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Look, more Disney fanart! I've done Frollo--[link] -- and Hades -- [link] -- so here's everyone's favorite guy, Gaston, from Beauty and the Beast. It was an interesting challenge drawing this character realistically, because every screencap of him had him mugging more than Brian Blessed. DID SOMEBODY ORDER A LARGE HAM!?

But yes, I am pleased with the final result. I used to be a big fan of the movie, way back in the day, but I saw it so many times I grew irritated with it, and now I don't think I can ever watch it the same way again. I always thought making someone like Gaston the villain was really clever-- since Belle, who sits around reading romance novels, can't stand Gaston, who is exactly like the alpha asshole "heroes" of '70s and '80s bodice-rippers like The Wolf and the Dove. Sounds good in theory, but in practice I don't think it quite works, since it seems within the space of half an hour of film time Gaston goes from being a douchey sitcom-type antagonist to Evil Epic Villain. Personally, I think there's a bit of a disconnect there.

But as much of a douche as Gaston can be, he's a great character in the hands of the right author. If you're in the mood for reading some good fanfic, check out "Picture This"-- [link] -- and "Man of Stature"-- [link] -- both by TrudiRose at fanfiction.net. Both stories are smart, entertaining and compulsively readable, and they treat Gaston's character quite differently in both. Check them out-- you won't be disappointed!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, I guess I asked for that! Hey, covered with hair is way better than the current "waxed male chest" phenom, as seen in New Moon. Yuck. (There's a match I'd like to see: Gaston vs. Edward Cullen haha!)

He's asploding with personality, that's for sure. What do you think of the transformed Beast?
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional
I always thought that human beast was waaaay too effeminate. I always thought, "aww, poor Belle." She went from total manly "man" to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, well said! That is definitely true.

So, who's your favorite animated Disney guy?
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Nyrak Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh, i love how you captured him.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
He does look kind of rogue-ish. Love that cross hatching you do!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
He definitely looks like he's about to get up to trouble! Oh, that Gaston, he's irrepressible.

Thanks, you know I love crosshatching so. :XD:
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have to say, your version of him really is quite handsome in a way the Disney version isn't. :O I'm not a huge fan of the whole musclebound alpha-male thing in general (you may have gathered :giggle:), but this works quite nicely. :3

I'm still VERY fond of Beauty and the Beast. I've definitely been previously aware of the Gaston douche-to-epic-evil disconnect that you mentioned, but I don't really let it bother me. I'm content to let it be, since it's such a childhood favorite of mine. :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree-- but I think drawing him more realistically helped make him more attractive. I actually modelled his chin after Aaron Eckart (who has a Gastonian chin if anyone does)!

BatB came out when I was a junior in high school. (I think I was 16?) Yes, I'm quite a bit older than you, missy! I saw it several times in the theaters and got in on video, until the things that bugged me a little started bugging me a lot. Like the talking utensils. The slapstick. And Gaston's not particularly believable character arc. But you know, I was an old and crusty teenager at the time, not an impressionable tot. ;P
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
AAAAAAH, okay! I can see that. Normally I'm not a cleft-chin fan either, but on certain people I can make exceptions. Aaron Eckhart is one of those people. :meow:

My GOODNESS yes. I was... probably no older than 8 when it came out. In all likelihood I was younger. As an adult, I do get mildly annoyed with slapstick in kids' movies (even ones I grew up with), but it's not a HUGE irritant-button for me. What bothers ME about BatB more than anything... if the prince has been cursed for ten years, and the last rose petal is supposed to fall on his 21st birthday, that means he's been a beast since he was 11, but the painting in the West Wing is CLEARLY of an older man. And where were his parents at the time the enchantress showed up to curse everyone? Why was he answering the door himself?

These are the questions that plague me, late at night. :rofl:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love Aaron Eckhart-- he's very handsome, but not in the white bread frat boy Channing Tatum kind of way.

You must have been younger than 8 when BatB came out, since if you were 8 in '91, wouldn't you be 27? I remember thinking it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen (you know, being 16 and all), but I look back on the BatB screencaps and I'm thinking, "wow, these drawings are crude-- it's no Millenium Actress. Dude, it's more like a G-rated Ralph Bakshi!" I think too many years of watching movies by Satoshi Kon and Yoshitaka Kawajiri have completely spoiled me.

Yeah, there are some weird problems with plot continuity in that movie. (Maybe he was originally cursed at 21 and was under a spell for 10 years, making him 31, but they decided to change that so a teenager wasn't romantically involved with someone so much older?) You'd think years of development and the millions of dollars thrown at it would have sorted out such obvious problems, but that's Hollywood for you.

I've heard Disney has scuttled its 2D animation department again, since "Princess and the Frog" did not perform as well as "Avatar." (Yes, really.) They axed the 2D project "The Snow Queen" (which I would have loved to see) and apparently "Rapunzel" is going to be renamed something less girly to get in the boy demographic. Call me crazy, but I sometimes have doubts about the longevity of Disney, given the quality of the decisions made there lately.
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah... I'd forgotten what year it came out. I... turned 5 that year. Wow. :wow:

Was Belle meant to be a teenager in the movie? I don't remember them actually stating her age, but it's been a while since I've seen it, so I could be wrong. I always imagined her being in her very late teens/early 20s (though of course she's got a Disney figure and voice, so REALISTICALLY she'd probably be mid-20s, but this is the same studio that tried to sell us on the idea that opera-voiced, tiptoed, busty Aurora was just on the cusp of 16... :roll:).

