Tutorial Props: Beauty and the Beast Background

I really have to figure out a better way to make these background because they take an insame amount of time to get done and they’re not exactly the most practical size.

I’ve been thinking to teaching myself to do digital painting for a while now which would be really handy of these kind of things, I could design the backgrounds, have it printed out and then it would be easy enough for people to get their own prints if they wanted. IDK just one of those ideas that I’ll have to think about.

Anyway! Back to the drawing! I really wanted to have a few elements of the disney film in this but not too many. For one Disney are a little bit notorious for being sue happy over silly things ,and I really wanted to put my own spin on this one.

After watching the film again (or rather several times) I remembered the stairs to the west wing and the amazing pillars. I decided to take that aspect of the fim, but change the pose and setting. I knew I wanted to have the setting at sunset and have wild roses EVERYWERE!

My main aim was to imply something old and broken but beautiful at the same time. The gargoyle was meant to look scary but having the warm colours of the sunset around it and the roses entwined all around made it less intimidating.

I did seriously consider painting in a hooded figure (the beast) but in the end I decided to leave him out as I wanted to leave it up to the viewers to imagine what he would look like.

What I used:

  • Acrylic Ink
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Pastel Pencil
  • Graphite Pencil

Hope you like the video :)


  1. LauraO says

    I loooove this kind of videos :) is always fun to see the birth of a great artwork.

    You know is really a good idea to do the digital paint, it saves you a lot of time…the only things you need is a good software (I prefer GIMP or Corel) a graphics pad and a basic tutorial, i’d say go for it 8D

    • Klaire says

      I have a wacom Bamboo tablet (I think that’s how you spell it) and I’m a die hard fan of photoshop. Going to try and make it one of my new years resolutions to learn how to paint in PS :)

      • says

        You will like it I think. I have a Wacom tablet, and I absolutely love using it. I’m still learning my way around Photoshop.There are so many ways you can create works of art. Glad to hear you are gonna try it.

      • says

        I love Photoshop too, but for “Illustrations” (drawing/painting) Adobe Illustrator is more practical. Photoshop is great for manipulating photos & for making cool multi-photo compositions. And yes, you can paint too, but for drawing/painting Illustrator is better. Just saying. :)

  2. Lauren says

    Absolutely exquisite Klaire, its so interesting to see how you bring the canvas to life! I’d say give the digital painting a shot, if it doesn’t work out as planned then you can always come back to this. Brilliantly done :)

  3. says

    Painting digitally is pretty cool :3 though I would suggest Paint Tool Sai, since you can fool around a whole lot more with the brush settings, which makes it a lot more fun (and experimental too).
    Or if you can, do a small painting, scan it, make some adjustments in photoshop, and ta-da! sell it as prints. If you still wanna do traditional painting that is~

  4. Olivia Brown says

    This is beautiful any very inspiring! I like that you took element from the film and made it your own! :)

  5. Caroline says

    Oh, I loved this tutorial, especially the roses that popped up at the end! So beautiful!

    On that noe, what kind of airbrus are you using? I’m looking into getting one for my art course, but I’m not sure where to get one or what to get. It would be cool with a video or a post about airbrushing, tips, techniques etc :)

    Love your stuff Klaire!

    • Klaire says

      I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it, I just know I got it from Hobycraft (which is unusual because I’m normally and ebay and Amazon junkie). I’ll add that to my list of posts to do :)