Fan art is one of the most popular ways of practicing one’s creative skill and develop a unique style in either traditional or digital mediums. It is an artist’s own way of interpreting a popular fictional character either from novels, movies, television, comics or video games. To date, we have encountered numerous fan artworks that became viral over the Internet. And most of the recent works that dominate blogs and online art communities were derived from a common theme – Disney Princesses.
We see our childhood fairy tales now retold as TV series, 3D animations and even live action films. The art community of course is getting the most out of this trend through various fan artworks re-imagining the Disney Princesses in almost every other fictional universes or combined with other pop culture trends.
The popularity of the characters and the fact that this theme appeals to a wide range of audience is one reason why artists especially those who wish to introduce their own art style are creating their own take of the Disney princesses. It can be through fan art drawing, photography, animation, typography and even cosplay and memes.
In the selection below, we collected some of our favorite fan art attempts of the Disney princesses, from awesome drawings and illustrations to cool and funny crossovers in other pop culture universes we never thought even possible. This only proves that in art, anything imaginable can be put into reality. Take a look and enjoy!
Disney Princesses as Bad-ass Fighters
DeviantArt user JoshWMC has created a stunning makeover of the Disney princesses as characters in a fictional fighting game. The resulting illustrations and character designs are as bad-ass as the names including Gladiator Ariel, Wrestler Belle, Warrior Mulan, Soldier Tiana and more!
Disney Fighter – Ariel and Jasmine by JoshWMC
Disney Fighters – Snow White, Tiana and Belle by JoshWMC
Disney Princesses in Comics Style Illustrations
If you love Disney characters and pin-up calendars, then these series by American comic artist J. Scott Campbell is perfect for you! His style in comics illustrations is applied in re-imagining the popular Disney characters in minuscule clothing and more daring themes.
The Little Mermaid | Alice in Wonderland by J. Scott Campbell
Beauty and the Beast | Wendy of Peter Pan by J. Scott Campbell
Realistic Portraits of Disney Princesses
Finland-based graphic designer Jirka Väätäinen has turned every Disney princess into real, almost breathing flesh-and-blood humans with a series of digital portraits. Through photo composting and digital painting, Jirka managed to transform the fictional characters into their closest human forms.
Snow White and Princess Aurora by Jirka Väätäinen
Princess Jamine and Pocahontas by Jirka Väätäinen
Disney Princesses Zombified!
A vector series by Thailand-based graphic designer Witit Karpkraikaew aslo known as “Peng” re-imagines Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella and Belle as gory zombies yet still maintaining their elegance.
Cinderella and Ariel Zombified by Witit Karpkraikaew
Snow White and Belle Zombified by Witit Karpkraikaew
Disney Princesses as Art Nouveau Paintings
DeviantArt user Hannah-Alexander has created a fan art series inspired by the work of Alphonse Mucha and her love for the Disney characters. The series includes paintings of Disney princesses in art nouveau style.
Merida and Pocahontas by Hannah-Alexander
Rapunzel, Ariel and Snow White by Hannah-Alexander
Steampunk Disney Princesses
Korean artist Inshoo has illustrated three of the Disney princesses in steampunk mode. The detailed drawings depict the elegant ladies as bad-ass fighters in full steampunk weaponry.
The Little Mermaid Steampunk by Inshoo
Cinderella and Snow White Steampunk by Inshoo
Aside from the numerous depictions of the Disney characters in different art styles, some even combined the popular characters into the real world, to other fictional universes and more crazy themes and combinations. Some resulted into too awesome works of art while some are way too cool and hilarious. See some of them below.
As University students
Aurora, Jasmine and Snow White by Hyung86
As characters from the Nickelodeon animated series, Avatar
Disney X Avatar Crossover by Robby Cook
As Instagram users
If Disney Princessess had Instagram by B for Bel
As Jedi Knights
Ariel, Rapunzel and Snow White as Jedi Knights by Ralph Sevelius
As creepy-looking “twisted” princesses
Twisted Princesses by Jeffrey Thomas
As elegant princesses in Baroque portraits
Jasmine, Snow White and Belle | Portraits by Jessica Oyhenart
As cool-looking fashion princesses
Fashion Princesses by Viria
As Doctor Who cosplayers
Doctor Who x Disney Princess mashup by Amy Mebberson
As Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat Disney Mash-up by Eric Proctor
As Nicolas Cage?
Nicolas Cage as Disney Princesses (Source)
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