A lot of people have suggested this, oddly enough! This always seems a bit weird for me to lay out, but the reason I haven’t done this (or just drawn Nala in Himba garb, par example) is that there’s no challenge in it. Or, if there is, it’s at its best an arbitrary one. If that makes sense. Julie Taymor is a costuming goddess- I feel like trying to impose particular cultural/historical context onto her costumes does a disservice to the conscious, respectful thought and design that went into that entire production. At least for me! I’m sure others would love to do this, but I personally get no satisfaction from it. :)
This series was born out of a love for the Disney pantheon, yes, but more importantly it was born out of a love for historical costuming, and the challenge I got from breaking down a costume into its most basic elements and rebuilding it in a new, refreshed context. I’m less concerned about being able to check characters off of some massive checklist- and oh it is a massive checklist- and more about stretching my character/costume design muscles.
This series rapidly became, and continues to be, something of an obligation for me- I’m fighting against the urge to sate people’s requests and really trying to make sure that I’m focusing on what about this series makes me happy, and makes me feel artistically fulfilled. Esmeralda, Alice, Merida, Elsa and so many others have already been designed, but they’re just wasting away on my hard drive because I’m caught in a limbo where I’m tired of finishing these pieces in a style of mine from three years ago. It’s very weird.
There’s a reason why characters like Captain Amelia and Princess Kidagakash are on my “not interested” list- yes, it could be fun to draw either of these characters in historical costuming, but it’s a different challenge than the particular one I’m attacking with this series. I don’t want to force myself to take on characters if it’s not what I was trying to do in the first place. Not right now, anyway. :)
Sorry to use your ask as a jumping off point for a rant, aagh! I have just been thinking this a lot lately and needed to get it off of my chest.
Oh it’s absolutely a good idea, but I don’t think you and I are the problem! :) The issue is with people who (maliciously or not, lots of people do this unknowingly) strip art of its context and repost it without regard for the subtle-yet-damaging consequences.
The thing is, we have no way of knowing how many people download our art, crop out the watermark, put it on imgur, post it to their own blog, what have you. The person who posted my princesses clearly knew who I was and was capable of proper attribution but, las and fearful alack, didn’t really go out of their way to do so.
There’s only so much we can do on our end to prevent this from happening- I don’t want to slap a giant watermark on my work, so I just loose my art on the world and hope for the best. :P
Matt, you wrote this a while ago. I was overwhelmed by the fact that someone’s whose work I’VE ADORED SINCE FOREVER was writing such NICE THINGS to ME. Apologies for the delay. Thank you so much for writing this. It made MY YEAR. I’ve been following your work since I was in high school. I am a huge fan. I remember reading your comic of the ending to BoA and just having my mind blown. Your sense of drama and atmosphere just makes me so happy. I’m really honored that you are enjoying my BoA adaptation so far. Thank you!
I’m excited to follow you here on tumblr! I can dream that maybe, I don’t know, some new Myst fanart will appear on my dash??
That settles it, the three of us need to get together and do some huge, epic Myst project together. :)
Hey guys- if I was gonna do more walkthroughs/tutorials/process posts like those of recent history, is there anything in particular you’d like to see me cover? I get a lot of individual requests, but I’d love to focus on things that would hit home with a lot of people at once.
Also no “how do I art” tutorials, more like… specifics. tricks. That sort of thing. :)