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Look, more Beauty and the Beast fanart for Valentine's Day!

I decided that Gaston-- [link] -- needed a companion piece. So I drew Belle. I couldn't stand the idea of drawing her in her generic peasant outfit and ponytail, so I put her in a simple but fashionable robe a l'anglaise from the late 1770s or early '80s. Her hair is loose and flowing, like the Gainsborough portrait of the Linley sisters. [link]

Belle definitely seems to fit into the 1780s, I think. I can just see her in some small village in Poitou or elsewhere, sitting under a tree, reading Rousseau's Julie and sighing over the love of Julie and Saint-Preux. And then Gaston would come and annoy her. I am sure he would make plenty of disparaging remarks about Rousseau and other such wild, radical authors, while eying her bosom.

UPDATE: Here's a painting of Belle in another 1780s dress-- a rococo version of the famous yellow ballgown. [link]
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onionjulius Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
She looks like Gaston *just* came into view.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I know, right?
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Micster1776 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
This sketch is very beautiful:love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Ysa Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
wow beautiful!!! :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Are you interested in coloring it? I remember what a great job you did with the princesses. :)
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Ysa Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
thanks! Sadly I am very busy at the moment doing colouring commissions amoungst other things ^^; so sorry I can't! Maybe again in the future :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, paying gigs first of course. Good luck with all that! :)
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Ysa Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
thank you!!! :)
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souphfie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
It's wonderful !
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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crimsonangel666 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture. Belle looks so pretty and thats a beautiful dress :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's actually inspired by one of the anglaise dresses in The Duchess. I love the costumes in that movie!
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crimsonangel666 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the film with Kiera Knightly in isn't it?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup! [link]
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crimsonangel666 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to see that film but I hate Kiera Knightly, I can't stand her and she can't act for toffee. Lol. So her being in it stopped me from seeing all the pretty dresses =(
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't like KK either, but she's actually pretty good in the movie. You should definitely see it!
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crimsonangel666 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the link. Such beautiful dresses.
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Lelablue Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Lovely. You did a beautiful version of Belle. :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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blind-fate Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
I agree with you, Belle does suit that era remarkably. I love the natural look you gave her with her hair loose and simple. The sketch is beautiful. :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! She even looks like one of the Linley sisters too. :)
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