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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?

Keep Drawing!




Work in Progress: Hugh Jackman in Color

Here is my first portrait in full color. I’m making some progress, but it’s a long road. First, I’m not confident in color yet, so I’m going slower. Plus, I’ve been busier these days with my kids, so I haven’t had much chance time to work on stuff.

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I hope everyone likes what they see here. Although it’s my first try, I hope it’s not a disaster. I’m trying to go light to avoid over layering on the paper. I’m nervous about the hair. We’ll see how it goes.

Now in Technicolor!

I’ve finally taken the leap and tried out the colored pencil medium. I looked up a couple of tutorials and started with something small, the nose. This is Daniel Craig’s nose. It was the clearest picture I had.

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I had fun doing this little exercise. I used 9 colors, well 7 really, the white and cream were used to burnish the colors together.  I think my experience with black and white drawings helped with this because I was able to determine where more contrast was needed to make it more realistic. I know it’s not perfect but it was a first try and I will definitely try this again.

Keep drawing!