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Snarl: Beautiful Beast



This is what grief, rage and determination look like! This is ‘Laura’, from the film ‘Logan’. The only person who ever loved/cared for her has been murdered by the scum who also killed most of the other experimental children in the facility where Laura was created. Before she was murdered, the woman who helped Laura and some of the other kids escape, put Laura in touch with the dying Logan, in the hope he would get her to the other kids. Logan is proving to not really be up to the task… Laura is explaining to him that she wants him to be (:

Snarl WIP 2


As you can see, I’ve been plodding along with this gorgeous little beasty… she has totally stolen my jaded old heart (: I couldn’t have written a cooler/smarter/more deadly little beast if I’d tried! Her zen-like fearless-ness/focus just slay me… all the more so because Dafne Keen is perfect in the role… sublimely perfect. I’d hoped to finish this series with a painting of Laura in full flight, claws out, blood everywhere… but that’s not to be. To get images to work from for these paintings, I have to pause the film on my computer (the iTunes films have protective intelligence that prevents screen captures) and photograph the paused image. All the fabulous/spectacular scenes of this little beast slaying bad guys are excellent, and she is excellent… too excellent, she is always moving, just like Creaturina, almost too fast to see, she’s always a lethal blur. I would especially have liked to illustrate the big, final fight scene… doomed Logan takes out most of the bad guys, having ordered Laura to stay behind him, but she runs right up his back, leaps over his head and slaughters a few herself! My kind of lethal little beasty!

Snarl WIP


I’ve started my next ‘Laura’ painting (:

This scene is about 2/3rds through the film. Laura has not spoken a word for the whole film, seemingly incapable/too feral to talk, all she’s done is scream and growl. Logan is dying, and Laura is having to help him more and more. The Mexican nurse who helped Laura and several other children escape the military experimentation facility she’d been ‘created’ in, is dead, the other children gone. Laura clings to a photo of those other kids, and the nurse, with their names on the back… all she wants to do is get to the co-ordinates where she believes the kids to be. Dying Logan thinks it’s all a hoax, and tells her he won’t take her there… Laura suddenly starts speaking (to Logan’s astonishment) in fluent Spanish, showing him where the place is on a map, he still says it’s a hoax, and he won’t take her there. She begins, furiously, to recite the names on the photo, faster and faster, in staccato Spanish, literally right in Logan’s face. She’s a gorgeous, furious, intense little (she’s just a kid, half the size of all the adults she has to face) driven beast, far more intelligent than her creators intended her to be, though every bit as lethal, and she’s just not capable of feeling fear. And she’s angry.




Cute, angry and deadly (:

Glower WIP 3


I’ve done a side-by-side of the previous and current WIP’s, because this painting is now down to very subtle tonal stuff. The image of ‘Laura’ (Dafne Keen) I chose to use for this painting is one that is all about tone/lighting. The difference between her looking gorgeous/angry/pouty, and her looking clunky/shitty and crap, is very, very subtle. In these two WIP’s, the biggest advance I have made is in and around her eyes… look closely, and you’ll see how very much more dramatic/real/gorgeous that difference is… and the eyes, and her scrunched-up brows, are really what make this incredibly adorable image (:

Glower WIP 2


… if looks could kill… (: