Why Does It- What’s the Word?- Burn?

Howdy peoples. Surprise! I haven’t abandoned my colored pencils in the name of a higher education! Yay! So I decided to draw Ariel, because… I haven’t yet, and I needed to. I mean, really, who’s more obvious than her? And I’ve done Hunchback and Hercules and Tarzan already? Man, it’s like my priorities are all mixed up here;) Anyway, here you go:

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Lucky you! I started taking pics before I finished the rough sketch!

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Originally I filled in her mouth, thinking I wasn’t going to color it- but changed my mind. Later on, I erased it and went over it in red. Worked like a charm.

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This picture comes in extra well because I took it in my well-lit school library.

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Red for her hair + dark gray for the shadows. Light gray to dull the lighter red.

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Skin tone + light gray for skin.

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This looks-like-it’d-be-purple-but-is-really-kinda-just-a-gray-that’s-purplish pencil was great for the shadows of her skin.

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Christmas green and gray for her tail. I used a bit of bright green VERY lightly on the non-shaded portion to brighten it just slightly.

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Drew the fins in blue, then went over in Christmas green.

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Wow! Was I worried about doing the background! As usual, I didn’t want to, but also as usual, I’m glad I did, and it was far easier than I thought! All I used (minus the painting) was a blue and black pencil! A tad of gray, but not much.

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Official scan:

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Alright, so mistakes: Her eyes are too small. Forgot to draw a hook on the candelabra. Also, proportions of objects in the background. These don’t bother me a bit, cause no one knows the background well enough to notice. Also noteworthy is my blatant deletion of Flounder from this screenshot. He was just in the way in the shot, so I used other references to fill in his space (his back was turned and it would look awkward, just trust me). Ariel is the main focal point of this drawing, as it should be. Mission accomplished.

I remember trying to draw Ariel when I was a wee tot over at my grandparent’s house- dunno what happened to that picture, but I was pretty proud of it. I’m sure if I saw it now I’d throw up- I would have never thought I could draw something like this at that age. It’s a dream come true for me to draw these pictures, I hope you know. Because I have loved art and been in AWE of the wonderful drawings in Disney movies since I was so little… Even then I knew I wanted to recreate it. Now that I can, it’s like, just the most indescribable thing. I know it’s not perfect, but it is still exciting. I’ve learned so much from drawing Disney, and I hope that I can inspire someone out there to keep pursuing art, because no matter what people say- even if you can’t yet, you CAN if you keep at it!

Wish I could be part of that world….the wonderful world of art! I’m almost there! (That’s a double-wammy there; Princess and the Frog song reference!)

-Abigail

Disney Love: Sisters

Okay, maybe you have a sister- maybe you don’t. Although having one isn’t required to enjoy today’s post, it is more enjoyable for me because I do- hence why I made it in the first place! Disney hasn’t given us too many sister pairs in movies, but we do have Nani and Lilo, alongside Anna and Elsa. I drew this between classes yesterday in the Library, so please excuse the lack of color. I’m bringing my carefully selected colored pencils tomorrow for a future work though, so stay tuned!

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It’s off in some parts, but it is recognizable enough. Frozen characters are based off of the early concept sketches (so, not 3D). The word ‘life’ was supposed to be based on Walt Disney’s signature handwriting showcased in the Walt Disney logo, but sadly, it isn’t very clearly shown…hmm, I need to work on that.

Anywho, if you have a sister, and you are on agreeable terms with her, give her a hug or a call and tell her you love her!

-Abigail

 

Sketchy: Jasmine, Aurora and Mulan

Okay, just some sketches today! They are not perfect, and the lines drawn across the faces and such I actually added after the fact to make them look more like the original production sketches. Enjoy!

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Totally unrelated, but I watched the Lion King 1 1/2 today, and WOW was I surprised! Not only was it hilarious, but the animation was just as good as the original film! Why can’t they make other Disney sequels so well? One of the few times I actually enjoyed a following film more than the first one.

-Abigail

Lilo and Stitch: Wow!

Okay, just a quick post today! Made this last night for a craft with my cousin. My sister did butterflies and my cousin did dogs, and of course I had to do Disney!

I sketched it with a pencil (which did not erase off of the foam heart btw) and then went over it in markers. Sharpies!

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I love a lot of things about Lilo and Stitch- it’s so funny and the music is wonderful (even though I have no idea what they are saying). Stitch, Nani and David are underrated Disney characters, if you ask me.

Did anyone else watch the spin-off series every Saturday? Or…cry when Stitch realized he was lost and had no family? Oh yeah *coughs awkwardly* me neither…O_o

-Abigail

Prince Hans: Let’s Get Down to Business?

Hey there humans! Just another t-shirt post! This time it’s supposed to be funny- who else nearly died when they saw that quote from Mulan’s “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” with a slight word change and a photo of Hans from Frozen? Haven’t seen it? Then you should enjoy today’s shirt!

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As usual, I began with stickers (to mark my desired area) and a (washable) fabric pencil sketch. The shirt was light pink btw.

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Okay, there are few progressional photos of Hans because… I was certain I would butcher it here and have to toss the project. I haven’t done any of the CGI characters on fabric yet, so I had little knowledge of how things would roll.

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I originally intended to match his illustrated style to Mulan’s, like he appeared in the coloring books- but I found that to be a bad idea. I needed him to look like Hans! So I colored him in and even used shading. Neither him nor Mulan are drawn exactly to scale, b/c I wanted their features to line up more than they would have otherwise.

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Yeah, yeah, not my best. But I’m just glad it’s not so bad I had to burn it. Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: no dragons, crickets, or snowmen were harmed in the making of this shirt. Though I did watch Mulan twice. Lol!

