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There's Something About Her by shoomlah There's Something About Her by shoomlah
Continuing my historically accurate Disney princesses! It makes me happy.

The Little Mermaid is hard to place from a time period standpoint- Grimsby's wearing a Georgian getup, Ariel's pink dress with the slashed sleeves subscribes to several eras from the Renaissance to the 1840's, Eric is... Eric.

I went with Ariel's wedding dress as a starting point since those gigantic leg-o-mutton sleeves (so embarrassingly popular in eighties wedding fashion) were a great starting point for an 1890's evening gown. It's also not unfeasible that Eric's cropped tailcoat could be from the same era, so I'm sticking with my choice. PLUS Ariel with Gibson girl hair? COME ON IT IS AWESOME.

I'm still not sure if I'd try to squeeze her pink dress in the same time period or if I'd just throw up my hands and draw it with a hoop skirt, but we'll see.

(Photoshop CS5)

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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Not only the art itself is absolutely lovely, but I really love the subtle use of gradients. Did you use (a) texture(s), too?

Wonderful art :)
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
love the dress
love the seaweed!
bbb35 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
GORGEOUS!! And a bouquet of Seaweed!! :D
Gerbsterpers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Auraelai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gibson girl hair is genius.
ejcapulet Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Wow, I actually like this!  I really didn't think I would.  Sorry, but Ariel is one of my very least favorite Disney characters (second only to Belle: Stockholm syndrome anyone?); who in their right mind complains about living in a place where gravity, clothes, and even breathing aren't important?  The combo of the hair and the cuirass bodice and the skirt and the colors and the details (those fabulous details!) are just too awesome to hate.
ElsaAriel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So pretty!
Bansche Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!This dress is better than the original version:) (Smile) 
FantasyGold Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The original book was written in 1837.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yes it was!  As per the FAQ (linked right there in the description!), this series is based solely on the films- not the source material, unless it's particularly relevant (Hunchback, Pocahontas, etc.).
Elzasugarpop5 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Her hair is so much prettier! The dress looks darling, too.
BLONDETARDIS26 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
KingGianny123 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
What about her mermaid form?
shoomlah Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
she looks like a mermaid
KingGianny123 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I know and i love merpeople!
PintSizeArtist95 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the seaweed!
LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never really liked her wedding dress from the movie, but this is gorgeous. I love all the details. Squee!  
Ineia Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing, this whole collection is such a fascinating look into the past!
EnochianArtist Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm seriously digging this collection. Fantastic job with the historical accuracy! This is hella rad.
idunais Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
THE CORSET. HTE CORSET. God bless you and your impeccable costume research. This is fabulous.
cantsingcantdance Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
She's fabulous! I love it! The fantastic hair, the seaweed bouquet, the tiny shell details on the dress, even the beautiful colour and the way she's positioned, all of it is just fab!
MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
lilypadlake Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I just favorited half of this series. The art is vibrant and striking, and I love how you reinterpreted the costumes in a historical context. All around fabulous! 
MissOddballArtist Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wouldn't it be set s little earlier? I'm just assuming based off the architecture and the fact that Eric's ship is made out of wood.  And the pink dress is pretty hard to pin-point considering the fact that it was a tribute to the Aurora, Snow White, and Cinderella's dress.  Her sparkly blue dress at the end is no help at all, completely modern! All of her outfits are so stylized, so you still did a good job.

Other than that, astounding work and I hope you continue this series!
Cellobean Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Ariel is my FAVORITE princess. So thank you for this! :)
CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
it's hard to think of this as an evening gown, when it screams to me wedding gown. not to mention the flowers. if there were no flowers, i could see evening gown. my lamentation? no epic veil!! i mean...come on, veils are so awesome. it's also a bit saddening to not see a bit more sea flair. i mean okay sea shell earrings, and a shell brooch on the bodice. pearls in the hair are nice, though more would have been awesome.<3

also...omg those sleeves are huge.T_T
shoomlah Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Um, you realize this is her wedding gown? It says it in the description. This isn't the pink dress.
CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
i never said it was the pink dress either now did i? i was pointing on the fact you said the sleeves were a starting point for a 1890's evening gown. and obviously i know it's a wedding dress, otherwise i would not be lamenting the fact there is no veil. please read my comment thoroughly.^^

when did i ever say anything about the pink dress?
shoomlah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, you just kept referring to it as an evening dress- I think you misread the intention of my description, wedding gowns in the era were indistiguishable from normal evening gowns short of the color, which started to become popularized in the late Victorian era. I was colloquially referring the evening gowns of the era that had similar sleeves, I wasn't saying that I was drawing this as an evening gown or even looking at evening gowns for reference. This is actually based heavily on a House of Worth wedding getup from the same era. :)

