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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. :)

-C
(Photoshop CS5)

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MountainLygon Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I have to wonder how the movie would have turned out if it had made the characters closer to their historical ages. Obviously it would have focused on an inter-generational friendship rather than a romance. And if Disney had done a movie in 1995 about a world-weary, arrogant, 40-something British officer meeting his match in a precocious preteen social outcast, I imagine it would have made 2012's Wreck-It Ralph feel like a bit of a rehash. Still, it could have made for a very cute movie with some great morals.
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MeghanaLynn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
I'm curious, what did you exactly draw this from? The documents I've found pertaining to the dress of the Powhatan women seem to show more tattoos, no tops, and skirts instead of dresses. So I'm very curious as to where you pulled your info from.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I would actually change this again, unsurprisingly, if I was going to do it now!  The top would be a fur mantle over the apron, that sort of thing. The number of tattoos is somewhat up for debate, I'd argue – I don't think portraying someone with less tattoos is particularly unheard of.  Most extant descriptions of Powhatan women's tattoos are about adult women, so it's not unheard of to imagine that young girls would have less. :)

-C
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MeghanaLynn Featured By Owner Edited Apr 28, 2015
That makes a lot of sense. Do you have any links of drawings or descriptions from which you drew inspiration? I like to take in as much info as possible so I'm not biased.
Also, beautiful work, of course. The update to make her younger was a great idea.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
here are some of the links I saved while I was working on it, though I also had a couple books I was working with as well – hope they're helpful!

www.she-philosopher.com/galler…
webpages.charter.net/apples/na…
www.dhr.virginia.gov/arch_NET/…
www.nps.gov/jame/learn/history…
virginiaindians.pwnet.org/cult…
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MeghanaLynn Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Awesome! Thanks so much!!
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ejcapulet Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2015  New member
Thank you, though, for keeping her bits and bobs covered.  I've been showing your work to my two girls (ages 5 and 7) so they get a chance to see more dignified versions of the princesses (I think you've treated the characters with more respect than the original Disney work), and my two would be totally horrified to see what a Powhatan females really wore.  Oh Noes!
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MeghanaLynn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
ejcapulet,
I can't help but to say that the human body without clothing is just as "dignified" as the human body with clothing...didn't your two girls come out of the womb naked? I wouldn't call your children undignified for such.
Just personal opinion of course.
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Ahriannah Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Artist
I very much enjoy this. it's wonderful that you went with her age. and just to add (not that I think your dress is bad) but Powhatan women and girls did not cover their breasts with cloth unless it was winter. they wore shell and bead necklaces, that possibly covered them. and they tattooed their faces and bodies. As well as if they were unmarried despite age they wore their hair in one long braid and cut it short after marriage. (again I just wanted to inform you, I love this picture, and your art is wonderful.
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missuny Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
I think both designs are awesome! Your art is amazing.:)
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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!
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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!! :) 
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Nettleheart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lookin' FIERCE.
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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).
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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.
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Andi-Tiucs Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That gown felt more like a 18th century ballroom gown, it didn't feel at all from the early 1600s
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KurotsutaMurasaki Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
We~ll... Not so much 18th century. Dropped shoulders weren't really the thing then either. And you never saw long sleeves on gowns - they were ALWAYS 3/4 length up until the 1790's when the empire styles came in. You may be thinking of a mid-nineteenth century style though. The cage crinoline, waist length and dropped shoulders of Pocahontas's ball gown are all indicative of the 1860's. About the only thing they got remotely right was the sleeve length and cuffs.  I'm afraid that the styles of the 1860's are kind of the first thing that jumps to mind for any kind of ball gown.  Belle and Anna are also victims of this "One Hoop Skirt Fits All" design mentality.
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Andi-Tiucs Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You are really well informed :)
Thanks for explaining more
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KurotsutaMurasaki Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
I volunteer at a Historical site. We just covered clothing in a meeting recently, so the information was fresh in my mind. And it's no problem. I love any opportunity to share my knowledge on Historical Clothing. 
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Andi-Tiucs Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That is really good :D 
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Fisherbrook-Photos Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i think this would have been better to see in the Disney films myself. :)
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ToThePointe00 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
what about when Pocahontas visits London and goes to the King's Court?
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AbrilDink Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student
Dammit but I love the simplicity of the overall composition.
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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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CrysEevee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student
I've been following an artist who refuses to take criticism because of how ''an artist puts in hard work and you should not criticise because it hurts their feelings blah blah'' or something along those lines argh wtf ?? i very much preferred how you took in the critiques and improved your drawings ehehehe you're awesome

