So it’s been five years to the day since I started my
historical (or, well, historical-ish)
Disney princesses series. I have no idea
how it’s been this long – I feel like I drew some of these yesterday – but it
seemed as good an opportunity as any to revisit Belle now that I’m five years
older and wiser. And now that I’m way more into the 1780’s/90’s.
I drew that original Belle on a whim, fueled by my sister’s
time working as a costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, and assuming
it would be a one-off piece. In the long
run, despite all their now egregious flaws, I owe this series for some pretty cool jobs, meeting a ton of cool people, developing
an unexpectedly voracious appetite for historical fashion, and eating a fair
amount of humble pie along the way.
I think this Belle probably marks the swan song of my historical Disney princess series. Much as I’d love to continue
doing it forever, I’ve got a lot of exciting personal projects that I’m ready
to dedicate more of my precious free time to.
I’ll probably continue designing this stuff in my off hours – who am I
to resist drawing the likes of Slue Foot Sue and Katrina Von Tassel – but I’m going to
focus less on polished illustrations, and more on the research and design. When you get right down to it, that’s the aspect of this stuff that I love. :)
Thanks to everyone who stuck with me over the past five
years, and here’s to way more historical fashion in the years to come I can’t even put into words how lovely y’all’ve been.
Here’s another Beauty and the Beast concept painting I did! This knocks out two designs in one piece: Belle’s gold dress and the Beast in his human form. In the words of Glen Keane through Belle in a cut line, ‘Do you think you could grow a beard?’ I’m one of the people who wishes that the Beast remained in his non-human form, so I tried to keep some of his more “animal” features in this design (mainly those furrowed brows). Belle’s gown is perfect in the original film and if it isn’t Baroque, don’t fix it, so I tried to remain faithful to the original design. I imagined it being made of a more diaphanous fabric than the fabric in the animation, though. The overall style of this one is based on Gainsborough who to my understanding was one of the inspirations for the original film.
Auntie Bells wasn’t really my auntie, or anyone else’s for that matter. I’m not sure she even had any real family at all. It was just what everyone called her. She’d been a fixture in the neighborhood since long before I was born and there wasn’t a single person who didn’t at least know of her.
She was something of a living legend; a crazy cat lady type without the cats. It wasn’t unusual to look out your window in the dead of night and see Auntie Bells shuffling down the street, big walking stick clutched in one hand, her tameless hair shining white in the moonlight. And if you didn’t see her, you’d hear her. Auntie Bells took her name from the bracelets she wore on both wrists, strands of twine run through a countless number of tiny bells that tinkled with her every movement.
My piece for the art tribute to #liveaction #disney #beautyandthebeast show present by @ohmydisney @gallerynucleus @disneystudios @cyclopsprints . Show will be up from 3/11/17-4/2/17 Hope to see you there