Disney Favorites Become Warrior Princesses in Stunning Fan Art

Disney Favorites Become Warrior Princesses in Stunning Fan Art

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The stars of Frozen, The Little Mermaid, and plenty more Disney classics get some tough love in this gallery of fan art.

Animated Disney characters do their fair share of fighting, but not always in the most sensible attire. Artist and Tumblr user Calvin has fixed that problem with some snazzy shots showing what our favorite Disney heroes, heroines, and villains would look like as fierce warriors.

It's hard to pick a favorite in this impressive bunch, but there are definitely a few standouts. Ariel looks amazingly badass, and it's nice that she gets to keep her human legs in warrior form. Snow White and Bambi look like they're ready to ride into battle, and Aladdin's gear is bound to be more protective than his street rat garb. On the villain front, both Ursula and the Queen of Hearts are sporting impressive warrior makeovers, and that's just to name a few.

I'm not sure what inspired this recent trend of "Disney Characters as X" fan art, but I can't be the only one digging it. Keep it coming, internet artists. What's next? Disney staples as Les Mis characters? Disney princesses as 8-bit game icons? The possibilities are endless.

Source: Tumblr via The Mary Sue

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I had no idea Jack Skellington and Peter Pan were princesses. Learn something new every day I guess.

These articles are terrible.

Why do they keep posting this Disney-stuff week after week?

Falterfire:
I had no idea Jack Skellington and Peter Pan were princesses. Learn something new every day I guess.

Don't forget Jafar, The Beast, and...whoever that very first picture is. Apparently "Princess" got turned into a gender-neutral title when I wasn't paying attention. :P

Not really a good sign when half your artwork can't be tied to the original by looking at it...Also, since when are Jack, Pan, Eric and Jafar Princesses?(Joke already overused five posts into this)

softclocks:
These articles are terrible.

Why do they keep posting this Disney-stuff week after week?

Who knows, I can understand a handful of these a few weeks post and prior a major Disney release...And drawing attention to fanart is great, don't get me wrong, but...alot of the stuff showcased here feels pretty low end comparatively. Unless of course this is simply a "squee"-type moment of posting.

Although,after now going to the link provided, his uncolored/un-backgrounded versions look alot better to me than these provided.

Stop posting Disney princess fan art.

Start posting pony fan art.

Snow White and Belle were my favourites, although the rapier is the perfect weapon for the dashing Jack Skellington

Who's the woman with the hooded cape and sword riding on the back of a reindeer?

I wonder when "Disney Princesses, buuut..." will stop being newsworthy. Great art, though. I am jelly.

Someone at the Escapist really likes Disney Princesses, maybe to an unhealthy degree.

First off, half of these drawings are Disney princes. Now I may be a little chonged, but this entire post kinda feels like the Newsie writing a sham article to plug their friend's art tumblr. Not going to lie, I didn't really find any of the drawings to be particularly 'stunning' in any sense of the word. Fair play to the artist for creating something but if I wanted to look at this kind of stuff I'd be on deviantART.

Alterego-X:
Stop posting Disney princess fan art.

Start posting pony fan art.

I second the motion. I don't follow the fandom all that closely, but I know it boasts some extremely talented artists:

Don't fret, Disney princess fans. You can find artwork of them as ponies, too!

TheRiddler:
Who's the woman with the hooded cape and sword riding on the back of a reindeer?

Snow White, I think.

*Yawn* Oh this again? Seriously is drawing fanarts of the Disney Princesses outside of their structure is a meme or something?

Redflash:
First off, half of these drawings are Disney princes. Now I may be a little chonged, but this entire post kinda feels like the Newsie writing a sham article to plug their friend's art tumblr. Not going to lie, I didn't really find any of the drawings to be particularly 'stunning' in any sense of the word. Fair play to the artist for creating something but if I wanted to look at this kind of stuff I'd be on deviantART.

Hate to say it but I'm getting kind of the same vibes. And like someone else said, a lot of these aren't even recognizable. And just what in the hell is with that Queen of Hearts? The Disney original has some great features to have her pose as a seriously intimidating warrior.

I don't know why I'm even posting here, but was it that necessary to write "DISNEY PRINCESSES" in the title just to drive attention to the "article"? I mean "Disney characters" would be a LOT more accurate.

Even more so considering how more than half of these are male, therefore not princesses, and only 4 of the characters could be technically called "princesses".

I get the feeling you just threw in the female noun "princess" just to garner more clicks. These are CHARACTERS. Only about half of the drawings are of princesses.

MrMisfit:

TheRiddler:
Who's the woman with the hooded cape and sword riding on the back of a reindeer?

Snow White, I think.

Oh, okay. That makes sense. Cool.

I think there was a Cracked article last week talking about how there are too many Disney princesses as (insert theme here) fan art collections on the internet.[1]I disagreed at first, but now I think it was right. How about some Don Bluth or Hanna-Barbera character fan art, to mix it up a little? (I'd also say Dreamworks Animation, but then we'd just get a TON of How to Train your Dragon pictures.)

Fan Art is great, but people dwell too much on fads and sex appeal. I can't search (regrettably in vain) for this cool Metroid poster I saw without having to sift through dozens of pics of Samus in increasingly NSFW attire(through it didn't stop me from saving some of the ones the just bordered on the NSFW line). And how many times has a girl cosplayed in a Dalek or Tardis themed dress or someone made a parody/cover or the Attack on Titan opening? Those things are everywhere. Do something new or obscure, people. Remember, too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

[1] As I was typing this, I just found it. It's called "5 Unsettling Sub-Genres of Fan Art Lurking on the Internet." I'd link to it but I'd rather not subject people to pictures of the Hulk destroying toilets with with gamma induced dumps and fat Harry Potter drawings. Search at your own peril.

