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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.

-C
(Photoshop CS5)

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Sir-Thopas Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
This is absolutely gorgeous. I love your style and all of the little details. Personally, I would have put Ariel in the late 1820s/early 1830s, thought. The sleeves on her pink dress and wedding dress don't quite match up (but I could understand why Disney wouldn't want to portray the 1830s accurately, since most modern audiences would just find it too ridiculous), but I did think the neckline of her pink dress and the shape of her skirt might be a good match. Plus Grimsby's breeches and Eric's trousers would fit that transitional period (and it has the added benefit of being closer in date to when the fairy tale was published). But regardless, this is an absolute delight to look at!
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Yura-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015   General Artist
I enjoy these so much, I can't wait to see what you do with the pink one XD I love those sleeves XD the folds are beautiful, I love the seaweed ( I think its seaweed)
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Winxzafir Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love all :love:
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lul-laby Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i saw you on pinterst all the time for this work i always loved it you helped me with my childhood in a way i love your art
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LAdolphingirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous! Lovely work!
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Amirite-or-amirite Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing! :D
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I saw this on the What's Hot page and became confused as I didn't see this in my inbox. Well, no wonder, it's from 2011! :lol: Beautiful work all the same, and congrats on your re-discovery by the people of dA.
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TheOtakuPerson Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!
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BlazeLucivar Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
I love this series! And Ariel look's gorgeous in this. Though if you really want to find Ariel's time period, you should look at when the original story was written. Hans Christian Andersen wrote "The Little Mermaid" in 1837.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
yup, I address that in the FAQ that's linked in the description!
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BlazeLucivar Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
Oh, you did? Oops! XD And here I thought I was being helpful. Thank you for letting me know of that!
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minikatrine Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
elegant
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OriiPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
I just realized her bouquet is seaweed!! Lol Nice touch!!
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JulietCelia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the sleeves and the colors so much!!!!
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SarahBCosplay Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I'd place her between the 1660-1700 to be honest! As you said the slashed sleeves in here pink gown are a sign for a renaissance period so it would be actually more the 16th century BUT they existed also still later from time to time! The skirt ain't stiff like it was in the Spanish Renaissance and not high waisted like in the earlier Italian Renaissance so right after the Spanish Renaissance would be logical her neckline is also already more of a down shoulder line, another sign for the after Spanish Renaissance time and the rounded edges or pleats didn't excited before either :) 
the weddingdress thing is a bit more complicated but what if the corset seam ain't cut like that but based on the squarey things you had earlier on the seam of a corset( don't know how to call them) because poofy was popular that time too :) and if you follow the next dresses she wears in the little mermaid 2 it coul'd fit also :) 

oh oh and it would be awesome to see also your version of her pink gown since I wanna start cosplay soon her pink gown in a more Renaissance mixed with the 1660 fashion :) 
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They're called tabs! And those actually would have been called stays, not corsets at that point in time. :)  Unfortunately I think Grimsby's outfit pretty firmly cements it in at least the 1780's or later, but I love hearing other people's takes on the era! :D

-C
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SarahBCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh yeah Grimsby! I totally forgot now on him... And how his clothes are looking...I am sorry but not less curious on your next historical costumes! :D I think about cosplaying your snow white  'couse I LOVE the Renaissance, I only have trouble researching the fabrics they used that time Sweating a little... 
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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 :)
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
love the dress
love the seaweed!
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
GORGEOUS!! And a bouquet of Seaweed!! :D
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Gerbsterpers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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Auraelai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gibson girl hair is genius.
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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.
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ElsaAriel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So pretty!
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Bansche Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!This dress is better than the original version:) (Smile) 
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FantasyGold Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The original book was written in 1837.
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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.).
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Elzasugarpop5 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Her hair is so much prettier! The dress looks darling, too.
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BLONDETARDIS26 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Ah.
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KingGianny123 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
What about her mermaid form?
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
she looks like a mermaid
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KingGianny123 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I know and i love merpeople!
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PintSizeArtist95 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the seaweed!
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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!  
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Ineia Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing, this whole collection is such a fascinating look into the past!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
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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! 
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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!
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Cellobean Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Ariel is my FAVORITE princess. So thank you for this! :)
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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
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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.
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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?
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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. 
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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.
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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)
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