-Abigail

Update: I’m Not in Neverland Apparently

Hey people! Just thought I’d update you a bit here- school starts soon for me, and I’ve been trying to keep working on projects for this blog (which I’m excited about!) but as you can imagine, I’m running out of time…man, youth is wasted on the young. HEY IF YOU’RE YOUNG AND READING THIS, GO PURSUE YOUR MAD SKILLS UNTIL YOU’RE A MASTER! Ah, if there were only more hours in the day, (or if only I could remain forever young and keep ‘messing around’ on this blog- now was it the second or third star to the right…?)

I also have family in town, so of course I’m spending every waking moment with them (except this moment, obviously) which further detains me from drawing. But no worries. I’m not stopping this blog- even if my posts become few and far between- I love doing it! Till later, here’s some sneak peeks at my future works:

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Can you tell what movies these are from? No, but seriously, someone find me a map to Neverland and shake Tinkerbell over my head. It’s the only sensible way to escape the fate of growing up (clearly!). What? No one, really? Okay, well, till next time, Abinaza! (points to whoever else knows what abinaza means and who says it!)

-Abigail  

Beauty and the Beast: A Bit Alarming

Okay, confession time. I’ve only watched Beauty and the Beast twice that I can remember, and one of those times was this past Sunday. ‘What’s wrong with you?’ You may be asking. Well, I grew up watching ‘Belle’s Enchanted Christmas’ and had this crazy assumption that it was the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ film. Yeah, I know. I didn’t even know who Gaston was until a few years ago.

I do like the movie, now that I’m familiar with it- though I can’t help but think I like the IDEA better than the movie itself. I like to think about the story, more than watch it. This is mostly b/c of Belle- I liked her better in the Christmas movie–SORRY! She seemed kinda hard to pin down as a character in the first film. I did like lots of things about her, the Beast, and the music! (Though nothing can beat ‘As Long as There’s Christmas’ and ‘Stories’,– sorry again). I went with a drawing from the scene where they start to see something that ‘wasn’t there before’. I almost did a drawing of Belle looking slightly concerned behind the tree, contemplating what was surprisingly starting to happen- but I went with this instead b/c I wanted to do one of them together.

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I won’t lie- I’m not happy with how Belle’s face turned out. I think I placed her eyes too close or something. It’s just off.

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Her fur cloak was fun, but also a challenge, because the outline of the fur was simply not there- meaning I had to leave it white.

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I love to draw hands and feet b/c I never was good at them as a kid, but WANTED TO BE! Now I can handle them, but her hand nearest Beast was improv- hence why it’s not very good. I placed Beast too far from her, leaving her hand visible.

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Beast was much easier than Belle- weird, hu? His many different shades of brown were slightly more difficult to figure out, but not really. Belle’s dress and cloak were harder b/c they required more color mixing.

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The only marker used in this was that which was used to outline Beast’s cloak (blue).

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Alright, this is where it all comes together. I fought my way through the last half of this drawing, wanting to put it off- but forced myself to do the background. It was all freehand- no prior sketching it out. Just hoping for the best. It was nice not having to be so carful that everything be exactly perfect and neat.

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What is that a statue of? Beats me. Whatever it is, it’s got a spear with a flag on it. And I want one.

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A light wash-over of yellow and gray and we’re all done!

Official scan:

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As I drew this, I thought to myself, ‘am I backsliding here? These keep taking longer and longer to do’. Then when I added this to my portfolio, I realized why: I keep making more detailed drawings. Compare this to my Pocahontas drawing, or Meg- which have no backgrounds. Baby Tarzan and Hercules had backgrounds- but they were larger, less detailed pictures. Hunchback, The Lion King and today’s drawings all were more detailed, hence why they took me longer to do.

Do you think it’s worth the extra efforts? I do! Even though the whole experience is new, and a bit alarming…who ever thought that this could be?

-Abigail

 

The Lion King: Talk About Your Fixer-Uper

Greetings! Today I have a special post for you guys, because I didn’t just pick this scene out to draw as I usually do- someone chose it for me for their website. Just A Dad from Just A Dad With Disney Questions will be using it in an upcoming blog post, so be sure to check that out and the rest of his blog! (My favorite post so far is this …I seriously sat through the whole film expecting that to happen lol)

So I’ve been hogging all the Disney movies at the local Library for the past week or so, and amongst the films I’ve finally gotten to see again, I’ve watched The Lion King- Timon and Pumbaa are probably my favorite. Oh, and that baboon. He was a boss, wasn’t he? Eh, well it doesn’t matter- it’s in the past! So then! Let’s look at the process!

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As you can see the ‘whites of the eyes’ aren’t white, but sort of orange-y.

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The only marker used in this drawing was the orange patch on Timon’s head.

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Pumbaa was a little difficult in that he was composed of all like colors. Red brown. Brown red. Etc. I used two dif reds, a brown, and a black.

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And gray for shadows.

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For Simba’s mane, I used red, then brown.

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Mustard yellow for his fur.

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Black for darkest points in shadows. For filling in his mane: red + brown + Orangey-red.

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For the sky I used blue + sky blue + dark gray.

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Now that the clouds are done, the rest of the gray sky.

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Draw the rock. Black + dark gray + sky blue.

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Smooth out gray sky and we’re done!

Official scan:

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Special thanks to Just A Dad for *requesting this!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go watch more Disney movies. Hakuna Matata!

-Abigail

*Although I will consider requests, I can’t garuntee just because someone sugjests something that I’ll draw it.