deviantArtist shoomlah created a redesign of Pocahontas for her gorgeous “Historical Disney Princesses” series, in which she took cues from the films as to their probable time periods, researched the dress of those periods, and redrew the Princesses in clothing with a higher (though still stylized) degree of accuracy.
She received honest critique on some elements of her Pocahontas design, from people more familiar with actual 17th century Powhatan dress and history, some of whose ancestry was rooted in that history. And, to her very great credit, she took that critique graciously to heart and chose to create an even lovelier and more historically accurate version of her design which incorporated what she had learned. She also specifically cited her own concerns over misrepresenting a real person, as opposed to a fairy tale character, as part of her explanation for the change.
No hard feelings, no anger or insecurity. Just sensible integrity, an open heart, and a willingness to expand her own horizons.
This is how you do it, guys. ♥
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!
ha, you should see the comments. people are like “OMG WHY DID PEOPLE BE MEAN TO YOU ABOUT YOUR FIRST DESIGN!!! THEY’RE SO STUPID”
and the artist is just cool as a cucumber
I’m reading them now and some people are seriously clutching their pearls that an artist could learn how to compromise and listen to criticism without sacrificing their artistic integrity.
Some of them are flat out acting as if the woman betrayed her own artistic sensibilities. And she is shutting them down left and right and it’s making my heart sing.
Oh this is so beautiful <3 I was always on the fence about her old design and could never really get into it cause it totally just, felt wrong? This one is so nice omg I just wanna hug her, she reminds me of the girls in native storybooks I used to have
So I cannot even handle 90’s Superboy outfit…..I just….it’s too good. If anyone’s got any download links so I can read some of this….send ‘em my way. I’m just….gonna go writhe on the floor in pain for a little bit now.