I love art nouveau and my favorite artist is Alphonse Maria Mucha.
This art style was my inspiration for my Saint Patrick’s Day hidden picture finder.
I drew the illustration in Adobe Illustrator.
While it is a complex illustration there are plenty of tricks in Illustrator that made it easy to draw.
Here’s a look the illustration in Outline view in Illustrator.
The three-leaf and four-leaf clovers and celtic knots are pattern brushes.
I first drew one clover then selected it and went to my Brushes palette and chose New Brush
A new window will pop open and choose Pattern Brush.
Another window will open where you can add more specifications for the brush. Choose what you like. I will say I did choose Add space to fit under the Fit setting to make sure the pattern spaced out nicely along my path.
Then all you have to do is draw a path and click on the Pattern Brush you just created. If you want to tweak the pattern brush for a particular path, make sure path is selected then double click on the Pattern Brush and window will open where you can make your adjustments as needed.
Any where there is a path including the circles I drew I added my Pattern Brush.
I did the same process for the celtic knot. I drew it then made it into a Pattern Brush.
I created thicker strokes on the outside lines of the different parts such as the woman’s hair and had thinner inside strokes for the strands of hair.
I used the Width tool to vary the thickness of strokes throughout the illustration.
If you are looking for more instructions on drawing in the art nouveau style click here.