Dragon*Con is one of the largest popular culture conventions in the southeast. This year 52,000 people turned out, including myself, to revel in everything science fiction/fantasy, gaming, comics, writer and artist workshops, and so much more. As it turns out, EBSQ artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith was a part of the 2012 Art Show!
The Dragon*Con Art Show is a juried exhibition and artist market. This year was Jasmine’s seventh Dragon*Con. She is a fan favorite. I experienced first hand the allure of her fairies, mermaids and even pirates.
Friday afternoon, soon after the doors opened, I made my way to the Hyatt’s Grand Hall West. I zig zagged through a maze of people and art til I found Jasmine’s art booth tucked away in the back corner. It became clear at once I would not be holding an actual interview. Her booth was surrounded by young adults, 20 somethings and middle-age fans. In no hurry, I took it all in–the smiles, the gratitude, and the fans Jasmine knew from previous years.
The experience was magical.
Jasmine was all smiles. She made sure to speak to everyone and always knew her repeat buyers. We chatted for about thirty minutes and during that time I witnessed at least four long-time fans who came seeking out her art. As you can see from the photo above, taken on the last day of Dragon*Con, they nearly cleaned her out! Below is a glimpse of her booth before they opened the doors.
Meeting Jasmine, seeing her artwork beyond the monitor, is something I will never forget. I even bought a couple of signed prints for myself!
Want to meet Jasmine too?
She’ll be at FaerieCon East November 9-11 2012.
Follow these links to learn more about Jasmine and explore her magical art:
Jasmine on EBSQ
Jasmine on LiveJournal
Jasmine on Facebook