Sorry, late upload. This was supposed to be ready by November 24th but I got a bit too busy and this piece took me forever to finish. My tablet broke and I just draw with my phone and finger.
Some of the characters may look off, but that’s probably just because I no longer have the time to fix the rest of my errors. Still hope you guys like it though! If you wanna see the speedpaint, it’ll be available on tiktok soon.
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I just realised yet another little detail that symbolises so much in the story!
During Dos Orugitas, we see a young Alma Madrigal that seemed to be cheerful, playful and even a little clumsy. The braided hair, the frilly dress and the big smiles help create an image of her as a sweet, carefree young woman who was not afraid to just be herself.
Once the tragedy with Pedro happens and the miracle is born, Alma immediately takes shelter in casita and we see her alone, silently processing the events of the evening; looking extremely weary, lonely and traumatised. She looks down at her babies. Her Julieta, her Pepa and her Brunito, and her expression changes. She knows she needs to be strong for them. She’s resolute, but there’s a sadness in her eyes that says she knows what this means for her, too. She can never go back to the woman she used to be.
The next time we see Alma, she is putting on a black cloak and leaving the room. This room was the cocoon where she transformed into a new person, leaving her old self behind. She's become different. Her smile doesn't quite meet her eyes anymore. She looks tired, somber. Older, even.
There's a shadow, a trauma she's carrying that soon takes form in the perfectionism and control that eventually hurt her loved ones. This event shapes the way she deals with challenges from this moment on, and she is always in fear of the family losing their home once again.
She became harsh. Strict. Everything has to be perfect in order to protect and earn the miracle the love of her life granted their family with his noble sacrifice.
This is an incredibly strong woman who has been through hell and came out alive, for her family's sake. This black cloak follows her from her young years to her old age, and becomes a constant throughout the movie. It represents the weight and the burden of the grief she silently carried ever since that moment, and will continue to carry for the rest of her life. It represents the change she had to go through, putting her emotions last in order to become the strong matriarch her kids and the village needed. It represents the loss of not only her beloved Pedro, but also of her innocence, her youth, her laughter and her smile.
From the moment young Alma Madrigal and her children were gifted a miracle, she became the one responsible for the whole village. She, as the only one blessed with the magic and the one whose gift repelled the enemies, was naturally placed in a position of power and leadership in the worst moment of her life.
It's likely she was the one everyone immediately looked to for directions right after the miracle happened, and that she had to leave her feelings behind to help other lost and grieving people rebuild their lives and their homes, creating what the village of Encanto eventually became. She put everyone else first. She was extremely selfless.
Alma Madrigal is such a complex character. There are so many layers to her personality. This is why you guys can't just write her off as a villain or as a horrible person/grandmother. It's not so black and white.
Favorite thing about bruno madrigal is that he speaks by his body language. Look at this
The last gif, shows how nervous he was about what maribel was thinking, he speaked for trying to make things more clear but his body language says 'jesus jesus, just hope she doesn't think im a creep' and proceeds to explain why he leaved, not saying how he felt just trying not to bother maribel. He doesn't know how to react to her sisters hugs and pampering, he is so confused but his expresions make him look so comfortable and loved, he doesn't know what's going on but he likes it!
AND THIS ONE I CAN'T
You literally CAN SEE HOW HARD he was searching for moms approval and love, reasurance, something that wasn't "being a miracle or a blessing", a mothers support, his face just looks at his mom with pleading eyes, like a child trying to know if what he did was enough, and then his gaze falls straight up sad, realizing that she just passed of him,(pointing out how alma was only with his candel, pedro mhmhm abuela porfavor mire a su hijo y digale que lo quiere asi sea un poquito) knowing how he wouldn't get anything of that, how he wasn't enough for her, for anyone, he seem like he blamed himself more than her mother high standars, he was self-dissapointed... He felt so alone, like her mother didn't want him but EVEN WITH THOSE FEELINGS HE SEARCHED FOR HER APPROVAL.
Also, his body language is so the key, he first is shruging his shoulders, like tense, he proceeds then to untensing him form trying to look right in his posture, also his hands and how he moves them, anxiety i am right? Then he shrugs againg his shoulders and body now sad and devasted.
So yeah, in conclusion, bruno madrigal is not good with words, i think is for the fact that every time he said something he was rejected or ignored, he was the one who gave the "bad news", why would someone want to hear his feelings, soo he just express himself with his body language.