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So it’s been five years to the day since I started my historical (or, well, historical-ish) Disney princesses series.  I have no idea how it’s been this long – I feel like I drew some of these yesterday – but it seemed as good an opportunity as any to revisit Belle now that I’m five years older and wiser.  And now that I’m way more into the 1780’s/90’s.

I drew that original Belle on a whim, fueled by my sister’s time working as a costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, and assuming it would be a one-off piece.  In the long run, despite all their now egregious flaws, I owe this series for some pretty cool jobs, meeting a ton of cool people, developing an unexpectedly voracious appetite for historical fashion, and eating a fair amount of humble pie along the way.

I think this Belle probably marks the swan song of my historical Disney princess series.  Much as I’d love to continue doing it forever, I’ve got a lot of exciting personal projects that I’m ready to dedicate more of my precious free time to. I’ll probably continue designing this stuff in my off hours – who am I to resist drawing the likes of Slue Foot Sue and Katrina Von Tassel – but I’m going to focus less on polished illustrations, and more on the research and design.  When you get right down to it, that’s the aspect of this stuff that I love. :)

Thanks to everyone who stuck with me over the past five years, and here’s to way more historical fashion in the years to come  I can’t even put into words how lovely y’all’ve been. 

Just a little change. Small, to say the least.

-C

The clip showed Vanellope, in a website named OhMyDisney.com, meeting all the Disney princesses in the hopes of stirring up some trouble. But as she interacts with them — in ways that in rapid succession lovingly skewer the history and tropes of Disney animated classics and princess — she develops a respect for them. And gives them a wardrobe change.
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Hollywood Reporter on Wreck-It Ralph 2

Many of the original voices of the princesses return for the scene, and those actresses then made an appearance at the presentation. Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Auli'i Cravalho (Moana), and Kristen Bell (Anna) took to the stage in a historic meeting of Disney princess, causing a prolonged ovation from the crowd.

EXCUSE ME!?

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Wreck-It Ralph 2 will Feature the Disney Princesses – and Many of Their Original Voice Actors!

THR reports: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the sequel to the 2012 Oscar-nominated video-game-world-set hit, is slated to open Nov. 21, 2018, it was announced at D23, the Disney expo taking place in Anaheim.

Sarah Silverman (the voice of Vanellope von Schweetz), along with directors Rich Moore (who won an Oscar earlier this year for Zootopia) and Phil Johnston, were onstage to present a clip from the movie — a clip that drove the assembled crowd of roughly 7,000 into wild cheers.

The clip showed Vanellope, in a website named OhMyDisney.com, meeting all the Disney princesses in the hopes of stirring up some trouble. But as she interacts with them — in ways that, in rapid succession, lovingly skewer the history and tropes of Disney animated classics and princesses — she develops a respect for them. And she gives them a wardrobe change.

Many of the original voices of the princesses returned for the scene, and those actresses then made an appearance at the presentation. Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Auli'i Cravalho (Moana) and Kristen Bell (Anna) took the stage in a historic meeting of Disney princesses, causing a prolonged ovation from the crowd.

Princess Anna of Arendelle Wedding Portrait

This was fun! I’m probably going to do a few more Disney princess royal portrait style things (I did one of Elsa a while ago, but I think I might redo it!) I’ve looking at loads of royal portrait paintings recently, this particular one was modelled on a painting of Alexandra of Denmark by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

Edit: aaaand heres my Elsa version

Can now be purchased as a print/e.g. here from society6.

Designs I did for the peasant outfits of Aurora, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. These were inspired by northern renaissance/ Burgundian fashion.

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so after three years of really smart commenters on Reddit and random Yahoo articles complaining about the princesses’ eyes being closed, I decided to take the advice to heart and update the series!

I’ll start rolling out the finished pieces over the next couple of weeks, but I think it’s clearly for the best.

Disney Princesses: Countries & Time Periods*

*not all are 100% accurate

Moana. Polynesia. 2,000 years ago

Mulan. China. 500s

Jasmine. Arabian Peninsula. 800s

Aurora. France or Germany. 1300s

Merida. Scotland. 1300s~1400s

Snow White. Germany. 1500s

Pocahontas. Virgina, USA. 1607

Belle. France. 1770s

Rapunzel. Germany. 1820s

Elsa & Anna. Norway. 1820s

Cinderella. France. 1860s

Ariel. Denmark. 1890s

Tiana. Louisiana, USA. 1920s

*EDIT: According to the filmmakers of Moana, the story is based on a historical mystery.

Roughly 2000 years ago (1st Century AD), pacific/polynesian navigations suddenly stopped.

1000 years later (in the 11th Century), the people resumed voyaging.

So Moana takes place in the 1000s.

ALSO, Moana is said to take place around the islands of Samoa, Fiji, & Tonga

hollywoodreporter.com
'Wreck-It Ralph 2' Is Reuniting Your Favorite Disney Princesses
The splashy D23 panel also revealed that Taraji P. Henson has joined the cast.

Taraji P. Henson has joined the voice cast of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the sequel to the 2012 Oscar-nominated video-game-world-set hit that’s slated to open Nov. 21, 2018, it was announced at D23, the Disney expo taking place in Anaheim.

Henson will play Yess, a trend-aholic algorithm who acts like a guide to Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). The story sees the duo’s game break down and require a replacement part, causing the characters to venture into the wild world of the internet.

Silverman, along with directors Rich Moore (who won an Oscar earlier this year for Zootopia) and Phil Johnston, were onstage to present a clip of the movie — a clip that drove the assembled crowd of roughly 7,000 into wild cheers.

The clip showed Vanellope, in a website named OhMyDisney.com, meeting all the Disney princesses in the hopes of stirring up some trouble. But as she interacts with them — in ways that, in rapid succession, lovingly skewer the history and tropes of Disney animated classics and princesses — she develops a respect for them. And she gives them a wardrobe change.

Many of the original voices of the princesses returned for the scene, and those actresses then made an appearance at the presentation. Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Auli'i Cravalho (Moana) and Kristen Bell (Anna) took the stage in a historic meeting of Disney princesses, causing a prolonged ovation from the crowd.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios presentation started with a preview of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a 21-minute holiday-themed short that will debut in theaters Nov. 22 with Pixar’s Coco.

It features the returning cast of Frozen, including those on hand for the presentation: Bell and Josh Gad, who sang one of the short’s four new songs. Disney also showed the first clip from the short, featuring Olaf and Sven going door to door in the kingdom, collecting holiday traditions to share with Anna and Elsa.

The actors also teased Frozen 2, which is scheduled for release on Nov. 27, 2019. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are returning to direct, and the presentation featured clips of the duo with producer Peter Del Vecho on a research trip in Norway.