Friday, September 26, 2014

The Beauty and the beast






My favorite greek mythology is about Cupid and Psyche. I love their mysterious courtship. Psyche can’t see how Cupid looks like, but still falls in love with him and goes on to claim her love despite numerous obstacle his jealous mother, Venus throws on her ways. Psyche starts as naive girl and ends up a woman who takes charge and fights for what she wants. I was watching a stunning film by Jean Cocteau,”La belle et la bête” several years ago and I realized this fable is actually a variation on the story of Cupid and Psyche. And I dreamed about telling this story again in my own way someday. I wanted to make this story into a graphic novel, add more romance and adventure in the middle, sort of like all those fantasy comics I read when I was little. Oh, I love me a good fantasy romance comics!
In this drawing, I added the pomegranate, which is from another greek mythology of Hades and Persephone. In order to bound her to hell, Hades fed his unwilling wife pomegranate seed.
Here are a few snapshots of the work in progress. This time I made a sketch with a blue pencil, so it’s easier to distinguish ink line from the sketch when I do the line work. I imported this scan and started outlining on photoshop. Then I did a sepia monotone light and dark layer on top. I added very little color touches for the red of the pomegranate since the drawing is pretty complicated. Then I layered it with some painterly texture on top to give it more vintage feel. 

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