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For this assignment I was torn between doing a design inspired by Mucha, which is a very obvious choice for a bar of soap, and doing something li… Read More
For this assignment I was torn between doing a design inspired by Mucha, which is a very obvious choice for a bar of soap, and doing something like Toulouse Lautrec’s posters, which would be less associated with taking a bath. Mucha has a very distinctive style that uses many flourishes, floral patterns and of course women with long flowing hair. His women are sensual with an aura of innocence. They have a sense of unreality. He uses a prominent hair pattern of stylized curls. For me, his women bring the feeling of cleanliness as they are painted with bright, vibrant colours and flowing lines. Mucha has a bold yet tentative contour line to bring out his designs. Lautrec has a less descriptive line than Mucha, His subjects are much more flattened and blocked in with colour. He often uses a very limited palette, which brings a graphic quality to his posters. Lautrec’s people are even less “real” than Mucha’s as he exaggerates and distorts the form in subtle ways. He uses short and wide type next to long and slender. I started by drawing a woman in the style of Mucha and found that my design was good but I wanted to explore Lautrec’s style as well. I have two mock-ups in my sketchbook shown below one is more of an inside joke in the style of Lautrec. It says “it’s soap, not cheese” and this is because when the soap store Lush came out on Robson street my dad got so excited as he thought the rounds of soap were actually large rounds of cheese. He ended up going in and being very disappointed when the store smelt of soap. I didn’t end up going with this idea because it wasn’t generic enough for people to understand, if anyone. So I decided to go with my original design inspired by Mucha. It’s a very standard design using one of Mucha’s beautiful nude women wrapped in her signature-stylized hair. As for the font, I used Art Nouveau Bistro because I thought it went nicely with the flourishes in the background. Read Less
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