Graphic Arts Studies – “Art Nouveau” Sketches – September 2014

Back with some… colors! Here are some sketches inspired by Art Nouveau movement! I am currently working on graphic design stuff, meant to be in my portfolio. I produced these drawings recently. They’re only studies, so final result will be quite different, but I wanted to work on colors and motives.

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First Sketch of the Series

I am very fond of Art Nouveau movement, especially in Central Europe – I mean Vienna Secession movement and Jugendstil . I wanted to work on vegetal motives, especially on an orange tree, related to my work’s main topic…

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Second Sketch and Style Exercise

The fact is I feel a little bit frustrated, because I got the impression I don’t draw as well as I used to, a few years ago. Maybe I put too much pressure on myself, and need some time to adapt to a new way of working… But bleeding hell I’m so impatient to produce beautiful stuff in less time! I felt so frustrated, I found my tree too stiff, if I dare to say, compared to Art Nouveau sensuality, that I tried to improve my curves and lines by this strange motive on the right, and this woman looking like Ver Sacrum features. I quite admire graphic work of Vienna Secession artists in terms of posters, layouts and even typography.

I also made sketches of the details, like the golden pot, and vegetal stuff like flowers and fruits. This is one of my very first sketches in colors. But now I’m studying graphic arts, I cannot neglect color issues.

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Golden Pot inspired by Vienna Secession Graphics

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Stylized Orange Flower and Fruit

What is funny is that sketch devoted to vegetal motives looks very… exotic. :) But the fact is some Austrian and German artists of the Secession were fond of Japanese graphic arts! I can easily imagine such a motive on a yukata or kimono, for instance!

My last one is… this one. But I still don’t get satisfied, I’d really like to make it more… curvy. Like Ver Sacrum covers or exhibition posters from the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century. Let’s hope I’ll improve quickly!

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Sober Sketch

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Inspiration – My Novel’s “Soundtrack” – September 2014

I am currently working on some creations related to my distance learning. But if you liked my novel’s illustrations, maybe you’re curious about musical atmosphere?… Indeed, every time I read a book, I see it as a long film, with mise en scene and music. And I love music. I often draw, paint and write in music, and I put some music on my novel’s blog. I visualise my story as a film, or like series with several episodes according to some chapters, so I need music… Very often it’s classical, pop-rock or heavy metal, ’cause they correspond to my universe…

As I wrote Le Sang des Wolf last year, I listened to a lot of music. I spent hours in my room or in the living-room with loud music, in front of my computer… As you can see, I have particular tastes!

Let’s begin with songs corresponding to characters (and there’s some spoils for my followers, because some song are still not on my novel’s Facebook Page!):

  • This one is main female character’s song, Zoé. It corresponds to her temperament and recklessness at the beginning of the novel. It’s the introduction song on Le Sang des Wolf ‘s blog! In addition I found amusing to imagine an opening sequence on this song, and Vienna under the snow with this sunny piece of music! Let’s rock with Scorpions’ Is There Anybody There? !
  • This one is Lukas‘s song… It represents rage burning in him, and his light inside, the luminous part in him, in spite of his tormented nature. In addition, Sonne means “sun” in German, as Lukas’ name means “light” in Latin. I am going to use this music in a violent scene this character is involved in, in a few days…
  • Depeche Mode’s album Delta Machine came out as I was writing the novel. I was like struck by thunder, I fell in love with this song, “Soft Touch/Raw Nerve”. I loved music and lyrics. I immediately understood it was Lukas and Jan’s song, the bromance song. Lyrics ARE their relationship: “I’m thinking/That you’re sinking/And I’ll drown/I’ve got a confession/That your depression/Will take me down”. So enjoy it!
  • And THIS ONE, is, in my opinion, the “song of song”. It represents Zoé and Lukas’ passionate relationship, the discovery of their mutual feelings! This is “Madness” by Muse, like a love scream in darkness… But let’s wait for a few new chapters!

