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Art Nouveau (Drawings, Vector Illustrations & AI-Generated Art)

Art Nouveau is an ornamental style of art and architecture that emerged in the late 19th century and was popular until around 1914. The style is characterized by its use of organic, flowing lines, often inspired by nature, and a focus on decorative elements over representational forms.

Art nouveau is my favourite style of art and I try to incorporate aspects of it in my work with all kinds of mediums.

"Art nouveau portraits" AI-generated

Art nouveau portraits generated by AI
Artist
Matthew James Taylor
Software
MidJourney
Style
Art nouveau
Date
16 Dec 2022

I tried out MidJourney, an AI-generative art tool, and created this series of art nouveau portraits. It's amazing what artificial intelligence can do!

See more of my portraits.

"Art nouveau fashion drawing" Graphite pencil on art paper

Art nouveau fashion drawing: Graphite pencil on art paper
Artist
Matthew James Taylor
Medium
Graphite pencil on art paper
Style
Art nouveau
Date
26 Jan 2015

I drew this dancing pose from my mind. I wanted her to be wearing a dress with long flowing pieces of fabric that mimicked her long flowy hair, art nouveau style.

"Art nouveau portrait" Graphite pencil drawing

Felicity circle: art nouveau portrait
Artist
Matthew James Taylor
Medium
Graphite pencil
Style
Art nouveau
Date
9 Sep 2007
Time
A few hours

I worked on this drawing in my spare time and it took a while to get it this far. I enjoy working in art nouveau style but each line of hair can take a while to get right, it's worth all the effort though.

I originally intended to ink this afterward but I actually quite like the messy pencil look.

If you look at the larger version you can see a few smudges, marks and construction lines etc. that's all part of it.

"The dancer" Female nude in sepia ink

The dancer
Artist
Matthew James Taylor
Medium
Sepia ink, gouache on watercolor paper
Date
3 Apr 2005
Time
More than 4 hours

I was inspired after looking at some beautiful artwork by Selina Fenech so I painted this picture of a dancing girl.

Her flowing hair has an 'art nouveau' feel to it.

There are a few things that I'm not quite happy with but I'm never completely happy about any of my work. I was trying to capture a nice sense of movement and grace and I think I achieved that. For me it feels as if she is about to twirl around at any moment.

I used white gouache for highlights but they didn't come up in this scan. The watercolour paper was perhaps too light.

"Angel Sky" Color vector illustration

Angel Sky: Color vector illustration
Artist
Matthew James Taylor
Software
Coreldraw
Style
Art nouveau
Date
27 Mar 1999

In this vector illustration I attempted to make the girls hair flow in a circular pattern into the sun.

See more of my vector illustrations.

"Lyndal the Flower Girl" CorelDraw Portrait

Lyndal the flower girl
Artist
Matthew James Taylor
Software
CorelDraw
Style
Art nouveau
Date
15 Oct 1997

This is Lyndal the flower girl - part human and part plant. Her hair turns into flowers!

I first drew this picture in pencil then inked it with black felt tip pen. Next I scanned it in black and white and turned it into a vector drawing with CorelTrace.

All the colors were added in CorelDraw.

"Angela with art nouveau hair" Felt tip pen illustration

Angela with art nouveau hair: Felt tip pen illustration
Artist
Matthew James Taylor
Medium
Black felt-tip marker on art paper
Style
Art nouveau
Date
3 Nov 1995

Angela is James' girlfriend in my cartoon strip Ogga the Cane Toad.

The designs in her hair were inspired by the art nouveau style.

"Art nouveau hair" Felt tip pen portrait

Art nouveau hair: Felt tip pen portrait
Artist
Matthew James Taylor
Medium
Black felt-tip marker on art paper
Style
Art nouveau
Date
11 Apr 1995

This is an awkwardly drawn picture that was done before I knew anything about anatomy. The only reason why I've included it here is because I love her hair — styled in art nouveau fashion!

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A charcoal portrait of Angela reading a book

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Detail of a male model in white charcoal

White Charcoal Life Drawing On Toned Paper

Sepia ink life drawing

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A close-up painting of pistachios with Gouche

Gouache Paintings (Still Life Illustrations)

Vector portrait of Crystal the Doll

Vector Art (Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Flash & Inkscape)

A pencil drawing of a stand of trees

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A close-up of my Ikea pig oil painting

Oil Painting (Still Life & Landscapes)

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A charcoal life drawing of a female model

Charcoal Life Drawing (Examples On White & Toned Paper)

A black ball-point pen doodle

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Drapery Drawing (Folded Fabric Studies in Charcoal & Pencil)

A fractal artwork of an owl in a tree

Fractal Art (Exploring Fractals & Art Based On Fractals)

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