• Olly Jordan

Chapter 69 - Beauty and the Beast - Until the Last Petal Falls - 2019

Falling from the Enchanted Rose - A4 acrylic painting on 300gsm Watercolour Paper

After having painted more portraits and got more familiar with painting hair, my biggest fear with painting at the time, I thought it was about time that I forced myself to sit down and work with a subject that is just hair. I wanted to return to the world of Disney's Live-action Beauty and the Beast where I created a portrait of Emma Watson as Belle back in 2017 by extending the project further by painting The Beast. I had come up with a few ideas of how I could create a background that could be applied nicely to the already painted Belle and to the new upcoming work within this series of work.

As with my Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina project, I wanted to create a few smaller supporting artworks that would accompany Belle and The Beast if they were to be exhibited, but also so I could explore their world a little bit more and make the project deeper, rather than just two individual portraits. I wanted to paint a few individual rose petals as The Enchanted Rose is a key motif throughout the film - a prince by birth, he was cursed by a mysterious Enchantress into as punishment for his selfish and cruel nature; only by loving another and earning their love in return can the Beast free himself and those affected by the spell before time runs out. The time remaining on the curse is indicated by how many petals remain on the rose, if the rose loses all of its petals, the prince shall remain a beast forever. I did also have a few ideas as to how I would use these petals on the poster designs I had in mind, so that was important to paint.

Painting these individual petals was a nice change of pace compared to what I am used to, each petal took around an hour to create and it was so nice to see a finished result in that time, rather than 40ish hours like I am used to. As discussed on my post about Cheryl Blossom, red seems to be a colour that struggles to stick to the paper for some reason, but otherwise, these were great to work with.

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