Gingers T-Shirt

Okay, so gingers are great. I myself am not one of the special few, but I take joy in their Disney films. I paid tribute with this T-shirt, which I will show you in a moment.

I originally intended to do something classier and more difficult- that is, include Merida and Anna to the group and make them all look like they were interacting with one another, chatting about ginger secrets probably. But I decided not to for one reason: I draw big. So I opted out of the 3-D character’s inclusion and stuck with the 2-D guys. This worked in my favor, saving me two more faces to fill in, because I found I didn’t have enough skin-colored marker to go around after Ariel, and thus spent $30 on a big fabric marker pack for one lone skin-colored marker inside (don’t say I never did anything for ya haha). It worked well enough- perfect color for Herk; not the best for Peter Pan, but whatever. Not enough though for much more than that.

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The stickers are to mark where to stay within. I ignored these because I’m not very wise. Don’t be like me! Respect the boundaries! 

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Another lesson learned was not to go over other colors when wet, or THEY WILL BLEED. Oh yeah, I did this a couple of times. Live and learn.

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Also, only outline with fabric pencils made to wash out. Regular pencils won’t come out, so be warned! Look for them at a craft or fabric store.

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Herk’s hair looks like bacon, no? It probably has something to do with him being a god.

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The colors ran when I did the inside of his mouth. Sorry!

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I went over the ‘Christmas green’ of Peter Pan’s shirt and hat with a warm yellow to make it look more ‘lost boy’ than ‘Santa’s elf’ (his ears are pointed, after all).

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And lastly, I removed the tape and filled in the rest of the empty spots.

Due to my not sticking within my sticker boundaries, this shirt looks best when performing the classic T-Pose (those of you who watched the behind the scenes extras of the movie ‘Monster House’ recognize the term. If you haven’t seen it, since this is a Disney blog and that was not a Disney movie, I’ll define it for you: sticking out your arms to the sides of you, forming a ‘T’).

Would you make a Disney-themed T-shirt? I hope to make more in the future- Princess Jasmine or maybe Aurora? Time will tell.

-Abigail

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Prince Phillip: Love At First Sight?

Some people roll their eyes at the term ‘love at first sight’, but those people obviously haven’t talked to Prince Phillip of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty before. He would quickly inform them it is not only possible- but has happened to him. And you would have to believe him, because it’s all on film (no, seriously, do I need to get out the old VHS tape, or what?). So, enough gab! Time to prove my statement!

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I had trouble figuring out how to do his cape and hat colors, because they were SO BRIGHT, like, I’m talking neon almost. I just used turquoise in the end.

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This is one of the biggest mistakes of the picture- I made the line separating where his arm (left side of page) is, too far over, in turn making his arm look bigger. Oops.

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I only used marker for her cape. Blue marker, went over it in purple (violet) pencil (see next photo).

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I DID use a ruler in this drawing for the dark lines of the wood paneling thing behind him, and also for the horizontal line of the crib. Hate me if you will, I just saved half an hour. Lol

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Made his skin darker.

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Made his hair darker. His mouth too, but you can’t tell in the pics. I also slimmed his face a little- you can see where the marker is covering it a bit (it’s a little darker there).

Official scan:

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What would you call this, “total elation”, or “complete ecstasy”? Hmm… I’m gonna have to say it’s a tie.

Who would have thought that just sixteen years later, he’d be dancing with that infant in a forest, surrounded by woodland creatures dressed up in his hat and cape, singing about their dreams? Sounds ligit. I’m sure if you informed his childhood self of this, he would think it sounded very sensible. *sigh* Youth just doesn’t understand love now, do they? I’m sure Meg from Hercules could give him some pointers though, telling him that “people always do crazy things, when they’re in love”.

As for further mistakes, I would have liked to have had enough room to show off the feather on his hat. Yeah, pretty much killed the whole thing when I realized that wasn’t gonna happen.

Well, until next time, friends! (I say friends, because we’ve met before…once upon a dream! Don’t you remember?)

-Abigail

Rapunzel and Anna: Twins?

So you may have heard through the grapevine that Rapunzel and Anna look alike, only with different colored features (hair, eyes). I decided to draw them together, and in the process found…they really don’t look alike at all. At least, to me, since I had to study their features to draw them. I found the animation style is quite different looking, Punzie’s eyes and lips are much bigger, and other little difs like face shape. Anna really looks more like Elsa than she does Rapunzel- any day of the week. At least, in my opinion (which doesn’t mean much lol).

