Both my father and his father have been interested in art and decoration. Apparently, things like those are in the blood. Recently, my father passed me along scans of a book by one J.H. Boot he found in his archives, which must have belonged to my grandfather. It’s a book about stylisation, the art of taking a design from nature and extrapolating its shape to a design with smooth lines. Since the book was probably written between 1910 and 1920, the style du jour is very visible.
Being interested in learning Art Nouveau and similar styles, I ended up placing one of the scans in Illustrator to try and trace it. Imitation is the greatest flattery, isn’t it?
Turns out that our modern illustration tools make it even easier to make things rigidly symmetrical. Boot’s art was all hand-drawn, and although he seemed to be a huge fan of his ruler and drafting compass, his symmetry is sometimes a bit off.
Oh, and: Hi! I’m Bakabaka, and a great many thanks go to benteh for inviting to post my inspiration and doodles on this wonderful blog. I hope to entertain you with some of my modest musings among her great art.