Some more Eleanor and Kent for warmup
Ahh, I need to stop drawing them and get back to animating. DX
The ER at Fletcher Allen had their hands full every night from wild weekends of Edward Amber-hands, Syrup Pong, and Flip-jug. Despite the local colleges’ best efforts, quality syrup was easy to come by. Some of the students even smuggled the good stuff into the dining halls with them. And things only got worse during sugaring season…
“Wot’s with all the glittar?” my take on Merida’s redesign
Alright. I’ve been avoiding this but [apparently unpopular opinion] I actually like Merida’s coronation design.
I think the combination of Merida’s two gowns from the movie, with alterations as I’ve illustrated above, suits her well. The references to her archery dress is a recognition of who she is, the hints at the gown her mother gives her to wear is a reference to the noble lady her mother is training her to become, and the addition of the tartan is a nice reference to the leader she will become. I think, overall, those design decisions are solid.
That said. I think this whole new marketing line for the Disney princesses is disturbing, destructive, and terrible for their bottom line. Whitewashing Pocahontas, Mulan, and Jasmine was despicable and the design choices made for those characters could have rectified racist stereotypes that the original movies took advantage of but instead, they either kept them or used the stereotypes even more aggressively. As for Merida, I agree with Brenda Chapman. The unnecessary slimming down and sexualization of Merida is simply the icing on the sexist cake that is this marketing line.
I absolutely adore the Disney Princesses. I always have and I always will, regardless of the choices the marketing folks at Disney make. Even if you don’t mind the designs and/or don’t care about “social justice”, a large group of the audience Disney is aiming this product line at isn’t happy and that’s not good for business.
I’ve been working on Good for Business but it keeps becoming obvious that the story needs more structure and generally needs more work. I was hoping to pick it up right after I finish this current animation project but it’ll need to be in development a bit longer than that, sadly.
However, the warehouse story I keep playing with, that I’ve mentioned next to nothing about, is getting picked up again. Because the story is quite a bit less complex (who knew that reinventing 40 years of American history would be so time-consuming), I’m hoping I can push it forward quite a bit sooner. This is the story with Iris, Rodney, and Scout, btw. The characters are getting a bit of a redesign (Scout looks way too familiar) but it might be coming sooner than I original anticipated.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. Full time job, animated series pitch, animated trailer for class, long form comic story and a strip comic story.