This is a wonderful piece! I love it when artists do self-portraits. There's so much to see in the expression of oneself. And I am a huge fan of nouvaeu style! Beautiful piece! And thank you for letting us see into your heart! :3
I love self-portraits too. It's too bad that many artists feel self-conscious about draing themselves, like if it's a sign of shallowness or narcissism. They seem not to remember that many great artists portrayed themselves in their paintings, drawings, engravings, etc.
I like that you say the reluctance to draw oneself is self-absorbed, as opposed to drawing oneself. I think you're right, and most peole wouldn't realize that is true in some cases. I know that I need to get over myself to make self portraits. The closest I've gotten is a black female version of myself (blaze before the storm) and a male Korean version of myself (herr grosse hande), so I have some work to do.
Recall that I said earlier that I wasn't sure how to critique negatively your strong work, like this...well, part of that was a lack of knowledge, so I will say that you instigated my education in Alfons Mucha. It's clear to me that Mucha is one of the names I need to associate with art nouveau. Before, I just thought of the genre by itself.
Off hand, I don't notice a lot of differences. Oh, and I didn't notice the naughty bit until I zoomed in. No, I think it's great. I wouldn't know when and where to make a flat silhouette or to keep the detail if I were to attempt that style. I guess you could load it up with more textures (I'm thinking of all that swirling hair that Mucha put in), but I think you have the right idea! That's what counts. As long as you have that, you can go from there.
HAHAHA, the naughy bit was a pointer. In old paintings and engravings, they made the human figures point with their fingers towards something important or sometthing hidden. In this one I made the figure point with the finger of fingers towards a secret message for my old Club, Club Chufa.
And about the textures, you're right, I could (should have?) used them, at least for the hair. I actually only used one texture for the background, the rest is normal digital-watercolor rougness found in Corel Painter.
Drawing in the tablet is almost a rebirth to drawing, or at least a form of regression to earlier stages in the life of the artist. One has to teach the hand in weeks or months the same tricks it took years to acquire with physical media. It is a fascinating process, and now I'm happy to have pieces like this: [link] , because I can compare and see the clear improvement. I invte you to try and fail and try again and fail and then collect the few good one you get and publish them. That's what I do, and it feels fantastic.