Ursula

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Now the power of Poseidon has been once again made whole
All the magic of the trident and the shell in my control
And now dark shall reign forever
Over ocean, sea and shoal…

After coming back from Disneyland, I asked my fiance who was second on his Disney women list. After a while, he responded with “Ursula”.

It’s interesting how in art we’re taught that “round = friendly”, Ursula breaks that rule (although to be more specific, her silhouette is round, but her interior shapes are sharp, which still makes her scary). She was never a comic character, but a full on villain from the beginning. To me, Ursula’s design is something that I enjoy studying.

Also: the only thing that stopped her from ruling the ocean was a voice, and once she had it, she won.

Ursula is the sixth female in my Disney Women Series.

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Persephone and Hades

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More sexy times in Receiver of Many.

Paying a small tribute to Bernini’s Rape of Prosperina, but something a little more consensual between Aidoneus and Persephone this time :) Wanted to do something more graphical as well instead of rendering everything.

The author still has a giveaway going on now for the second part of RoM, Destroyer of Light, so go enter!

Persephone Sated

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What started out as a way to decompress at work turned into this. I haven’t celebrated the erotica part of Receiver of Many, so here’s my contribution to it. Here’s Persephone reclined and relaxing after a busy night with Aidon.

Receiver of Many is a erotic retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth by Rachel Alexander. Persephone has a great deal of agency in her retelling, which is one of the many things I love about her book. I spent a whole year just doing fanart of this book because I love it SO MUCH. I’ve had the honor to meet her in person too, and she’s super awesome.

She has a giveaway going on now for the second part of RoM, Destroyer of Light, so if you’re interested, go enter!

Elsa

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I am one with the wind and sky.

Here’s Elsa, in full control of her powers, turning summer into winter.

I made some really minor changes to her costume, because I love slashed sleeves and I’m 92% sure my previous life was a Renaissance lady-in-waiting.

Elsa is the third female character in my Disney Women series. Hope you enjoy looking!

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Tinkerbell

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“Hullo, Tink,” cried the wondering boys.
Tink’s reply rang out: “Peter wants you to shoot the Wendy.”
It was not in their nature to question when Peter ordered. “Let us do what Peter wishes,” cried the simple boys…
– J.M Barrie, “Peter and Wendy”

While we were waiting for the World of Color to come on, I asked my fiance, as a joke, “If you were a Disney princess, who would you be?”

He thought for a very long time, and answered back with all seriousness: “Tinkerbell.”

I was slightly taken aback. “Why?”

The reasons were fourfold: 1. She is second in command to the Lost Boys, and can order them when Pan is away, 2. Has magical powers, 3. She can fly, 4. and can grant flight to others.

And it was then it hit me how incredibly powerful Tinkerbell was, but she was always depicted as the short skirted jealous little fairy. What bothers me is that I never really noticed this until my fiance pointed out why he liked her.

So here she is, commanding the Lost Boys, and the second piece in my Disney Women series.

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Merida

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Be as strong as the seas are stormy
And proud as an eagle’s scream

In September, I went to Disneyland for a vacation. There’s a glut of marketing materials of Disney princesses in very delicate poses. You know, one leg is slightly bent inwards, the head is tilted, shiny skirts everywhere. They’re all removed from the context of their stories which gave them their personalities. To me they are reduced to bodies parading pretty dresses.

Doing a Disney princess series was always on my mind, but I didn’t want bodies to be at the forefront of the illustration. I didn’t want to do pinup or reimagined clothing choices in X century. Those are fun and great to look at, but it wasn’t something that I felt passionate about.

I guess this series is my small attempt to capture the strength of these women in the films. I loved this particular lyric from Brave and always envisioned Merida unfettered by the storm, ready to face the perils that come her way. This is the first of my Disney Women series, and I hope you enjoy it!

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