"The Lovers" card was originally going to be a representation of all the princesses and their princes, but when I sat down to sketch it it seemed like it would not fit the feeling of the cards so far. I brainstormed with a couple of friends who would best represent "The Lovers". When I asked the manfriend, who is not a big fan of Disney by any means, who he thought would be the best representation without hesitation he said, "Beauty and the Beast. Their movie has both of them in the title and it is more about their relationship than any of the other movies are." Usually I don't listen but in this case he was right on.
"The Lovers" is pretty self explanatory. It's about human attraction, relationships, bonding. In some traditions, the card itself brings out questions of choice and doubt in a relationship. I wanted the scene in the card to reflect the moment Belle and the Beast had in the movie where they both realized they had feelings for each other but they realized that there were other things in their lives that required their attention.
Overall I'm really happy with the colors and the lighting in this. I also really love how the drop pleats in Belle's dress came out (I love me some big poofy skirts). Also, in tribute to the traditional depiction of the cards, I added the Enchantress to the card as the table to take place of the Angel. I feel like she's sort of watching over the whole process seeing that they both end up with their Happily Ever After.