Okay so just a few quick things. Hi, I'm the original artist of the above drawings. Just wanna say that I had no idea I was featured on here or the Mary Sue so I can assure you that I wasn't being "plugged" here. I also felt the need to respond to some of the very valid comments made.

So first things first I drew almost all of these 3+ years ago. So yes I agree with a lot of the comments here. They don't look like their source counterparts. I did go wild with a lot of design decisions that are terrible. I do realize the "Disney Princesses as X" thing is tiresome (but in my defense it was pretty cool three years ago right?). I would never in my right mind call them "stunning". Hell, I wouldn't even call my drawings now, "stunning". This Disney Re-imagining project was my first foray into digital art, so if it looks like low-end DeviantArt fan art its because it is totally 100% low-end DeviantArt fan art. I had been sketching stuff my whole life and apparently thought this would be a good time to start to learn how to color.

Basically, what I'm trying to say here is yes, I totally agree with what you guys are saying and I guess Im kind of apologizing for the mess I've made three years ago. I never really intended on this project to be seen by a lot of people. I'd like to think I've improved from this but that might be stretching it. I'm just a guy who draws for his hobby.

But thanks for everyone's input and if you have any questions or want to yell at me for my poor design choices (I totally regret that Queen of Hearts (among other things). If I could take it back I would) just lemme know!

I don't think anyone is really taking up an issue with your art- I think the main problem is how it and a million other examples of 'Disney Princesses as X' have been put up as news articles on a website about gaming.

THAT is what people are sick of. Not so much the art itself.

I like how only the guys are recognisable. Except for the first one, I have no idea who that is.

Getting nitpicky, why does Peter Pan have a pair of axes? It looks good and all, but he's already a swordsman.

Unlike other posters, I do enjoy these sorts of posts. But if the Escapist is going to post them... can they at least caption them? And set up the sort of slide show that can be easily browsed through for smaller resolutions? It's bloody annoying to have to scroll down for half of the pictures to hit the "Next" because one is huge, the next is medium and the next two are somewhere between, followed by a small one?

calvinloveinternet:
Okay so just a few quick things. Hi, I'm the original artist of the above drawings. Just wanna say that I had no idea I was featured on here or the Mary Sue so I can assure you that I wasn't being "plugged" here. I also felt the need to respond to some of the very valid comments made.

So first things first I drew almost all of these 3+ years ago. So yes I agree with a lot of the comments here. They don't look like their source counterparts. I did go wild with a lot of design decisions that are terrible. I do realize the "Disney Princesses as X" thing is tiresome (but in my defense it was pretty cool three years ago right?). I would never in my right mind call them "stunning". Hell, I wouldn't even call my drawings now, "stunning". This Disney Re-imagining project was my first foray into digital art, so if it looks like low-end DeviantArt fan art its because it is totally 100% low-end DeviantArt fan art. I had been sketching stuff my whole life and apparently thought this would be a good time to start to learn how to color.

Basically, what I'm trying to say here is yes, I totally agree with what you guys are saying and I guess Im kind of apologizing for the mess I've made three years ago. I never really intended on this project to be seen by a lot of people. I'd like to think I've improved from this but that might be stretching it. I'm just a guy who draws for his hobby.

But thanks for everyone's input and if you have any questions or want to yell at me for my poor design choices (I totally regret that Queen of Hearts (among other things). If I could take it back I would) just lemme know!

As for the art itself, the only two that I have constructive criticisms for are for Ursula and the Red Queen. In the Disney cartoons they were both big women - not obese women but big women. Making them into big warriors would have been a way to keep true to the characters while not succumbing to the urge to Supermodel all female characters, good or evil. I could totally see the Red Queen having a hammer that looked like a nightmare version of a croquet mallet which would make the Beast stand back and say "This... is going to take some thought." And for Ursula, I would avoid giving her feet entirely while making her seem to be enormous. Something like giving her a spear that almost like a toy in her hand that she is wearing on her back like an afterthought... but it's not a small spear - she's just that big.

The rest are interesting, and seeing someone riding a deer as a war steed is nice. Some look like works in progress, not final versions (Peter Pan in particular), but conceptually I like them. Some I don't recognize (or may not recognize - the ice princess, the first guy, the princess riding what I somewhat assume to be Bambi) so I don't quite have an opinion on their designs. Most of the rest are in like with how I see the characters and while they may not push the envelope, they fill it out well enough.

The only one that really stands out as being different than I would have expected is Alice - at least I assume it's Alice, with the rabbit, the clock, the blond hair and general blue and white wardrobe. I would have expected a bladed weapon, not a firearm. I like the take on her.

"Next week on the Escapist, see the Amazing Fan Art of Fantastic Disney Princess as Disney Princes as Zombies as Vikings as Ponies as Satsuma Rebellion Samurai as Oranges as Disney Princesses!"

I've seen a few of Elsa on dA that looked ten times more badass than she does here. Also, you loose the right to call it sensible when Aerial has a bare midriff. And you do not need to make Mulan badass; she spent that movie proving she was already a warrior and needs no help from you.

Don't get me wrong, I like the art style and I definitely think these are better than I could do with my current skills, but I wouldn't honestly call them "stunning". I guess they're not really there yet. There are a few people on The Escapist who could probably produce even better art. Some more activity in the background wouldn't have gone amiss. This is still good stuff, though.

EDIT: They were from several years ago. I looked at his page and a lot of the stuff there is preeetty impressive. I like the design of the spell that Elsa is holding.

 

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