As you see from my Little Mermaid post, I am taking Tamara Laporte’s Ever After series, which is an artistic style development course focused around fairy tales. We follow the lessons closely, and then we sort through our likes, dislikes, and feelings about the lesson to help us define our own style. Credit for the composition and design of these pieces of art goes to the teachers, until we work on our own fairy tale interpretations later on. 🙂
Andrea Gomoll teaches the second lesson, focused on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Andrea paints and illustrates cute girls and creatures with large eyes, innocent expressions, and lots of bright colors and layers.
She teaches techniques in watercolor, illustrative line work, collage and gel medium layering. I have learned that I am no watercolor painter… not yet, at least! I enjoy the look of watercolor washes and more abstract painting (I like the background and the fuzzy rose petals falling) but I do not yet know how to color in a drawing with the paints without it resulting in splotches of color. This lesson was a challenge!
I am also learning that I prefer a more imperfect looking girl with smaller features rather than the cute youthful look presented here, and more painterly rather than illustration style. I also will probably steer away from “fan art” type pieces. I enjoy the idea of interpreting an old fairy tale, but would like to do it in my own way rather than model it after an established and recognized style.
I could also go into a bit of a rant about the actual story of Beauty and the Beast – as much as I enjoy the animated film as a movie, I have issues with the story and the message. I don’t see it as a story about looking beyond appearances. The beast was a horrible person, hence why he was transformed. Frankly, his appearance matched his interior. Beauty was a prisoner that grew attached to her captor. The beast was the one that was supposed to learn a lesson – what did he learn? A beautiful girl turned up at his doorstep. He locked her up. He got to keep her in the end.
In other words, I can pretend this piece of art is a different love story, else I just see it as depicting a very sad situation.
Despite that, this lesson was packed full of information and Andrea is a wonderful teacher. This was out of my comfort zone but I persevered and learned so much. Thank you, Andrea!
I’ll see you guys soon – Snow White comes next!
Art Materials Used:
- Holbein Watercolor Paints
- Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
- Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (Watercolor brush markers)
- Liquitex Professional Matte Medium
- Liquitex Professional White Gesso
- Caran d'Ache Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels
- Fabriano Studio Hot Press 11 x 14 Watercolor Paper
- Liquitex Professional Gloss Heavy Gel Medium
- Posca Paint Pens (White & Black)
- Stencil for the background
- Book pages
- Ever After series