God I love dagged sleeves.  Almost as much as I love slashed ones.  I just want to dag and slash everything I can get my hands on.
I’ve wanted Maleficent to be the first villain in the series for a while now, ever since I made the mental leap between Maleficent’s horns and 15th century horned hennins.  The time period works out pretty well, actually, since I wanted her to look a little more dated than Aurora’s 1480’s getup- both houppelandes and horned hennins were all the rage during the early- to mid-1400’s, and they make for pretty good analogues to her official costuming.  Sexy stuff.
This proves more than any of the previous pieces that these are adaptations, not improvements.  I mean, look at the original Maleficent design- how does one improve on PERFECTION
-C
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God I love dagged sleeves.  Almost as much as I love slashed ones.  I just want to dag and slash everything I can get my hands on.

I’ve wanted Maleficent to be the first villain in the series for a while now, ever since I made the mental leap between Maleficent’s horns and 15th century horned hennins.  The time period works out pretty well, actually, since I wanted her to look a little more dated than Aurora’s 1480’s getup- both houppelandes and horned hennins were all the rage during the early- to mid-1400’s, and they make for pretty good analogues to her official costuming.  Sexy stuff.

This proves more than any of the previous pieces that these are adaptations, not improvements.  I mean, look at the original Maleficent design- how does one improve on PERFECTION

-C

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A lot of people have been asking about Maid Marian, so I figured I might as well give her a shot- a bit tougher when you’re looking at clothing on anthropomorphic animals, of course, but there are still a couple of details that point to the 15th century- the cut of the dress, the ears disguised as a horned hennin headdress, the bag sleeves, etc.  I still tried to maintain the relatively simple silhouette of Marian’s dress, just with added period details- making it more of a houppelande by design, and resolving the v-shaped neckline to show the kirtle underneath.

Also really wanted to hide some foxglove motifs in the lining of the gown- it’s subtle, but I think it really ties the whole design together.
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A lot of people have been asking about Maid Marian, so I figured I might as well give her a shot- a bit tougher when you’re looking at clothing on anthropomorphic animals, of course, but there are still a couple of details that point to the 15th century- the cut of the dress, the ears disguised as a horned hennin headdress, the bag sleeves, etc.  I still tried to maintain the relatively simple silhouette of Marian’s dress, just with added period details- making it more of a houppelande by design, and resolving the v-shaped neckline to show the kirtle underneath.

Also really wanted to hide some foxglove motifs in the lining of the gown- it’s subtle, but I think it really ties the whole design together.

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Finally updated Pocahontas!  I don’t think this is what people were expecting as the next entry in the series, but some of the criticisms of my first design have been eating away at me for years now and I needed to get off my ass and address them.
So hey!  Spunky age-appropriate Pocahontas/Matoaka, sans feathers in the hair/European imagery/other superfluous details.  This is closer to accounts and illustrations of Powhatan dress from the period, and I kinda think it’s closer to the Disney design anyway. WIN/WIN.
Thanks to everyone who’s educated my ass over the past couple of years, including moniquill, apihtawikosisan, this-is-not-native, and numerous others.  You’ve made me a way more thoughtful artist in the process. :)
-C
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Finally updated Pocahontas!  I don’t think this is what people were expecting as the next entry in the series, but some of the criticisms of my first design have been eating away at me for years now and I needed to get off my ass and address them.

So hey!  Spunky age-appropriate Pocahontas/Matoaka, sans feathers in the hair/European imagery/other superfluous details.  This is closer to accounts and illustrations of Powhatan dress from the period, and I kinda think it’s closer to the Disney design anyway. WIN/WIN.

Thanks to everyone who’s educated my ass over the past couple of years, including moniquill, apihtawikosisan, this-is-not-native, and numerous others.  You’ve made me a way more thoughtful artist in the process. :)

-C

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There have been a FLOOD of new Historical Disney princess cosplayers over the last few days, and I’ve been absolutely floored by all of them.  I’ve started a Pinterest board to help myself keep track, and I’d love to be able to find out who some of you are so I’m not blindly spreading your image all over the internet. :)

OH MAN I AM SO PROUD you are all just perfect

I did a lot of concept work for Kinect Disneyland Adventures and, seeing how the game was released this past November, I finally have a chance to post some of these.  I may not have an Imagineering career in my near future, but it was nice to at least have the chance to work on a digital version of Disneyland.

The Pirates game was originally going to feature a lot more characters from the movie franchise, so there were a lot of concepts drawn up to that end.  The final character in the game does bear a surprising resemblance to this design, but only from the neck down.

I did a lot of concept work for Kinect Disneyland Adventures and, seeing how the game was released this past November, I finally have a chance to post some of these.  I may not have an Imagineering career in my near future, but it was nice to at least have the chance to work on a digital version of Disneyland.