These songs are more “atmospheric”… They correspond to certain scenes of the story and are posted with novel’s chapters! Even if it’s a dark story, there are some funny moments, ’cause main characters are young and enjoy their new young adult’s life in Vienna!

  • This one, Scorpions’ “Raised on Rock” is a party song, in third chapter of the novel. Zoé hears it at Lukas’ birthday party, which takes place in Sacher Hotel presidential penthouse’s bathroom, with her Austrian friend Tristana! So enjoy this refreshing rock song!
  • Here’s another party song, used by Jan into teasing her French friend Zoé during her birthday party, ’cause he knows she likes 1980’s music, and because, after all, story takes place in Vienna! So enjoy this Austrian pop-rock song, Falco’s “Vienna Calling”!
  • This song is special. I fell in love with it as I was younger. Some people may think I’m too young for New Wave music, but the fact is my parents used to listen to it, and I have become very sound-sensitive. And I couldn’t write something taking place in Vienna without this song: Ultravox’ Vienna… In a particular scene, short before she meets wolves, our main female character Zoé sings it as she’s walking alone in Augarten park. It communicate something soft and mysterious…
  • Let’s conclude with classical music. Zoé is in Vienna, so she goes at Opera House, listening to Wagner’s masterpiece, The Rhine Gold. And listening to the prelude physically affects her and reminds her of her encounter with wolves in Augarten… In my opinion, it’s not only a famous classical piece, but also a wonderful work, one of most beautiful music ever composed.

If you can read in French, I suggest you to read my novel online Le Sang des Wolf, or like it on Facebook. But at the moment, I wish you to have a nice day in music! I hope you enjoyed it!

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Illustration For My Novel – Eleventh Flashback – September 2014

JT11001I’m back with another illustration related to my novel… I am trying to use some colors in my illustrations. Indeed, I am currently planning to create a specific graphic atmosphere for my novel. In this particular scene, detective Rolf Terwull is discovering a strange motive that deceased Siegfried Wolf engraved with a knife in his room’s door… I wanted to draw it simple and graphic. So I hope I’ll provide something more artistic! If you can read in French, I suggest you to read my novel online Le Sang des Wolf, or like it on Facebook. If you liked this “artwork”, you can also follow me on Twitter (I’m tweeting both in French and in English: @Blanche_Mt_Cl, or like my creative page on Facebook! Blanche Mt.Cl.

Illustrations For My Novel – Chapter XXVIII – At The Finsterwald’s

I’m back with some illustrations related to my novel online! In this intimate scene, one of main male characters is having a discussion with his uncle, just before he meets his best friend, Zoé, he hadn’t seen for a long time.

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If you can read in French, I suggest you to read my novel online Le Sang des Wolf, or like it on Facebook.

If you liked this “artwork”, you can also follow me on Twitter (I’m tweeting both in French and in English: @Blanche_Mt_Cl, or like my creative page on Facebook!
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Working on color harmony through… Rainbow Loom Bracelets!

The curse of having very young cousins is that you know everything about kids’ and young teens’ obsessions. Last spring and summer, in France, kids have become obsessed with some new creative occupations coming from the United States: RAINBOW LOOM BRACELETS. I used to make jewels with pearls and looms as I was younger. But I had to chose among all my creative activities!

IMG_3661I finally gave in to this obsession and purchased a kit this week. Here are my first realizations! They’re quite simple but I enjoyed working with colors. It’s really different from my darker drawings and paintings, it’s quite childish but I couldn’t help it. I found it addictive and relaxing between two writing sessions and homework!

In addition, I found it useful as a “graphic designer”: working with bright colors help me to create color associations and harmonies, and to see if some colors work together or not!… These harmonies have been inspired by exotic places I never visited. From the top to the bottom you can see different associations:

Miami: These light colors – light blue, yellow, orange, light pink – remind me of Florida, especially home decoration in series like Dexter.

Hawaii: Surf, sun, beach, palms… This is my “hawaiian dream”, full of bright colors like yellow, red, green and orange!

