Okay, I’ve had this in my drafts for I don’t know how long now, but I think it’s time we talk about this video
Xanthe is the talented artist behind my favourite ever channel on Youtube. She makes charming, wonderful and heartwarming content about illustration and creativity. It is always wonderful, and I do recommend her channel to everyone.
A favourite video of hers – which is actually a few months old now (hence the old draft for this post) – is “Reimagining Ophelia”. Guiding us through the process, Xanthe tells us about how she paraphrased John Everett Millais’ famous Pre-Raphaelite painting “Ophelia”.
“Ophelia” is in itself an absolute masterpiece (read more here if you’re curious), but the way Xanthe walks us through both her thoughts on her own artwork and the story behind the original just makes for absolute perfect video for a Youtube-loving art history enthusiast like me.
And I haven’t even started on the finished illustration. I absolutely adore the general expression in Xanthe’s work, it’s utterly charming and it just blows me away with it’s colourful and cheerful feel. The juxtaposition of this with the theme of the painting is just mind-blowing.