Here are all 12 pieces from my E! News exclusive illustration series!!!
I’m super happy with how each piece turned out and that each character has managed to stay themselves despite being thrown into new surroundings and costumes. (My inner feminist wouldn’t allow Merida or Mulan to have their weapons taken away lol) Pocahontas still loves animals, Cinderella is still dressing tiny creatures, Tiana is cooking, and Belle fell asleep reading!
I hope you enjoy the princesses you know and love, with a twist!
Check out my page for process work and phone backgrounds!
Released in 2012 through Disney, and created by Pixar Animation, Brave is the tale of Merida, a princess in the Scottish Highlands who causes chaos when her refusal to marry ends up with her mother being turned into a Bear. Merida must act to undo the curse before it is permanent, band in doing so becomes closer to her mother and vanquishes a great evil.
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.