Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Art: The Ladies Of Disney As Fighters

Take a look at this artwork I ran across last night. The art is by JoshWMC over at deviantART and he has come up with The Ladies of Disney as Fighters.  Think Disney meets the Military, MMA and even Pro Wrestling. Below you'll see familiar characters and some descriptions Josh added along.

Disney Fighter - Cinderella

First up, Cinderella. This was a lot of fun to do coz it gave me an excuse to redo her backstory to turn her into a ninja warrior. I looked at all the promo artwork for Street Fighter 4 and tried to emulate the style of the illustrations whilst also trying to keep the look of the Disney character. I've never really tried doing Manga style artwork before so this was a bit challenging at first but I think it's not too bad for a first effort. Done in Painter and Photoshop in about 6-7 hours. If anyone has any particular Disney characters they'd like to see Street Fighter-ise put your suggestions in the comments.
Disney Fighter - Snow White

The continuation of my Disney Fighter series - next up Snow White, possibly the sweetest and most innocent of Disney's leading ladies, so lets give her a complete 180 degree make over. Now she a Lisbeth Salander inspired tough girl who learned her street fighting skills growing up in the decaying suburbs of a desolate city overrun by the Seven Drug Lords.
Disney Fighter - Ariel

Next in my Disney Fighter series - Ariel. This went through a couple of variations before I finally settled for a sort of coral armour look. Her altered back story is now that Ariel sold her voice to the sea witch to become a fierce human warrior in order to participate in a global fighting tournament. Took about 9 hours on this one, done in Painter and a little bit of Photoshop. 
Disney Fighter - Jasmine

New Disney fighter, up next is Jasmine. Her new back story is Jasmine enters a fighting tournament in order to avoid an arranged marriage and prove to her father the Sultan she herself is capable of leading her kingdom. Took a bit of fiddling around to get this one looking right, got all the way to the end before realizing I made her outfit far too green compared to her animated costume which is more cyan, so had to do some colour correcting with Photoshop. Mostly done in Painter in about 7 hours. 
Disney Fighter - Belle

Neeeeeeeeew and a bit.........disarming! Warrior number 5 in my Disney Fighter series is hot bookworm Belle who I've turned into a Muay Thai kick-boxer. Her new back story is Belle turned to self defense after being kidnapped and held hostage when she was younger, she's now a world champion kick-boxer. I actually used a shot of Gina Carano as reference for this which had the right kind of energy I was looking for in a pose. Done in Painter over about 7 hours.
Disney Fighter - Pocahontas

Next up in my Disney Fighter series is Pocahontas. In her new back story Pocahontas is an environmental activist and the descendant of a great Powhatan warrior, she enters the fighting tournament to literally fight for nature. This was a bit tricky to get right, spent a while just trying to get the right pose, eventually settling for this stance which i think works well. About 8-9 hours on this one, done in Painter.
Disney Fighter - Tiana

Another to the list. Latest Disney fighter is Tiana from Princess and the Frog, who altered back story is now she's a military soldier who's entered the fighting tournament to prove she is capable of commanding her own unit. This was the trickiest of the characters so far mostly due to her original dress colour (light green and pale yellow, eeck). Went through 3 alteration and character designs before settling on this military look. About 10-11 hours on this one including all the revisions. Done in Painter. 
Disney Fighter - Aurora

Get your wrestling trunks on, latest Disney Fighter is Aurora. Her back story is now she's a professional wrestler called Briar Rose who goes by the in ring name of Aurora. Took me a while to figure out what to do with the character, had ideas for all other characters except her for the longest time. It wasn't until I noticed a resemblance between the character and WWE wrestler Michelle McCool when the idea finally came, so I referenced Michelle for this. Done in about 7 hours in painters, with a touch of Photoshop for the belt. 
Disney Fighter - Mulan

So after a break for a bit to regain some confidence I decided to finish off this series. Second last in this series is Mulan, given she was already a kick arse warrior to begin with this proved a bit of a challenge to reinterpret her. Ultimately took some ideas from both Chun-Li and Kitana and turned her into an assassin who's a master of disguise. I lost count of how long this took because didn't feel like completing it which resulted in mistakes so I'm not that happy with the final product, but it was probably about 10 hours. Done in Painter with some Photoshop.
Disney Fighter - Rapunzel

10th and final fighter. Rapunzel's new back story is that she's an imprisoned sorceress who manages to escape her solitary confinement. I'm much happier with this one compared to the last one, in fact I think I might go back and fix Mulan coz I wasn't in the right mood when designing that one. I desperately wanted to find a way to add her frying pan but numerous attempts failed to find a solution. After several revisions this was about 8-9 hours work in Painter.

Source: deviantART 

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