Sketchy: More Ariel and Hands

Hey there! Okay, so for some reason I really enjoy redrawing sketches of Ariel. I hope this doesn’t keep happening though, because I feel bad not showing a good variety of characters on here. What can I say, she’s easy to draw. I usually make her eyes too small, but at least I’m aware of it.

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Favorites first! This was the best of the lot.

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Hand practice with the rest of her hooked on as an afterthought. This happens far too often; I did the same thing with Pocahontas a few weeks ago (only I continued with coloring her in!)

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This is almost decent. The shading is weird, so it probably looks like some freaky disproportioned mess from a distance.

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And some hands! Ariel, Aladdin, Cinderella, and Jasmine were looked at for this. Also some improv too. Some are very bad, so don’t focus on those. Ha!

Alright, well that’s all for today! I gotta fly! (or I guess, fall with style. Same dif.)

-Abigail

Sketchy: Ariel and My Guilt Complex

I did some quick drawings of sketches done of Ariel. Not as good as the originals, but I’m still happy.

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Which do you prefer? The second is less like Ariel in the movie, but it is a cute rendition of her. I’m a stickler for sticking to the film’s original image, so I would go with the first just by default.

Please done freak out. I actually don’t like the Little Mermaid movie that much. I love the music, the animation is great. But Ariel… eh. I really REALLY want to like her, because I love Jodie Benson, and Ariel is a mermaid. It’s practically unspeakable to not like Ariel. But I just had some issues with her character. I admit, she had a tough job. Making someone fall in love with her in three days, without being able to say a word all the while looking a little crazy because she knew nothing about living on land… props to her for managing to do it anyway. But she took a big risk disobeying her dad and she was only sixteen. She really didn’t know Eric, and as pointed out before by many others, Prince Eric made habit of eating crabs–you know, like Sebastian. And he was sort of rude too: “Ariel? Your name is Ariel? That’s kinda pretty”. And even though she did marry him and have a daughter, she did not necessarily live happily ever after. In fact, her marriage to Eric caused many problems, and highly endangered her daughter’s life. Remember they had to separate the land from the sea with that big old wall? Kinda depressing.

I don’t want to hate on Ariel, but she just seemed like a young teen who thought she knew better than her dad, who had valid points for telling her no, and he did it to protect her. And yet, he is represented as cruel and unfair until he finally gives in at the end? Why is Disney promoting that? Disobey your parents and run off to meet that complete stranger you like and pretty much sell your soul in the process- don’t worry, it’ll all work out? Good idea Ariel. I will say though, that I do like that she helped bind the mer people and land folk together as friends. That was a positive turn out. But really, things could have gone either way, and she endangered so many creature’s lives. Ursula almost took over… Not good. Thank goodness it was a Disney movie. I’m pretty sure the book had a more morbid ending.

Haters gonna hate. Oh well. Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta eat. Whatcha gonna do?

-Abigail

p.s. Sorry if that was depressing. Clearly I don’t ‘hate’ Ariel. She just isn’t my favorite character (like Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Loved her in the Enchanted Christmas, though). And Ariel was fine in the episodes I can remember watching of her TV series.

Enchanted: Giselle!

Okay now, hopefully you have watched Enchanted, or else you might be confounded to who this Disney film couple is. Technically not a couple, but well… You can watch the movie for details. The point is, I thought this very moment was funny, hence deeming it worthy for a post on my blog *slow clap*. Enjoy:

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As usual, I outlined my characters in brown.

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A mix of brown and bright light orange for her hair.

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For the shadows of her skin, a light magenta and regular skin tone for the lighter portions.

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Her dress was a mix of pink and purple, though it turned out a bit more purple than I’d have liked.

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Edward’s expression was fun, but his costume was what worried me…

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Light brown over regular skin tone for the shadows.

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His princely outfit was a mix of red and black. Test your order of colors before you work, because the order you apply/layer them effects the resulting hue.

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Used the ‘red’ that ‘looks more pink than red when you use it’ pencil for the lighter portion of his…very large sleeve.

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Glove- mix of dark brown and mid brown. Wow, am I boring! Do I always talk like this?

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As usual, I only used marker once in this picture, and it was the same cobalt blue as usual.

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Alright, so I put off the background of this for at least a month. Yes, a month. Hence why I’m nothing short of vague in my previous descriptions thus far…having some trouble recollecting here… Anywho, it was pleasantly simple to do. Looked a little water-color-esque to me– but then again, I can’t paint to save my life, so don’t go by that.

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I used pinks, purple, gray-purple and orange.

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Okay now… I can explain the sudden jump from slight background to finished drawing. I was in the school library and was slightly embarrassed to stand up and take pictures of my progress every ten minutes…. So I just kept telling myself ‘after this chunk I’ll take another picture’, but then I chickened out. Sorry. I used brown and red followed by gray for the trees, and orange and brown for the orange leaves. Purple and light aqua for the violet flowers. Da end! Also, as you know I never sketch out my backgrounds, I just try to wing it, so this is not drawn to scale at all. But you didn’t notice that now, did you? Ha! Perfect!

Official scan:

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Um…yeah, the colors are horrifyingly off here, but in all fairness, my sister was using the computer room so I was rushing trying to get out of her hair… That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

As for new projects, I’m not sure yet. It may be a week or few before I have something new up for ya. It is difficult to judge with school. So just keep swimming till I get back, okay?

Later days! (Brownie points to whoever knows who says that)

-Abigail

The Power of a Good Side-Kick

Every Disney movie has a star- and every star has a side-kick. Sometimes as many as three! For example:

Aladdin had Abu, Magic Carpet and Genie

Pocahontas had Meeko and Flit

Cinderella had Jaq and Gus (and other nameless mice)

Giselle had pip

Tarzan had Terk and Tantor…. the list goes on.

Clearly, side-kicks are crucial to a good Disney film (who would watch the Lion King without Timon and Pumbaa anyway?) Well, the point of the sidekick is to sacrifice themselves for the dreams of the main character of the film. So that pretty much makes them the real heroes (non-Disney alert: remember Sam in Lord of the Rings? Exhibit A.)

So, as hard as it is to pick a sidekick to shine the spotlight on for a brief five minutes of fame, I had no problem coming up with today’s star. Those who are familiar with the specific scene featured should find this post entertaining.

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Hmm, maybe I should make coloring books? Good way to save money on colored pencils.

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Bright red followed by black for Ariel’s hair (which looks pretty bad. Sorry about that ).

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Coloring in Scuttle’s feathers was a long, not-as-easy-as-I’d-hoped experience. It was a large area and I didn’t do the best job keeping consistent with the pressure I applied to all my layers of blues/aqua.

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His beak was a mix of dark brown, red and black. (Black applied FIRST this time. Lesson learned from Ariel’s hair)

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Sebastian was fun to draw. I was a bit worried about his teeth, but they turned out fine.

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The background for Sebastian was the most enjoyable to do. It was the darkest and had more textures going on. I personally hate plain backgrounds… zero excitement in filling a page with one consistent color.

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Finally, I finished this bad boy up with some aqua and regular blue around lighter areas for Scuttle’s background.

Official scan:

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So one mistake, well, Scuttle isn’t exactly drawn to scale, but he’s close enough. Ariel’s background is pretty disappointing, but I’m still happy with Sebastian.

For those who didn’t know, this is from the ‘Kiss the Girl’ scene where Scuttle tries to set the mood by making some romantic music, which is basically blood-curdling squawking. He seems satisfied with his work, however.

I’ve got a new picture almost ready to post, except for the background. Keep your eyes opened for the fairest maid you’ve ever met, cause she’ll be in there.

-Abigail