Your comments are all just very confusing, I apologize- you seem to be commenting less on the validity of the art and more on your own personal tastes? My apologies if I misread your intentions, they were just a very weird thing to read through. 
CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
ehh, that's the unfortunate thing about the internet, it's very easy to misunderstand things in text! or maybe i meant it's hard to picture it as a wedding gown...?...i honestly cannot remember anymore, i was bored and decided to comment on all of your pieces. XD

and it's fine! i should probably apologize too, i'm just....REALLY weird...i should probably go be locked back up under the rock i crawled from. :p i do appreciate your time and the fact you read through all of my comments though! the dresses are lovely, and it's really kind of cool seeing them all done historically accurate instead of the idealized stuff Disney does.
Ceci347 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Her story was originally written by an Danish writer called Hans Christian Andersen. Look that up ;) (By the way, his version is much sadder but much prettier, I suggest you read it)
shoomlah Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Please read the FAQ, it's linked in the description!  I am more than aware of the original fairy tales, and this series has next to nothing to do with them- it's reinterpreting Disney's aesthetic choices for their films, specifically.
Lolitafreak88 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's extremely fair and the green shades are absolutely FABULOUS. I also do love her hairstyle as well. The Seaweed Bouquet is a very nice touch.
Ilovetoreadbooks Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I read somewhere she's from the 19th century,and the architecture and such gives off a feel of denmark,As well as the oceans. Most people would just say,"They all live in this magical land" Which doesn't explain the influences or anything.
This is very pretty none the less.
blackkiteekat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
The subtle way you worked in the seashells is freaking brilliant! =D
EAConwell Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
i do love the dress, but in the movie the ship was made of wood, wouldn't it have been an earlier time period? they had steamships by the 1890s, Titanic sank in  1912.
DelightfullyFreaky Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
She looks so beautiful! I love the way you drew her!
madmatt88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Looks much like her style...
jessypet92 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looks beautiful! :D
katthenightfox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I have to admit that from both a sentimental (Ariel is MY Disney Princess) AND aesthetic view, this one's my favourite of the whole series. Love the Gibson Girl hair and the historical interpretation of her wedding dress is just perfectly spot-on. Gorgeous!
yami-becki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
these are just stunning. i'm sure you saw that i faved a bunch of them and i plan on going through the rest of your gallery but i just wanted to say that i really love this dress as my favorite. i really love that you gave her a bouquet of see grass as well.
LadyFirewing Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Made me think of Anne of Green Gables and her "puffed sleeves".
AshleyG92 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student
Originally, her dress is pure white, but I really like that you added the green to it!
DanteWolfblade Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I always thought the movie was set sometime during the 1810's 20's.
dannyhayes75 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is an interesting interpretation. I really love it and love that you took the Gibson girl Turn-of-the-Century take on her dress. Also, when I think of the Little Mermaid outside of the Disney version and more of the Hans Christian Anderson version, I would guess more of the early to mid nineteenth century (empire waist, coiffed hair, Jane Austen type clothing) or what would be really fun is something Pre-Raphaelite or romantic art inspired!! That would be really cool. But seriously, I love it! ESPECIALLY the Gibson girl hair.
pilfpixie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My fiancÚ bought this print for me at Norwescon 2013! I really love the detail you put into all of these pieces.
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Hello there.
I have been looking though all of the Disney women inspired works of art. Excellent style and detail you have done a good job here.

Best of luck.
furnacesburning Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these! Plus, I'm not the only one who knows about Gibson girls? My head just exploded.
giuhbarbie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I read that Ariels pink dress was actually a tribute to the princesses before her, like a mix of Auroras long sleeves, Snow whites little puff sleeves (the shoulder down inspired by Auroras dress as well) the two little throw over her dress are imitating Cinderellas dress. something like that, so that i guess would explain why you had a hard time figuring out what time period that dress would belong to considering its a mix of each time period as well :P what a mess MR. Keane! hahaha I am in love with your work it is really gorgeous and the effort you put into doing your research makes it that much more valuable! youre amazing!
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's for her pink dress, yes- this is based on her wedding dress, though. :)
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