"Now where were we? Ah, yes. Abject HUMILIATION!"
Here is my favorite villain in my favorite style, and my second entry for alexandrasalas's Fan Art Nouveau contest. Because, exactly as is the case for Elsa, there is no such thing as too much Jafar. Because he's Jafar and he's awesome, that's why.
About 98% of this was drawn by hand; the circles were the only exception. The patterns in the side border and the moon and star scheme in the center were inspired by Persian textiles and Islamic calligraphy and paintings. The cobras represent Jafar's snake form. The scarab at the top center is the one that forms the Cave of Wonders' eyes. Agrabah is sprawled out in the background. We are looking at it from the tallest minaret of the palace, which is now perched atop a mountain where Jafar rules on high as Sultan. And, of course, Jafar and Iago. I might tweak them a bit to make their appearances more faithful to Alphonse Mucha's style...
For those of you who attended the Livestream a couple of weeks ago, this is obviously not the piece I was painting there. I will finish that one... but not for the contest. Eventually. XD Got some long-neglected 18th century stuff to finish first!
Jafar, Iago, Aladdin (c) Disney
12-14 hours on GIMP
The star idea was inspired by a beautiful piece of Islamic art that I can't find at the moment, but it involved concentric circles containing the moon in all of its phases and stars, respectively. So glad you like it
Really great job. I hope you do well in the contest.
LOL!!! There are so many beautiful pieces in the contest (including your Yoko-- love those colors!) that first place is anybody's game
Thank you! I wish the same for you.
Ahhhh Jafar, besides Elsa he is what dominates our gallery now haha. But he’s pretty cool so that’s acceptable!
Wow the background looks SUPER awesome! I love the lighting, you totally captured the whole Agrabah/desert colours perfectly! I always loved how everything with Jafar was red themed too, well we know why (bad guy and all lol) but it still looked awesome!
I love the patterns around the side! There’s no way I could be bothered doing those and it’s super cool how you worked the snake into them as well, clever move.
Of course we have the man of the hour!!! He looks super amazing! I love the fact that he has the lamp, might as well give him what he wants for a change haha!
And there’s Iago!!!! The soft blues on his tail feathers (and wings) add a nice subtle break from all the reds too! Almost like a kind of hint that he isn’t totally evil and reforms in the next movie!
Great work on Jafaaaaar <3333333333333333
(I really need to art too but I just really can't be bothered, it's one of those dead times again lol. Hopefully the paper and pen I keep next to me on my desk will help!)
LOL!!!!!!!! I am sorry! The Jafar's and most of the Elsa's are my fault because they are two of the 5000 things/characters I'm obsessed with at the moment.... but no complaints there because they are both awesometatoes <333
The background was totally inspired by the one in your beautiful picture of Jasmine in her red outfit. Seeing all of Agrabah sprawled out behind her made for such a gorgeous bird's eye view, and it was intricate but not being too overwhelming or busy. I was constantly revisiting that picture for reference. You continue to inspire!!! <33333333333
Those borders <333 I have no idea how you still outline your pictures without losing your patience (and hopefully that didn't sound backhanded or anything because it really is HARD and I have a lot of respect for people who are able to keep their outlines and coloring clean). I haven't done lined work since... 2009? It's tough to return to old habits
LOL I FREAKING LOVE BOTH JAFAR AND IAGO, END OF STORY XDDD BOTH THEM AND THEIR DYNAMIC-- TOTAL BFF'S IN THE FIRST MOVIE. Iago is fun to draw and I'm still trying to figure out how to keep him looking realistic yet give him his exaggerated expressions. LOL OMG THAT WAS A GOOD POINT THERE! I never thought of that with the subtle blue tail feathers.
AND THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU <33333333333333333333 GUESS WHAT PICTURE IS NEXT IN THE QUEUE-- ITS FOR YOUUUUUUUUUUU
YOU BETTER FINISH YOUR HANS!!!! THAT IS ALL I AM GOING TO SAY XDDDD
The level of intricacy on the border that you did for the work is breathtaking, and I like the vine and plant imagery as well as how the cobra runs into the border. ^^ The symbols at the top corners look like fire, it's a lovely contrast. ^^
I love the moon, or window? that surrounds Jafar, and the smaller moons that cycle they reach the full moon, in the place of which is the Scarab. I love it--The Scarab is iconic for Jafar, and represents his pre-sorcerer form unequivocally. He also has a strong association with darkness and the moon, making it interesting that he aspires to be Sultan.
The intense orange sunset blends into the purple-black night, with a spectrum of blue. You draw stars so well. ^^
I love the overhead view of Agrabah, we feel powerful as we look down on the city with Jafar. Beautiful lighting, too. ^^
I like realistic Iago, he looks twice as mischievous. : D His eye's almost slit. : )
The folds you put in Jafar's clothes are wonderful. The fabric looks so textured and it feels we could just reach out and hold it, feel its weight, smell the scent of the palace and the desert, parchment and perfume, dust and sweat. Smell is the strongest of the senses for me, I'm very thrilled that your painting was able to make me smell something. : DDD
Well done on Jafar's features, his round-ish nose, the characteristic mischief in his eyes, even though so powerful, he never loses that humor about him.
I love how he holds his cobra staff high but with a certain sense of abandon. We get the sense that yes, he's Sultan, but it's time for some evil fun, not a new order.
I'm in total awe of your work! ^______^ Best of luck in the context! ^___^
OH MY GOODNESS I just saw! I'm beyond honored that you made a new collection and that this was beyond "awesomeness" status! <333333333333
The border was taken from Islamic textiles with some Art Nouveau inspiration, so the vines definitely needed to be included somewhere. I also needed to incorporate the things that represented Jafar-- fire, snakes, scarabs, darkness, and the moon (I read somewhere that upon Jafar's entry into Sultan's room, the moon on Sultan's toy began to rise over the palace). I'll have to track down the picture that inspired the moon and star scheme-- it was a beautiful piece of Islamic art.
It was difficult combining realism and Iago's exaggerated expressions... I'll have to keep trying that!
It made you smell something? WOW! None of my work has had that effect on someone before. Smell is also a very strong sense for me and I associate it with other experiences, and so many memories can be triggered by scent alone.
The pose was taken from the scene where he transforms from the Sultan into the most powerful sorcerer in the world, and he holds his snake staff in the air without abandon and knowing that he now possesses ultimate power-- he has it now, so it's time to play around
I absolutely love the hand-drawn borders you did!
This whole drawing must of taken you a long time to complete! Also, good luck on the contest once again! ^^
THANK YOU <3333
LOL this actually wasn't the one done at the livestream This was actually a different one that I literally sketched out in a day and then colored another because the other one seemed a bit too complicated to finish in time for the contest. However, I will definitely finish it! (Unless people are tired of my Jafar spam by now XDDD)
Those blasted borders.... so tedious! XD Although it was so much fun looking up different Islamic architecture and textile patterns for inspiration.
Thank you again!!! Your comments are so sweet