Tokyo: Japan is a place where most modern technologies and traditions live together. I imagine Tokyo like a city full of colored lights! I chose neon-like stuff – purple, green-blue, fluorescent green and pink. I can easily imagine such colors on graphic creations inspired by Japan, especially by a modern city like Tokyo.

San Francisco: I chose all colors of the rainbow for this composition… Indeed, many movements are born in San Francisco, it was the city of tolerance, you could come there wherever you came from, whatever your background, and so on. San Francisco IS the rainbow.

Kyoto: On this armband, I mixed colors that reminded me of kimono motives. I have read Memoirs of a Geisha as a teen, and I remember the description of tea houses in Kyoto, of wonderful clothes the narrator had to wear. So I imagined this composition like a yukata with vegetal motives, and chose colors like red, pink, light pink and green.

I hope you enjoyed this little creation, and I hope I’ll write something entertaining very soon for this new Inspiration section! I’ll be back soon with new dark illustrations and artworks!

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Some Changes on This Blog…

:) Hey you, dear Readers and Followers! :)

I’m glad to show you some changes on the blog… :) I wish it could have been more spectacular – a true homepage presenting latest posts, just like a professional website – but I’m sure I’ll do it as soon as I’ll be able to create a template. I know I’m not a designer, but now I’m studying graphic design, I’d like this blog could look more… “professional”. I wanted to show the diversity of my realizations and abilities, and my influences. It’s a fact, when you like someone’s artwork, when you like an artist, whatever his/her area of competences (music, writing, graphic design, painting, acting, and so on…) most of time you’d like to know what influenced his/her work…

Capture d’écran 2014-09-20 à 01.43.15So I decreased the number of categories and organized them according to the type of realizations. Of course, some of them correspond to several catégories! For instance, you can find my novel illustrations both in “Novel Online” and “Illustration/Drawing”! Here are the new sections:

  • Blog News: In this category I put together posts like this one – announcements, news on my personal evolution as a blogger, artist or writer. I cross my fingers: maybe one day I’ll announce you a publication, an exhibition, a project, an internship, or something like this! :)
  • Novel Online: Studies, sketches, drawings or graphic arts related to my novel online. Most of them are pencil illustrations, but I’m working on something else at the moment! I could be more… colorful! :)
  • Digital Arts: All artworks I made with some software – like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, maybe iPhoto in some cases. It can be related to my curent learning, or personal. It’s only starting but I’ll add some of my new realizations in a few days!
  • Graphic Arts: It regards some graphic experimentations – drawings, shadow plays, posters, paintings, layouts, etc. They can be hand- or computer-made.
  • Graphic Design Studies: My homework in graphic design! :)
  • Illustration/Drawing: My handmade drawings – pencil, charcoal, ink, pen, etc. – and studies.
  • Painting: My colorful paintings and some studies related to them.
  • Inspiration: It’s a new category regarding some issues influencing my work, some stuff I like. It can be about arts, artists, stationery… I think it can be quite entertaining, and it allows me to write in English now I live in France.

I hope you’ll enjoy this new organisation. If you liked this post and my artworks, you can also follow me on Twitter (I’m tweeting both in French and in English: @Blanche_Mt_Cl, or like my creative page on Facebook!

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Illustrations For My Novel – Chapter XXVIII – September 2014

:) Here we are! :)

A very important moment of the novel is approaching, and at the police office, every one is getting prepared… They just learned of good news and hope it’s a positive sign of destiny, as their superintendent is bringing some sweets…

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Far away from them, in another district of Vienna, Zoé is trying to make love with her boyfriend, but she’s thinking of anyone else…

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If you can read in French, I suggest you to read my novel online Le Sang des Wolf, or like it on Facebook.

If you liked this “artwork”, you can also follow me on Twitter (I’m tweeting both in French and in English: @Blanche_Mt_Cl, or like my creative page on Facebook!
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