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The Princess and the Frog - 01 by davidkawena The Princess and the Frog - 01 by davidkawena
Oh my God! I've been waiting SO LONG for this --->
My FIRST EVER fan art of Disney upcoming 2D masterpiece: "The Princess and the Frog"!!!

Whhhooooo hhhhoooowww!!!
It seems like I can't talk about "The Princess and the Frog" without getting a little bit emotional, (is that a tear drop in my eye right now while I'm writing these lines?! My god I'm such a fag! ;P)

It's been a long 4.5 years or so since Disney released a hand drawn animated movie theatres (with you put a side Bambi 2). The last one was "Home on the Range" that didn't do that well in the boxoffice and with the fans, even though I have to say it had some amazing art! Once I've heard about this move that Disney was about to take into 3D animated movies I was overly depressed for some time, I felt like walking zombie walking around life with nothing to look up for and a big hole in my heart. The classic 2D hand drawn Disney movies are an enormous part of my life. I have no idea where would I have been with out them really. Bambi, Snow White, Peter Pan and Lilo, Pocahontas, Koda, Aourora and Taran, Pinocchio Lday, Pongo and Aladdin and so many more of these brilliant characters have shaped me into the person I am today.

They are the reason I draw! The reason I make a wish upon a star every now and then, the reason I have faith and trust in pixie dust, the wired reason why I whistle while I'm working, and most of all the reason why I don't think that the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like me!

After "Home on the Range" was released on DVD/VHS with no trailer for the next Disney classic I knew there will be some gap in my heart for who knows how long? Will they ever release another 2D classic? or is it really the end? Well, being the Disney fan that I am I knew loosing hope is never an option for me - and a new Disney classic will make it's way to theatres soon enough even if I had to march on to the Disney Studio and start a hunger strike!

One can only imagine my feelings when I've heard of (the then titled) "The Frog Prince" project Disney has in store for us. I guess every Disney fan felt that special type on heart beat you get when you hear of a new movie! Cause to me anyway, it is more then a film - it's a whole set of characters, songs, and tears of joy that from now will be a part of my life FOREVER!

I can not wait any longer for "The Princess and the Frog" to be released. I have already fallen in love with the character of Tiana - Disney's first African American Heroine! It is about time! And knowing Ron Clements and John Musker are in charge of this project let's me know that this will be a TRUE heart warming classic. You can't go wrong with these two.

This weekend I took the time to bring some 'frog' magic to my Disney fan art... It was raining here all day long, a thing that always gives me extra inspiration...

I'm sorry I babbled so much this time around, I just had to express myself in words too!

I really hope you'll like this drawing - and remember by saying this is the first "Princess/Frog' fan art I've done, meaning there will be a lot more.

And I REALLY HOPE YOU ALL GO AND SEE THE MOVIE when it'll be released this December and enjoy every minute of it - I'm sure I will!

Thank you for all who read this long 'artist comment' ;P

Have a Wonderful, Magical Day Everyone!
BIG :hug: for you all!
- David...

