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Beauty and the Beast by KmyeChan Beauty and the Beast by KmyeChan
Copyright Kmye Chan, 2014. All rights reserved.

Finally a new picture in my fairytale series!
The original idea for "Beauty and the Beast" was something else entirely - but then I wanted to experiment with more dynamic compositions, so here you go!
I had lots of fun with the colours.
I hope you will enjoy it!

[EDIT] Updated with a better colour editing, closer to the original drawing. Enjoy! :)

More fairytales:

Rapunzel by KmyeChan Snow White by KmyeChan The Sleeping Beauty by KmyeChan

[Markers and inks on watercolor paper | 30x40 cm - 12x16 inches]
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Critique by Dr4z3 Feb 8, 2014, 11:36:05 AM
First of all I'd like to say I've always been keen on the fact you illustrate fairy tales, which is perhaps one of your most cherished theme, and you're approaching them in a more mature way which i like.

What struck me is that this picture is probably tad darker than most of your other artworks and the most complex by it's symbolism (imo) :

The idea of a gaunt face beast works well reminding he must face his death to reach a higher moral level and experience a true love for Beauty instead of only desiring to possess her.
In opposition you've hidden Beauty's sweet face, and she seems to be looking onto her heart, where's the true beauty
Nice recall of the tale's moral : Appearances can be deceptive.

Regarding to the composition itself, you managed to represent what can be frightening in the Beast and his envirronement as well as all the gentleness and the love he can feel for Beauty.
Like that almost leafless rose bush serving as a jewel case for their embrace shows how fragile beautiful things and love's thing can be.

I also love the way you split the artwork in two parts, a light one and a darker one, recalling the dichotomy of the two heroes of their respective symbolism (and their completeness)
[beauty / bestiality. spirit / body, male / female, as well as light / dark, solar / lunar]
One cannot exist without the other etc ...

as regards of coloring, the use of browns, reds and roses complies with the theme you gave yourself, but this time I found you have managed to give a pleasant new depth to your artwork.

And all this elements provides a consistent and amazingly adult atmosphere while remaining of a poetry worthy to this lovely tale.

forgive my outburst and my English xD
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Première chose à dire : c’est un dessin magnifique! A peine les yeux se posent sur ce chef d’œuvre qu’on se sent happé par l’incompréhension : où commence le corps de la Bête ? Et où se finit-il ? On remarque cependant tout de suite la fragilité de cette jeune femme, qui s’agrippe tant qu’elle peut. Les énormes pattes, très visible, contrastent avec cette apparente fragilité… Et que dire du mouvement de la robe, des cheveux, si amples, face aux griffes agressives ? Les quelques fleurs ne font que renforcer le caractère puissant du monstre. En revanche, Le crâne semble représenter l’éphémère… Tout comme la position du pied, qui ressemble à une résignation... Comme la moitié du dessin est vide, l’impression de solitude est encore accrue. De plus, le contraste entre la noirceur de la Bête et la lumière du « vide » ressemble quelque peu au ying yang. La jeune fille semble devoir choisir entre le néant ou le monstre… Quel est son choix ????
Conclusion : Très belle œuvre avec un monstre écrasant et terrifiant qui prend tout de suite à la gorge ! A éviter en cas de dépression ;)
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EluminoraStudio Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is definitely a dynamic composition, and I'm always on the lookout for Beauty and the Beast interpretations... :D Hence it goes in my favorites folder! 
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Unsorteddots Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is..... just wow. One of the best "Beauty and the Beast" drawings I have ever seen.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconrus-ka:
Rus-ka Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Your works are beautiful.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconnaseem-art12:
naseem-art12 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks amazing!!!!
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnaseem-art12:
naseem-art12 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem!!
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:iconnordictfantasy:
Nordictfantasy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!, i love the shading, blending and everything else.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love how the girls is almost lost within the creature, you almost cannot see her, like she is consumed by the creature.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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:icondeus-lux:
Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconsuiish:
Suiish Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh goodness this is simply beautiful as ever! the flow to it and all the details are stunning <3 
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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TheOrangeElephant Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist
oh my lordy! youve really made it all your own
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Jessibels Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I adore this so much! I love how it seems to glow, and you've pulled off the unusual composition off perfectly. Your art is such an inspiration, miss :)
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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ShowMeTheCarFacts Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, excellent composition.
All around, great job and take on an older story. 5/5
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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goddessandmcmanus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Well, I'd never think to critique your work as I respect it too much for that. What I will say is that your work is highly distinctive and extremely imaginative. I really love this fresh take on the classic tale. Rather than simply rendering a scene, you've made the story more complex. The image causes questions in me that tell me that I never really knew the story, or the whole story, at all. Congratulations!

Btw, I hope you and your work are remaining dry in the UK. My best wishes.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I truly appreciate it! :)
For the record I don't think that critiques are in any way disrespectful - they're an analysis of what works in a picture, and what doesn't (or could work better - there is always room for improvement!). The most helpful critiques usually come from people who genuinely like and respect your work, as they understand your artistic journey and are not clouted by misplaced feelings. Altough I do understand not wishing to critique an artist's work (I personally feel always bad pointing out imperfection, I feel like nitpicking...!).

Ahah and yes my artwork and I are quite windswept but otherwise dry, for now anyway! :D
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goddessandmcmanus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind response. If I had any advice for you it would be that you continue following your artistic instincts. From the evidence, they seem to be serving you well.
Wish I was going to be in Paris to see your show. Perhaps some other show sometime in the future.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconkitsunekarin:
KitsuneKarin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The composition is actually perfect. Textbook. Flawless.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
It's interesting that you should say that because I *have* been reading a few textbooks on composition lately. :D
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ohwelltowel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So amazing!!
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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K0RVSTOEND Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Your style is perfection. This is so beautiful!
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Amazing!
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KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Amazing
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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H-Johanna Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing I love the colours and composition. The seem to be moving. Very well done.
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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GokiSoul Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Is she there by her own freewill?
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In the original story, no, not in the first place: she is held captive by the Beast as retribution for her father stealing a rose in his garden. But then she falls in love with the Beast and stays from her own will, protecting him from the villagers who want to take him down (Stockholm syndrome much? :) )
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pinktetris Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I can see the details much better now!
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It still looks oversaturated in the screen on my professional computer, although it looks ok in my personal one. Not sure which one is decalibrated - I may have to recalibrate my personal screen soon. :)
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sweetquiescence Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I love this so so much. I can't even give you a good critique, because I can only focus on how absolutely perfect it is. Gorgeous! 
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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JonFreeman Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Digital Artist
very creative take on the beast =)
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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JonFreeman Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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ShadowSnow Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh, wow. This is absolutely gorgeous. The limited color palette really serves you well here, where her pinks are just different enough to draw the eye but still fit in really well. Also I love how you've got the "beast" looming over the top of the frame--it gives the composition more balance than I think it would have otherwise. I've never seen a skeletal beast before but you've pulled it off really well.  Absolutely wonderful work!
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:iconkmyechan:
KmyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
This is so complex, so incredible...
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