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The close-up is to show the reflection in her eye- it’s a blue that fades out. I liked those kind of details! Just not too many though- so it’s not TOO time-consuming to draw them lol!

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I used the little baby-blue pencil (aqua?) and gray for the ‘whites’ of her eyes (same with Punzie’s). The whites are never stark white. Only one thing on the page should be- the gleam in the eyes, THAT’S IT- unless you just want to leave the background blank when you’re done and too lazy to fill it (raises hand).

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Work those lower lashes girl!

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I used the same aqua blue for the lightest parts of her skin, but I don’t care for the look all the time (especially b/c I didn’t do Punzie that way- I’M SO SMART!!).

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Blush for the right cheek now.

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For her collar, I tried making a blotchy purple under the bright fuchsia, only to find you couldn’t see it. So I used black on top of the fuchsia later to get the effect of…a felt-like material?

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I used an eraser on the shoulder portion of her cloak- to make it look more felt-y. Or whatever sort of fabric it is.

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Before I add shading to the skin or other colors, at least with Punzie, I filled in the basic skin-tone first, then layer what I wanted over it, and darkened areas with the same color later, if needed. The order you layer the colors will affect the end result.

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I was SO worried about how I was going to do Punzie’s hair- this was my first time doing blonde in color, minus my Elsa drawing, whose hair is a purer blonde. It turned out better than I’d expected. I was afraid of using brown, thinking she’d turn out brunette, but that didn’t happen! Mustard yellow, grey and dark brown.

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I decided Punzie and Anna both needed some face re-shaping, so I cleaned up edges and ba-blam! All done!

Official scan:

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The scan is truer to the actual look as far as scale goes (the progressional pics looked a bit skewed to me- I was prob tilting the camera a little or something). I’m happy with this, especially after doing traditional drawings for a while, this was a nice change, and actually came easier to me (in the words of one of the Muses from Hercules: Who’d a thunk?). As for mistakes, I didn’t make Anna’s mouth wide enough.

Do you think they look alike?

-Abigail

Who’s the Cutest of Them All?

Hey people! So, upon deciding I would draw a scene from Tarzan about two/three days ago, I realized something very profound during my search for the perfect screencap. Tarzan is the cutest Disney baby ever!!!

No, really. I’m probably forgetting some here, but the only other one I could think of was Hercules, and he sorta looks funny as a baby. Lol! But Tarzan was adorable!! I don’t blame Kala for wanting to keep him. In fact, while drawing baby Tarzan, I couldn’t help but think how much he reminded me of the cutest baby I’ve ever seen in REAL LIFE: my sister! Okay, so she’s older so technically I didn’t see her as a baby, but I’ve seen pictures and home movies and her cuteness really takes the cake!

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Green and sky blue for his eyes.

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For the inside of his mouth, violet+brown for the lighter and fuchsia+brown for the darker.

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Outline him with gray, then brown.

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Used a light magenta for his skin, and with the same pencil made shadows.

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Outline with brown again (wasn’t dark enough).

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Darken shadows in skin with gray.

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Blanket wrinkles and fold lines in blue and black.

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Blue+turquoise for the blanket color.

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Gray for blanket shadows.

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Black to darken his shadow. Done!

official scan:

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Alright, this was far more time-consuming than I had anticipated. The background took FOREVER. Hence why it took me three days…okay, so maybe I got distracted constantly a couple of times, watching Disney song clips on YouTube. *Cough* the point is, I finished it:D

Hope you went ‘aww!’. Now, go watch Tarzan! Or Nazrat, if you say it backwards (that’s the only name I can say backwards besides Yzma! I learned it from watching Lizzie McGuire…lol)

-Abigail

Hercules: I Can Go the Distance

Since I watched the ‘I Can Go the Distance’ clip on youtube, I loved the scene so much, I knew I wanted to recreate it. It’s near the start of the movie, where Herc confesses to his ‘Pops’ that he doesn’t feel like he belongs. Then he sings about his dream of finding that place where he DOES fit in, saying, “I know every mile, will be worth my while. I would go most anywhere, to feel like I belong”. Aww Hercules. You tried so hard to fit in. We all love ya, even while you were a ‘zero’.

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I darkened the inside of his moth here. I ended up going back making lines darker and bolder very often in the making of this drawing.

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To make his skin, I used a very light purple-y pink, and went over it with a the white skin-tone pencil. For the shadows, I used a medium brown, followed by a bright fuchsia.

