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Princess Merida
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Published: October 4, 2012
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Here's Princess Merida, my new favorite Disney Princess. She's the first female heroine ever shown in a Pixar movie. Her story is also the first fairy-tale Pixar has ever done too :). Originally it was meant to be called "The Bear & the Bow."

Merida's a fun character, tho she's constantly at odds w/ her mother, who is very strict & trying to teach her how to be a ruler rather than a vagabond.

The animation in the movie is gorgeous, & it was fun reading about how they designed the clothes & textures for "Brave."

I also recognized Billy Connolly as the voice of King Fergus, Merida's dad :). I've seen Connolly in some other funny movies, so I'd know his voice anywhere :giggle:. The comedy was great :lmao:. More than once the audience was laughing at something funny in the movie :D. I'd say the funniest parts were where the 3 little princes tricked all the men in the castle into being locked up on the roof. The 2nd-funniest part was when the men used their kilts to create a ladder & ended up climbing back down the 1st floor bottomless :rofl:.

Azalea did a good job setting up at least 1 outfit made just for Merida, though I can't understand why they used sleeves from the Italian Renaissance on a 12th-century dress. Unless, of course, Merida designed those sleeves herself so she could move easily while shooting arrows. The girl's hair was something else :faint:. It was just a CLOUD of orange fluffiness :giggle:.

I did 2 versions of the pretty aqua dress, tho I find it ridiculous that her mother would put such a tight gown on her daughter, considering she wasn't wearing 1 like that herself. And why did she put a wimple on Merida's head when the girl wasn't even married? Was it another attempt at taming those wild locks? And where the hell did the Queen find a corset when they wouldn't be around in Scotland for another few centuries? I would have liked that aqua dress if it hadn't been so tight-looking on Merida, poor girl.

The first version of the aqua dress is w/ the wimple, which I made using pearls. The necklace & crown were made from tiny gold & silver beads. I used the tiny, oval hoop earrings available in the drag-and-drop section to make the neckline on the dress. I used large gold coins to make her belt & the little gold crescent moons for her buckle. I finally used gold roses to make the pretty wide band around the hem of her skirt. I was at something of a dilemma about the right color for the dress (seeing as aqua is 1 of my fave colors), tho I found some of the dress pieces from the Jasmine/Esmeralda section were perfect :D. The long sleeves from the princess section don't quite match, but it's not really noteworthy.
The 2nd version of the aqua dress is how Merida wore it when she outdid all the suitors in archery, minus the ripped seams.

The next 2 dresses are from my "Disney Brides" collage, where Merida's wearing 2 different colored versions of a wedding dress I designed for her. It makes me hope she'll find a prince charming later on who's man enough for her :). the dresses are based on what noble/royal ladies wore during the early middle ages. I made the girdle out of coins & gold beads to look like a fancy chain. White was not always used for brides before the Victorian Era, tho pale blue sometimes was used to represent virginity. I couldn't decide which color looked prettier on Merida, so I kept both :D.

The last outfit is what Merida might wear in modern day. It's from the "21st Century Disney Heroines" collage. Merida's a very active girl, & green is her best color. I'd say a girl like her would enjoy hiking, bow-hunting (yes, ppl still do that as a hobby these days), & she would probably do best at being a Forester, a person who practices the science of growing trees, keeping an eye on the plants in a forest, healing sick plants, deciding where's the best place to harvest lumber & where not to, observing the ecology of a forest. It would be the perfect job for Merida, seeing as she loves the outdoors & is very observant. There's more info on Forestry here: [link]
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SkeletonHunter96's avatar
Looks pretty good :D
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LoverofUnicorns96's avatar
The light blue wedding dress is more beautiful on her than the white dress. It stands out from her pale skin.
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
I've heard that blue & green always look pretty on redheads because it makes their red hair stand out.
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LoverofUnicorns96's avatar
Yes, I'm pretty sure Elinor gave Merida a more comfortable wedding dress than her tight betrothal gown.
 
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
While beautiful, the aqua betrothal gown was ridiculous.  It was one thing to have tight sleeves on gowns in various parts of the Middle Ages.  But for the whole bodice to be like that was crazy.  They also didn't have 19th century corsets all the way back in the 12th century.  Plus, when a girl or woman wore a wimple like that, she wore a sheer white veil over it.  But even then, the wimple didn't make much sense because Merida was unmarried, and women didn't put the wimple on in public until after they were married.  Though for nobles and royals, young ladies might wear the wimple for formal occasions.  It also begs the question as to why the Queen wasn't wearing a wimple in public while forcing her daughter to do so.  Most fans tell me it was all just a way for Eleanor to control her daughter, and it didn't work.  
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Astrogirl500|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing Merida's outfit!
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KittyKat789|Hobbyist Writer
How did you save this???
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CartoonNetworkgal|Hobbyist Digital Artist
what d&d did you use for the sleve lining on her blue dress?
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
I used tiny gold beads for the wrists. 
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CartoonNetworkgal|Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay. what about her neck line?
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
Oh! I wrote that in the caption.  If you look in the drag-and-drop, on the first page, you'll find gold, silver, & bronze jewelry pieces.  I used the little gold ovals & lined dozens of them up in a square neckline after I put the pearl "wimple" on her head.  Easy as pie :D.  I saw another artist do it, so it wasn't too hard to duplicate.  The gold roses were a huge help for the hem of her skirt, & the gold round pieces were excellent for the girdle around her waist. 
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SMDKFan's avatar
how'd you make the white head thingy for the top middle dress.
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
I first gave Merida short hair, & then used pearls from the drag-and-drop on her head. Pictures of Merida with her wimple helped me with shape reference. What Merida's wearing on her head is called a Wimple. Usually it had a translucent white veil to go with it, but for some reason they left that off of Merida's headdress. Usually, unmarried young ladies like Merida went bare-headed, but would sometimes wear a wimple for special occasions. After the wedding, the wife would wear a wimple to cover her head & show modesty. I think in this case, Queen Eleanor was just trying to control her daughter's wild hair for the ceremonies, though I think that dress was WAY too tight, pretty as it was.
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SMDKFan's avatar
okay, it looks so real though
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Melodixa|Hobbyist General Artist
Merida reminds me of Elizabeth I
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
Yeah, except Merida still had her mother after the age of 3 & her father wasn't a tyrannical monster. Also, Elizabeth wasn't as wild & more learned in books. Some of the best rulers in Europe were the educated ones.
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Melodixa|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah...true. Even though Fergus wasn't tyrannical, he still had the largeness of Henry VIII.
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
Yeah, but King Fergus was dumb & likeable at the same time. Henry VIII was a learned man, an athlete, & later a monster.
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CartoonNetworkgal|Hobbyist Digital Artist
where can i find those necklaces?
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
You can find them in the main menu of the game. If you click the Menu box at the bottom, it'll bring up a bunch of windows, and the lower left corner window brings up jewelry in gold, silver, and bronze. There's a bunch of necklaces on there that are just chains, & u can use the drag-and-drop to make pendants on them :). The necklace Merida wears in the middle upper image of this picture, I had to make using silver beads & a silver coin, because neither would have shown up after I used the pearls to make her wimple.
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menolikee's avatar
wasn't Rapunzel the first Pixar heroine
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LadyAquanine73551's avatar
No, she was pure Disney. Pixar's not the only Disney studio to make CGI films anymore, as we saw w/ Rapunzel & Wreck-It Ralph. (And no, Dreamworks is NOT Disney).
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Very nice!
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