my academic blog for my graphic design course at the Arts University College at Bournemouth 2009-2012. © Jirka Väätäinen www.jirkavinse.com
Continuing with bringing Disney characters alive through photo manipulation… I give you a “real life” Belle from Beauty and the Beast:
Posted in Photo Manipulation, Self Directed | 69 Comments »
This one is my favorite! its so beautiful!
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
Great! you catch her fear and curiosity, is very nice!
Sorry, I’m disappointed. Belle is my favorite Disney princess. What I love and admire about her is her courage and compassion, and that in her story it is she who saves the prince. This picture is so sad, and her hand-on-hip pose even looks a bit snobby. It’s so uncharacteristic of Belle. I absolutely love the way that the other princesses have been portrayed (really, I’ve never seen better for this style!), and I think you can do better with Belle. I can’t wait to see more added to your princess collection!
I appreciate your comment, and I’m sorry to disappoint you. I just wanted to capture more of a timid, yet curious side of her. But true, the hand on hip does not really go either way!
I think the face could be re-done with more compassionate looking eyebrows and more of a mona lisa smile and be much more representative without losing all this work. I think she deserves another go, she’s so sweet! Maybe this time in the red cape with the fuzzy lining?
Thanks for the input, but I am happy with this version and I wont be redoing her. I hope you understand!
Interesting — I don’t see this pose as “snobby” at all. She’s saying “Oh Daddy!” in that loving & frustrated way she has when he does something exasperating.
She IS a snob. she looks down her nose at anyone who doesnt share an interest in her hobby. He captured her judgmental attitude perfectly- she probably just heard someone say they don’t like her cheap romance novels, lol.
and no, I recall her getting rescued once, twice.
I am in awe! Amazing.
Thank you :)
Are you selling these?
I’m pretty sure there would be a copyright issue selling something so heavily influenced by Disney.
Although I am disappointed since It doesn’t really capture Belle’s spunky nature (she was hardly timid) and it doesn’t look like Belle’s facial expression. You can contact Disney and work with them to sell this art. There are many artists that do Disney art. I don’t work for them, I just love a lot what they do http://www.disneyfineart.com/.
Thanks for the comment! I will definitely look into your suggestion of possiblyworking with them
What is the name of your model?
There is no one model here.
I meant the model for Belle
i’m in awe of all the disney princesses you’ve managed to bring to real life but this one is the one i think is the most gorgeous. her expression and emotion seems simply amazing. i cant wait to see the other ones you’ll do! im hoping for a cinderella one!
So very beautiful!
And I have always thought I have long passed the age when I could fall in love with a Disney character!
Haha, thank you!
This is my favorite one :) she looks amazing & I love your creations. It’s funny cause I read that you use photoshop to make them and I recently started using it and I suck at it… I just wish I had a tiny bit of your talent and my job would be easier lol thanks for showing me that people can create something amazing or in your case many amazing things with that program.
Thank you :) It does take a while to get used to and find your way around it, don’t give up!
Whoever you used as a model for this portrait of Belle, she is simply adorable! Well done, sir!
wow looks kinda like Analeigh Tipton. Great Work
ow wow! it’s so beautiful.. this is my favorite . :)
Fantastic!, this is by far the best I have seen!!!!! Who was the inspiration for your Belle?
Thanks! At first I was mostly inspired by Emmy Rossum, but did not end up using her likeness to a great extent in the end.
Bell has always been my fav’, and you potrayed her so well ! It’s a very great job : she is pretty (of course) but we can see right through her and that’s a very rare stuff to achieve. Congrats and keep doing it (:
that’s the look I get when I ask a woman out on a date.
woe is me.
She looks like Miranda Kerr.
Very beautiful but Belle was supposed to have brown eyes.
Love the collection!
Thanks! I always thought she had hazely brown eyes, though :)
I just wish she didn’t look fearful.
