Combining two seemingly unrelated topics, always creates something interesting. I recently came across the work of Hanie Mohd, a Malaysian illustrator. Hanie combined two of my favorite topics, Alphonse Mucha and comic heroes. Mucha is an artist of the new classic era called art nouveau. For anyone not familiar with that era, Art nouveau (new art) was a short period in the early 20th century. Artists used decorative art, flowing lines, curves and elegant design to create works of art in that era. Mucha created paintings that showcased the delicate nature of the woman figure. Now take Mucha drawing, and infuse into them some superhero ladies and I’m sold.
Hanie Mohd, had been doodling on scraps of papers, and table surfaces for as long as she can remember. After majoring her animation & film studies, she worked for a few years in the advertising industry. Like most people that worked in that industry (myself included), she got tired of it, and decided to leave that world. No more 9 to 5 work hours for her. She decided to start her journey as a freelance.
Hanie work is heavily influenced from comics and superheroes. That is the reason why in 2011 she created a series of superhero ladies wearing everyday sweaters, which got a lot of publicity. The sweater collection was so successful, that people wanted to know where they can buy them. To answer the demand, Hanie opened a shop on society6 where she made these sweaters available for purchase.
The next series of illustrations Hanie decided to draw were the Mucha like art nouveau illustrations. In these illustrations she managed to transform the super ladies of Marvel and DC, into art nouveau masterpieces. This series shows the delicate side of these sometimes strong and tough super ladies. Surrounding them in curved and flowing lines just emphasized their vulnerable hidden side.
Check out her Mucha like illustrations below. If you want to treat yourself to some of her superhero ladies designs, head over to her etsy page. You can find some more amazing works by her there.
And some extra Mucha ladies style below.