Brielle and Bear graphic novel cover spread

Brielle & Bear, personal project.

MG/YA Graphic novel concept.

 

"Brielle and Bear" is a modern day alternate-universe retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

The story is based in a whimsical version of England and told over a school year (Oct-July).

Set at "Once Upon a Time University", it follows 3 main characters and their struggles with

love, jealousy, forgiveness, fear, faith and identity.

Character Design

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To view the main character design page on my Behance, click here

To view the character design for the Once Upon a Time "Heroes" rugby squad, click here

Storyline

 

First year student Brielle Da Rosa returns to Rosebridge 3 years after moving to the small English village of Honeydale-Upon-Foresting with her father.

 

She runs into an old flame (Pavão Castello) at OUAT Bookshop, and also meets Atohi 'Bear' Yona, a dyslexic, shy final-year Navajo (Native American) student on a sport scholarship, whom she befriends and steadily falls in love with over the year.

 

As time goes on, the love-triangle between the three becomes progressively hazardous as Pavão’s jealousy grows.

Intro Sample Pages

Dyslexie font has been used to make the book accessible for dyslexic readers.

Snowy bookshop illustration graphic novel
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Brielle and Bear graphic novel page
Brielle and Bear middle grade graphic novel

Concept - Emotive Elements

 

Throughout the story Bear has an ongoing struggle with his inner fears and worries. Playing on the idea of bears and honey, it felt natural to represent this visually as bees.

 

When Bear meets Brielle her positivity is infectious and he begins to have more happy moments than low, so I represented these happier moments as butterflies.

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Visual Development

 

Key script moments and set design/location building.

Thank You!

 

To request the full graphic novel package, including manuscript, please get in contact (verified agents and publishers only).

Now also on Webtoon - follow Brielle, Bear, Pavão and Rosalie in their daily lives after the origin book (short & sweet weekly comics).

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