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

Character © Lucasfilm Ltd.


BACKSTORY

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]


SYMBOLISM

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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taunteanna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I absolutely love this type of artwork. I hope to see more of this in the future.
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Erikku8 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Way cool!
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SuperTerabite Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
this is so fucking gorgeous omg
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Jonalight Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thats a good work
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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!
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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 :)
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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
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lowercaseashley Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Love this. Please make a print!! :eager:
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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? :-/
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Melisquish Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i like it
Draw On!
-Meli
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