Saturday, March 10, 2018
It's the tenth of the month, and you know what that means?
Four more months until the release of Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge! (July 10, 2018!)
In the meantime, behold my Beast of the Month, by contemporary artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins.
Is this a Beast with art-i-tude, or what?
Hicks-Jenkins is a theatrical designer, painter, printmaker and book illustrator in Wales.
This sketch is a design for a pair of Beauty and Beast puppets he began in 2014. It doesn't look like Hicks-Jenkins ever completed the pair. But I was able to track down this image of his final version of Beast!
Here's the fascinating backstory of how Hicks-Jenkins was inspired by Jean Marais and Josette Day in the classic Beaty and the Beast film by Jean Cocteau. After making this colorful drawing, he opted to ditch its refinement and instead do a much wilder, rougher version for the actual puppet.
Its papier-mâché head is texturized with plenty of gesso (unsanded), and painted black-and-while (to reference the film), with the focus on it head, paws, and claws.
I love this wild-looking puppet to pieces! (It must be the doll-maker in me.) But I also adore the original sketch!
Here's some more of the artist's insights into his puppet-making process!