Now and then I feel like drawing a Disney princess. Sometimes I feel like drawing three of them and making a trio of it. The Ariel and Jasmine sketches are actually from about a year ago, then Belle came along about six months later. Usually I only like my sketches for a few months, but I guess I still liked these--or I was too lazy to redraw them. Either one is possible.
True story: After seeing The Little Mermaid as a wee lass, I spent several years drawing nothing but mermaids. The best part is that it was always a back view of these mermaids, since I didn't know how to draw faces.
Anyway, I decided for these I'd experiment with going lineless again. I really wanted to feel more comfortable with it by the end of 2012 so I gave it another shot in the final hours. Overall, I think Ariel turned out all right--part of this (like her hand) I really like and others (like her face) I don't so much.
True story: Beauty and the Beast is my favorite animated Disney movie. I tried to think of the reasons why, and then I decided there were no reasons why not. But no, it did not start me drawing behind-views of French peasants.
I like how Belle turned out overall. Her face is nice, though I wish the colors had a little more oomph. I have always had issues with being too light, no matter the medium. It takes a lot of conscious effort on my part to push the contrast.
True story: Aladdin is the first movie I remember seeing in the theater after we moved to Missouri. My sister had a newspaper clipping that listed all the pop culture figures the Genie turned into, but I don't know how useful that was in a dark theater.
I have never felt very strongly about Jasmine so I guess it's fitting I don't feel too strongly about how this turned out. My favorite part is probably her right sleeve ("sleeve") and that bird. Hee hee, that bird.
True story: between finishing Ariel and doing the other two, Santa brought me a fancy pants new tablet (thanks, Santa!). Aside from all the other fun bells and whistles, it was a jump from 512 to 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity. I like to think I can tell a difference between Ariel and the others, and while I don't think any tablet gives you magical skills, I think the new tablet allows for more precision and control overall. Anyway, it is a fun thing to work with and I've only accidentally stepped on it once.
(The brushes for the backgrounds are located here: dandelions, birds)