*showers you with lots of respect and love* I hope to become as good as you someday too! 
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha, thanks!  Any self-respecting artist- especially a professional artist- should revel in getting feedback and critique. :)
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MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
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FrostLover1204 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
To be honest I like the other one better. Your work is awesome!
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H-SAMABlog Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
i loved both
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irina1492 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I am completely ignorant as far as fashion history in general and Native American fashion history in particular, but either way she looks awesome! Like what you did with the title, btw :)
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WeaponX-23 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Just flailed my arms because I love it so much! I wish they'd used her real age in the movie and not made it a romance, it didn't need to be, and I like seeing young Pocahontas better.

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WaltzQueen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wasn't she bald?
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Tubbyballerina Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cinderella and Ariel would have been around the same time as Belle. Belle's costume here is true to the time period but I don't get the 19th century costumes on Cinderella or Ariel.  Amazing work though.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Did you read the comments and explanations? I'd argue that I have a much better case for the time periods I chose- especially for Cindy, her sisters are unabashedly wearing 1830's/1840's clothing as kids.
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manawashere Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
I was quite impressed with your rendition of Pocahontas but I must ask. Her tattoo's, those are Samoan and Maori; designs & body placements. Or is it body art like Henna or war paint. I was not aware that Native American tribes had tattooing. But a beautiful picture non-the-less.
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xXxBCJzZz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Native Americans had tattoos. They were mainly used to identify what tribe they came from and their social status. The tattoos used in the actual movie resemble the tattoos shown in paintings back when the Europeans first came to the Americas so it's fairly accurate although I'm not Powhatan (although I do hail from a tribe close to them) so I don't know what her tattoos would of meant other than she came from the Algonquian region.  Samoan and Maori tattoos look completely different because they are more complex in design and usually cover the entire shoulder area of the male. The only thing I think is a little off is the sides of her "dress" would be a little lower so the entire thing would be more even but I imagine if she were hunting she'd opt for it to be risen to move around better.
Other than that, I'd say it's almost spot-on what you would see them wear back in the day.
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parizadhe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
The first one was lovely, but I definitely like this one *so* much better!
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Butterfinger-Sharpie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I... This.. Wow. I'm at a loss for words. You managed to make beautiful art in a respectful way towards native people... and so accurate! Ack! I'm in awe of how incredibly amazing this is. +fav times a million!
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CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
i was quite thrilled to see this totally historically accurate rendering, even if the real Pocahontas story was sad.T_T the dress is quite nice, all the frilled edges so native american! my most favorite part however, is the body paint. why disney, why couldn't you have given Pocahontos more bodypaint?!

oh, and yay for barefeet.^^
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They're actually tattoos! Not
Body paint.
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CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
ahh tattos.^^ my bad then!
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is the Pocahontas/Matoaka I dreamed about that Disney was too afraid to do (it wasn't unusual for 12-year-olds to get married back then...but our modern sensibilities would never allow that). This is the girl I imagined when I read all the tales about her. Thank you for this X3
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Lidaru Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Sooooo beautiful! :3
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Spikeghost Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Fantastic redo!
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tasogarehime Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love this design.  I've got to admit Pocahontas wasn't one of my favorite Disney movies, but I liked it well enough. This just makes me think how a film with Pocahontas this age, developing a big brother/little sister relationship with John Smith while being a spunky little thorn in his side would have been awesome though.
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ChocoSyrupOnMyAbs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Oh, and Esmeralda from Hunchback of Notredame and Wendy from Peter Pan. Please, they're Disney Leading ladies too, after all. 
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Please read the FAQ!  It's linked on the page and in the description of literally every single piece in this series. <:)
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ChocoSyrupOnMyAbs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Please please please make one for Tarzan's Jane. Maybe Lottie from Princess and the frog too. 
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DoodleDragon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
THIS looks like the kind of Disney Princess little girls could really look up to!
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DoodleDragon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
And relate to.
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