The Pirates game was originally going to feature a lot more characters from the movie franchise, so there were a lot of concepts drawn up to that end.  The final character in the game does bear a surprising resemblance to this design, but only from the neck down.

Finally moving on to the unofficial Disney ladies with Megara! So fantastically simple to research, just put her in a simple doric chiton and spent most of my time researching fabric colours and patterns to see what I could get away with. It kinda looks like she killed Hercules and took his helmet? I’m okay with that.
-C
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Finally moving on to the unofficial Disney ladies with Megara! So fantastically simple to research, just put her in a simple doric chiton and spent most of my time researching fabric colours and patterns to see what I could get away with. It kinda looks like she killed Hercules and took his helmet? I’m okay with that.

-C

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Shoomlah.com Store Update!
Historical Disney Princesses - COMPLETE PRINT SETI’ve finally finished ordering the 4 x 6” postcards for the remaining princesses, so you can now purchase the entire set of Historical Disney Princess prints with one easy click.  I’ve also added a 15% discount when you buy them as a set, since it’s waaaay easier for me to pack and ship them that way. :)
Tiny HorusesI have four (4) Tiny Horus statues left, so I should be posting those up in the store in the next few days once I figure out a fair price.  Stay tuned!
-C

Shoomlah.com Store Update!

  • Historical Disney Princesses - COMPLETE PRINT SET
    I’ve finally finished ordering the 4 x 6” postcards for the remaining princesses, so you can now purchase the entire set of Historical Disney Princess prints with one easy click.  I’ve also added a 15% discount when you buy them as a set, since it’s waaaay easier for me to pack and ship them that way. :)
  • Tiny Horuses
    I have four (4) Tiny Horus statues left, so I should be posting those up in the store in the next few days once I figure out a fair price.  Stay tuned!

-C

LAST ONE. Bwuh.
I adore Tangled for many reasons, but historical accuracy isn’t one of them. It’s actually the first Disney film that feels entirely set in its own fantasy world, with no real ties to any particular time period or setting- unless you count that ever-forgiving time period of “Ren Faire.”
Since this is the last one in the series (so far as official princesses go), I thought I’d treat myself and just have fun with it. I drew up concepts for both the 16th century (the slashed sleeves) and 18th (Keane’s initial inspiration), but in the interest of choosing a time period I hadn’t touched yet I ended up going with the late Regency. There are a ton of gowns circa 1820 that have those inimitably princessy sleeves, and those palace guards aren’t fooling anyone.
-Claire, who made a video for this but still needs to edit that nonsense together
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LAST ONE. Bwuh.

I adore Tangled for many reasons, but historical accuracy isn’t one of them. It’s actually the first Disney film that feels entirely set in its own fantasy world, with no real ties to any particular time period or setting- unless you count that ever-forgiving time period of “Ren Faire.

Since this is the last one in the series (so far as official princesses go), I thought I’d treat myself and just have fun with it. I drew up concepts for both the 16th century (the slashed sleeves) and 18th (Keane’s initial inspiration), but in the interest of choosing a time period I hadn’t touched yet I ended up going with the late Regency. There are a ton of gowns circa 1820 that have those inimitably princessy sleeves, and those palace guards aren’t fooling anyone.

-Claire, who made a video for this but still needs to edit that nonsense together

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Buy prints HERE

operamatic asked:

I just wanted to say I really love your Historical Disney Princess project. Your attention to detail is wonderful and all the pictures and outfits are stunning. Also I'm just curious for fun, if you could choose an era or culture to set a Disney princess film in, what would it be? Personally I feel like there's a whole host of untapped fairy tales in Russia and South America.

Man, how have I not responded to this yet?  Such a great question.

  • I’ve always been in love with ancient Mesoamerican and South American cultures/mythology (primarily Aztec and Inca, plus the architecture of Teotihuacán), so that’s probably at the top of my wishlist.
  • I’d also love to see specific portrayals of African cultures- none of this generic pan-African nonsense.  When I was younger I was working on a Lion King sequel (SHUT UP WE ALL DID IT) where a lion cub was orphaned and raised by a Wodaabe kid, and god knows it was cheesy, but some part of me still really wants to revisit that.  Yes I know there are like NEXT TO NO LIONS in Niger, I was clearly geographically-impaired at the time.
  • INUIT OH MY GOD SEDNA SO MANY GREAT LEGENDS
  • I’d also just love to see more modern day “princesses” or narratives along the lines of Lilo & Stitch, acknowledging that women- especially women of colour- exist outside the context of ancient/historical stories.

Also- somewhat related- I’d love to see Disney stop conflating non-western religion with magic.  The Beast’s transformation or Cindy’s sweet shoes have nothing to do with Christianity, but Grandmother Willow goes on about “listening to the spirits” in some half-hearted attempt at generic Native spirituality?  BOO-URNS.