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Marie Antoinette #FanArt

This week's #FanArt comes from our Manchester-based Background Artist Larisa Bumb and was inspired by a shot from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette!

Larisa: I've been thinking lately that I want to start focusing on how to stylise my shapes when drawing and making a composition, so I thought it would be great to do some cinematic shots since I love the composition in films very, very much.

I discovered a page on twitter called @OnePerfectShot which shares references and still shots from movies, so I visited their website ( and looked through their shot database, which they have classified by movies, and I suddenly saw Marie Antoinette.

Reference shot used taken from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006)

I've always loved this movie and the composition of this particular still shot was really beautiful so I went ahead with it. To be honest, I just went ahead to see what would come out of it. I wanted to stylise my work and make clear shapes that looked more dynamic and appealing in the composition. I cheated a bit with proportions and how the elements were placed, as well as with the colours.

In the past, when I did a study I would limit myself to the reference picture itself, so I would copy the colours and the shapes but in this case, I instead moved and changed whatever I needed to in benefit of my own reinterpretation and understanding. It was quite fun doing that because I did and redid some shapes until I figured out how they would work for what I was doing. To do that, I figured that I should directly block them out by painting them. It's a bit more abstract but it worked pretty well.

I think I spent over an hour and a half on this piece but the result was pretty good and I'm happy with how it turned out, especially because while doing it I had a lot of fun. It was super relaxing :)

I've decided to do some more studies like this one since and so far I've done a 30/40 minute still of Frida Kahlo (movie featuring Salma Hayek) and will do more soon! I encourage everyone to do so because it's really a great way to analyse someone else's work and actually understand it!


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