Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Art Deco on a dotPad


Art Nouveau dotPad

I don’t usually fiddle with compasses and rulers, preferring instead to do all of my drawing freehand but after being inspired by a friend to try a little Art Deco style of doodling, I decided to give it a go on a dotPad.

This prompted me to wonder how the designers of that period doodled their own early sketches – did graph paper exist at that time? Though I’ve found some conflicting info, it seems as though “coordinate paper” was first used in the late 1790’s and so some form of it was likely available in the 1900’s.

I then had to quickly school myself on the differences between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, as I almost incorrectly named this post “Art Nouveau on a dotPad”. The simple answer is that Nouveau came first (early 1880’s) with designs that were more organic and inspired by nature than Deco’s sleek, straight and symmetrical lines. 

Per Wiki: Art Deco is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France after WWI, flourishing internationally in the 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. 

Deco emphasizes geometric forms: spheres, polygons, rectangles, trapezoids, zigzags, chevrons, and sunburst motifs. Elements are often arranged in symmetrical patterns. Modern materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, Bakelite, chrome, and plastics are frequently used. Stained glass, inlays, and lacquer are also common. Colors tend to be vivid and high-contrast… This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favored by its predecessor Art Nouveau.

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