Thursday, December 29, 2011
Illustrator: Scarlett Veith
Posted by Maxine Harris
I think it’s safe to say that Scarlett Veith takes a rather satirical view of Christmas. They have that innocent, but ironic sense of humour, reminiscent of Pixar’s style of illustration. Her images are effortlessly cool and visually stunning. Produced with a digital dry ink method, colours remain vibrant and animated. If Pixar were ever to do a Christmas film, I can’t help but think their characters would look something like this.
The character in the first image resembles a Christmas tree. However, it appears to have grown legs, feet, arms, horns, and a suspicious row of teeth. Tied up in Christmas lights and attached to some turquoise and yellow baubles, this Christmas tree monster appears not to have succeeded in his naughty disguise. The real Christmas trees behind him frame his discontent, while the green colour scheme marks his failed attempt at camouflage.
The second image bears the playful words: Stay Cool This Xmas. The globe-encased Snowman is the epitome of ‘cool’, both as the signifier of cold, winter days, and as the top-hat, bow-tie-wearing embodiment of style. The third illustration is altogether darker than the cool Snowman and Christmas tree monster. The black and red colour scheme makes for an interesting contrast, developed by its Robo Santa concept. He has the long arms of Mr Tickle and the body of a tubby robot. He appears as a villain rather than the red-faced, cuddly, loveable Santa Claus we have all come to know and love. This is Scarlett at her satirical best, ridiculing Christmas’ commercial greed by taking its most famous motif (Santa) and turning it into a mechanical robot.
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