I hadn't heard that at ALL about them scuttling the 2D animation dept again. :sadangel: I hope it's not true, because I REALLY enjoyed Princess and the Frog. Honestly, I think I've got more faith in Lasseter than that, but I guess we'll see. Whatever Rapunzel gets renamed, I just want to see it-- the concept art is SO beautiful. :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, it's scary for me that you remember the '80s as well as I remember the '70s! :P

I heard Belle was supposed to be 17 in the movie, but the voice actress playing her sounded like she was 35. I also heard Gaston was supposed to be 21, which makes his character even weirder to me. Why would a 21 year old guy, someone loud and extroverted and who can get any girl he wants, be OBSESSED with marrying some mousy bookworm? I think he would be more interested in just drinking and getting laid. The obsession thing seems more like behavior from a self-described "nice guy," you know, the sort always described as "seemed to be nice and kept to themselves" and who end up going postal.

Alas, yes. My faith in Lasseter is waning. It's easy to proclaim oneself the savior of 2D animation, but when one's actions are the opposite of one's words, that does not inspire confidence.

The latest still from Rapunzel (now called Tangled) does not inspire confidence in me either. It looks like Bolt meets Shrek. [link]
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
17?! I never would have guessed. :O Gaston, 21?! WHAT... WHAT... man, my mind is totally blown. I'm much more comfortable imagining Belle as 20ish, and Gaston and the prince as 30ish, as I always have. I've never really understood the need for Disney protagonists to be unrealistically young; when the character looks and sounds 30, you're not fooling kids by having the characters say over and over that they're 16 or whatever. No 5-year-old who's EVER encountered a teenager will mistake a Disney hero for a teenager. :XD:

I'm not TOO shaken by that particular Rapunzel--oops, sorry, TANGLED--still, because in the concept art I've seen, the strongest element of any of it is the exterior backgrounds, color and lighting, none of which are really on display in that shot. Well, maybe the color. Which still looks good to me. ;) I've never been really gung-ho about the character designs, but I've been loving what I've seen of the environments.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, even when I was a kid I always thought Sleeping Beauty was 16 going on 26.

The backgrounds do look very good for Rapunzel (I mean Tangled) but if the character designs suck, well, that's really not a good thing.

What do you think of Gaston not being the obsessive "nice guy" stalker type? If you haven't read this classic LJ rant here you definitely should. [link]
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
AWESOME job!!!!!! You really captured his arrogance! I hope you are going to do more disney stuff!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Re: Disney, I think I only have in it in me to do the occasional sketch.
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Well I shall look forward to any disney stuff in the future! As well as all of your other stuff!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's a really nice portrait!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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bluerosetayu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Oh Gaston!!! Be still my heart!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL! You think he's cute?
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bluerosetayu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Yeah, even though he's a scumbag, I definitely count myself among those cooing girls in the movie. There's something about his ubermacho masculinity does it for me.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't like the way they draw his face but the scene where he jumps out of the window onto the rooftops is pretty hot, IMO.

Personally I don't find the transformed Beast very attractive either. They modelled him on the statue David, which sounds good in theory, but in practice, it looks a bit odd.
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bluerosetayu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
I can see why; must be the froofy hair.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Possibly; and God knows why they called him Prince Adam, since that was the name of He-Man's alter ego.
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Marszenka Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Adam just means "man" when you go back to the roots (Hebrew). I think they were possibly trying to make a point.

It's a shame BeautyEtc lost its charm for you. I can see your points but I still think it's one of their better films -- actually my complaints with it are the same as the ones I have for Hunchback.
I'd -love- redone versions of both with the same animation, themes, and vocal casts, but geared more towards adults. In my opinion we would have some very very nearly perfect works of art if Disney dropped the kiddie things (Hunchback is waaay worse for this; BatB's childishness is fairly mild but Hunchback's is not. and it's completely out of place with Frollo like. Burning people alive >.>) and gave each film maybe 20 more minutes of running time. They could both use a little more expansion.

Granted that's all just opinion and I could be wrong. But I'm still dreaming of those versions. :P

I love your portraits of Gaston and Belle. They're artistically beautiful and I think they really capture the characterization that might not be as well-developed in the films as we might like. :) Definitely favoriting.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Alas, the way that Disney is going, they're probably going to do CGI with bobbleheaded uncanny-valley characters for the next 20 years.

For whatever reason, I prefer Hunchback to BatB, even though it certainly has its flaws. I guess it's just personal preference. The humor in Hunchback, while dumb in its own way, is a bit more my speed than cutesy talking teacups.

Thanks! I'd like to do more Disney fanart when I have the time-- I've just been so busy this winter. At some point, eventually...
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