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Belle the sorceress

By ranma-tim
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This may become part of a whole series based around the same theme. I was pondering the standard female characters in myth (and Disney movies), which by one count number three: the maid/princess, the mother/queen, and the crone/sorceress. Characters tend to stay in these roles, although by the end of the story you usually have the first step in a journey from maid to mother.

But those crone/sorceresses have to come from somewhere! Traditionally I suppose they are a further possible development from the mother/queen stage, but I found the idea of a transition straight from princess to sorceress a really fascinating idea.

Belle from 'Beauty and the Beast' just leapt to mind as the most obvious candidate. I have ideas in mind for Jasmine (Aladdin) and Aerial (the Little Mermaid) that I may draw later.

So, in this version of the story, things turn out a little differently. Belle already has a castle full of non-human minions and a great big scary monster at her command. As the townspeople come to 'kill the beast!', she finds a book of magic in the castle's great library. In defending her new home, she will have to kill or be killed... and thus take the first steps towards becoming a fully fledged sorceress.

Merry Christmas!
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moonlitinuyasha1985's avatar
This...this is amazing...! :iconcute-plz:
bellezza-corrutta's avatar
Very interesting concept and impressive picture, but she still looks sweet and innocent to me :p
ElaineSantana's avatar
Fascinating idea. It would make a great story.
emstheunitaur's avatar
Belle would make an excellent sorceress.
beastiar-Veter's avatar
Oh, i want see it story in Kingdom-Hearts-3!!!
This is an awesome idea. And a very nice piece of work to go with it!
snoprincess's avatar
this is a great idea, lovelly work!
garion's avatar
This is a very cool concept, and one thats totally believable, just look at the enormous number of books in the castle's library, and there just might be a book on sorcery that Belle would have stumbled across. Very interesting though slightly macabre sounding twist to the tale... :)

I love the way you drew Belle in here, her facial expression and pose tells a lot, you can really sense her apprehensive feelings in her face. And the red "evil" eyes of the castle objects and Beast behind her. Wonderful work.
PriestessOfNox's avatar
Interesting, very interesting. Is beast still good though? I look forward to seeing your other ideas.
Diz-Girl's avatar
Very Cool and yet scary... Poor BeasT I love Beast I love Belle when shes nice... *laughs* I love the red eyes and everything Great JOb
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ranma-tim's avatar
Thanks for the comments!

Good call on the Gargoyles thing, I'd totally forgotten about those guys.

And Aerial the Little Mermaid ... yeah, with that mispelling it conjurs quite a different image!
wit-knee-jones's avatar
Interesting. (p.s. it's Ariel, not Aerial) :-)
Ladyeternalflame's avatar
It's an interesting idea, reminds me of the Disney television series Gargoyles. I like Belle's expression. I like her outfit too, the pink dress and red and white fur cloak for winter is perfect. I like how menacing the silhouette furniture's glowing red eyes look. It's a bit scary....interesting story plot twist idea.
Dreena's avatar
wow! beautifuuul
Marius-Creb's avatar
This looks amazing
NovellineArt's avatar
wow, i never really thought about it that way. but thats a real creepy (and creative) spin on the story. its very well drawn too!
Disney-bubbles's avatar
this is very cool, I love the idea you put into this illustration. and you drew it INCREDIBLY well. I really like belle's face, and I love how you put figures of the servants and beast in shadows behind her... it's SO interesting ^^
ranma-tim's avatar
Ooh, the whole 'mad scientist' thing is actually a really good point - thinking about it, the archetypes of the evil sorceress and the mad scientist are incredibly similar. It's been so long since I saw Beauty and the Beast (I would have bought the DVD to help with this had it been available for a sensible price) that I'd forgotten about her crazy dad.

As for the choice of outfit, I felt that the blue dress and the ball gown were over-represented, and also the whole feel that I had in mind was this wintery scene, so the choice of the winter outfit was quite natural. I also saw in the Disney store that they were promoting items with a kind of winter-themed Belle, except that it was her in the ball gown with the red fur-lined hoodiecloak on top. That's just silly!
AllenGale's avatar
Hmmn, I like it! Its interesting how you opted against using her blue village dress or even her ballgown.

I love the desperation in her eyes and the relatively "evil" background whereas Belle herself doesn't look at all evil - just scared and desperate. I'm just imagining what comes directly after this (possibly a massive blast of energy at the townsfolk) and her freaking out a bit once the fight is over about having to kill her fellow townsfolk.
ranma-tim's avatar
Yep, that's exactly it! It's all about that transitional moment and what comes after.

I have to admit that for the expression I was studying Hyung Tae-Kim's superb 'Adora' image - I'm definitely falling far short of that, but I hope to have caught something of the ambiguity in it, the strange combination of surprise and desperation, with just the tiniest hint of excitement lurking in there.

Er, darn - now I look at it again I really haven't got all those. But it still kind of works!
It's Belle, though. I think if she was left to her own devices, she would wind up being a mad scientist. ^^;

So, yeah, she totally would be freaking out, and then become fully-fledged because she would then start looking through the book thinking "Okay, what does THIS do?"
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