I discovered the Waterstones Picture This competition - in which you compete for the chance to illustrate a Michael Morpurgo retelling of Beauty and the Beast - too late. Entry required a full spread and character sketches and I had just one already packed weekend. I tried to squeeze it in, but failed (still managed to ruin my weekend though). This is as far as I got.
I was basing the beast's costume on this guy, King Hipster (discovered via Jamie Smart's twitter.)
Now - to eBay for dungarees, sock garters and hair grease.