Hi there! It’s the 10th again, so that means I have a new Inspired by to share with you!
Inspired by is a monthly challenge that my friend Riikka and I started almost 3 years ago. We decide on a theme (and that theme can be anything from a film, a book, a painting, to an item, colour scheme or material) and then we create something with that theme or thing in mind.
We keep what we’re making a secret until reveal day on the 10th, when we show you and each other our creations.
I came up with the idea for this month’s theme… It was one of those themes that I didn’t think through before I suggested it. But I did… And it was the Czech Jugendstil artist Alphonse Mucha.
I have always loved anything Art Nouveau and I’ve had the pleasure to see some of Mucha’s work displayed in a museum not that long ago. It was mesmerizing! No image on the internet or even in a book will ever come near the real thing…
If I had thought it through, I would have chosen one of his works instead of just saying Inspired by: Mucha. But I hadn’t and in the end that’s OK. Riikka started working on a special Pinterest board almost immediately and I went to the library and found me a book about Mucha with loads of images.
It was overwhelming, because there are so many elements in his work that I love. One thing that stood tall for me, was that it had to involve a woman figure and gold details were a must.
So I grabbed a random magazine and I sketched a face after a photo in that magazine. And then… I just let go…
This is what I ended up with:
I can keep tinkering with this page, but I decided to stop here. You know me: I’m always critical of my work and I see all the faults when I look at it.
But I can also look at it and be proud. Because I’m not a (face) drawer… I hardly ever draw people… So this is not half bad! And I love, love, love the frame idea. I can see myself trying more of this!
Have a great day!