Please do Tinkerbell. She is my favorite Disney character and I would love to see how you portray her. All of your work is beautiful! :)
You’re Belle is spot on :D I love it. And I don’t think she looks fearful. Maybe wary, but not in a bad way.
i wish she had more of a widow’s peak since belle has one
Please do some of the Disney princes!!!!!
Sorry, I don’t think I can find the time!
Fantastic! What actresses or models did you use to make this?I know that you take many many pictures and combine them. It all sounds very complicated and difficult, you have a lot of talent. I’m just wondering who were the main people that this one picture is made out of? Also, I think I might have mentioned this on another picture, but I’d love to see Alice in Wonderland, Tinkerbell, Wendy from Peter Pan, and Jane from Tarzan.
Thanks! I think Emmy Rossum was the only real person whose likeness I used when creating this.
These are all fantastic. Do you sell them?
Thank you! But unfortunately I am not selling prints of these at the moment since I am afraid that there might a copyright issue with the Disney brand.
Love this picture. I like how Belle looks sad. It’s as if you too the scene where her father was being thrown from the castle and Belle took his place in the tower. LOVE!!!
I have to agree with what was said earlier: Belle is my favourite disney girl and this is not how I would portray her, she looks snobbish, kind of disgusted at what she’s looking at, reminds me of the mean girl in high school that sticks up her nose to the nerd girl at school, “what’s your problem, weirdo” her expression says to me….kind of makes me sad :(
Absolutely stunning! I don’t think I’ve seen a better version of Belle. I think you even surpassed Martiniere’s version. Plus, I love the expression.
I don’t suppose you’d ever release desktop picture sizes for any of these…. (Not that I’d have Belle on my desktop instantly if you did…. ;-) )
Thank you! I don’t think I have many of these in a big enough resolution for that purpose, I’m afraid…
Wow! This is simply amazing. At first she looks like she is surprised/disgusted/ frustrated.But if you stare for a while, she looks sad.
Nothing less than Mona Lisa! Good Work!
It looks like the type of face she would make at Garcon.
Ohh this is my FAVOURITE Disney Princess!! I think she looks absolutely wonderful- and it would look DIVINE in my room… ;)
I don’t believe it. That’s Belle!! I’ve watched that movie a hundred times I’m sure and that’s is exactly how I would imagine her to look in real life. You’re unbelievably talented with an incredible eye. I love your work. Truly.
Unbelievable pic, i love this movie so much! I’d really like to tattoo this pic on me, and decided to ask, if it’s okay with you? :)
Yep, that’s ok! :)
I just love this work! I’m a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, and i’ve been thinking to ask you, would you give the permission to tattoo this picture on me? I already have two Belles on my skin, but not a realistic one like this!
Thank you! Oh wow – of course you’ve got my permission. I hope it turns out great if you decide to have it done :)
I always imagined Belle as being a little socially awkward. She preferred disappearing into the world of her books. It didn’t make her any less a strong heroine, but it gave her an interesting apprehensive look. That may not be where you were going with this, but in my mind you nailed it. :)
I totally agree, and that is exactly why I felt like portraying her like this, rather than being all smiles :)
You’re right then, it’s definitely worth preserving as it is. Thanks for these. They’re clever and well executed. If you can get around the rights issues, then I would be very interested in buying a few prints.
Oh, I love all of your Disney photos, but this is the only one I’m disappointed in. I can’t put my finger on why, but this just doesn’t represent Belle to me. However, there is no denying that you are very, very talented, and I love what you do!
May I download a copy of these pictures? I like to collet images like this of Disney Princesses ^_^.
Sure go ahead! Just try to remember the source, and credit me if you share them :)
Hi, this page are using your works without crediting you https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=342376952461195&set=a.342368779128679.84969.227107703988121&type=3&theater .
Thanks for letting me know!
I would love to see how you made this in photoshop
I never been so enchanted by such a amazing and creative idea such as this collection you have made
Thank you for sharing such a amazing piece of work I hope you present a video of how you made this even if its just a speed run of it
You can check out my “making of” video of my Black Swan illustration. It should give you an idea :) http://cargocollective.com/jirka/BLACK-SWAN
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