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In sixteen hundred seven by shoomlah In sixteen hundred seven by shoomlah
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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.
-C

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winxsome Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
just love really styel for her
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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Ahlabush Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, when Pocahontas was around (the historical one) guns were not sold to the (real) Americans. This first documented, or mentioned at least, sell of arms to Americans was around the end of the 17th century, several decades after the Pohwatan genocide.
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FezzyPumpkin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Want IT.... need IT.
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Goldfirewolf Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Eh. For all we know her mother might have been from a southwestern tribe. Maybe she married the Powhatan chief as part of a peace agreement.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, not exactly- Pocahontas is an actual historical figure, and her background is pretty well known!  There's no evidence to suggest that any of Powhatan's wives were Southwestern, or that he married for political reasons.
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Goldfirewolf Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah... It was just a little head-canon-y speculation.
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KurotsutaMurasaki Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Can I ask some questions about the gun?

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?
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
it's a wheel-lock rifle- the chamber would have been rifled instead of the smoothbore chamber of earlier muskets.  And yes, I did research, because that's the point of this series- it would seem a bit silly to research costumes and then let it all fall to pot when I drew ancillary props and details.
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KurotsutaMurasaki Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Okay. I just asked because the hand rest looks similar to what you might see on a Pennsylvania rifle (which would be about a century before its time), but it didn't have any other similarities. I thought that it was probably a wheel-lock, but I just wanted to ask.
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ThrivingIvori Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This version fits so much better with Disney's.
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Fisherbrook-Photos Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i think this one too it looks awesome.
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demicoeur Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful rendition. Always love your work and how much attention to detail you put in. Though on the topic of realism, Tarzan's language montage is just as improbable as Pocahontas' magic tree English. Based on studies of feral children, humans are incapable of learning language past the age of 11 (and aren't very successful learning language past the age of 5). Given Tarzan looks like he's definitely past puberty in the film, it's impossible he'd learn language either. At least Pocahontas would be capable of learning a new language at all, she wasn't raised by gorillas lol 
That said, I love Disney films anyway, just not for their realism ;P
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CocaineShe Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
I know plenty of people from middle school, high school, college and even as adults who have mastered second and third languages. I speak the basics of a few languages I didn't even learn until after graduating high school. Where ever you came across your theory; It's flawed.
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queenofmintchocolate Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What about Helen Keller? When Anne Sullivan began teaching her, she didn't even know what communication was, yet was taught to be a fully functioning human being, who even attended college, and she started from much less then Tarzan. Feral if any.
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rozaboz123 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Helen Keller was not deaf at birth; she lost her hearing at age 19 months. The average 19-month-old can speak around 50 words, form crude sentences, and understand more complex sentences that other people are saying. She developed hand signals to use at home, and Anne Sullivan began teaching Helen when Helen was only 7 years old. So, she actually had a lot going for her, considering. 
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Speedygal Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Pokahontus is still my favorite >:3
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Pocahontas or Matoaka, please- she's a real person.
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Speedygal Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I know. But I do like the character.
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redxheadxgurl Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
LOVE this series, and honestly, this is my favorite to date! :)
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MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
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Sliptheflitch Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Writer
I personally prefer this piece! It's awesome and it looks fantastic. Great job!
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12neon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
so Tatiana and Pocahontad are both not your favorites hun????
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mkchirp Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So great!Froggy Emoji-28 (In loved) [V2] 
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CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
i like the outfit..it's just kind of disappointing to see it really is a lot like what disney did. though i love the split feature, and the dual layer skirt thing going on. love the feathers in the hair though!^^ i think i might have been happier with some feathers on the dress as well.
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, they wanted magic and romance...so I guess that justified changing the historical truth.
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cherudim90 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Fantastic job. And as for the magic.... I mean virtually every Disney has some magic in it. Pocahontas was seen talking to some nature spirit (I.E. Grandmother Willow) saying she'd been having dreams of "strange clouds", which were actually the sails of the boat from England, and of a "spinning arrow", which was in fact John Smith's compass. So you could say Pocahontas has shaman-esque powers.
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BlackEye-Pea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
She's not naked enough!
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Oh well.
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ShadowsHeir500 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013

^ 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!

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izzyisozaki Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Oh yes of course, cos athletic types can't have different body shapes or be conventionally beautiful now can they!
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l-o-v-e-so-sweet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
actually, just in reference to her hair, it's highly unlikely it would have remained so straight...
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izzyisozaki Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
You know people that can't curl their hair well right!?? I know this Korean girl for instant who could barely keep her hair up in a ponytail for long. Unless you think Native Americans didn't take care of their hair or something???
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ShadowsHeir500 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013

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. :heart:

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madmatt88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Where did she get gun?
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:iconbagelhole:
bagelhole Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
from the Europeans
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madmatt88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist
was it pricey? I bet it was...
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Reverendr Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
That's actually my only quibble with the drawing.  A wheellock was a complicated and expensive bit of equipment.  My understanding is that they were more of a rich person's toy, whereas a soldier would probably have a matchlock.  That being said, it is a good drawing of a wheellock.
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jessypet92 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
All the war painting and tattoos looks great! :D
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junkstory Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I love this illustration! I don't know much about the historical aspects admittedly, but down to the colour choise this is a wonderful composition. And I love how confident she looks.
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ThereseOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
what a kickass pocahontas. :) I didn't like Pocahontas that much as a kid, but now as 28 years, I enjoy it a lot.

Lovely drawing. :)
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HilBethJay Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess the Powhaten tribe gets their turquoise at the majestic coastal Virginian cliffs and waterfalls.
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Music-and-Things Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
I'm Lakota, so I don't know much Powhatan styles. I do know that that Lakota woman, unlike Powhatan it seems, preferred to be covered and their clothing was often decorated with beads. The dresses would sometimes weigh up to 50 pounds. Although those were usually for ceremonies and dances. As for hairstyle both Lakota men and woman usually wore two braids, rather than allowing it to fall freely.

Mini history lesson over. I really enjoy this piece. You are a wonderful artist.
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