Thanks to the Works, I got my grubbies on a humongous book devoted to famed Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, the first artist to successfully balance careers as a commercial and fine artist. I began reading the book but soon gave and pored over the artwork instead.
I can't paint: I haven't the dexterity or colour awareness but I can draw (to what degree is open to debate :) ) and perhaps this is why I'm enamoured by Mucha's work as I can relate to it because of his drawn line work. I came to Mucha through Adam Hughes' homages but looking at this book, I can see hints of his work showing in the art of other comic artists such as P Craig Russell and Kaluta.
I love the effortless-looking but spot on line work and intricate designs, the soft colour palettes and the personalities of his subjects. What I don't like are his faces: classical and well drawn but plain faced, wonky-nosed and straddled with unfortunate hairdos.
Thus, the next piece of art I produce will probably another, more confident attempt at swiping Mucha's style but featuring a completely contemporary modern woman. How things turn out remains to be seen, but will posted when complete so be warned...