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I've always been attracted to Art Nouveau imagery, particularly that of the brilliant Alphonse Mucha, who is largely accredited for starting that appealing type of graphic art. I wanted to wrap my mind around the specific aspects of the craft of which this practice drawing is the first attempt. I plan to do more Art Nouveau all vector drawings in the future, unlike this image that contains both vector and bitmap embedded files. Technically this image is some sort of blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the latter being the successor of the first art movement, I guess.

More on Mucha and Art Nouveau in my portfolio blog: https://communicats.blogspot.com/2022/11/art-nouveau-practice-drawing-01.html




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Mainly, Art Nouveau is slightly older, using often clean line art, and very heavily inspired in all what is organic (plants, branches, flowers, etc). It's a style that loves curves and the continuity of the line. It affected the world of illustration and graphic design hugely. From ads, to products labels, shops' banners, magazines, anything graphic was influenced by  this style at the beginning of the 20th century.

Art Deco appeared several years later (1920, I think but I'm terrible remembering chronological data) and is more inspired in industrial things, and sharp angles/corners (so, a bit the opposite of Art Nouveau) and geometric shapes, often using a kind of lightly textured, yet elegant gradients. This affected architecture a lot (Chrysler Building, the Empire State, etc...) . And even "Gotham", that city invented in Batman is super inspired in Art Deco . Not strange, as this was in 1939 (nine years later than the appearance of Superman's comics, born in (and due to) the 1930's recession) Indeed, one of the most decent Batman's animated series  (and overall graphic content generated about it) was heavily inspired on Art Deco, as they wanted to respect that idea of the original Batman comic's aesthetic and inspiration. 

PD: It's unimportant, but the way it I see, that illustration is mostly Art Nouveau   :)

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@SrPx: Thank you for your comment. The explanation of the two arts is correct and I agree it is more Art Nouveau than Art Deco, even if some elements reflect the latter. I believe Gaudi was also influenced by Art Nouveau, which probably is the reason why the work on the Sagrada Familia is pain staking and time consuming. Mimicking the organic works of nature is a huge challenge.

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Very very nice. The facial expression particularly is

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Love Art Nouveau.


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Love it!

In general I am a big Art Noveaux fan. Was in Prague very recently and greatly enjoyed the Mucha Museum!

Did you create the Font yourself or can we buy it/ get it for free somewhere?

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