Wednesday, March 14, 2012


thought i would update with some old sketches that took me to where my current Beauty and Beast designs stand. so here's a bunch of doodles that reveal just how sketchy my ideas begin:
for Beast, it took me a while to decide on the Darcy-type gentleman that i have now. i tried a lot of different animal types, thinking at first that the Beast would be a huge hulking figure in comparison to Beauty. in the end, i kept him tall and relatively slender with a large chest. his final form is a combination of primarily a wolf, a deer, and a lion.

Beauty came much more easily, as pretty girls always do. she's a little different than most versions of her. most versions, of course, cast her in this very naive and virginal light, but i'd like mine to be slightly more aware of the world. less princess, more spunk. she is, after all, living as a peasant. in particular, i fell in love with the idea of her being freckled from working outside. in general, the world needs more freckly heroines, i think. in costumes for her, i'm pulling a lot of inspiration from the Jean Cocteau version where Beauty has the most amazing sleeves ever seen on the silver screen as well as some of Erte's work, which i have always been in love with.

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