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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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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JesCallie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
when i first saw this, i thought "is that a dress with the boobs cut out?!"

haha, historical fashion. wonder how many wardrobe malfunctions people would have back in those days. too much cloth on the bottom, not enough on top.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure the lack of cloth on top was an inverse reaction to the increasing amount of fabric on the bottom. ;P
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defyingglory Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Beautiful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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bluesapphire92 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...this is just amazing. I think I love it even more than your Rococo Belle. I love your balance between historical accuracy and being true to the charcter - it really is perfect. I hope you do more of these in the future!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope I can-- thanks so much for the lovely comment! :)
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iheartrhody Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent interpretation.

The fashion reminds me of a song of the period, about an Irish boy who'd gone to London, and was writing to his sweetheart back home:

"I believe that when writing, a wish you'd expressed
as to how the fine ladies in London are dressed.
Well if you'll believe me, when asked to a ball,
they don't wear no top to their dresses a'tall.

Well I've seen them meself and you could not in truth
Say that if they were bound for a ball or a bath.
Don't be startin' them fashions, now, Mary MacCree,
where the mountains o' Mourne sweep down to the sea."
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That is hilarious! And it describes the fashion perfectly. Where did you find this poem?
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iheartrhody Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's an old song. I think it was done by the Kingston Trio. Here's the whole thing:

"The Mountains of Mourne"
by Percy French (1896)

Oh, Mary, this London's a wonderful sight,
With people all working by day and by night.
Sure they don't sow potatoes, nor barley, nor wheat,
But there's gangs of them digging for gold in the street.
At least when I asked them that's what I was told,
So I just took a hand at this digging for gold,
But for all that I found there I might as well be
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.

I believe that when writing a wish you expressed
As to know how the fine ladies in London were dressed,
Well if you'll believe me, when asked to a ball,
They don't wear no top to their dresses at all,
Oh I've seen them meself and you could not in truth,
Say that if they were bound for a ball or a bath.
Don't be starting such fashions, now, Mary mo chroi,
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.

I've seen England's king from the top of a bus
And I've never known him, but he means to know us.
And tho' by the Saxon we once were oppressed,
Still I cheered, God forgive me, I cheered with the rest.
And now that he's visited Erin's green shore
We'll be much better friends than we've been heretofore
When we've got all we want, we're as quiet as can be
Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.

You remember young Peter O'Loughlin, of course,
Well, now he is here at the head of the force.
I met him today, I was crossing the Strand,
And he stopped the whole street with a wave of his hand.
And there we stood talkin' of days that are gone,
While the whole population of London looked on.
But for all these great powers he's wishful like me,
To be back where the dark Mourne sweeps down to the sea.

There's beautiful girls here, oh never you mind,
With beautiful shapes nature never designed,
And lovely complexions all roses and cream,
But let me remark with regard to the same:
That if of those roses you venture to sip,
The colours might all come away on your lip,
So I'll wait for the wild rose that's waiting for me
In the place where the dark Mourne sweeps down to the sea..
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It was written in 1896? That's a little disappointing. Necklines in the early 1600s were MUCH lower than they were in the 1890s-- in fact, there's really no comparison. Percy French didn't know what he was talking about, LOL! ;P
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iheartrhody Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Just from his description, I always thought it was set much earlier. Until I looked up the poem yesterday, I'd only heard of it through that Kingston Trio song. Here's a youtube of the song: [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'll be sure to listen to it soon!
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Shmelanna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Student
I really like this idea of historically accurate princess designs :D nice work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Sirnelson Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Excellent again! Glad to see that you finally drawn it :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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the-lost-ruins Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
:D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
She ceretinly lokks very elganoge and beatiful
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
This is gorgeous. I love the use of the color scheme, as it off sets her skin interestingly, and is the exact opposite of her earthy warm toned original dress.

Your line art and coloring are stunning. Did you use watercolor or something thicker when painting this? Anyway, I love how you've rendered the texture of silk so marvelously. I'm still learning how to properly highlight and shadow different fabrics. ^^; And thanks for the picture references and mini fashion lesson. O love those.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the lovely comment! I used acrylic paint, over a drawing sealed with matte medium. The paper was Holbein paper, which is a Japanese paper sold in sketchbooks.

I'm trying to drum up enthusiasm for my next princess pic (it'll be Aurora), but it's a bit hard to do since I've been so sick lately... :P
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Oh dear. It can be hard to feel like doing anything while you're down.

I have to say that Aurora never interested me much. I was always a fan of Maleficent. They don't make villains like they used to XD.

Maybe if instead of making a fashion plate you found a scene from the movie that you wanted to illustrate? If I can't find the energy to do a simple character sketch, I'll often try to draw a more action-y pose, or something that has more story line behind it, because I tend to be motivated by stories.

What period are you planning to focus upon with Sleeping Beauty? I assume French 15th century, because that seems to be the general setting, but she might be even one of the Victorican modes, despite the fact that the movie is set in the 'Long ago.'
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the really nice, thoughtful comment. I wanted to let you know that even though I was depressed for quite a while, things have improved a lot for me since we last talked; my illustration business picked up to the extent that I was able to relocate back to my old home in North Hollywood.

And still-- the idea of doing more historical Disney princesses still bugs me. On one hand, I don't particularly want to do it; but on the other, nothing else seems to work as pure linkbait. Let's see if I can get off my ass and do Aurora. Or maybe some other character. I need to do something, I think; DA has been so dead lately! :P
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JadineR Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
She looks beautiful! :D I've yet to see the sequel -- I've only seen bits and pieces and they didn't make me want to see it that much :XD
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's not that great. Which is too bad-- it had an interesting premise. It could have been really cool.

Thanks, I'm glad you like the pic!
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izabunny Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Staplesome Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I hope she never has to run with that dress, it's a potential wardrobe disaster!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think it even IS possible to run in such a style! I think it is only possible to glide in a stately way...
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LJemima Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Lovely, I agree, the dress in the movie is hideous, I can't understand why they'd make something that wasn't period, and was terribly ugly!?

This is gorgeous! Is it pastel?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much-- it's acrylic! :)
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LJemima Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Wow! Amazing!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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mederu69 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Very well done!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Niiice!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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KissMeImDanish Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
The dress is so different than that on this engravering by Simon Van De Passe made in 1616!

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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, not a big fan of that style-- it's so conservative. She almost looks like she's wearing a saya.
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KissMeImDanish Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
I absolutely love this! The colours(which is quite the same as on the Rococo Belle drawing) and the ridicously low neckline xD It's absolutely stunning, and nice to see that you transform the princesses but yet have a respect for their original inheritence(The necklace and the colours of Belles dress) :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I tried hard to make the costumes authentic, but also keep it true to the original character (as much as I could given my guidelines).
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Sweet-Amy-Leah Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
WOW Amazing job!!!!!:wow:

good work:clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! What do you think Johns Smith and Rolfe would have thought? ;P
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Sweet-Amy-Leah Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
They would look at her hypnotized by her beauty and they would fight for her :giggle:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That would be so romantic! :love:

That also almost makes me want to draw Rolfe and Smith in historically authentic costumes as well...
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Sweet-Amy-Leah Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Aww, you should draw them:love: wanna see them!!!!:eager:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Eventually-- I need to do my next Disney Princess piece! :)
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Sweet-Amy-Leah Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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