Oh, Elsa.  What are we going to do with you.

Frozen is purportedly set in the 1830’s-40’s, but I’ve been obsessed with finding a style that could marry her coronation gown with her ice gown more seamlessly; the open robes you see during the Regency era, including those being worn by Scandinavian royalty at the time, seemed a particularly apt analog for her… weird underarm-cape.  Thing.  You also see her mom wearing something very similar for something like ten years, so it’s not a huge stretch to think it could be a popular look in Arendelle.  THAT’S MY EXCUSE.

I initially designed this for her coronation, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to explore how that same silhouette might work with her ice gown as well.  Someday, theoretically, I would love to do a more literally iced-up version of her gown, but I figured the alternate colour way would be a nice middle ground to strike.

-C

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So I was just blown away today by the amazing artisans over at The Iron Ring, who cast and fabricated replicas of the crown jewels from my historical Sleeping Beauty piece!  Cannot even put into words how flattered I am by this sort of thing, gosh. <3

Go check out the rest of their work on facebook or DA, if you have a moment- amazingly high-quality cosplay and prop fabrication. Wowzers.

Hey guys, here’s my info for SDCC this year!  I don’t have a table, but my art and I won’t be hard to track down:

  • Witty Women of Steampunk panel
    Thursday, 11 AM | Room 5AB

  • Signed art books
    Tr!ckster
    Thursday - Sunday
    East Village Tavern Bowl
    930 Market Street, San Diego, CA

  • Signing and Sketches
    at the League of S.T.E.A.M., booth #5618
    Thursday -  2-4 PM
    Sunday - 10-12 PM

I have some other work-related stuff going on at SDCC as well, buuuut I’m not sure if I can talk about it yet so I’m gonna keep my mouth shut. :)

You can also follow me on twitter as @shoomlah- I’ll be keeping it up-to-date with my whereabouts during the con.  See y’all in San Diego,

-C

HEY GUYS let’s play a drinking game with the comments on this Yahoo Shine article about my princesses.  Drink if a commenter:
  1. thinks they all look like bitches
  2. says they have the same face
  3. mentions “anorexia”
  4. doesn’t read the aticle and thinks this is official Disney art
  5. whines about how all things were better in the past why would you reinterpret them
  6. uses this as a jumping off point to talk about politics (take a second shot if they mention “political correctness” )

Apologies in advance for getting you smashed at one in the afternoon,

-C

I just wanted to tell you how much I admired your Disney Princesses series! I really enjoy looking up the fashion of time periods I find super interesting and forcing myself to learn about the ones I don’t (after all, you ought to learn a little about a lot of things, even if you don’t much care for them), so I really appreciate your research and images! (ps have you ever thought about doing one for Katrina Von Tassel?)
Hilariously, yes!  I even have some very loose sketches of her costume:
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&#8217;ve wanted Maleficent to be the first villain in the series for a while now, ever since I made the mental leap between Maleficent&#8217;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&#8217;s 1480&#8217;s getup- both houppelandes and horned hennins were all the rage during the early- to mid-1400&#8217;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.

See the rest of the series HERE
Read the FAQ HERE
Buy prints HERE

I get the question a lot, and it&#8217;s a tough one to answer- so many options, and a lot of my answers just end up being &#8220;anywhere other than generic medieval Europe.&#8221; More specifically:
historical or ancient Hawai&#8217;i (seeing how Lilo &amp; Stitch did modern Hawai&#8217;i so well)- Liliuokalani&#8217;s reign is really powerful, but the myths and legends are just as amazing.
Inuit/Inupiat/Yupik cultures, modern or historical
any point of time in the American West
Mexico/Central America during height of the Aztec empire
India (that isn&#8217;t just &#8220;Arabia&#8221; masquerading as India, á la Aladdin)
ancient Egypt
The Wodaabe!  The Gerewol festival is just gorgeous and facinating.
any time period that would involve Mongolian fashion and wrestling because it is all AMAZING
More than anything this is just a list of places I&#8217;d like to see stories/films about, regardless of whether or not it&#8217;s done by Disney. Any time or place can lend itself to being an animated movie, honestly, it&#8217;s just up in the air as to whether or not Disney would treat the subject matter with dignity. Lilo &amp; Stitch always gets my hopes up in that regard, but here&#8217;s hoping it wasn&#8217;t a fluke.
-C

I get the question a lot, and it’s a tough one to answer- so many options, and a lot of my answers just end up being “anywhere other than generic medieval Europe.” More specifically:

  • historical or ancient Hawai’i (seeing how Lilo & Stitch did modern Hawai’i so well)- Liliuokalani’s reign is really powerful, but the myths and legends are just as amazing.
  • Inuit/Inupiat/Yupik cultures, modern or historical
  • any point of time in the American West
  • Mexico/Central America during height of the Aztec empire
  • India (that isn’t just “Arabia” masquerading as India, á la Aladdin)
  • ancient Egypt
  • The Wodaabe!  The Gerewol festival is just gorgeous and facinating.
  • any time period that would involve Mongolian fashion and wrestling because it is all AMAZING

More than anything this is just a list of places I’d like to see stories/films about, regardless of whether or not it’s done by Disney. Any time or place can lend itself to being an animated movie, honestly, it’s just up in the air as to whether or not Disney would treat the subject matter with dignity. Lilo & Stitch always gets my hopes up in that regard, but here’s hoping it wasn’t a fluke.

-C

Finally updated Pocahontas!  I don&#8217;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&#8217;s closer to the Disney design anyway. WIN/WIN.
Thanks to everyone who&#8217;s educated my ass over the past couple of years, including moniquill, apihtawikosisan, this-is-not-native, and numerous others.  You&#8217;ve made me a way more thoughtful artist in the process. :)
-C
See the rest of the series HERERead the FAQ HEREBuy prints HERE

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

See the rest of the series HERE
Read the FAQ HERE
Buy prints HERE

San Diego Comic-Connnn

Predictably, I’m heading back to SDCC this year! I’m not going to be manning any tables this time around, unfortunately, but I will be wandering around for the entirety of the con from Wednesday through Sunday. I might be dressed as Poison Ivy on Friday, but I’ll definitely be dressed up as a post-apocalyptic/battle-ready Ivy on Saturday, in the vein of the DCU online trailer.

If anyone’s wearing Historical Disney Princess cosplay to the con this year (or any other cosplay of my art, for that matter), I’d love to run into you/fawn over you/take way too many pictures of you. I’ll try to update twitter with my whereabouts during the weekend, so that would probably be the best way to get a hold of me on the fly.

I just really want to see you guys in person!  You make my heart go all a-flutter when you post cosplay.

Hope to see some of you guys there,

-C