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Princess Merida by LadyAquanine73551 Princess Merida by LadyAquanine73551
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 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
Looks pretty good :D
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Chumley12 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
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 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
I've heard that blue & green always look pretty on redheads because it makes their red hair stand out.
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Chumley12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I'm pretty sure Elinor gave Merida a more comfortable wedding dress than her tight betrothal gown.
 
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
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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Chumley12 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, tight dresses are uncomfortable, it wasn't too revealing like Esmeralda's dress at the Feast of Fools. If she wore tight pants, then her pants would have ripped. 

If I wore tight pants and bend over and ripped I would have died of embarrassment. I think Elinor deserved this punishment of being turned into a bear for being a bad mother and for almost destroying Merida's bow. Elinor should have been ashamed of herself for being a bad mother and not caring to Merida.
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Well, she was a good mother in one sense, and a bad mother in another.  On the one hand, Eleanor did love Merida and wanted what was best for her.  She wouldn't have pushed her daughter so hard if she didn't care.  But she also had a job as Queen that required her attention too (considering King Fergus was a moron who had no idea how to do anything).  So running the kingdom caused her to neglect Merida at times as well.  Heck, she neglected her three sons too and let them run around with very little supervision or discipline.  If my mom had been Queen Eleanor, she would have had all four kids spanked constantly and had several militant nannies keep them in line while she was working.  She also would have kept them busy with private tutors teaching them to read, write, and know other important things as they grew up, rather than let them run wild all the time.  (Royals have to go to school too).  

Queen Eleanor was also very stupid as to not tell Merida that she would one day have to marry someone she probably wouldn't like to keep order in the kingdoms.  I've read that in the Middle Ages, Noble and Royal children were taught from the cradle onward that they would one day have to marry for the good of the family and the land they ruled.  For the Queen just to drop that bomb on Merida after 16 years was extremely stupid.  The princess was also spoiled anyway.  She'd never had to take responsibility for anything, and having both her father's wildness and her mother's fiery, stubborn attitude didn't help things.  

So the Queen turning into a bear was probably the best thing that ever happened to both of them.  The Queen finally realized her errors in how she had raised Merida, and Merida learned the true meaning of being a leader, and what would happen to the kingdoms if nobody took charge.  You saw how close her dad & the other 3 clan chieftains came to war over the matter without the Queen there to smooth things over.  Both also realized how much they loved each other, and how much more important that was than trying to win the "who is right" game.

The only part I really hated about the movie was the fact that there was no decent suitor for her.  But I guess that wasn't really the point of Brave.  Still, it would have been nice if there had been someone out there for Merida, even if he wasn't a chieftain's son or a royal.  
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Chumley12 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, "Brave" does focus more on the mother-daughter relationship between Elinor and Merida. Even though Merida prefers to remain single and free, she will find a guy not for royalty or a chief's son, she will marry him for love.

That's what every Disney Princess wants, marry for love instead of being in the same social class.

It's kinda like Treasure Planet that focuses on the father-son relationship between John Silver and Jim Hawkins. At first, they didn't get along on the voyage but as they learn more about each other, they realize that friendship is more important than treasure.
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
That's what I like most about Brave.  It's the first Disney movie ever to truly address the relationship between mothers and daughters, and Merida is the first Disney princess to have an actual mother and not an absent or cookie-cutter mom in the background.
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Astrogirl500 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing Merida's outfit!
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Thank you :)
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KittyKat789 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How did you save this???
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CartoonNetworkgal Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what d&d did you use for the sleve lining on her blue dress?
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
I used tiny gold beads for the wrists. 
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CartoonNetworkgal Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay. what about her neck line?
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
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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CartoonNetworkgal Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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SMDKFan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
how'd you make the white head thingy for the top middle dress.
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
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 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
okay, it looks so real though
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Melodixa Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Merida reminds me of Elizabeth I
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
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 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah...true. Even though Fergus wasn't tyrannical, he still had the largeness of Henry VIII.
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
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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Melodixa Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to agree
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CartoonNetworkgal Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where can i find those necklaces?
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
wasn't Rapunzel the first Pixar heroine
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
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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IndyGirl89 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Very nice!
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank u very much :bow:
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IndyGirl89 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
You're welcome. :)
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LE2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I think Elinor made the dress extra tight so Merida wouldn't try to run away. I also think it must've taken you a long time to do that wimple. great job!
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KaliannShevlin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Anyone who has the patience to add the extras to the dress is cool.
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Aw, thanks :)
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mfullcircle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist
This is awesome!
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks :)
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lesmislover88 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Those all look amazing! The detailing is fabulous!
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Thank you :D
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kushinadahime4 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
BTW , how did you make the gold trim on the neckline of the turquoise dress?
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Oh! :D That was from the first page in the drag-and-drop section. There are 2 little gold/bronze hoops u can use to make earrings for the doll, & I used the oval 1. I layered it so it formed a single solid gold line along Merida's shoulders & chest. I've done it before w/ the gold pieces in this game :). It's easier than working w/ those tiny gold/silver beads :giggle:. I've also seen other artists use the technique.
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kushinadahime4 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Thank you. :) I've been trying to make outfits similar to the turquoise dress.
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kushinadahime4 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
These are awesome. I didn't think they had corsets in Scotland at that time
, or anywhere else in Europe for that matter. Disney using artistic licence again I suppose. It was probably to emphasize the "constrictiveness" of Merida's relationship with Elinore.
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Thanks :D.
They did not. It's as u said, Disney was using artistic license w/ "Brave."
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sailorhinotemizu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Aww, thanks :D :dance:
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sailorhinotemizu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :D
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