Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fairytale princesses as mercenaries, zombie killers, piles of rocks

Artists love playing with fairytale princesses. They modernize them, mix genres with them, do mash-ups with other popular stories, you name it.
What follows is my latest curation of such artwork, which builds off public domain characters, often popularized by Walt Disney.

Forget damsels in distress, artist Johnni Kok depicts some Disney princesses as hardcore mercenaries. Check out his versions of Belle from Beauty and the Beast (above) and Ariel the Little Mermaid. (See articles by BuzzFeed and Geektyrant.)

Artist Isaiah Stephens dressed up Disney princesses as pop culture heroines from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, “The Hunger Games,” and other properties. See his version of Aurora dressed as Daenerys Targaryen from “Game of Thrones.” (See articles by the Huffington Post and Laughing Squid.)

Artist Sam Tsui created a series of illustrations that reimagined Disney princesses as “Game of Thrones” characters. He chose Elsa from “Frozen,” based on “The Snow Queen” fairytale, to portray Daenerys. (See article by Laughing Squid.)

DeviantArt user Geryes dressed Disney princesses as characters inspired by the Japanese video game series “Final Fantasy.” One example is Cinderella as Paladin. (See article by Geektyrant.)

In a similar vein, DeviantArt user LiberLibelula took Disney princesses and transformed them into different races in the “World of Warcraft” video game universe. Here’s her version of Pocahontas by way of WoW. (See the artist’s gallery and articles by Geektyrant and Laughing Squid.)

Artist Ralph Sevelius reimagined Disney princesses within the Star Wars universe, including Cinderella frozen in carbonite. (See article by Geektyrant.)

Artist Miklos Felvideki did a couple of illustrations of inked Disney princesses giving tattoos to DC superheroes. Consider this picture of Snow White inking Batman. (See article by Geektyrant.)

DeviantArt user Kasami-Sensei created “The Walking Disney,” a collection of illustrations reimagining famous Disney characters as survivors from AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama “The Walking Dead.” Take a look at Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora. (See articles by Laughing Squid and Geektyrant.)

Graphic designer Michael Villamejor reimagined Disney characters as pixelated characters from the “Street Fighter” video game. Here’s Cinderella doing a high kick. (See article by Geektyrant.)

Artist Annabella, aka Eira1893, did a mash-up of Disney characters at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the “Harry Potter” books and movies. Here’s Ariel and Snow White with their boyfriends. (See article by Geektyrant.)

Meanwhile, Dorkly presented four Disney princesses as ninjas like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

DeviantArt user kevinbolk takes all these reimaginings to the extreme. He depicts Disney princesses as piles of rocks. (See article by Geektyrant.)

Related articles:

Fairytale princesses reimagined as superheroes, college students, sloths (July 28, 2013)

Revisionist fairytale art (July 29, 2013)

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