what do you think of the "non-princesses" princesses? Like Eilonwy or Kida or Esmeralda? Do you like them? Will you ever draw them on their own or next to the other princesses?
Anonymous

I love the feisty heroines, I have drawn them on their own for the most part… not Eilonwy but there’s quite a few Esmeraldas, Kidas and Megaras, check their relevant tags on my tumblr.  I don’t tend to draw them next to the other princesses since usually when I draw all the princesses that’s already 11 (soon 13??) ladies to cover the page with. 

If Tiana's hair is long enough to cornrow down her hair, it's probably not very short.
Anonymous

Yes that’s correct.  If it makes it more accurate I’ve edited the post to say “short hairstyles” rather than “short hair”.

I'm going to college next semester and I'm stuck between going for my practical choice, biomedicine, and my dream choice, concept art. It's my dream to work for Disney as a concept artist but I don't want to back myself into a corner and be unemployed when I could have a steady paying job that I just wouldn't be AS happy at. What should I do?
Anonymous

Hold up and back it up a little, first of all it’s a misconception that you can’t have a steady paying job in a creative field.  You absolutely can have a steady paying job doing art.  Both illustration and biomedicine are viable careers. Secondly you don’t know if you would or wouldn’t be happy in doing biomedicine or art as there are a lot more factors to take into account than just enjoying doing a repetitive task X vs. task Y.   Thirdly it’s very hard to give you a precise answer on this without knowing more about your personal circumstances. All I can do is give sort of vague pointers on aspects you can consider to help with your own decision.  It’s long so click “read more”.

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Thank yous and answers

First of all, welcome all the new followers!  Thank you everyone old and new here for all the comments and notes recently, they are always much appreciated. 

My blog behaves very erratically at times; for months nothing major happens, I post art (and to me all my scribbles look the same), get the occasional ask like once a week, a follower here or there and then I post some random sketch and suddenly for whatever reason it all kicks off and I’m overwhelmed for a week or two.  There is a FAQ link on my blog and I aim to answer privately all the non-Anon asks I get but sometimes it takes a few days and sometimes Tumblr sucks and eats your ask so don’t think I forgot you, I either didn’t get your message or just haven’t had the time to answer yet.  I also publicly answer most of my Anon asks if they have actual questions to me (the cute little Anons that just send me love and compliments I tend to keep to myself).  Sometimes there’s more than usual though so here’s a quick compiled Q&A for many Anon asks and reblog comments I have received and read over the last 24 hours.

  • Yes I know Snow White and Rapunzel have short hair in their films, I still wanted to include them anyway seeing as I was drawing all the princesses.
  • 5-year olds mostly just repeat singlemindedly what they have been told by others or what they have seen in the media around them.  For 5-year olds that “media” would mostly mean TV/film and all the printed merchandise kids are bought from t-shirts to lunchboxes to actual toys. And believe me there is a lot of it, just walk into your nearest store and witness the difference between “adult” products that are mostly monochromatic and plain (this includes everything from clothes to dinner plates) and “kids” section that’s all branded from Ben10 and Ninja Turtles to Disney Princesses and Angry Birds.  As an adult I have to hunt down t-shirts with cartoon characters or go to specific stores to find them.  As a parent it’s bloody hard to find plain or unprinted or neutral clothes for my kids.  Laying the smack down on a little kid and blaming them for something that marketing has enforced on them would not be very productive.  I drew the short-haired princesses and posted it on the internet in the hopes that maybe someone older than five would see it and maybe it would make them think of their preconditioned perception that “princesses need long hair” and when their time came to pass their view of the world onto someone else (their kids, nieces, nephews, cousins, younger siblings whatever) they would be smart enough to not try define what makes “a princess” (or anything else for that matter) by arbitrary physical traits.
  • Mulan is a Disney Princess.  It doesn’t matter if she’s royal blood or not, she’s included in the official “princess” lineup as defined by Disney so she will always be included if I draw fan art of all the princesses.  This time I also got presumptuous and included Anna and Elsa since Disney themselves has indicated both will be added to the lineup.
  • World Book Day is not a UK only thing, it’s a UNESCO initiative to get kids (and adults) around the world to read more.  UNESCO has set World book day on April 23rd but countries are free to decide when/if to celebrate the day and that means it’s not on the same day all over the world.  Main reason is to be able to include it in the school year and to avoid religious/other celebratory days and school holidays.  For example this year Easter happens to be on the weekend before April 23rd and in the UK that means kids would be on holidays and also April 23rd is St George’s day so UK has made the decision to have the World Book Day on first thursday in March instead. 

Hope that helps and makes sense.

It’s world book day today (in the UK) and my son’s school did a thing where the kids were allowed to go in dressed as characters in books.  In reality this turned out to be that in the reception class my son is in (4-5-year olds) most girls showed up dressed in Disney princess dresses and most boys in Marvel/DC superhero outfits.  In the school yard I overheard one of the boys make a comment to a girl that she couldn’t be a princess since she had short hair.  The bell rang that instant and all the kids ran off so I was just left there steaming with a piece on my mind I couldn’t get out there and then.  So here’s Disney Princesses with short hairstyles.

It’s world book day today (in the UK) and my son’s school did a thing where the kids were allowed to go in dressed as characters in books.  In reality this turned out to be that in the reception class my son is in (4-5-year olds) most girls showed up dressed in Disney princess dresses and most boys in Marvel/DC superhero outfits.  In the school yard I overheard one of the boys make a comment to a girl that she couldn’t be a princess since she had short hair.  The bell rang that instant and all the kids ran off so I was just left there steaming with a piece on my mind I couldn’t get out there and then.  So here’s Disney Princesses with short hairstyles.

This morning first thing on my twitter feed weren’t Oscar selfies but pictures posted by wmpolice of the first Brum police uniforms worn by officers in 1839.   Top hats and white gloves and all, damn.  They point out there were no female officers until 1918 and all I can say is well duh, in those outfits us ladies would had stopped all crime in its tracks.  Someone get me my smelling salts.

This morning first thing on my twitter feed weren’t Oscar selfies but pictures posted by wmpolice of the first Brum police uniforms worn by officers in 1839.   Top hats and white gloves and all, damn.  They point out there were no female officers until 1918 and all I can say is well duh, in those outfits us ladies would had stopped all crime in its tracks.  Someone get me my smelling salts.

Warm up sketch that got out of hand. 

Warm up sketch that got out of hand. 

I’ve had this strange warm sensation in my face these last couple of days, I think it’s called the sun. Spring is coming.

I’ve had this strange warm sensation in my face these last couple of days, I think it’s called the sun. Spring is coming.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my followers, have fun with your loved ones!