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Rather than answering these individually over and over again, I'm just going to leave this here and add to it as needed:

First off!
- I'm not telling you which princess I'm doing next.
- I would appreciate it if you didn't tell me what character I should do next, or what you're looking forward to, or what character you hope I'll do!  It's very sweet and I definitely appreciate the sentiment, but consider the fact that you're something like the 400th person to tell me about Elsa, or Anna, or Merida- it's not adding a lot to the conversation.
- No, I'm not doing any Kingdom Hearts characters.  There's no particular historical precedent, so they don't really have anything to gain from this series.

Are you going to do Merida?
Every time someone asks, I am 5% less motivated to do it.  I am currently 325% unmotivated to do Merida.

Are you going to do any more pieces in this series?
Nope!  Not as finished illustrations, anyway.

Which princess are you going to do next?
I honestly don't know until I start working on it, and I also don't like spoiling the surprise.

Can I make a request?
Please don't!  There are only so many Disney princesses, so requests come across as a bit redundant.

I'm researching all of the Disney princesses simultaneously, actually, since I tend to find reference for one while I'm looking through books for another.  As to the order in which I do them, it's completely up to my whim.

For further clarification, I literally have a list of the female (or otherwise) characters in the grand Disney pantheon- I know what my options are, I can promise I'm not forgetting anyone, and I don't have some master plan where I know which one's I'm going to be doing.

When are you going to do [INSERT DISNEY CHARACTER HERE]?
See above- I also don't have some master plan as to the order of these things.  I usually have a couple files going at once.

Oh hey, look at that.

What about Alice/Esmeralda/Jane Porter and all of Disney's other non-royals (or, in Kida's case, non-official royals)?
They are not being ignored.  I have some weirdly obscure Disney tastes, though, so you might end up seeing a certain cowgirl on a catfish before you see Esmeralda.

What about the men/ancillary characters like Aladdin and Lottie?
I'm honestly not planning that far ahead, and I also have a lot of other non-Disney art projects that I'd rather spend time on.  Granted, Inca Emperor Kuzco would be...  Yeah.  Epic.  We'll see.

Are you going to do Anastasia?
I'm afraid not.  I never liked the film much (Let's ignore the fact that I own the soundtrack what of it SHUT UP DON'T JUDGE ME), and I want to stick to Disney.  It's what I grew up with.

Actually, I meant Cinderella's stepsister, Anastasia.
Oh!  Well then.  Possibly.

Did you know the original story of [DISNEY PRINCESS] actually took place in [YEAR] and/or [PLACE]?
Yes!  I've researched all of these to a fault.  If it honestly feels like I've missed something please do comment, but also remember that I'm basing these specifically on the Disney versions...  Imperfections and all.  Sometimes the date of the original source material is relevant (Pocahontas, Esmeralda, etc), sometimes it isn't.

No, but really, Princess Badroulbadour is supposed to be from China, and-
Yup!  I read that Wikipedia page too.

I disagree with your choice of time period, and only one of us can be right!
In the long run, these are compleeeeetely for personal gratification and enjoyment.  Sure, The Little Mermaid fits pretty well into 1837, but I don't like the '30's (seriously guys WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE:… ) and Ariel's legomutton sleeves are placed high enough to scream "Belle Epoche," so, y'know.  Loophole.  I'm thrilled to hear how other people interpret the films, just not to the point that I'm going to go back and change my art.

Well these aren't entirely period accurate, are they?
These are for fun.  Stylistic liberties have been taken.  If the films themselves are at about 50% historical accuracy, these are more around 85-90%.  Closer, but they're not diagrams.

Why are all their eyes closed?
I really like the demure sideways/lowered glance, so after doing Belle looking down at her mirror it seemed like another way to tie the series together.  I like that they're not engaging the viewer, that they're in their own world, but in the long run I just really enjoy drawing them!  It implies large eyes without looking too cartoony.

Are you doing these because you hate the original Disney princess dresses?  THEY'RE SO PRETTY WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM I BET WALT IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE
These aren't meant to be better, just more historically accurate.  Don't freak out.

How long does it take you to finish one of these?
Judging from my process videos, somewhere around ten hours if you don't count pauses, the earlier design process, etc. It depends- some of the princesses were pretty effortless, but it takes a lot more time and thought when I'm less familiar with the time period.

