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In sixteen hundred seven by shoomlah In sixteen hundred seven by shoomlah
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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I accidentally clicked on the angry button. Really sorry. I honestly love this piece.
crunchydango Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, i love this!
ChristineCosplay Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You should try a version of her English dress! Do you think it'd be easier since she actually existed and that there are pictures of her in her English dress?
Must have been nice having a precise year to go by in one of the first lines of the movie. XD

Pocahontas was not one of my favorites either, largely because of the "suddenly I speak English" thing, but mostly because when it came out I was actually learning about the actual incident in school. You know, like how she was basically held for ransom in exchange for English prisoners, and then taken off to England anyway. And how she was actually 9 in 1607. Yeah, that kind of creeped me out.

But still there were at least a few decent songs (though I still sing "Cabbages! Cabbages! Barely even lettuce!" every time...), and some good lines sprinkled throughout. And it was certainly better than the "Enchanted Tales" direct-to-VHS version. XD

Love this. It's beautiful, largely accurate, and maintains a much stronger presence than we usually remember from the movie. Especially with the rifle she's holding. Helloooooo sailor.

:clap: Wonderful... :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: J'adore. :) :love: :heart:
skampkitten Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
i looooove this, its my favorite one
I Love how you did these, This piece is amazing!!
Beautiful colors. And more tattoos for the win. Also, I love her stance with the rifle. XD
zhangster-moon Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This seems so different from the movie. Not that I've seen it, but I've seen images and screencaps of the movie. The Pocahontas in the movie seems so soft and nature loving, but here she seems like she's much stronger. I love this! :heart:
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