Timon and Pumbaa AND Flounder

Because they go together DUHH.

No, actually two different drawings for my new Disney “species-bend” kick.

First up, a big pig (yup-yup) and his pal as humans CAUSE WHY NOT;)

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Full size drawing

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Original compared to my rendition:9

Now for Flounder! Of course, with Ariel, because they’re buddies.

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Preliminary stages of the drawing…line work over pencil work and ready to begin color work

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If I could go back I would make his merman tail shorter because he’s just a kid in the movie, (here I drew him more as a teenager)

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Final drawing compared to the original screenshot! Also, I love how official my writing looks in these boxes beneath the pictures, I could literally say unicorns are building a sandcastle and it would look prestigious

Thanks so much for reading! Have an enchanted day^_^ CAUSE WHY NOT?

-Abigail

A Princess Predicament

This is my first “not rendered in the traditional Disney style” post! Which presses me to ask, “is this is a warm moment, or should I be disturbed?” Anyway, here ya go:

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Sorry that they aren’t ALL in there… ran outta space:p

*Tries immensely to think of a Disney-related outro, but can only come up with, “until next time, I’m Kevin O’Connor, and I’m Tom Silva of Ask This Old House”*…hmmm….not very princess-y, but it will have to do.

-Abigail

Ariel and Flounder: Shoe Art

You guys have seen me draw on printer paper, poster board and t-shirts. Today I did something new. Not new for me, but for you, my faithful followers…all two or three of you! Seriously though, shoe art is amazing. Something about amateur drawings being on a shoe makes them like fifty times better. So in that spirit, WE RIDE! Well, actually draw…okay, whatever, anyway:

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Thankfully this shoe is composed of that leathery stuff and not of the cotten-y, fabricated stuff. I prefer it that way for blending purposes. Sketched it in pencil.

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Okay, I should have colored her face and then outlined things in the black. Live and learn.

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I did not have a skin-tone sharpie, so I just layered the pink and yellow. Way more orange than her actual color, but I TRIED, OKAY?!?

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For the dark portion of her hair under her bangs, I went over the red with brown

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Being wise and coloring Flounder in before I outline him!

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Now for an aerial view…lol, oh man, I kill myself…

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Ohhh de bubble de bubble de bubbles– My bubbles! (Finding Nemo reference, points if you recognized it)

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I didn’t sketch out the logo, I just tried to wing it on the first try with the marker. Woot!

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If I trusted myself enough (I don’t) I’d say, “just imagine if those bubbles were lanterns and do a Tangled shoe!”. But NO, that is a big leap… CGI technology: too fancy for my sharpies and sneaker art… On paper with pencils, yes, with markers, no.

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And that’s it!

Would you wear this shoe? Is anyone else wondering why there’s only one? THAT IS A STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY, AND UNTIL THAT DAY–

I’m outie, (Lizzie McGuire reference, get with the program people!)

-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.

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