Photoshop CS 3
David Kawena, 2009
"The Princess and the Frog" characters belong to the Walt Disney Co. Artwork belongs to me, (David Kawena).
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Cosmicmoonshine Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Watched OUAT season 7 finale? I have a theory to tell you.
KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How did I find this when I looked up "Disney zombies"? Oh well. Still nice :)
PeterSassyPan Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice art! :)
k20k20 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
ReinaReinaReina3 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Tiana is so beautiful and awesome!.
PallasAthene04 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, Tiana is so beautiful. Amazing!
charlayk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
very nice, I hope you have more
T-Maybel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
thenewageriseth Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Lovely rendition! Just like the movie's cels! =D
freckly-voodoo-doll Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is my fave princess
shelbyastephenson Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I'm wondering if you will sell this in a print??!?!?!
sarahwolfy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
J'adore vos déviations vous êtes vraiment talentueux! Un future artiste disney peut-être? ;)
k20k20 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
I love Tiana, and that Dress. Damn thats the best disney dress!
MidsummerPan Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Simply beautiful. I absolutely love your work!
ElizabethFaye13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Sooooooooooo Pretty!
Shazzae Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cyko-chan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
this is really pretty!
lesterluvsu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
are you an animator?!?!?!
UniMieli Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist
Sweet colours ^_^
Shadow-neko1992 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I love that movie! Especially Ray!
xlovelylightx Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010   Writer
Lainedy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
I loved the movie.
Your art is so cool. Loving Tiana's Dress.
Just Beautiful.
silver-elena Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Simply beautiful ^_^ and I was also excited when I heard about this movie. Now I'm eagerly awaiting Tangled even if it is 3D it looks like its gonna be fun.
cateyeglint Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I agree on both accounts.
This piture looks AMAZING!
And Tangled is gonna be a HIT!
dacostpa Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!! Amazing Picture! The detailing is simply STUNNING!! OMG, I couldn't agree more about Disney and traditional animation. I also grew up in the era of Disney's classic traditional animated movies, and I miss that style terribly. The beautiful artwork of those wonderful movies touched and inspired so many people, and I feel it's a real tragedy that Disney has all but abandoned that style in favor of today's CGI animation. I have nothing against CGI animation for movies where it best fits the theme and concept of that movie, but I truly hope Disney realizes that is simply not true for all movies. I sincerely hope that Disney will come to realize that traditional animation will NEVER be obselete. Disney was founded on traditional animation, and the beauty and inspiration it brings is timeless and irreplaceable. Do you by chance take requests and/or commissions, as I would DEFINITELY be interested in that. Please drop me a message to let me know. AWESOME WORK DAVID!!!!! :-)
joseotaku Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010   Digital Artist
Very beautiful. I love the background. =]
JacobMainland Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool :wave:
KellBell1983 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Beautiful...I just love her dress, it's one of my favorites of all the Princesses...wonderful job! :)
Rugratz2Babe Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Absolutely Gorgeous!
GossamerWing Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking as always:love:
Iskra-Revoir Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Really beautiful! Specially now that I have to redo my Disney collection, since all the art there seems to have mysteriously vanished :tears:
the-queen-of-spades Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Journal feature!
kk2810 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
omgsh, and this is a "fan art" haha
Johnnys-Fan Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Beautiful piece of art. Wonderful colours. :D
Myinca-Lu-Pinky Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful (:
popymomdad Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
the move was based on me i sent my headshot and they made a move of me. ;)
Uranthus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
I always preferred her in the blue dress but you made her look beautiful and perfect nethertheless =]
LittleMermaidGirl Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
this is outstanding!!
Winxzafir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love Tiana and her Dress is Beatyfoul
VampirexofxDarkness Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
I believe she is the most beautiful African American Disney Princess. I was so excited that there was finally an African Disney Princess. I wanted to see the movie, so bad, but never come get away from school. I am so going to see it this weekend, along with Avatar. This is a beautiful fan art. I am so faving it.
FilipaTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful pic *.*
Amazing job! :+favlove:
DiabolicalPixieStix Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Wow, just... wow.
LoveMonkeyMusic Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
me2animelover4ev Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
First of absolutely stunning picture! I just saw this like 5 hours ago and I'm absolutely obsessed!
KCoarra Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Oh my god this picture is AMAZING!!!!! I absolutely love it. Great job. Oh and I saw the movie and it is so gooooooooodddd!!!!!
Little-Lamieee Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
I love this, it looks official! I want to see this movie so, so bad! Unfortunately I'll probably have to wait until it's on DVD...:(
La-Anime Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Student General Artist
man i cant wait for my trip to New Orleans in spring break!!!!!:XD: 8remembers fun lil va-ca for New Orleans commercial* :icontardboogieplz:
FullofSecrets Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Just saw the movie and it was amazing. I nearly cried from the awesomeness of it all. I love 2D Disney movies!

kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
steetboris Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
This is very beautiful! You certainly have talent. Especially for a movie that isn't released yet.

Would you mind sending them to my Princess & The Frog fansite? (which I have opened today!)

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