I’m Sorry This Happened…

…but it did.

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Okay, that’s all for now guys, haha;)

-Abigail

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Rapunzel and Flynn (or Eugene Fitzherbert)

Okay, I wanted to do a drawing from this scene AND wanted very badly to do a colored drawing for Tangled AND my Fast Track class just ended so I suddenly had time to USE COLORS!!! *please, don’t hold the applause*. Anywho, this is also my first time drawing Flynn/Eugene. I didn’t capture either of them that well, nor are the colors as pretty as I had hoped. But hey, I filled the page so that’s something, right?

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This is also the smallest I’ve ever drawn the CGI characters in color.

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For skin tone, I used the white skin colored pencil along with pink and a little bit of a yellow-orange. For the moonlight, I used regular cobalt blue from the Crayola ten-pack along with turquoise and violet.

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It was difficult to see the details of his vest in the picture, even after adjusting the brightness, so I referenced other pictures to see how the buckles looked. They didn’t really look the way I drew them however, because I didn’t look at how they really were until I had already tried winging it. I wouldn’t recommend doing that.

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Even though his shirt is white, it I used pinks and blues to color it since they’re by the fire and the colors are more extreme.

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Now, for Punzie’s eyes… Even though they are green, due to the size of this picture, I DID NOT have to color them. I just used a black pencil.

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Purple for the shadows, and a little brown too.

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Please note how her left hand is darker skin tone than from her wrist down. Shadows and color variations are really important when you draw CGI characters because you want to suggest depth.

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Her hair was just a warm mustard yellow, brown and skin tone. Also turquoise and purple for the moonlight.

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Not gonna lie, I’m not sure what exactly it is they are sitting on. I made it a log, but it literally looked like a mutant sponge/coral/tree/rock thing. Which I found confusing.

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Bushes and trees drawn with black, blue and turquoise. Grass, the same.

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Finally, I added a little more color to the moonlight on Punzie’s hair.

Official scan:

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Okay, the scan looks better than the pictures because… this is a fairly detailed drawing and my camera takes grainy pics. Problems? Flynn doesn’t look super Flynn-like, but as always, we know who they’re supposed to be so it’s all cool. I didn’t get to show how long Punzie’s hair was due to having to cut the rest of the image extending past Flynn’s right. Colors not as ‘wow’ as I wanted.

You may or may not have noticed how much I strayed from my original sketch as I colored it in. I have said this before, and will say again, don’t depend on the outline too much. It’s a guide, but if it’s wrong, you can still change things! My proportions were way off originally, and I knew I would make Flynn’s head bigger than I sketched out and thus had to reposition and enlarge the rest of him to match. You’ll figure out how you draw and learn to work with it.

Alright people, I hope you treasure this like gold because I don’t know when the next colored picture will be posted. Maybe next week, maybe next year, WHO KNOWS. Just keep your eyes peeled and be prepared… I know I know… You’re tired of waiting on me and wish I’d Mufasa… cry me a river. In the words of Mr. Incredible (and probably every other parent ever) “We’ll get there when we get there!!” ūüėČ

K then, later guys!

-Abigail

Pocahontas and Hand Practice

Okay people, I am drained. So today’s post will probably be a flop to top all flops. So bear with me. We’ll get through this together.

So, I decided I would try doing what the wise do- practice by sketching- but alas! This did not fly. I started with the intentions of doodling some different hand positions, and ended up drawing my own hand from a reference photo (fair enough), but THEN I was like “Let’s make this a little more cartoony”, so I did. After drawing a perfectly cartoony hand, I thought “Hmm, don’t wanna waste it”, thus leading to a Colors of the Wind/Goodbye wave sort of something that is kind of awkward, and definitely not planned out well as far as fitting on the page goes. I do intend to add some leaves blowing and a proper background to make it more legit later on though, so keep your eyes open for that.

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As you can see, I really didn’t plan this, because it’s done on nasty scratch paper. I am up for the challenge!

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Her face was so quick. Seriously, if you’re gonna draw a Disney Princess, start with Pocahontas, NOT BELLE! Just sayin’.

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^^^ Based on my own hand and arm position, thank you.

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I used two blues for the lines of her hair. A regular blue you find in the basic ten pack of Crayola pencils, and then a weird almost turquoise blue, only not nearly so green.

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And black for her lovely locks.

And that’s as far as I got. I will add some blue and pink leaves floating around like in the movie at some point.

Funny story. This is actually a post from September 2nd that I never posted. I needed to post something in color though, so this counts for partial credit, okay?

Alright everyone, enjoy your day! What you dream the day might send, just around the riverbend!

-Abigail

Sketchy: Ariel and Tangled Lyrics

When no time is the only time, your sketches turn into projects. Again, I apologize for no color. I will use colors again someday. No time for them right now though… Enjoy today’s artwork:

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The photo I used for reference cut off her face, so I filled it in with lyrics. I used a pen for the darkest points.

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Drew this in the cafeteria today. Not super Ariel-like, but still fun and good practice. Her arms are fun to draw… I don’t know why. I must have never gotten to draw arms much before.

Well, that’s all for now.¬†All right guys, Abinaza!

-Abigail

Sketchy: Rapunzel, Anna and Other Doodles

 

Alright now! I’ve been slacking, so my apologies for the minimal quantity of posts as of late. Too busy with school to start-up any larger, colored pictures right now, so some random sketches will have to suffice.

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The first I just drew a few minutes ago! Aurora turned out poorly, but Anna and Punzie look alright. Not to scale (whatever ya do, don’t compare these to the originals! Yikes!) but recognizable enough! Didn’t have a working eraser around so all mistakes are left as-is!

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This one I did a few weeks ago, but didn’t feel it was enough to post on its own. It really isn’t good. Why did I post it then? To remind myself how important practice and just toying around can be for expanding one’s library of facial expressions and postures. It’s more about the idea of the pose, rather than the finished product. Leave that for the clean-up artists! (The equivalent of letting the night-guy get it, for those of you who watched Ned’s Declassified.. Yeah, I know, not Disney…shame on me).

As for the first drawing: which turned out best, Anna or Rapunzel?

Even though the cold DOES bother me (sorry Elsa), I can’t wait for snow! Anyone else dreaming of a white Christmas? I like to start early. Just so I can look forward to ‘authentically’ singing Do You Want to Build a Snowman (just a tinge of deception inside when singing it in July, know what I mean? Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about!)

-Abigail

 

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

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