How long does it take you to research each character?
Hard to say! I'm researching a lot of these simultaneously, so these are now the result of research spread out over the course of months, or even years. It's a lot easier if I'm familiar with the time period- Cinderella and Ariel were proverbial walks in the park- but sometimes it's a solid week of reading books, looking up inspiration, doing studies. I put way more work into it now that I did back in the beginning.

Do you have any suggestions as to where I can research historical costuming?
I do, finally!  You can go check out the journal entry here… , and I'll try to update it regularly.

What specific references were you looking at while designing Jasmine's costume?
Racinet's plates were a primary source of inspiration:…, along with paging through sites about Persian miniature painting and middle eastern clothing terminology. have handled her completely differently had I drawn her today, but these are the references I was looking at at the time.

Can I cosplay your costumes?
Please do, I encourage it!  All I ask is that I get to see photos of the final product. :)

Favourite Disney princess?
LILO I DON'T CARE IF SHE ISN'T A PRINCESS. Best all around Disney character. Ever.
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Menacorn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018
I have a question. You did "Disney" serie a few years ago, Will you do a remake now?
Changing things, looking from diferent history time...
Will you do it?
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Menacorn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
Ow... ok x)
KatysCornerTx Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't judge about owning the soundtrack to a movie I've never seen.  I own at least *two* to movies I've never seen.  XD  And the Anastasia soundtrack *does* stand pretty well on its own.
Spencerietta Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017
Ooooh, I'd be really interesting in cosplaying your Aurora or Belle - if I ever get around to it, I'll be sure to send you photos!
norree Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Student General Artist
I just wanted to say a random thank you for doing this series. I've followed it since it began, and I love looking back through it on random mornings like today. Even if you don't do any more, I'm just so glad you did this many!
slytherinblack Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
I know you literally just said not to do this so you can kick my butt but I want to see Kristoff in more traditional Sami garb. 
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for acknowledging and then disregarding my request, I guess?
VenusinaMarciana Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016
I hope you get inspire someday again they are lovely
singingstar1216 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love your work!  Your new Belle design reminds me a bit of the dress Belle wore in the French stage musical at the Theatre Mogador.  
jadem1122 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
forgive me if in wrong but the buzzfeed video 
Historically Accurate Disney Princesses seems to be a rip off of your work, or maybe its just a coincidence?…
popocole Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
I'm sure you know this, but your work is being used UNCREDITED by 

clipd . com

I had to do a google image search to find you.  Great press only works if credit is given.

WONDERFUL work.  One of the best reimaginings I have ever seen.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the heads up and the lovely comment!
Scoobie27 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
I have a more personal question to ask about one your designs, is it possible to get an email from you?
LocketLocke Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I HATE Anastasia, as in the movie
Ketami Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Your drawings are fabulous! Thanks so much for doing them. I have to say that I agree with nearly all of your interpretations. I love the way you used historical accuracy and referenced/mixed them with the Disney versions.

In fact now I'm seriously thinking of taking my Disney classic dolls and creating dresses for them based on your art. I am so tempted, but it would take forever...... If I ever manage to get around to it I'll send you pictures.

I am really looking forward to Kuzco especially as I am a geek for pre-columbian mesoamerica. Come on, we all know he's an honorary Disney Princess.

Gotta say if you ever manage to do any of the Princes/Kings I kind of wonder what your interpretation would be of King Arthur from Sword and the Stone. Especially because King Arthur is such a mythic figure. I'm sure you know plenty about the various references in history that most likely came together to create the legend. Gotta admit I enjoy the interpretations of him that are more solider the royalty.

