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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?
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phantomdrac1820 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear Muirin007,

I would just like to say you are wonderful and i would be astonished and be all happy go lucky if you did 1 of these to things ( if you did both i would die in front of my computer of happines overload, but please do). if you would either come look at my art ( critiques are welcome, i critique my self mor than other people would im realllly bad but i would still be happy if you looked at it anyways) ,or tagged me. i havent done a meme yet and all my friends have (or you could just make one and have me do it! heh).

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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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. :)
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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. :)
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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.
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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!
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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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DivineLightAngels Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i like your style ;)
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Fendaris Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Her dress is incredible! So much detail!
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Dwrght007 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Gorgeous!! Love your blonde Christine! :)
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xadore Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just love your style so much! :D And I really like your design for Leroux!Christine - she DOES look like a fairy princess! And her costume is simply lovely. Brilliant, as usual. :heart:
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Titianna Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
She's absolutely lovely. Yes, I can see why Erik would fall head over heels for this. She'd be a ray of sunlight in his dark and dismal life.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I think you said it perfectly; she was the perfect foil to his darkness.
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Titianna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
:bow: totally.
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ShadowSytem Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
its absolutely gorgeous, her expression is just a little scary lol but absolutely lovely work
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Ha, I totally agree! She looks like she's got some bedroom eyes goin' on there.
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ShadowSytem Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Your absolutely welcome! lol or she looks like she is going to tell you off.
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Punjabchild Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist
this dress looks hot!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ha, thank you!
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student General Artist
this is really really beautiful! Blues and greens go good with Christine. Wonderful!!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I agree, blues and greens look really good on blondes. :)
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Violane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
PS, you should do more Leroux Christines. I love your take on her.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'd love to! I want to try making her a bit less...pointy, if that makes any sense. :lol: Still very lithe, but not quite as severe.
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Violane Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
lol, it does make sense and I can't wait to see more L!Christines in the future :D
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Violane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
WOW! This is just gorgeous. I love the flower embellishments you've added to the bottom of the skirt and the design for the corset and dress. Just beautiful! And I totally agree with you on Christine's lightness in comparison to Erik's darkness. Almost everything about Christine, especially the way she looks, is in complete contrast to Erik. *sigh* No wonder I love the pairing so much! lol.

This is just breathtaking, Muirin!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I agree; that juxtaposition of light and dark is one of the reasons why they're such an interesting couple.
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Melstrife Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I want that dress! I'm going to find a way to make that dress and it is going to be my new costume!!!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Ooo, that would be so cool!
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Melstrife Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I would give you credit for the design of course. But it would be awesome to dress up like her. :D
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ElysseFray111 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh, she looks like an elf from Lord of the Rings xD
I just can't see Christine with blonde hair... and I can't see her looking so mature; I'd always imagined her to be child-like in her innocence.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, she kind of does! I never thought of that.

I know, I definitely went overboard with the angles of her face. I've always pictured Leroux Christine very delicate and lithe, but I feel like I overdid it a bit here. :lol: My version of Christine's more Webber-based, as well as tiny and curvy. :) Which DEFINITELY contrasts with Erik, that's for sure!
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ElysseFray111 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I saw the musical and the movie before I read Leroux's novel, so even though Christine is described as a blonde I could not see it. Does the book ever specifically SAY that she is a blonde as an adult? I know that she was blonde during her childhood (hence Raoul's nickname for her, "Little Lotte"). But sometimes hair color changes. And I think I'm rambling... xD

I love how you draw Christine. I mean your ALW Christine with FLUFFEH :love: hair. She looks so much like Christine as I imagine! For me Christine will always look like Emmy Rossum.
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IsabellehNilsson Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Wow, that is a Christine!Her dress is indeed medieval-operatic style and she has light from herself.Really really Leroux.Also, she looks like Blackmore's Night Candice Night
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Lord44 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :eager:

(I have to agree with you. The Jewel Song would be so much fun to watch in that kind of dress)
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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daniellenhorowitz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooooooooooooooooooo ilove this, it's beautiful!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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iridescentwings3911 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Why is it that i absolutely fall in love with all of your work?
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you very much!
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autumnsky66 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, her hair and her dress are lovely! :)
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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LadyGemma Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love your "pointy people" style! LOL.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ha, well, thanks! I think she's probably TOO pointy here, but that was bound to happen because I kept thinking about Erik. :lol:
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LadyGemma Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha :)
I love how you make necks so long and skinny too! Mostly because I draw necks like that and I though I was the only one who did. LOL
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vytina Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY nicely done. I am loving the blonde hair, especially with how it parallels the soft flow and colors of the outfit. I can easily see her floating about on the stage, like a fairy or a nymph. Gorgeous work!
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