How to Draw Art Deco of the 1930s

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Art deco of the 1930s is a very unique visual style that can be quite fun to master. Learn how to draw art deco of the 1930s with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Jessica and I'm an artist, and today we're going to draw Art Deco of the 1930s. So, when I was in art school, I learned about Art Deco and Art Nouveau and the difference, and the difference is, Art Nouveau is very curly, there's a lot of curls and swirls in Art Nouveau. That's Nouveau, and in Art Deco, it's all straight lines and squares. Lines, squares, diamonds, things like that. The way that I remember this, is Nouveau is fancy, Nouveau, swirly and fancy. Deco, is very straight and straightforward. That's the way that I remember it. So, an example of Art Deco, might be a trim, on a wall, so it'll have, like a diamond in the middle and then a line and then maybe a couple lines on either side. Like that. There are circles used, but very rarely in Art Deco, it's really mostly, these kind of squares and diamonds. This is a really common design that you see. A, sort of a rectangle, with some shapes going down the side of it, like this. That's a really common kind of Art Deco style. If you've ever seen the Chrysler Building, in New York City, that's a great example of Art Deco. And then something like this, and then maybe some triangles or arrows in the middle. Something like that. That's a really good example. Also if you see any kind of a window, and the window has some kind of trimming or design, like this, that kind of cuts the corners, that's sort of a Art Deco style. And that is how you draw Art Deco from the 1930s.


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