My client requested that the style of drawing should reflect art nouveau imagery and have some elements of metal artwork/album covers.
My client loves the work of John Dyer Baizley, from the band Baroness. The main thing is more the composition of the pieces and how the illustrations feel like an entire ‘scene’ rather than a motif.
Baroness usually commission some fantastic artists to create their tour posters as well.
I also looked at some prominent artists in the metal art scene and some other gig posters that I feel are what my client is looking for and what would look effective for beer labels. What drew me to these posters was the use of simple colours, illustrative lifework and again, the feel of a complete ‘scene’ composition.
After looking at some of the artwork he sent me, I realised that a lot of the artwork had a art nouveau feel would work really well for the design, due to the floral elements of the style.
“Art Nouveau was a movement that swept through the decorative arts and architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Art Nouveau was aimed at modernizing design, seeking to escape the eclectic historical styles that had previously been popular. Artists drew inspiration from both organic and geometric forms, evolving elegant designs that united flowing, natural forms with more angular contours. The movement was committed to abolishing the traditional hierarchy of the arts, which viewed so-called liberal arts, such as painting and sculpture, as superior to craft-based decorative arts, and ultimately it had far more influence on the latter. The style went out of fashion after it gave way to Art Deco in the 1920s, but it experienced a popular revival in the 1960s, and it is now seen as an important predecessor of modernism.” (The Art Story)
I looked into the book “Art Nouveau” by Thomas Walters as a starting point. It contains different imagery by several prominent artists of the time period.
I picked these examples because of the composition mostly. The way that the pieces feel like decorative ‘scenes’ is the kind of design my client wants.