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What You Wish For by MelissaFindley What You Wish For by MelissaFindley
He should have looked human, she thought. He should have looked like just an ordinary man with pale hair, in expensive clothing. She frowned. He didn’t. Her question was easy.

“What are you, exactly?”

“Would you rather I showed you, or told you?” he asked.

“Why not show and tell,” she countered. He smirked.

“Very well, then. If you insist.” For one heartbeat, nothing changed, and then, in the space between one heartbeat and the next, one breath and the next, one nearly imperceptible blink of an eye, he

Gone were the human clothes, the human hair cut. Nor was he as she remembered him, though. His boots were quite obviously goblin made, for she’d never seen leather quite like that in her world before. His black breeches were some softer leather that molded to his thighs, but wasn’t quite as tight or revealing as what he’d worn during her time in the Labyrinth. The white shirt was simpler, without frills, and unlaced, leaving a long thin vee of marble skin exposed from the pale column of his throat, down his sternum, where his familiar crescent shaped pendant lay, with a glimpse of a tightly muscled abdomen before the shirt met at a point just beneath his belt. There was a grinning goblin face with ruby eyes there, almost taunting her to look below. He wore a dark red leather jacket that reminded her of the one she’d seen him in before, with a wide standing collar, and long tails, and wide cuffs that fell over his black gloved hands. His face was without makeup, or glitter, but his eyes had taken on more of a slant, like a cat; and his eyebrows flared high, like an owls wings. His hair was mostly short, but wild, as it had been before, spiking up at odd angles, with two longer locks of hair that fell over his ears and down against his jacket. His ears, she noticed, were the tiniest bit pointed, and he wore a black metal ring through one of them.

He was the old Jareth, and the new Jareth. He was regal, and dangerous looking, and when he moved toward her, he had the grace of a large cat stalking its prey. She shivered.

“Do I frighten you?” he asked curiously, head tilted, eyes narrowed. Sarah licked her suddenly dry lips.

--from "What You Wish For" by KnifeEdge
So... I didn't really care for the last version of Jareth I painted, and the one I started last night looked like ass... This, this is much better.

That hair, however, continues to defy all natural laws...
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talisath Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The hair has an existance of itself, it probably lives by its own rules ;)
Joking aside, loving this pic :)
ashangel101010 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
No one can wear goblin leather like Jareth....he's smoldering.
Comicalfreakazoid Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013   General Artist
stunning!La la la la 
Sassatelli17 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This one is amazing... Thanks for this wonderful work.
Lotusflower22 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
mynagoldenwings Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is sooo good :worship: God it's so.. semi-realistic! His hair is done marvelously!! Eee :giggle:
Admerxin13 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pixierunner123 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
the first one was good. this one made me take a cold shower.
imaginationhaven Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh! So hot!! The story once again was good and you captured Jareth nicely for it!
Tenoko1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
OMG, love. he looks amazing! Very nice.
EmbodimentOfSin20 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Breath-taking. And the passage you wrote sent shivvers down my spine.
LadyAnya-chan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
0_0 Amazing.
Shizmozzle Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
o__o now I have to read this fic XD what a gorgeous rendition of Jareth you made >w<
RaiMitsu1938 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student General Artist
This is the most awesome Jareth I've ever seen! *le sigh* :iconbigsmileplz:
twiliheroine Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
So amazing~~ :love:
Livie-Lightyear Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Student General Artist
An INCREDIBLE illustration to an incredible fic!
THE--DEVIL Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
:dance: OMG OMG!

I LOVE THIS FANFIC and I love your portrayal of it too! You did a wonderful job in your interpretation of the his new look. I'm trying to think of something constructive to say but my mind has gone to complete fan-girl mush and all I can hear is SSSQQQQUUUUEEEEE ringing behind my ears.
TheWearyWanderer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Writer
*screams* Gorgeous! That's it! Jareth is mine, mine, mine! All other fangirls back off! *drools and hugs computer screen*
Waifine Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous art.

