|Detail of concept art for La Belle et La Bete by Francois Baranger|
As promised, here are a ton of gorgeous concept images created by French visual development artist, François Baranger (I'm going to include everything of his for La Belle et La Bête, even though some I've posted before, so it's all in one place).
With the release of behind-the-scenes videos just this past week as well as the new trailer, Baranger yesterday kindly uploaded his concept paintings and sketches to share, now that it's no longer quite as "spoilery" (if you've seen the new trailer I posted earlier today, that is).
|One of the very first concepts of the Beast with his long white coat - so classic!|
|A very early concept painting (clearly much of this stayed in the film)|
|Baranger: "First concept I've done for the movie. It depicts the secret sanctuary of the Beast, hidden in a giant rosebush."|
We also now know what this is - a giant statue carrying out the Beast's revenge:
This is apparently one from a (sadly) deleted scene. It looks magical! (Not that the film seems to be lacking in that department, by any means.):
And these ones I've posted before, starting with the very first one Baranger released and his statement about working on the film with Gans:
Looks like Belle may have originally been escorted to the Beast by her father but in the trailer it shows her taking the decision into her own hands, much to the horror of her father and the men around him.
So, does the above image show some of that "magic mirror" or is that my imagination? I also noticed in the scene with the vines (?) attacking through a doorway, Belle was perched just like this in a very similar dress while men in front of her were reacting in terror to the attack. (GoshI love seeing how the story and concepts change over the production! Story is such an "alive" thing and this is even more true for fairy tales than other stories too.
Mr. Baranger also weighed in on the "will Belle at La Bête be released in the US" question:
François Baranger has worked (and is working) on a number of films which you can see his art for at his website HERE and on the CGHub HERE. Mr. Baranger is also on Facebook HERE and you can follow his work there too.
I can't confirm that the image below is also Baranger's but I haven't found any other concept art by anyone else from the movie and this is definitely Gans' La Belle at La Bête. I'm including it just in case, and because it would have needed Baranger's approval, even if it wasn't. :)
Intuos A3 tablet (the largest available).
I'm so glad he was chosen to work on this fairy tale! I truly hope there's an "art of" book for this - so much behind-the-scenes beauty, not to mention how amazing the on-screen result is as well. *insert heart icon in whichever style you prefer here!* Can't wait to see this!