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Gaston by suburbanbeatnik Gaston by suburbanbeatnik
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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GibbonMoon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
And btw, you aren't meant to be over thinking some plots, it kind of ruins the movie. I mean, sure, the age thing with the curse is a bit weird in theory, but humans can't turn into talking furniture either right?
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PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
It truly makes me sad that you think that one shouldn't "over think" plots. As the artist mentions in response to your other comment, discussing a story values the story, not the other way around. Sitting back like goldfish and never questioning/expanding on an idea in a story stagnates you as a person, especially if you are an artist.
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GibbonMoon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
wow, you seriously criticize some of the best animators ever? like glen keane? Oh well, I guess everyone has the right to express their opinion. And they wanted Gaston to seem vain and mean, but harmless, in the beginning but show his true colors in the end :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I find it strange that you feel I shouldn't criticize animators. As artists and storytellers, they're subject to the same criticism as any other artist. To suggest otherwise is condescending to their work. Also, Glen Keane was not the animator responsible for Gaston-- that was Andreas Deja. If you are going to be critical of another persons criticisms, you might as well make sure you have your facts checked.

In any case, my criticism of Gaston's character didn't have anything to do with the animation. I was critiquing his treatment in the script.
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COOL-GUY-DEVIANT Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist
very cool
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Most impressive Chin since Bruc Campbell
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's quite true! :D
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MyChestHairIsBeast Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Splendid! Most fantastic! You even included my cleft. You are a true artist!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, that's good to hear! :)
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SnarkyPhiles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Awesome work! This is really great! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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SnarkyPhiles Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
No problemo! :D
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No one says "No one says 'no one says no to gaston' to gaston" Like Gaston!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, yes!
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:icongrrrrrraaaaahhhhhhhh:
More beer?
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
I think Gaston's character worked just fine in the film--I find his unexpected change from comical antagonist to Evil Epic Villain highly entertaining (though I still wonder why he didn't take his enormous gun to battle the Beast with *shrugs*). Still, to each their own, of course! Great drawing, I love the crafty look in his eyes :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I still don't find his character arc to be particularly believable, but I still like him as a character. Have you read TrudiRose's fanfic? It's some of my favorite fanfic ever. :D
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
No, I haven't, but I think I'll go take a look now :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you enjoy them! :)
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Just got around to reading them, and they are quite good :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! Which one do you like the best?
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Hwkngrl412 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Beautiful work! Featured in my journal here: [link]
:love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Assyrianic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the french man who can shoot 3 times after reloading once from a musket :\
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
No one can magically shoot muskets like Gaston!
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Assyrianic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no1 flashes their chest hair, beat up people, and shoot at beer and animals quite like Gaston.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
He's a helluva guy!
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PsychoGrandmaster Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is really amazing! He looks really good.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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PsychoGrandmaster Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Eightohsixtythird Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Oh, wow! I don't usually like realistic-ified versions of Disney characters - but your Gaston is spot on! Very VERY well done! <333
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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hugh223 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Horst Buchholz + Stephen Boyd = Gaston! XD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha yes-- exactly! :XD:
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Jaquier Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He could really look like that in real life. Well done =)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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La-Nina-Feliz Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, Im a AdamFan so I never look to Gaston like a really handsome character, but, this make me reconsider my thoughts
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, glad my little pic could make you rethink that! ;P
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chibipanda95 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks...cute! Ahh! *does Silly Girl spazz* sooo cute...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
He does look rather tasty, doesn't he? :)
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chibipanda95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bravo, lassie! :clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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lightningxwisper Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
I love this drawing ! I know this man who looks just like this . I find it kind of scary how much they look like each other :omg:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh dear, that is alarming! You don't have any photos of him, do you? :)
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lightningxwisper Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
No I am sorry I have not , He is this man that takes us college students out to look at wildlife and those kind of things . I would not be aloud to take a photo of him :( But as I said he looks very much like this realistic Gaston you have drawn ! I wish I had a photo of this man to show you !
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll just imagine him. Too bad I can't meet him... *sighs* :)
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venerablewise Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
As a specimen he's intimidating hahha
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, now that song's in my head again! ;P
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your pencil lines are marvelous! :)
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