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Apple Nouveau by Jacinthe Apple Nouveau by Jacinthe
This is, I guess you could say, my tribute to the fantastic Alphonse Mucha, one of the premier artists of the (all-too-brief) Art Nouveau movement. There is absolutely no denying his influence on my work, and I was excited to go for an all-out blend of Mucha & me in this poster.

About the content, you may have noticed that most Art Nouveau posters advertised the most superfluous luxury items, like rolling papers and tiny chocolate cookies, usually being displayed Vanna White-style by a curvy and barely-clothed woman with luxurious locks. Well, I decided my modern-day unnecessary luxury item would be the Apple iPad. It's pretty unusual for me to be at all subtle or use visual metaphors in my work, but they're all there this time.

This took ages and was done in Photoshop CS5. Hope you enjoy.

EDIT: Thanks so much for the DD! :heart:
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Art Nouveau and... Apple? by *Jacinthe ( Suggested by Hardrockangel and Featured by Thiefoworld )
:iconchocochiyoko:
Haha this is super clever XD I love the concept and the execution is pretty good. First I totaly agree with the contrast you brought up earlier--you could use a bit more of it overall. The colors are all pretty natural and nice but overall I don't feel like there's much of a a color scheme, there are just sort of a lot of colors everywhere....Although I like how the shading on the gown is blue which matches the sky (btw the flowers and cloth are freaking gorgeous) I would suggest for the whole contrast thing to not be afraid to use some black (mix it in of course) or some darker browns for the shades, also pulling some highlights out with some white or yellow could be nice. Now next is sort of a personal thing but I am really not big on how red you made the face/elbows/fingers, this is a style thing but making it so extreme makes it so she looks kind of drunk or sunburnt...anyways...Also I feel that her shoulders are a bit thick and muscular for a girl, and the reflection on the side of her face sort of looks like a beard (sorry @_@) Lastly having some line variation (thinner and thicker) could make the piece a bit more interesting (this could be style)....
Technically you are really good, its just a few things that you could work on ^^ I love the piece overall though and I was just really nitpicky :D
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:iconkyohei-masaki:
Hello Kyohei here well let us get started shall we :iconchallengeacceptedplz:. Positives always first, First impressions I love the coloration and designs of this piece. It hasd a warm and summery feel to it and I would love to nap under that tree, from what I see. :iconsleepingonionplz:

Now for the not so positive I have a suggestion for you I personally would have expanded the picture showing more of the tree and background. I like the flowers but the border between the flowers and the the picture picture I wouldn't have added that, not to knock on your work just personal opinion. Well I would have personally taken this picture in a whole other direction.

But still nice picture all together keep up the good work Jacinthe-chan :iconhandsomeonionplz: p.s. I honestly didn't know what to say about this piece just improvised my whole critique XD
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:iconproseia:
Proseia Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Such a great idea, and perfectly done. xD
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:iconriemea:
Riemea Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your wonderful artwork has been featured here! :heart: And congrats on the DD, it's very well deserved! :)
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Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I was taking my sweet time absorbing all the intricate details of this piece when my eyes suddenly spotted that iPad... Oh, how I giggled.
I've noticed that trend in Art Nouveau advertising as well, so I really enjoy the clever social commentary regarding consumerism in this piece.
Technically, the piece is also very well accomplished-- you've definitely captured the elegant, organic aesthetic established with the Art Nouveau style.

The only thing that's a bit off-putting is the pose of the woman's lower body. I see a short curve on her abdomen, which I assume represents her navel, and while I think that it lines up well with her reclined upper body, the position of her lower body is that of a person sitting upright. Now, I'm not the most supple person out there, but I think that most people (who aren't contortionists) would find it extremely difficult, if not impossible to pose in such a way.

Either way, the exaggerated pose is typical of the art style and doesn't detract too much from the beauty of the rest of the piece. :)
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Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you. Yes, the exaggerated anatomy was intentional, though I've been told before I push it a little too far, sadly. Just another example of what pleases me not pleasing most people. =( Thanks so much for your thoughtful feedback! I love it when folks take time to give the positive and negative. :nod:
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:iconmelancholy-minds:
Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
You're very welcome! It's a very fine piece and I thought it deserved a little more than a passing compliment. :)
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:iconkogua:
kogua Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
i love it
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad. =)
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Your photography is gorgeous, too. I loved looking through your gallery. =)
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you very much!

I'm glad you like my pictures! :hug:
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:iconjoeltonongkh:
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Aesthetically executed. I wish I did this.
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you! I'm flattered. =)
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:iconthwt:
THWT Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh congrats on the DD, it's a really cool piece I love the background and the shading of the dress T.T so pretty.

