Oh, Pocahontas. Really not one of my favourite Disney films, but it posed an interesting challenge. Note that this is the Disney character, not the historical figure, so while I tried to make the outfit accurate to 17th century Powhatan clothing (yes, one-shouldered dresses and split skirts existed, YE GADS) she is, most definitely, not a 12-year-old. It's my happy middle ground when drawing a historical version of an inaccurate portrayal of a historical person. That's a mouthful.
My one big cheat on this was her necklace- the shell necklace should in theory be a deep purple (turquoise is a much more Southwestern commodity), but you lose so much of the Pocahontas visual identity without the splash of teal around her neck.
...And not the belabor the point, but she learns English by way of MAGIC? Come on, Disney, even Tarzan had the sense to do a heavy-handed language montage.
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It's my happy middle ground when drawing a historical version of an inaccurate portrayal of a historical person <-Definitely a mouthful but well said
1 - is that meant to be a musket, or a rifle?
2 - Did you do any research into weapons of the period or did you just free-style it since is a superfluous prop?
That said, I love Disney films anyway, just not for their realism
^ By sexualize, I mean they highly exaggerated every physical feature that our society collectively finds attractive to the point of it being... kind of a caricature of modern conventional beauty. People like long hair? Let's make it VERY long and VERY straight. People like high cheek bones, white teeth, big lips? Let's make them VERY high, VERY white, and VERY full. Big boobs? HUGE BOOBS! Slim waist and long legs? Let's make it VERY slim, her bottom VERY flat, and her legs VERY long and thin. And her feet very small.
To be honest, I sometimes feel like Pocahontas is an ethnic Jessica Rabbit. At least the writers and animators of Who Framed Roger Rabbit knew that Jessica was supposed to be a highly exaggerated example of female beauty for irony, story, and character reasons. Disney gave Pocahontas similar proportions and exaggerated beauty... but it doesn't really play a part in the story or her personality. Like I said, legs that thin, hair that long and perfectly straight, a bust that big, a dress that tight, etc. doesn't make sense for a wild child that spends all her time running, rafting, and seeking adventure in the woods.
I just love the accuracy and practicality of this design so much!
Honestly love this portrait. Not just for the accurate outfit or the pretty lady, but I just love the attitude and the pose of her body.
I love the way the loose fabric and the beads hang off her body, compared to the muscled and toned figure. It's just so... masculine, athletic, and careless. She has an air of nonchalance, and yet assertion of power and control at the same time. She LOOKS like she does a lot of running here (as opposed to the match-stick legs and flat bottom) and that she takes control of whatever situation she's in.
Fun Fact: Pocahontas was originally supposed to look like Disney's Tiger Lily, but they decided to make her grown up and add a love story down the like. I can see why, since a love story between an adult settler and a 12-year-old would be awkward, but I often couldn't shake the feeling that they made Pocahontas an adult JUST to sexualize her... I love how this is a much more practical, as well as more accurate for the lifestyle she is supposed to have lived (running, chasing, jumping, swimming, rafting, etc.). Just more accurate and practical on every front.