Thursday, June 16, 2011

scene from Hunchback

Watercolour illustration for Hunchback of Notre Dame
Extracted from Notre-Dame de Paris, Claude Frollo is interrogating Pierre Gringoire about his relationship with Esmeralda,

"Dom Claude had been listening in silence. Suddenly his deep-set eyes took on an expression so shrewd and penetrating that Gringoire felt them probe him to the very depths of his soul.."

This was only meant to be a preparatory study for a more finished illustration. You can still see my rough under-sketch in red if you look not so closely..

I wanted Frollo to look a bit scary - his lanky body protruding out from the shadows - while retaining some humour regarding his insecurity.

(Apologies for the watermarks, but it's either that or lower res images!)