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Leroux Christine Marguerite Design by Muirin007 Leroux Christine Marguerite Design by Muirin007
EDIT I need to upload a higher resolution of this. This one is poopy.

EDIT Uploaded a higher resolution. Picture slightly less poopy. :)

Here's a character and costume design for Leroux's Christine as Marguerite in "Faust!" I always loved the idea of Christine's lightness (literal and figurative) contrasting with Erik's darkness, which you really see in the original novel. Whenever I read Leroux, I always picture her looking very ethereal, almost sylph-like with her long blonde hair and light blue eyes. Plus, she definitely has more street cred as a Swedish lady than my version of Christine does. :lol: But obviously, coloring doesn't always denote nationality. I actually have a friend from Sweden who's got dark hair and dark eyes. Just depends on the parents. :)

Anyway, I wanted the design for Marguerite to be very light and feminine. I tried to stick with a sort of medieval look with the corset and the cut of the chemise, but I did want to give it a bit of an operatic flare with the back cape piece. I added the floral embellishments on the skirt after I realized that a white skirt alone was just too boring. And I think this sort of matches Christine's character, too. She's kind of like a fairy from a Waterhouse painting. With this design, I wanted to leave no doubt as to why Erik is madly in love with her.

Plus, the dress would look pretty swirling around onstage during The Jewel Song. :lol:

It was so much fun to draw blonde hair! Everything I do is usually so darkly colored, and so it was really nice to lighten things up like this.

The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
Faust Goethe and Gounod.
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BlackberryFinn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Am I the only one in the world who ships Mephistopheles/Martha?
phantomdrac1820 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear Muirin007,

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I now this is awfully long and such but i would like to have some input from other amazing artist. if you are not sure about my plead you can talk to DartxErik about me. im sure she would have some possitive input about me (i think..).

In hopeful fantasies,
~Ian W. A.
JamiSings Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I think it's awesome how you drew Christine closer to what Leroux described. I'm rather tired of seeing one Christine after another who has brown hair & brown eyes - not to mention perfect vision when Christine is suppose to be severely nearsighted. Thank you for drawing her like this.
MakeMagicNotMayhem Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
The dress and hair are beyond beautiful, but she looks a bit... gaunt. Perhaps I'm not used to high cheekbones, or perhaps that's simply your style, tho' I promise I'm not trying to insult you.
Ana-Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
So beautiful. I love how you draw clothes and heair, just always so perfect. She looks so lovely and really, very feminine. I can imagine she dressed like this (like a symbol of light) near to Erik (darkness).
PersephonelovesErik Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Foust! The music is great the story is awesome and I can see why Leroux used it in Phantom because it suits it wonderfully. Have you ever seen Faust? I saw a version of it once but it was set in WW1 I think so I didn't get to see all of the midevileyness of it all. :'( but ah well can't do much about it but it was still pretty cool so it's all good. :)
Feral-Instinct Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
lol at "coloring doesn't always denote nationality"! Made me think of Warner Oland in The Werewolf of London. [link] He's Swedish and was type-cast to play Asian characters on more than one set. :)
HolyMaiden Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That dress is lovely!
Too bad none of the versions that actually feature faust have such a dress. It definately beats Mary Philbin's dress from the Lon Chaney version.
AVthreads Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student General Artist
It's gorgeous! And much better than my design I came up with, haha. Love it!
autumnsprings Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Look at Leroux!Christine struttin' her stuff. I love the way you draw her; perhaps it could be a more frequent occurrence?
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