Posts tagged ‘art nouveau’

Lenore Finished!

You may or may not remember about a week ago my WIP posting. Here is the completed piece. I’m really happy with the way it came out. The woman is my interpretation of Lenore, the lost love of the narrator in Poe’s ‘The Raven’. I decided to make her as kind of a dark, Victorian angel with raven wings. The plants around her are Jimson weed, which are members of the datura family. This group of plants’ claim to fame is how when ingested, they can cause delirium and the inability to distinguish reality from fantasy (from Wikipedia entry, original article is here). As I was basing this picture on art nouveau style and those pieces are often packed with botanical detail, I knew I needed something in the background, but didn’t want to just throw in some random plant to serve merely as filler. I did some searching on Google which I’m sure would make anyone wonder what I was up to if they looked at my browser history. Words and terms like ‘poisonous plants’, ‘fatal plants’, ‘Victorian plant meanings’ and ‘hallucinogenic plants’ were all entered into search. I had vaguely remembered my horticulture friend, Anne telling me about jimson weed one time when we were walking through the nearby Arboretum and how it was known to cause hallucinations. Since I also liked the appearance of the plant (in the end, I am into making something pretty), I decided to use it…for the drawing that is, not for myself! The delirium inducing qualities of datura fit perfectly with the tone of the poem where the narrator seems to spiral into insanity.


January 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Cirque Nouveau

Two things that inspire me artistically are Cirque du Soleil and Art Nouveau so I wanted to do a piece that combined both of those things.

I remember I discovered Cirque many years ago when they would do a marathon on Bravo during New Year’s Eve. I’ve never been much of a partier so New Year’s is often spent at home with either family or on my own in my apartment. I think the first one I ever saw was ‘Allegria’ and to this day, that one remains one of my favorite Cirque shows. I remember being blown away by the things they do on stage and loving the costumes and makeup. Part of me fantasizes about working for Cirque. I know it would be a ton of hard work, but to be in such a creative atmosphere would make it all worth it.

I can’t remember when I discovered Art Nouveau and latched on to it. I really like the often intricate details that the artists would pack their pieces with. I have a book on Alfonse Mucha who is considered THE artist of that movement and I never get tired of looking at all the artwork in there.

Anyway, I actually got the idea for this design not when I was watching Cirque or looking at my Mucha book, but when I was sitting on the couch watching ‘Project Runway’. Watching other people create stuff makes me want to create stuff and so I grabbed my sketchbook and started doodling while watching. Once the sketch was done, I tweaked a few things and then started on the final piece. I’ve been working on it off and on since Thanksgiving weekend and finally finished it the week before Christmas. I am really happy with the way it came out.

Done  with Prismacolor colored pencils
Original piece: 18″ x 24″ cause I’m crazy like that 🙂

December 27, 2010 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Falling Behind…

For a while, I was doing so good with lining up posts ahead of time, but then I went home for Thanksgiving and had no computer access so am a bit behind and scarce on the posts this week. I intend to get stuff back on track this weekend again.

Anyway, one of the advantages of a Thanksgiving ‘unplugged’ was that time normally spent online was freed up and once I was done crashing on Mario Kart Wii, I worked on my traditional art. I’ve kind of neglected that recently. I am doing an art challenge for 2010 of 365 drawings/sketches, but mostly it’s been sketches that then get finalized in Illustrator and put up in the shops. Currently, I don’t have a program to scan my stuff in at the higher quality to sell as prints so all traditional art that I share online is a rather poorly colored digital photo. Hopefully, I can fix that in the future with Photoshop. I would like to branch out eventually and sell my other art in addition to the Kimchi Kawaii stuff.

This piece was one of the rare few to make it out of my Art Purgatory. Usually, if they end up there, they don’t make it to finished pieces. I had done the original sketch a long time ago and on a bigger piece of paper. About a year ago, I redrew the whole thing on a smaller paper and started the coloring, but then stopped again. I took it home for Thanksgiving and finally finished it. I really happy with the way it turned out. Wish the color was better on here. Also started another, larger piece mixing Cirque du Soleil and art nouveau. It will get posted here when it’s done. Actually worked on it a bit more this evening before watching one of my Christmas movies. There’s just something about working with traditional mediums that you can’t get with only working on computer. Maybe it’s the tangible aspect of it? The holding of the pencil in your hands? Not sure, but I don’t want my traditional art to completely fall by the wayside.

December 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Back to Work!

I just got back from a really fun time down in Southern California and a much needed vacation. One of the things that I did down there was go to Disneyland for the Halloween Party. It was so much fun, especially since adults got to wear costumes in the park, something normally not allowed. My costume was the Queen of Hearts lolita style.

This artwork doesn’t portray the costume, but is another version of the Queen that I was working on around the same time. In the movies and the book, she’s so violent and eager to off peoples’ heads. So I thought that it would be fun to draw her as an anime style warrior queen. This was by far the most complex Illustrator piece that I’ve done and I am really happy with the way it came out. As a kid, I liked to take on drawings where I would pack in as much detail as I could. I guess I’m still doing that. I can’t wait to start on the next one like this. I think I’ll either do a companion piece to this one of the White Rabbit or another character I’ve sketched out – an anime Anubis.

October 11, 2010 at 6:18 am Leave a comment


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