As a long-time fan of the "beauty and the beast" genre (if that can be considered a genre) and as one who has always adored Jean Cocteau's film, I think what really stands out about this piece is the Beast's eyes. In the film, his eyes, which always stand out so well against the beast makeup, conveyed a lot of emotion and humanity and you've captured that perfectly here. Also, the style of the painting as a whole is very reminiscent of the posters created for the film at the time of its original release, which I must applaud you for.
That was very nice of you to say. Thank you for the good strokes! I adore the Cocteau films, all of them and his artistic visions.
BTW, I read a statement by Jean Marais where he talked about the make up and what he did to personalize it. If I can find it on line again I'll make a link. Yep, the eyes have it. Jean Marais was France's Errol Flynn. [link] There was a series he did called, Fantomas I would like to check out.
Beauty and the Beast was so magical. I have the Criterion version of the film...Gorgeous!