Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pop culture artists love to reimagine fairytale characters

Tech-media-tainment previously has covered how modern artists like to adapt fairytale characters and stories for modern times and adult audiences.
Frequently blogs refer to these as interpretations of Disney characters and stories, but they’re wrong. These are characters in the public domain. Artists are free to make Cinderella and Snow White into sexy sirens or turn Sleeping Beauty into a zombie, for instance.
Artists who have tried to do the same things with Mattel’s Barbie dolls have faced lawsuits for violating copyright and trademark laws. Barbie is not in the public domain and may never be.
Here are some recent examples of pop culture artists having fun with fairytale characters and stories.

Sexy fairytale princesses, 2012

Comic artist J. Scott Campbell continues to create sexy fairytale princess pin-up art for calendars. His portrayals include Cinderella (above and top photo), Little Bo Peep, Alice in Wonderland, and Wendy and Tinkerbell of “Peter Pan.”
His 2012 calendar is available for order at his online store.

Realistic versions of Disney princesses

Finnish graphic design student Jirka Väätäinen has created some realistic interpretations of Disney’s animated fairytale princesses, including Aurora of “Sleeping Beauty” (above), Ariel of “The Little Mermaid” and Rapunzel of “Tangled.”

Another sexy Cinderella

Artist Guillaume Poux made the sexy version of Cinderella above. As one commenter on GeekTyrant noted, “I can see why her step-sisters were jealous.”
(More artwork by Poux can be found at CG Hub.)

Tattooed fairytale princesses

Artist Tim Shumate has created a gallery of Disney princesses with tattoos, including Snow White (above). The illustrations themselves look like tattoo art. (See story by GeekTyrant and check out the artist’s work at DeviantArt.)

Modern apparel for Disney princesses

Artist Viria13 at DeviantArt made a set of drawings showing women from animated movies, mostly Disney, wearing modern clothes. Those depicted include Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Belle of “Beauty and the Beast.”
(See story at GeekTyrant and the artist’s website at DeviantArt.)

Minimalist poster art for fairytale stories

Artist Christian Jackson has created an attractive set of minimalist-style fairytale posters. They include Snow White (above), Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.
(See article at Super Punch.)

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