Chapter 71 - Beauty and the Beast - The Woman Before Her Time - 2019
EMMA WATSON - 'Belle' - 48 hours, 56x38cm acrylic painting on 425gsm Bockington Watercolour Paper
Belle is a painting that I originally painted back in 2017 on my Illustration course. She is probably one of my first portraits where I started to believe that I actually had the skills to create a likeness. My style improved so much since then however, so I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the painting and repaint some areas that I wasn't happy with before so that she is at the same skill level as the upcoming painting of The Beast.
Belle (2017) Belle (2019) Belle (2020)
As you can see, I have included 3 different versions of the same painting, 2017 being the original while at uni, 2019 being the first revisit when working on the project and getting ready to paint The Beast, then 2020 is a revisit recently. I won't go too into all the changes I made over the 2 revisits as it will get complicated to explain, so I will just say that the 2020 version is the final painting that I am finally happy with, the 2019 was just a rough pitstop update. I mainly wanted to obviously update the painting so Belle is as high a standard as my portfolio now because she is being used in a new project, but I also wanted to give her a background that would compliment The Beast's painting so they would look good side by side in a gallery.
I wanted a cool blue background to be the identifiable style of the Beauty and the Beast collection, much like how the Riverdale series has blue and red mark making, or Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has red. I wanted to have a cool blue background as that could be reminiscent of the winter time period that the film takes place, I also added some small white dots to the background as a way to give that winter scene impression. I also wanted the background to have a strong mark making aesthetic rather than a realistic winter scene so that the mark making would still be in keeping with the style of my portfolio.