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Finally updated Pocahontas! I don't think this is what people were expecting as the next entry in the series, but some of the criticisms of my first design have been eating away at me for years now and I needed to get off my ass and address them.

So hey! Spunky age-appropriate Pocahontas/Matoaka, sans feathers in the hair/European imagery/other superfluous details. This is closer to accounts and illustrations of Powhatan dress from the period, and I kinda think it's closer to the Disney design anyway. WIN/WIN.

Thanks to everyone who's educated my ass over the past couple of years, including moniquill, apihtawikosisan, this-is-not-native, and numerous others. You've made me a way more thoughtful artist in the process. :)

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missuny Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
I think both designs are awesome! Your art is amazing.:)
TenshiHime13 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I really love that you went back and revisited this character.  It takes time to rework designs that have problems and I'm so glad that you were willing to listen to criticism and work on improving.  Your art is spectacular, keep up the amazing work!
1zutarafan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
This is definitely awesome! I love all of these historically accurate portrayals.

I'm working on revamping the disney child line, and I was wondering where you came across your information? I've been looking all over, but I haven't found much. If you don't want to share your sources, could you just give me where the one shoulder came from? I've run across a few historic paintings that feature Powhatan women wearing one shoulder dresses, but no websites that specifically talk about it.

I was also wondering how you found non nude references. Everything that I come across claims that the powhatans would have basically gone naked, with maybe a skirt and necklaces. I'm not so comfortable drawing that lol, so I was wondering how you worked around that. Thanks!! :) 
Nettleheart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lookin' FIERCE.
LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This version of Pocahontas definitely looks more legitimate than her movie outfit (not that I know anything about traditional Native American dress anyway).
KurotsutaMurasaki Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Would you consider doing a historically accurate version of her Ball gown from the sequel?

Personally I have some issues with that dress. For one thing the waist on it wasn't nearly long enough for the time period (at least I don't think so); and Dropped shoulders were simply not the thing in 1614 (or I assume that's around the time it was set). Don't get me started on how much was wrong with the undergarments.
Fisherbrook-Photos Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i think this would have been better to see in the Disney films myself. :)
ToThePointe00 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
what about when Pocahontas visits London and goes to the King's Court?
AbrilDink Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student
Dammit but I love the simplicity of the overall composition.
mirthalia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did moniquill, apihtawikosisan, etc. provide you with full critiques/references? I'd like to see them, if you don't mind and happen to have the links on hand! :)
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