Thursday, May 11, 2017
Meaning: it's time for my Beast of the Month!
This is from English illustrator Paul Woodroffe, from a 1905 edition of Beauty and the Beast. My version of Beast is not nearly as humanoid as this one. (Although I do love his elegant backswept horns!)
But his brooding posture, and the mysterious mood of this image feel just right.
I also adore the prominent candlestick, lighting the scene. A silver candlestick plays a very important role in my story!
Woodroffe was famed as an illustrator of fairy tales and other children's books, Bible stories, and Shakespeare. But he was also renowned as a stained-glass artist, as you can tell by the elaborate design of the panel (or possibly chair back) behind Beauty in this image.
My Beast borrows a lot in terms of mood and atmosphere from golden Age illustrators like Woodroffe. But I've shaken up the classic story too!
Pub date is currently planned for March 6, 2018. Stay tuned . . .