If you might permit me to just make a couple of comments on some aspects? I saw you took criticism of the red face well :) (which would have been my first point to look at but I think it's been covered ^^). Secondly I assume the girl is meant to be engaging with her ipad? Currently it kind of looks like she is looking under it rather than at it. Secondly, I think her hips are kind of off? The angles her legs are at and the way the hips are so wide and the thighs so low it sort of makes it looks like the legs have been dislocated from the body (I'm not just saying this cause I think girls are meant to have teeny tiny hips or anything XD).
Also I have no illusions that you are probably better educated in art than I so if you disagree that's cool :3

Anyway, I really like this piece and it's a great take on Mucha in the modern world XD And I'll now go and fave a load of stuff in your gallery cause your art is awesome :thumbsup:
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heya! Thanks for taking the time to comment, and I don't mind input, whatever your background.

I agree a couple of things could be tweaked--such as her face--though I usually draw overly exaggerated anatomy (like her long/bent torso, relatively skinny ribcage, and big hips/belly) that pushes the boundaries of reality because I enjoy it. I might be the only one that does (:laughing:) but it's a conscious decision and I find it fun. =)

Anyway, thanks again for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the rest of the gallery. :w00t:
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skyfireJax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I will pay this. Well done!
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for saying so! :hug:
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:iconardyliciouce:
ardyliciouce Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

well,this is so magnificent..
i love the colors..
how u color it then?
thanks..
:love: :love:
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you think so! I coloured it in Photoshop CS5. The colours were on a different layer than the lines, but I also drew the lines in hues similar to the colour around them (so the hair is light blue-gray lines, the skin is warm brown lines, the lips are red lines, etc.).

For the colouring itself I always use a hard round brush in Photoshop at 30-50% opacity, lay down some colour, then use alt-click (eyedropper shortcut) to sample the colours as they start to blend (due to the brush opacity) and go over rough edges to blend it more.

Sorry if that was too much info! Let me know if I can answer any more questions, and thanks for taking the time to comment! :hug:
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:iconardyliciouce:
ardyliciouce Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

thanks for sharing with me.. ^^
i do love this art..
i really love to learn about coloring itself..
and thank you for sharing this..
i really appreciate it..
and i will do my best too..
it's nice to have sharing with others, so humble..
:love: :love:
all right..
thanks for the opportunity, and if any other questions next i will ask you..
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem at all! We all learn from each other. :heart:
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:iconardyliciouce:
ardyliciouce Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

thanks for your kindness..^^
it really helps me..
:love:
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:iconcaetanosaints:
CaetanoSaints Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Very beautifull! Congratulations <3
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I'm glad you like it. :heart:
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:iconnamesandsuch:
NamesAndSuch Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Beautiful.
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate that. :thanks:
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:iconorcamist:
orcamist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love Mucha and love your take on the advertisement … lovely job capturing the art nouveau style with the added modern twist.
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! He's such an amazing inspiration.
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:iconidiotface:
idiotface Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Brilliant
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it. =)
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:iconnubicat:
Nubicat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
PFF HAHAHAHAHAHA XD funny concept exelent work i love the colors
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you. :love:
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:iconpigfacedangel:
PigfacedAngel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hate digital art, actually, but this work is fabulous!
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha oh my, that's great! :blush: Too bad just about all of my stuff is digital. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, regardless!
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sasseeegurl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
unique!
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What a great compliment. =) Thank you!
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:iconsasseeegurl:
sasseeegurl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your very welcome
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:icontaleigh-rae:
Taleigh-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I was like, "OMG! MUCHA STYLE!!"
This is awesome!!
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I know the feeling! I love finding Mucha nuggets hidden throughout dA.

Yes. Mucha nuggets.
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:icontaleigh-rae:
Taleigh-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Mucha nuggets. Fo sho.
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:laughing:
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:iconcamerahugger:
camerahugger Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i was like Oh wow! So traditionti- wait theres an ipad...
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:laughing:
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:iconkungfoowiz:
kungfoowiz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Mmm, Ipad amongst the lillies! =) Fab drawing =)
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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:iconrydi1689:
rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has made my frigging day! <3 I loved how well painted it was, so elegand and sophisticated <3 but then I saw the ipad and it put a smile on my face! :happycry:
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, well your generous comment put a smile on mine! :hug:
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:iconkseniyalisyanskaya:
KseniyaLisyanskaya Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
)))))))))))))))))))))))
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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:iconrainbowstardragon123:
rainbowstardragon123 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You really paid tribute to one of my favorite artists. I really love his style and I wish I could emulate him like you
can. I first discovered him on this FANTASTIC art blog called "Lines and Colors" which gave a link to a Mucha
Foundation.
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:iconjacinthe:
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to check that blog out! Mucha is an amazing inspiration to artists everywhere. I can't get enough!
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