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Jacobean Pocahontas by suburbanbeatnik Jacobean Pocahontas by suburbanbeatnik
Here's the second piece in my Historically Accurate Disney Princess series. This is Pocahontas in a Jacobean court gown, circa 1616. The wheel farthingale had been discarded, and necklines had become really, really low. A few examples for the curious: [link]

More examples: [link]
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I went with a similar color scheme to her court gown in the straight to video sequel, but otherwise there's no resemblance. It's too bad they couldn't have tried to make it look more period-- in my opinion it's quite possibly one of the ugliest princess dresses ever. It rather looks like a cushion about to explode...

Anyway, yeah, I like the character of Pocahontas a lot. Her necklace is cool too.
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kouliousis Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome Work
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Disney's version of Pocahontas is so beautiful, but the dress they give her is so unflattering (and uncomfortable looking, and obviously inaccurate). This is one reason I love Disney fan art of Poke. Your dress for her is beautiful here. And I like how you turned her signature necklace into something beautiful that goes with her dress, and looks like actual jewelry, unlike the movie where it's just kind of this awkward bulky thing. (Yeah, I know hand-drawn animation requires simplification, I'm not blaming Disney, but I'm just sayin'...) 

Anyway, I like how you made this just close enough to her two outfits to be recognizable, but still made it much more beautiful. 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I know. Tell me about it. It's this generic crappy Southern Belle/princess mash-up of vaguely Georgian and 1860s styles... it's a nightmare. Yeah, simplification for animation and all that, but they DID do a pretty decent job on drawing Jacobean fashions in the original Pocahontas (especially on Ratcliffe and the swooning ladies in his big musical number), that it wouldn't have taken THAT much effort to make it right. But they DNGAF, apparently. Years later, it still annoys the hell out of me... Glad to see I'm not the only one! 

Thank you! :) 
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LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I was more complaining about her buckskin outfit, which looks awkward and uncomfortable as heck. But I can definitely see being frustrated over inaccuracies with her ballgown if you're better at history than I am. 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah. The buckskin gown is just... eeeuuuugh. 
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Of course, this would have felt incredibly alien to her.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
That's probably why she doesn't look too happy in it. 
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RapunzelNoMore Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Very pretty!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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RapunzelNoMore Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
You're welcome!
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AbbyRoseJ Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
what did you use to create this? (just wondering)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Acrylic paint! :)
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mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When she's getting ready for the ball in real life, she probably would have thought "Hey, I get to wear a feather in my hair like I do at home!"
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Possibly!
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Aislin87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
This a really beautiful historical dress she is wearing. Maybe she was wearing this one her journey to England as lady Rebeca?

Anway very well done!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's actually a rejiggered version of what Pocahontas wears in the ball scene in the sequel. :)
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Wendy12345 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I Love the Detail!!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
:wave: :love:
Just wanted to let you know your art has been included in my latest feature here: [link]
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how you effortlessly managed to incorporate the "Pocahontas necklace" into the design. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Lovely gown! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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korwis Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, stunning artwork! It looks amazing :O :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :)
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EmmasAngel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Nice work! I have seen the actual portrait of the REAL Pocahontas, and while that dress was not a ball gown, unlike the the one in the Disney film, I often wondered how that dress may have ACTUALLY looked. Thanks!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Aloyse13 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, she's so pretty *---*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Sn0wflake225 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
damn.. thats awesome looking
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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Sn0wflake225 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
np =]
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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vindexontrose Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
In reality Pocahontas did marry Kocoum and have children with him before being kidnapped by the English and being baptized as Rebecca. She then married John Rolfe and had a child with him. She was then used as walking propaganda for the New World. She later met John Smith in England where she was on display, and he was a old fat guy to say the least. It was on her tour of England where she died from Turberculosis at the age of 21, she ended up dying an alcoholic so I'm glad Disney softened it up for the kiddies and made it so people could remember her for the good work she did for her people and not for what went wrong in her life after she was thrust into a whole new world simply because she was curious, trusting and brave :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you seen "A New World"? I'm very fond of that movie. :)
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23-tiny-wishes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I hated the sequel SO MUCH but I love this picture SO MUCH~ :heart: Considering Pocahontas is my fave Disney movie, I've sort of blocked the second one from my mind. I'm not sad that she didn't end up with John S. coz I know the history behind it but its like he didn't exist in the sequel! And John R. just seemed like a bit of a wet fish to me. ~_~
I too wish it was a bit more historically accurate. Have you seen The New World?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Oh yeah, I love "The New World." Terence Malick is an amazing director.
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FalseDisposition Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dang....they are low!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I've always wondered how they keep the neckline up without adhesive? Probably a lot of strategically placed whalebone...
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FalseDisposition Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yea more than likely. Or it's just extremely, extremely tight. Euch. Either way, very glad I don't live in that era.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too! I mean, I'd love to visit, if I had all the right shots and I could be sure I wouldn't be uncomfortable while traveling back there. But I sure wouldn't want to live there...
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Nohimase Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
i love how back then they're like, "we must cover everything up...but the boobs" :XD:
its an astounding drawing :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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fyreflye26 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I really love ur version of the dress :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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starcru Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
so cool.
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