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Gaston by suburbanbeatnik Gaston by suburbanbeatnik
Look, more Disney fanart! I've done Frollo--[link] -- and Hades -- [link] -- so here's everyone's favorite guy, Gaston, from Beauty and the Beast. It was an interesting challenge drawing this character realistically, because every screencap of him had him mugging more than Brian Blessed. DID SOMEBODY ORDER A LARGE HAM!?

But yes, I am pleased with the final result. I used to be a big fan of the movie, way back in the day, but I saw it so many times I grew irritated with it, and now I don't think I can ever watch it the same way again. I always thought making someone like Gaston the villain was really clever-- since Belle, who sits around reading romance novels, can't stand Gaston, who is exactly like the alpha asshole "heroes" of '70s and '80s bodice-rippers like The Wolf and the Dove. Sounds good in theory, but in practice I don't think it quite works, since it seems within the space of half an hour of film time Gaston goes from being a douchey sitcom-type antagonist to Evil Epic Villain. Personally, I think there's a bit of a disconnect there.

But as much of a douche as Gaston can be, he's a great character in the hands of the right author. If you're in the mood for reading some good fanfic, check out "Picture This"-- [link] -- and "Man of Stature"-- [link] -- both by TrudiRose at fanfiction.net. Both stories are smart, entertaining and compulsively readable, and they treat Gaston's character quite differently in both. Check them out-- you won't be disappointed!
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adnilnosnhoj Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very outstanding work. He looks like an actual human and not a cartoon villain. I hope you continue your craft. 
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Comicalfreakazoid Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   General Artist
You did an amazing job with this. I've read TrudiRose work and love her take on Belle and Gaston. It's quite refreshing and a great spin on a pairing of the two. 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I find myself rereading TrudiRose's work whenever I'm feeling down. There's something so engaging and fun about her work.
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now you mention it, I can see what you mean about him going from being a douche to a villain... I always got the feeling that it was more his "I want to kill the biggest things to show off as a hunter" side than his "Belle is mine" side by that point, but his motivation wasn't particularly clear.

At least they didn't make him a coward, though. The "Evil = Cowardly" trope annoys me.

Film critique aside, however, I like the pic! :) It really does look like him without being too cartoony!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I don't think the transition was done as well as it could have been, but it works a lot better than some more recent movies I could name... *coff*

Thanks! I loved doing this pic. I think Belle and Gaston are my good-luck totems. :)
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!! :faint:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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MaddHarliquinn Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Love this

 

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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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