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Though you can’t very well tell here, the little brown pencil actually looks very orange-y when used. I used this and the medium brown pencil seen next to it for his hair.

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Darken up the bangs a bit so it looks more even.

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Added some tang-y orange to the pink.

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For this bright orange color, I used the same little brown pencil I had previously used on his hair, mixed with a fuchsia.

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Sorry, it looks like I skipped a lot here from the last progressional photo, but I’ll explain what I did. I continued making the orange down the left page, and left a sliver of it much lighter and went over it with yellow/skin tone. Then I used regular purple (or violet) to make more shading. For the right side of the page, I used violet again, making some areas darker than others. I went over it with pink.

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I added the ‘orang-y’ brown on top of the purple on the right.

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Finished by filling in the sky with a warm yellow.

Official scan:

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Besides my scanner being seriously lacking in it’s scanning skills, I think this turned out alright. Not nearly as well as I’d hoped (I had great expectations). I erred in making his mouth narrower than I should have, and it also would have been nice if I didn’t cut him off at the neck. Oh well. Lesson learned (I hope!). I will find my way, I can go the distance! I’ll be there someday- If I can be strong!! I know every mile, will be worth my while! …eh, you guys know how it ends.

-Abigail

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Saddest Part

Odds are you probably don’t think of The Hunchback of  Notre Dame when you list your favorite Disney films. I once was like you. But no more! I watched this movie again a few weeks ago, and it was so good! Very emotional. Try not to cry when you see today’s drawing.

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Sorry I have no progressional photos of drawing Quasimodo’s face- this was my first attempt at incorporating markers (and a black pen) into my colored pencil world that I’m still just learning to walk in (my first colored pencil drawing was Rapunzel, so now you know how new I am!). I was SO SURE the markers would ruin it and the picture would flop- but no! I worked two days on this, and am glad I didn’t walk away from it!

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Let’s darken up that shirt of his! The most repetitive circumstance encountered in the making of this drawing was the layering of colors to reach the desired hue. CRUCIAL STEPS PEOPLE!!

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Almost all black you see in this drawing is from pen. I did use a black colored pencil to darken hues of other colors, and I also used it over black pen areas to soften the look.

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Now for Esmerelda. Okay, I want to be honest with you guys, so I’ll just say it: she was the hardest part of this picture! I erased the rough sketch of her features SO MANY TIMES, man, I prob worked on the sketch alone for over an hour or two. But seeing that she’s the largest feature on the page, I did NOT want to mess her up- and here’s an important tip to remember in drawing: better to spend more time fixing the sketch, than to not be able to fix obvious errors later.

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For her hair, I drew the highlight lines in gray and then went over them in blue.

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First skin layer: pink.

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Second skin layer: fuchsia.

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Third skin layer: overall brown and shadows.

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Lower left hand corner, by Frollo’s face, the seat of Phoebus’ horse. Wow. I just realized the humor in that. That was unintentional, people!

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Quasi’s feet and the rest of the rope.

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Background!

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For the opening in the background tent (dark purple) I went over the purple marker with purple pencil to smooth it out. That’s it!

Official scan:

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Please forgive the color quality of the scan; the actual colors look nothing like that! It closer matches that of the process photos.

Till next time, SANCTUARY!!!

-Abigail

Pocahontas and John Smith

Okay, so I admit, I never cared much for Disney’s Pocahontas as a kid- the characters didn’t have doe eyes, they had too low of voices, and seemed like boring grownups in a boring blue forest. I watched it anyway, because I did sort of like the music, and hey- it was a Disney Princess movie! Had to give it a chance.

Well, now I’m more open-minded to the style of the animation, and lower voices aren’t as boring as I used to think. Despite the fact that in real life, Pocahontas was around 9-13 when she met John Smith, and there was no romantic relationship between them, I still like the two together in the movie, so long as I keep in mind it’s not supposed to be realistic to actual historical events. Also noteworthy is that Pocahontas and John Smith are the first Disney couple who are different ethnicities, though technically they are never REALLY together (yeah, bummer man).

And we can’t talk about Pocahontas and her man John Smith without mentioning the… OTHER John. Oh wait, yeah, we’re pretending that second movie didn’t happen. I heard someone on youtube comment that it was like seeing your parents get divorced- I felt something like that when I first saw the second film on Disney. Way to break my little young, hardly-even-liked-Pocahontas-to-begin-with heart. I was so confused!

