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Lady of December (Traditional Version) by AngelaSasser Lady of December (Traditional Version) by AngelaSasser
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10x20 inches, watercolors and ink on illustration board. 

Original Painting: Available framed for $800! (My Patreon patrons get a special discount and exclusive wallpapers of this piece.;)) Reserved for my mom!  Sorry guys. The mom has laid claim. XD
Prints:  shop.angelicshades.com


The Lady of December bears the white Narcissus and dons the stone of Turquoise.  The white Narcissus celebrates fertility and resurrection while the Turquoise shall bring her prosperity and good fortune.
I'm happy to present the first of my upcoming "Ladies of the Months" series!  Each lady will represent the birthstone and flowers for each month.  I've decided to reboot this series in traditional media, instead (it began in digital).  The inking and watercolor painting are far easier and more enjoyable for me to do by hand, believe it or not!

This series is also my homage to Alphonse Mucha, who inspires me on a daily basis.  I drew a lot of inspiration in particular from his Precious Stones series.

The Lady of December represents the birthstone of Turquoise and the white Narcissus flower.  I also chose to incorporate the themes of the Saint Lucia candle crown and holly as homage to the seasonal elements of December that I enjoy.


The digital version and the traditionally inked line art:
Lady of December by AngelaSasser Lady of December Line Art (Traditional Version) by AngelaSasser

Stock referenced from themuseslibrary:
Seated Nouveau Lady PACK 1 by themuseslibrary
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:iconbit-sinna:
Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work. I really like what you've done with this series so far. :heart::)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  I'm looking forward to the next in the series (February).  Such many gorgeous color combinations and motifs possible!
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Bit-sinna Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Stephanie-Chivas Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful!!! I love seeing the differences in the digital and traditional ones. 
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Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Magnificient!!!! :wow: :wow: :wow:
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjim-from-hell:
Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
You're very welcome :)
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Morkadion Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gods, this is so amazing!
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Erikku8 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
This really did come out fantastic with the watercolors hon! I'm so excited to see the rest of the series as they come to life!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Cait! I'm excited as well! I get to play dress up with the rest of the Ladies, which is a nice throwback to my fond memories of playing fashion designer as a kid. It's going to be so fun!
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Dress up is always fun! *grin*
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work :)
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renman1605 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice.
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good work
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keight Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2014
Simply lovely, Ang. Both versions are very well done, and are beautifully colored; but the watercolors's more organic blending and color merging makes that version seem the more delicate of the two. :D My advice, love your "twins" equally.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's very good advice!  I'm going a bit mad trying to pick between the two. Better to love them both for what they both do right.:)  I'm glad to hear this traditional version appeals, though!  I was beginning to think I took a step backwards with it.  I'm still getting the hang of controlling my values and colors with watercolor. I don't think I ever mastered it and returning to it after doing digital has been quite the learning experience!
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keight Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
As it is with any media tools we set aside for too long a time; no matter the reason.
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cihanc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Am I correct in sensing a bit of Alphonse Mucha in this? With the bold outline, curves, and so on.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yup! I references his Precious Stones series in the description of this piece.  It's a big influence and probably some of my favorite work of his!
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cihanc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, I didn't read the description properly, sorry.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
No worries! It happens.:)  Check out that series if you haven't before. It's gorgeous!
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Iriendis Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Actually, yes. But it has been somewhat "normal" (not taking out the speciality from mucha) in art nouveau, at least the fluently running curves.
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:iconcihanc:
cihanc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ Looks really cool.
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BlueNexus3D Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like it! the details on her clothing really help her character, but i think the background is rather lacking
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm not 100% pleased with that background either, but not sure what I could do with it.  Too much detail and you take away from the focus, not enough and it looks empty.  It was a challenge to strike a balance with this one!  I should take a cue from Mucha next time and just fill the background with lots and lots of flowing cloth.:)
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BlueNexus3D Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. it looks to be almost japanese in style, and that's what a japanese artist would do. Maybe with some text in any of the 3 japanese dialects?
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure I understand the reference?
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ChocolateIsForever Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful piece!!:wow:
I love the details and the candle crown is beautiful!:heart:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
The candle crown is my favorite part!:)  I need to do a proper portrait of Saint Lucia at some point.  The tradition is such a beautiful holiday scene!
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coastbeachartist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dear Angela,

Your Art Nouveau artworks are stunningly beautiful. Your work is filled with wondrous and rich details. I love your style of art.

Thank you very much for sharing your Muse, talent, and skills with the rest of us.

Kindly,

Grant
Art is long, life is short.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Grant! You are too kind.:)
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
looki how beautifully she came out <3 I love it!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Graah I'm still struggling a bit with making the colors do what I want or things getting too dark on me, but thus is the way of traditional art!  I just need to Let it Go. XD
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
*hugs* it's just because you've been doing so many other things, you've gotten a little out of practice in remembering exactly how to get the colors to do what you want. It'll come back to you! I HAVE FAITH IN YOU!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
haha it's kind of amusing since beforehand I was actually having a problem with things being *too light*.  Here's hoping it all kind of balances out after a fashion!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think you've hit that phase where yo'ure not afraid of the colors? Maybe? I know for me when I started watercoloring I was TERRIFIED of using 'too much 'paint because there was no undo button. Mike actually grabbed my hand and forced me to gob the brush into the paint before I'd do anything with any sort of saturation lolol.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
That might be it! I know I made a conscious effort with this piece to more carefully craft my mixes instead of using what comes straight out of the tube with layering.  I think that's helped me bring more depth to the colors.  And like you told me, M Graham is da bomb!  I just got a few more replacement colors for my favorite pigments in the mail!:D
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Mgraham makes me SO HAPPY I wish there were more colors at the store out here.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
I ended up ordering from Dickblick via Amazon myself.  The prices definitely beat the stores around here!
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:iconmarker-guru:
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
oooh such a richness and a lovely texture for my eyes to feast upon! <3
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
The texture is definitely a huge difference from the digital one, for sure!  I'm still trying to decide if I like that or not. Hmmmm.
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Nillavel Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This version looks better :), especially with the overall colors and shading.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad you enjoy this version too!  I'm still rather torn between the two, myself.
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