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Art Nouveau Padme by hriviel Art Nouveau Padme by hriviel

Padmé Amidala from the STAR WARS saga, rendered in the art nouveau style, inspired by the work of Alphonse Mucha.

Character © Lucasfilm Ltd.


In December of 2007, just before Greek Art class, I showed my friend Joetta a promotional photo from STAR WARS Episode II: Attack of the Clones; this one: [link] . She immediately mentioned that it looked like an Alphonse Mucha print. I loved the idea so much (as we are both huge art nouveau fans), that I took it up as a personal project. She definitely gets the dedication--This one's for you, Joetta!

So, while I was doing research in the library, I came across this print, "La Fleur": [link] , and it clicked.

The drawing phase was long and assiduous (including a completely scrapped draft), but my final linework was pretty pleasing. [link] , although it's still not as neat or orderly as I would have liked it to be.

After that, it was scanned into the computer and went to colouring (Photoshop CS3, done on school computers after classes)--even longer and more assiduous!

Also posted in a sepia "antiqued" tone: [link]


I knew I wanted to incorporate symbolism into this piece right away, from all three prequel films. The most obvious place to do so was in the hyperbola (styled as a mosiac, a Mucha-inspired move); here are repeated images of the japor pendant given to her by Anakin [link] , and a version of the Naboo crest (this rendition is the one on the handmaiden battle dress belt buckle from Episode I) [link] . This represents Padmé's ambivalence between love and duty. The purple and red recall Amidala's royal costumes--think of the wrapped purple veil worn on the return to Naboo and the deep crimson of her queenly regalia.

The background gradient is meant to call up the colours of the Water Gown [link] , her Episode III funerary dress. Apropriately, the white flowers you see in the corners are those which were strewn in her hair during the funeral [link] . There are four of them, to represent the four members of the Skywalker family ;) , the mother, the father, the daughter and the son.

The red roses, aside from being an obvious symbol, were present at the Varykino Lake Retreat [link] , in stone urns that lined the walkways. And the orange borders are the sunset of Padmé and Anakin's wedding [link] .

Minor Edit, April 2009: I did a bit of shading. :)
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Kitteniche Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Maybe it's cause I'm using my mobile but I can't see if there's anywhere on here to buy prints... Anyone know?
taunteanna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I absolutely love this type of artwork. I hope to see more of this in the future.
Erikku8 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Way cool!
SuperTerabite Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
this is so fucking gorgeous omg
Jonalight Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thats a good work
El-Barbudo96 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When i saw this photo as one of the adverts for episode 2 i thought that would make a great Alphonse Mucha painting but never got around to doing it, and here i find a great art noveau version!
Her dress, hair and ornaments and pose are all completely as if Mucha himself had commanded this photoshoot.
Nice work!
UsakiDaikatana Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You have perfectly captured Mucha's style - I saw this as a thumbnail and I thought "Hey, that's Mucha!"

Mucha good, also :)
AxelManningCatalina Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with everyone below, had this been a print: I'd beg my mother to buy it for me! :D
lowercaseashley Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Love this. Please make a print!! :eager:
Toureille Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this so much. :love: You did an amazing job. I'm disappointed that I don't see any prints for sale. Will this ever happen? :-/
Melisquish Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i like it
Draw On!
TheChosenWife Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Cool, I look so pretty
snakeskinta2 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Wonderfully executed
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the pic. Wow. And the symbolism...
Keroberus1977 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
This is really good. I found it looking for something else, but I'm glad I found it!
jazz-man556677 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
This is so beautiful. Best picture of her i reckon. Love it.
Hwaigon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
The pose itself is Mucha - like, yet the structures and segments around her not that much... I mean, the repetition of circles and squares. On the other hand, her hair is really well done and well depicts the Art Nouveau mood.
redambrosia Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love that you put so much symbolism into it. Mucha did that quite a bit with his work, though not everyone apperciates that aspect of the art.

Well done indeed =D
LaughterGirl Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
lolitaxlolita Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
this is absolutely beautiful and definitely does padme justice!
LittleRedPhoto Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
I love the traditional feel of this.
GoGo-T-W Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
The amount of work and thought that went into this deserves a favorite.
Utopia87 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011

I don't think I've seen anything on here that had my jaw drop so fast!

This is AMAZING!
MariaRaphael Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic. Love the details on the dress especially.
VulcanJedi87 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Beautiful! Simply stunning! ^_^
GwenCanDrawZat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student General Artist
I love it!! :D Did you know there's a tee shirt for girl's of Padme Noveau? It's a lot like this one but it also has friends and family. Go onto to see it. I own the shirt and I just loooooooooooooooooooooove it.
great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
She's so beautiful in art noveau style:)
icandria Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
this is a wonderful piece!
i love both art nouveau and starwars :D
you did a great combination! <3
saneteapot Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
this is beautiful, wonderful use of inspirations!
Josh--Brown Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Writer
absolutely fantastic work
chattersley Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
I love Mucha's work, and I love this. This is really beautiful.
FemaleSpock Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Kyrrdis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Gorgeus! I love it! <3
susieecool Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
So very very well done. I love this. It brings out what I loved the most about Padme.
Basmah999 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
gorgeous, i adore the symbolism!
xHolyNunx Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student General Artist
beautiful. yea Alphonse Mucha has great work
VengaFett Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Wow.Very,very classy and gorgeous.
nathaliagomes Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lovely! ^^ i love Art Nouveau, it reminds me of Mucha!
FuzzyBuzzy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Featured here [link] :boogie::hug::sun:
Lumenesca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
This piece is absolutely beautiful, and I love the symbolism!
hriviel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Thanks! :)
Drachenfuerst Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it!
SpartanWilco Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
PinkKirby15 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
My goodness...this is beautiful! I love the style you chose, and it only makes me treasure her character even more! :+favlove:
hriviel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Thanks! :D
midnightdew Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
stunning :) . alphonse mucha is a good choice of influence *thumbs up*
rozekuru Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
This is a really beautiful piece. Love the clean lines, the colour choices and the gorgeous rendering of the skin and hair. Great work - I'll have to check out the rest of the gallery now :D
hriviel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Thank you! :thanks:
pagan-live-style Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
This beautifull deviation is featured in my friday journal of 28-11-2008 !!!!!

greetz Len.
hriviel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Thank you. :)
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