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Original Art Nouveau in Color

I mentioned before that I’ve been loving art nouveau and Alphonse Mucha. Well, I finally created my own original art nouveau piece. It was fun and I’ll most likely do another one at some point. Since this was my first. I kept the design really simple. My biggest challenge is color. I really need to practice with choosing a color palette that works, and stick with it.

This was how I did this. I started with the drawing of the woman, staying minimal. I then, framed it up so I know where the rest of the design is going. This was only an 8×10 inch paper so I didn’t have much room to work with. I went through my Mucha books to gather inspiration for backgrounds. I choose to do a simple European countryside look and sun bursts on top. After laying it all out in pencil, I traced onto another paper with brown colored pencil and went on filling in the rest of the color from there and blended it in with colored pencil blending pencil and marker.

I used Prismacolor pencils and I think this only took a total of about 6 hours

In conclusion, I’m very proud of myself for doing this. I have no experience in art like this, but it’s not completely terrible. Yay! What do you think?

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Art Nouveau

While reading up on Classical Drawing, most courses have you do a “master copy”. I haven’t done this yet, but I have looked for some master artists pencil drawings, and I’ve discovered Alphonse Mucha’s sketches.
After seeing these, illustration seemed possible. Illustration is not my strong suit. Ironic, considering that I wanted to be an illustrator when I was younger. But I thought I should just try a little art nouveau style in a drawing. This is a work in progress of course, so not very nouveau-ish yet, but I will be adding more elements.