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Princess sketches by TaijaVigilia Princess sketches by TaijaVigilia
Ideas I've been sketching for a T-shirt design for my daughter. The official Disney princess merchandise T-shirts always irk me a little because they're impossible to find with a decent layout of ALL of the princesses (10 currently official ones + Merida who will be made official in the summer according to latest info from Disney). Yes I realise it's down to Disney being a large company that wants to use people as their billboards and hence it's easier just to print 1-4 princesses on a shirt so they are bigger and you can see the brand from further away. But jfc it's always the same few on the front and then if you're lucky you get Tiana or Mulan stuffed in the back so you see their heads. Also they bother me because you only ever see the ladies in their ballgowns/fancy dresses (except Pocahontas/Merida) so I'm toying with the idea of making her a shirt with plain dress princesses. Mostly because I'd like to try bring out the actually valuable princess traits like kindness, patience, perseverance, courage, thirst for knowledge etc. and not just glamorise their shiny sparkly ballgowns and wealth. If I want her a shirt with sparkly princesses I can just buy one from a shop already so that's not what I'd want to do.

So hm idk... messing with a puzzle layout and kicking myself for forgetting little forest animals that I could had thrown in the garnishing mix around the edges. I think I'll let these simmer at the back of my mind for a few weeks and see what happens.

Ink and watercolours.
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DarkMokuna Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Wow! It's amazing!
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Juliana63 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are SO GOOD!
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PrincessFrostyNoel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
This is such a great idea! It's always bothered me that you get NO merchandise that actually highlights the good qualities of the princesses. How cool would it be to have a t-shirt with Belle is in her blue or green dress reading that says some slogan about books and adventure, or Mulan in her warrior outfit. I would buy this!
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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readyplayertwo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I second BradleyBrower's inquiry about getting these on pillows! They're absolutely gorgeous. I particularly like the one on the right~ I feel like the one on the left got a little bogged down with fluffy skirts and fluffy hair taking up a lot of the space (well, duh, they're all in their princess forms, heh), whereas the one on the right is more neat, lean, and full of busy life. :3 These are the girls I fell in love with growing up - not the big, fluffy gowns, but the practical, clear-headed ones who just lived their lives as good people. ♥
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you but like I replied to BradleyBrower, I can't legally sell Disney merchandise as they're not my characters.   You just have to petition Disney themselves to put out more varied merchandise or print your own (I printed the image on the right on a T-shirt for my daughter using those iron-on pages you can print out at home).   :)
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BradleyBrower Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Is there any way you could get on some of those websites such as Etsy or Society6, I would love to see this on multiple different mediums. Such as pillows, or a laptop skin. The work is phenomenal.
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't sell Disney character merchandise though as I don't have the rights to the characters.  I know a lot of people do it anyway but it is technically illegal.  You just have to petition Disney to add more varied merchandise themselves.
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AmiHimawari Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very pretty and fun to look at!

i love the small details :)
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MeganTburg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Supper love this. I would absolutely buy this if it was a shirt. just sayin.
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