time. It features misty, jewel-toned colors that seem to float off the page, as well as anchoring dark linework that keeps the figures and shapes grounded. Her images call to mind traditional stained glass, folk art, and the illustrations of Tolkien.
Det Dodande Vattnet
Her art also has a multicultural spin, as many of her illustrations are inspired by folk tales from around the world. Albert has a particular fascination for Scandinavian lore, and has studied Scandinavian languages. She also studies library science, which naturally provides her with plenty of inspiring material. In addition to classical legends, Albert also works with other contemporary artists and writers, and sometimes creates illustrations of their original tales as well.
Esprits des Bois
Le Saule Pleureur
Le Temps Retrouve
You can keep up with Albert”s latest work on her deviantArt, Tumblr, Ultra-Book and Facebook pages, and see some artistic process on her blog.