Now that I am old enough to enjoy the film, despite its non-Historical tendencies and the obvious danger they are teaching children (KIDS: DO NOT GO HOLDING BEAR CUBS), here’s my process:

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Draw the lines where the blue streaks of hair will go^^^ (click to enlarge)

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I used pink for her skin color, and then darkened it with a purple-pink pencil.

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I used the regular white skin tone colored pencil for John, but I used a light orange brown (not too orange though) to darken the shadow under his jaw.

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Made Pocahontas’ outlines bolder. Used brown to outline John’s hair better.

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Outlined Pocahontas’ face lightly.

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Make the two cuts in Pocahontas’ sleeve bolder. That’s it!

Official scan:

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Remember to draw with all the colors of the box! (Did you catch the pun? Anyone?)

-Abigail

*Note: the photos still have the web address for my previous drawing website on them because I was too lazy to change them. Lol

The Forgotten Disney Princess: Meg!

So, you probably don’t follow Disney news too closely, and I admit, neither do I- unless it concerns my childhood memories. I don’t remember watching the Hercules movie, but I do recall being at my grandparents house, straining to stay awake late at night at a sleepover, so I could watch an episode from the Hercules TV series. (Spoiler alert: I fell asleep anyway. FAIL)

Despite my non familiarity with the movie, I have watched clips of some of the musical scores on youtube, and REALLY wanted to make some fan art! Especially of Meg- aka, the “not-actually-an-official-disney-princess Princess”. She’s not the only non-disney-princess Princess either- some of you might still be sore about Jane not making the cut (Tarzan is so underrated. Yay Phil Collins!). There are a few others, but mainly, Meg and Jane are the more obvious ones. Without further a due, here’s the process:

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I erased around the edges and used a purple-pink for the “glow” around her from the water (which I decided not to draw).

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Glowing for the right side of her hair.^^^

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Light brown to darken her tan.

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A little pink to keep the skin rose-y.

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Lastly, I went over her hair with a dark brown to smooth it all out and closer match her dark brunette mane.

Official scan:

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At least out loud, I won’t say she’s an official Disney Princess….but me thinks it!

-Abigail

*Note: the photos still have the web address for my previous drawing website on them because I was too lazy to change them. Lol

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

One Frozen drawing is never enough! I drew this before the Elsa one, so this was my FIRST Frozen drawing EVER!!! Just don’t get too excited, because it’s featuring a sad portion of the movie (as you will soon find I sometimes do). So just let me warm you up with the cold lyrics that fit with this scene- let them sink in while you view the process:

“Elsa, please… I know you’re in there.
People are asking where you’ve been.
They say “have courage”, and I’m trying to.
I’m right out here for you; just let me in.
We only have each other;
It’s just you and me.
What are we gonna do?

Do you wanna build a snowman?”

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Now for Elsa! Important to note is that when drawing big shindigs of pictures like this where it’s very involved and tedious (opposed to a sketch or freehand comic), you should expect to increase the drawing time with every character you add to the page, weather small or large. Odds are if it takes you seven hours to draw one face, it will take you 14 for two, even if they’re both on one page. Don’t freak out when it is time consuming- just enjoy the process, man!

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Official scan:

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Okay, obvious errors on my part, I know. Sizes are off (caterpillar eyebrows!!) and shapes are wrong (Sorry Elsa). But hey, it probably made you sort of sad, didn’t it? Then my work here is done. IF IT MAKES YOU CONVEY EMOTIONS, I’VE DONE MY JOB! Maybe my next post will convey some different emotions? Check back soon to find out!

-Abigail

Tangled’s Rapunzel

Hey, so I saw Tangled pretty recently (I was shocked to hear it’d been four years since it came out! Man was I behind!) and although I did like it to an extent, it wasn’t my favorite. I will probably like it more the next time I watch it, because I know how these Disney things go- they grow on you.

What I did LOVE about the movie was the music (I sing ‘When Will My Life Begin?’ Almost everyday), and more importantly than that- the animation! Rapunzel was so cute! I can’t wait to make more Tangled drawings- maybe with Pascal or Flynn next time?

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The eyes were super easy- to make them look real, use pink and gray! Leave a spot white for the highlight and you’ll be golden!

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Now just finish up with some magical beams flowing around (you know, the usual ‘just got a haircut’ ones that we all experience) and we’re all finished!

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Official scan:

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Again, this isn’t perfect. If you compare it to the original screencap, it has it’s obvious errors, but for the most part, we know who this is, which makes things all good in the end.

Rapunzel was my first official Disney piece of artwork, so let’s give credit where credit is due: YAY RAPUNZEL!!

-Abigail