And yet another brilliant fan-fiction!
rare124 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
Bravo! I could tell it was Jareth in the thumbnail, without having to look through the description. You have captured the essence of him, the smug smile, the hair, the expression, the eye brows! Wonderful job! i shall have to read the fanfic!! :love: :clap:
Seriously-serino777 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
This is a very impressive painting that I have had the good fortune to see. The lighting is perfectly placed, and his hair... Oh, so dreamy. In fact, the entire thing is dreamy. His head seems to be held as that of one of noble birth, and his clothing fits him well. I simply adore this. Fav! ^^
strwberri-girl Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Amazingly beautiful!
prettygirlstory Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Very well done. Somewhat freaky to me, but I suppose it's a good thing that you can get some emotion out of me. :) Great job!
Kyriea Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
*drools then dies of fangirling* Sooooo gorgeous! Hes amazing!
Steffie-yan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
you made jareth look even better here than he did in the movie, lol
Yumikai Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
I'f read the story realy nice :]!
Anais07 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Great work! He looks so gangerously and powerful!
teardroponfire69 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
he looks really young, like a teenager. you make him so hott ...drools
Fusion-Defiance Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
erm.. Jareth has two different eye colors.. :O_o:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
No. Actually he doesn't. Bowie did not wear colored lenses for the film, and his eyes are both blue. One of his pupils is permanently dilated which makes it appear darker than the other. Since he's *technically* the official face of Jareth, Jareth does not, therefore have differently colored eyes.

Besides, this version isn't meant to look like movie Jareth anyway. Read the descriptions, please
Fusion-Defiance Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh.. ok. thank you then ^^;

sorry, i guess i was misinformed... hehe..
VulcanNexus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I simply adore this interpretation of him
Shahrezad1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful, and definitely an exemplar portrayal of Jareth.

And I probably spelled exemplay incorrectly. But for Jareth, anything is allowed.
icekittyekat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has reduced me to a giddy fangirl... good for you! OMG! HE'S SO CUTE! ... man now I want one.... oh well. Amaaaaazing work there dear! luf it!
ImaginedMoments Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Gorgeous work and I just love the hair :)
okapirose Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, beautifully done!

few other words to say other than: Gorgeous :D :+fav:
CheNeko Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Logan-Adaire Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
I really love this portrait. You've definitely captured the 'essence' of Jareth. I love his expression and the lighting is fantastic! Very nice.
rowenabrennavart Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
he's young and old..and those eyes are 100% jareth-like!! intense and sexy and wicked...I love this. I wont criticize anything, since the only bit that could be changed is his nose, but noses are hard to get right anyway n__n +fav
wolverine-fallen09 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
WOWZERS!!! not only did you make the character beautiful, but the artistry and skill you've shown IN the peice is just GORGEOUS!!! The skin tones are magnificently done and well painted, and the color scheme of the hair and such is sooooo AWSOME!!!

he reminds me of elrond a bit, from lotr, lol, must be the slanted eyebrows or something. XD

WOOT!!!! A most definite :+fav: ;)
GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
Absolutely gorgeous, very haunting and dramatic and all the things it should be :)
SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist

I'm going to HAVE to read this. Wow.

I think my mouth is to dry to even type.

Looks great!! Your excerpt is drawing my attention away from the art though. :D
Rosaka-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing you do it on many different layers?
The overall lighting and colouring is beautiful :heart: but isn't his neck too thin?
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Depends on how poofy his hair really is. When I drew the skull and face it wasn't. I think his hair just makes it look huge. And the hair, I think, was only done on two seperate layers. on underlayer for the backlighting and the base/shadow color, and then a top one for everything else.
Rosaka-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, thanks for the answer. :3
RavenLady Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007   Writer
gisaiagami Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
wowwwwww love the color of face
You painting in pb ? and use color after this?
Love the light too
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
pb? sorry didn't follow that?
gisaiagami Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
black and white...sorry hehehe. The method of painting in greyscale, after use brush in color
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