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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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l-o-v-e-so-sweet Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
actually, just in reference to her hair, it's highly unlikely it would have remained so straight...
rozaboz123 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  New member 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. 
Apricots-from-Nara Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I know this is old, but Hades had one of the most stable marriages in the entire mythos. And new findings state that the marriage was actually rather happy.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
sorry I know of the characters, I'm aware of the films, I just don't know or really care about them as characters. :)  I agree that some of those other characters would be great to see in a more historical context, but I'll leave that up to someone else to work on.

I honestly  feel like Frozen gets way too much credit for being "progressive," and the word abusive seems to be bandied about more readily than I would like.  By those same standards the Sultan is abusive, King Triton is abusive, so on and so forth- parents who mis-parent their children are hardly anything new in Disney films, and I don't think Frozen does a particularly good job of actually calling that stuff out and addressing it.

My dad was not an animator, no!  He was actually the VP of Animation Technology, so he helped usher the films into the digital era with new techniques and integration of early 3D set pieces and props- the chariot race in Prince of Egypt, that sort of thing. :)  He started at Dreamworks at the very beginning (he was the 36th employee, if I'm not mistaken), and he left during El Dorado to go to Warner Bros.  It was very cool, and I was very spoiled to grow up in that environment paging through model sheets. :)

bobilikehobos Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do think the Odette & Kayley refered to by AmiratulSham is the The Swan Princess (1994) by Nest Family Entertainment and Quest for Camelot (1998) by Warner Bros, respectively.
I do agree it would be interesting to see girls that are non-disney, but I understand completely that this series is just for fun on your part.

Pertaining to disney movies as a whole, I find that while they nail some parts correctly, they generally fail to address other issues sufficiently, leading to other criticisms. So while their progress is admirable in more recent movies, (abusive parenting? that's really out of the normal realm of children's movies. and good looking bad guys? that's an issue that's gone too long unadressed), it still leaves other criticisms that the average person might not be able to pick up on, leading to a nostalgic rose-colored haze that colors so many childhood movies.

On the subject of your father & Dreamworks - what exactly was his role while working on The Road to El Dorado? (It's kind of curious when I hear that someone's the child of an animator(?) who worked with a major studio and it's just like, "dude, i want to know what it was like!" I just never hear that someone's parent is affiliated with some sort of animation studio, so I hope you understand the intrigue.) Did your father work on more films after El Dorado, and did he continue working with Dreamworks, or are animators hired on a film-to-film basis?

I am so glad you created this series, and I think you did very well in creating believable characters in the time frame that you chose for them. 
(I really hope you don't mind the questions and sorry for the messy commentary.)
Goldfirewolf Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah... It was just a little head-canon-y speculation.
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.
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.
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.
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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