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Art Nouveau Cat by Theriona Art Nouveau Cat by Theriona
A cleaned-up concept sketch for a tattoo. It's for a good friend of mine, and it incorporates a number of symbolic elements meaningful for her. She'll be leaving for an illustrious career in Grad School in another state this fall, so it's something of a going-away present for her to remember all of us by.

This is the longest time I've spent on anything with an Art Nouveau flair, despite the fact that I'm quite fond of that style.

Since this is a gift for a friend, I quasi-watermarked it. I normally don't bother with full watermarking anymore, since anyone with .232 ounce of effort can remove them with photoshop.

Updated version here!
theriona.deviantart.com/art/Ar…
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:iconwwwfineartistwww:
wwwfineartistwww Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!
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VikoX3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
This is great, I love it.
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Theriona Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Thanks, VikoX3
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glassheart93 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is amazing .. i love it .. its sooo pretty , i can look at it the whole day  ... awesome work!
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Thank you so much!
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glassheart93 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are most welcome!
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Dammynator Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Soo cute!!! I really like this :D

(Maybe a bit harsh to ask but....)

Could I use this awesome artpiece as inspiration for my tattoo design? I will not copy the cat entirely, just a few things. I will definitely send the final pictures. :)
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Go for it! I'd love to see what you come up with in the end.
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Guinastasia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
I hate to be another one to ask to use this as a tattoo, but I've been looking everywhere for an art nouveau style cat, and this is absolutely perfect -- it's so beautiful! Rest assured, I'll definitely send pictures!
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Sounds good!
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:iconkittycat76:
KittyCat76 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Love this one so much, may I use it for as an insipiration for a tattoo design? It's just perfect composition and captures the gracefulness of the cat so well. :)
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Sure! Love to see a photo of the finished work if you go through with it.
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detourhk Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
nice
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconmacchiavell0:
macchiavell0 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Lovely
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KyuriNeko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This would make a awesome tattoo..though that is where you were going with it anyways lol !. If you ever do art commissions for tattoo designs, i would buy one from you : )
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the-witty-kitty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is so incredibly beautiful!
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MelisaAnselmoDG Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Congratulations! It's beautiful
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Thank you very much :)
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:iconvivianec:
VivianeC Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
beautifull
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you very much!
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:iconpepperlana:
pepperlana Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
hi
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pepperlana Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Hi
I am a Brazilian girl .. I'm sorry my bad english
I want say that I loved this illustration it's harmonic delicate and strong at the same time .. very beautiful as your other works ..
I was wondering if you allow it on me tattoos
I tried many times something I like to tattoo but its design was what I found most beautiful
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
You may use the design for a tattoo. Could you send me a photo of the finished tattoo? I'd love to see the finished work!
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:iconnocolourlikered:
Nocolourlikered Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I love the style!
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it :aww:
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:iconfeline-lover:
Feline-lover Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutly love the cat, and the style! :heart:
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:iconth3underworld:
th3underworld Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a cutie ^^
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deafkitty1702 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
i would love to have that design as my next tattoo! but i would not copy entirely, just little tweaks but i love the style of swirls like moon!
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
If you use it, I'd love to see what the final tattoo looks like.
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:icondeboracabral:
deboracabral Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
the tattoo must have ended up awesome xD
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
That it did, though it ended up on someone else, and in an edited form.
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lion-e-s-s-h-e-a-r-t Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Check it out here: [link]
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Rainbows-n-Moonshine Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really pretty :3 I love the soft pink of it, and the ribbon swirls at the end :D
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Thank you! The swirling ribbons were a fun stylistic effect to render :D
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lion-e-s-s-h-e-a-r-t Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you let me use this, please? I would redo it so it suits me better. My tattooist is very popular so I probably won't be able to show you photos before August, but when the time comes, you will see the results :)
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Theriona Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
that's all right by me, especially if you change it a bit to suit yourself. I would love to see the photos, though!
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lion-e-s-s-h-e-a-r-t Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I actually got the tattoo today because someone else cancelled their appointment. ^^ You'll see pictures in 2-3 days! Thank you! I'm really happy with it ^^
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Can't wait to see it! Can you email it to me? I'll send a note your way.
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lion-e-s-s-h-e-a-r-t Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, will do.
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lion-e-s-s-h-e-a-r-t Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, did you receive the mail? Just checking, and I really hope you like the result. ^^
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Uplinktruck Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
That's really cool. Did the tattoo get done?
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
The tattoo didn't get done, to my knowledge. Though one person on dA asked if they could get it tattooed on themselves. Didn't hear if anything came of that, so who knows!
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Wianka Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Whhaa!! This one with the cat is so adorable!Love it!
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Thank you! Siamese cats are so graceful, they lend themselves to art nouveau beautifully.
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Netelement Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional
Sweet
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
hah, thanks! :)
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JustGreg Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Beautiful! It looks very stylish and I like how the tail is incorporated into the ornamental design. :clap:
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Thanks, JustGreg! I almost never actually have anyone comment on this picture, though it seems to be liked well enough. I spent a good while figuring out a way to incorporate the cat in with the art nouveau theme, though thankfully cats lend themselves nicely to art nouveau :)
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JustGreg Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
You are very welcome :)
I hope the design was actually used as a tattoo.
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