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)