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Rapunzel Unleashed by suburbanbeatnik Rapunzel Unleashed by suburbanbeatnik
This is the illustration I did for "Rapunzel Unleashed," a dark fantasy retelling of Rapunzel written by Ryan Spier for issue #2 of Dark Valentine magazine, available here for free download.
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MissSarah1990 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is really good :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! The goblin was fun to paint. I should paint monsters and beasties more often.
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
This looks more like a 'historic' Rapunzel than a fantasy one, not only because you put her in somewhat more period specific clothes than what other illustrators *cough*andDisneyfilms*cough* have done, but also because actual princesses would have been a lot more politically savvy and intelligent than they're usually portrayed. I can totally see this girl ruling a kingdom and having the early 'fairy tale' events of her life being something of an anecdotal 'early life' myth.

I can imagine this Rapunzel taking on the Spanish Armada ala Queen Elizabeth and totally kicking it's ass.

Also, those are some lovely highlights on her weskit, it helps give that piece the texture of a hardened leather piece. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks for the lovely comment! I was trying to make her clothes not too period specific, and also since she was this goblin's prisoner for a long time, I didn't want them to be too fancy-- the kind of thing he would throw at her through the window. But yeah, I wanted to stay away from the cliche "slashed puffy sleeves" beloved by Disney.
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're most welcome! Good reasoning :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Luanna255 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
That is SO epic. Rapunzel looks like she's far from being a helpless damsel-in-distress in this retelling. I would be afraid if I were that goblin!
You did a great job making this dark and forboding while still keeping the fairytale quality.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! "Epic"... that's such an awesome compliment. :D
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
This looks veryt Pre - Raph. I would kill for hair like that :omg:

He looks a nasty piece of work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Wow, pre-Raphaelite... that is quite a compliment. I love Waterhouse.

Yes, the goblin is pretty nasty. You know, this was the first time I've ever painted a creature-- it was a bit weird doing a non-human skin tone!
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Please don't tell me THAT is the prince. :XD:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, no-- that's the goblin that imprisons her. You'll have to read the story to find out what happens! :)
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wtf? I don't remember the goblin in Rapunzel. :o Been too long since I've heard that fairytale, haha. :XD:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, the goblin was Ryan's addition to the story. You should read it!
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, that makes me feel better.:XD:
And yeah, I'm going to check it out right now. :nod:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks-- let me know what you think!
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Will do!
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