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So, this is my submission for #artnouveau 's current contest. The theme this time was to "Choose a song and turn it into a visual Art Nouveau work."

For this piece, I was inspired by Florence + The Machine's song, "Seven Devils" The first time I listened to the song, this image just came into my brain. For me, this is a really emotionally powerful song that is simultaneously aggressive and sad. I worked really hard to try and get my art to reflect it. To that end, I used gladiolas as the flower since they're said to represent strength of character, definitely an important element to this song!

All the linework was done traditionally with pen and ink, color was added through the magic of computers...

Enjoy!

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Holy water cannot help you now
A thousand armies couldn't keep me out
I don't want your money
I don't want your crown
See I have to burn
Your kingdom down

Holy water cannot help you now
See I've had to burn your kingdom down
And no rivers and no lakes, can put the fire out
I'm gonna raise the stakes; I'm gonna smoke you out

Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in my house
See they were there when I woke up this morning
I'll be dead before the day is done

Florence + The Machine- "Seven Devils"
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Lionicphere Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like it!
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Adm-James Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Thank you very much! This one was a lot of fun to do.
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Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work. I like how dynamic you've made the composition and the fact that the gladiolus wasn't just chosen because it looked good. :)
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Adm-James Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Daw, thanks for the kind words, and for hosting such a wonderful contest! Always enjoy them when they come 'round...And man, I must have spent a whole day doing research on flowers and their meanings, glad you think it paid off!
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Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome.

Hopefully we'll be able to get another contest going soon. :)
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my goodness - this is incredibly creative. I love the colors and style of the background. :faint: Wonderful work on the facial expressions and pose designs. Fantastic work once again :w00t:

:heart: *OfOneSoul
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Adm-James Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Thank you so much! I had about a billion different versions where I was messin' around with the background...This was the one to make the final cut though. Glad you like it!
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome :hug:
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tarorae Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I adore this song! and I think you did a really good job capturing the essence of both the lyrics and the art nouveau sensibilities.
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Adm-James Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Meee too! And thanks so much for the kind words, I thought the song fit really well with the art nouveau style too. Had a lot of fun with it!
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tarorae Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
It very much does! I think Flo would approve too. You ought to send it to her fan club. I'm sure she's like it.

And I cast my vote for you! <3
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Adm-James Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Dawww, you really are too kind! I wouldn't even know how to BEGIN gettin' it to a fan club.


And thanks for the vote, you rock!
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tarorae Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
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Here's her official website! I'm part of her mailing list, so, yeah~ She loves artwork and such, so I'm sure she'd appreciate it.

And good luck in the contest! <3
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GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Aww fuck,pretty sweet mon:icondizzyplz:
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Seyreene Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This style fits Florence's style so well! I can completely understand why you chose this song.

And it is such a beautiful picture!
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Adm-James Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Daw, thanks! I had a really great time doing this, listened to the song on repeat through pretty much the whole process and it never gets old! I'm happy you think they fit together so well.
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Seyreene Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's wonderful!

I could listen to Florence + the Machine all the time, too. But as don't listen to music every day this doesn't really happen. ;)
(Some people can't live without listening to music all day, but I only listen to music when I'm in the mood...)
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
very nice. love the new slant on Muchas design :)
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Adm-James Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Thanks very much! He's always been a huge inspiration to me.
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
your welcome :)
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