Beauty and the Beast

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Elizabeth Sherry

Beauty returns to the castle too late, only to find her beloved Beast dead. In some versions of the fairytale, it's Beauty's tears that break the spell, and I wanted to show her crying - not just hiding her face in her hands (who would she be hiding it from?), but all-out, hopeless, I-just-killed-the-guy-I-love blubbering. On the other hand, she is supposed to be beautiful, and I didn't want to make her look so ugly in tears that her image here would contradict her name - also, I wanted people to be sympathetic, rather than repulsed. It's a tricky balance between romance and realism, and I'm not quite sure if I got it right. I did this in pencil, with a lot of smudging to get a flat grey, then using darker pencils and kneadable eraser to get the shadows and highlights. I liked how that worked - it's faster, and it reminds me in some weird way of real black and white fairytale illustrations. (Graphite pencil, 2004)

Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy

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