Keep up the awesome work, I'm really looking forward to your next installment whether it becomes Princesses/Queens, Villains, or Princes/Kings.
cadeloo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I actually discover your art just like 2h ago and i'm already a huge fan of your style <3 
All this curves omg *O* This is totally the style of lines i would love to be able to do ( don't know if it's correct xD ) 
I read the FAQ and seems i don't see my question so i ask ( aznd i am pretty sorry if this question is on the FAQ like really :(
I know you plan to draw more of this serie so do you plan to post more video process ? :3 
Because yes your video are so fascinating i was close to my screen like really xD 
I want to say congratulations for this awesome serie and thank for the inspiration and fascination <3 
Ariel523 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
I'm really hoping you'll be able to sell these as prints sometime soon... I'm dying to complete my collection and purchase prints of my favorite pieces of yours.
Cookiesnet Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Go to I'm buying her art books :love:
Ariel523 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Oh yes, I saw the books are available, but I was collecting these as a series to frame and hang on my wall ]: I would love to get the last 4-5 as prints to complete the set...
Cookiesnet Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
Worth your while getting to the e-store then :D she also sells the whole lot in digital format for $3 or free if you buy her $15 book. That's what I got. Eeeep! Can't wait :love:
PinkMochi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
i don't know if someone asked this, but here i go:

How do you decide the "fabrics" that you're going to use in each drawing/design? 

I mean, i think that you get the texture of the fabrics of their outfits perfectly. i can get the idea of what are they made of, but how do you know that that's the right fabric? Do you go as far as to research something like the materials used in the clothing of that time?

If that's the case, you're so freacking awesome!!
abz114 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love love LOVE these faqs.  You are so funny and I can't imagine the internet-related frustration you must have endured since you started this work!  I love every single one you post.  I'm excited for ALL of your future artwork!  And a dream of mine is to cosplay your Maleficent someday.  I cosplay her right now with a design that is inspired by Nebezial's art (… ) and I LOVE your incredibly unique take on the character.  Anyway.... I just wanted you to know how much I love your artwork.  Your historical Elsa is currently the background on my work computer.  :D  Can't wait to see what you come up with next!  (No pressure though!! I understand us artists work on our own schedule! :P)
TarneliaTriptus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lilo <3 \o/ 
Nice FAQ, congrats on the awesome works, and a deep thank you for the historical clothing guide.
Shirogane1340 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I argee with lilo! X3
Mayonaka-Tora Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yay for Lilo
redxheadxgurl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE this series. :) You are an amazing artist. :)
Nipona-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
None of the links to buy prints work. :( Do you know why?
hlootoo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
PLEASE make a tutorial on the COLORING process. Your videos are entertaining but SO hard to follow! :(
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hugthedragons Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I, hugthedragons of deviantart, solemnly swear never to break and of these FAQ rules.

*high fives* GO LILO FANCLUB!
Ameyal Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Can you make.... hehe kidding, I absolutely love your pieces, from the artstyle, to the gorgeus dresses and expressive poses you gave them.
I don't particularly like some of the princesses, but the designs made me really feel their personalities from looking at them(Specially Tiana's , although I suppose that would be post-movie). Snow White and Aurora too, althought they are kind of bland in their movies, feel much richer with your visuals.

P.S. Lilo does rock the franchise, but Kuzco is THE best disney princess. Ever. 
nosonia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
While she probably doesn't fit any part of this category, will you ever draw Lilo?  I'd be really interested to see how you'd draw your favorite.  I know when I was younger I tried all the time to draw Jasmine, I imagine you must have at least attempted her before?
ValerieJackson Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Hi! I absolutely adore your art, and I was wondering if I could -with credit- use it for a series of sigtags for the hogwartsishome sorting/land community on livejournal. It's completely fine if you don't want me to, but I would really love to use them. :)

Thank you!
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
I've finally figured out a basic muse/inspiration/thingamajig for Tiger Lily! Comanche! She's part of a derogatory stereotype of the Comanche tribe!
NeverBeenDarkMarked Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
I barely use this site anymore but I just had to come over and express my love for this entire series. My cousins and I are all huge history nerds and we just adore all the artwork we see you make. I can't tell you how excited we get when a new design comes out. It's just fascinating to see your interpretations and I don't think there's a single thing we haven't loved (in fact, I almost wish I owned all of these dresses myself). I'm forever grateful for the devotion you have to this project despite the sometimes frustrating comments from people who feel entitled to demand certain things from you. Your depth of research and the things you come up with are inspiring. I'm even more in awe having read this to get more of an idea of how much work you put into each princess. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart!
IvyPearl Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hiya, Im not sure if you've already answered this before, but what tablet and computer program do you use? Love your work! =)
marximonto Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
sorry for asking to much!
Vanilla-Fireflies Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Claire! I hope this isn't too much of a bother but I have to know - what are your brush settings or is there anywhere you've already posted them? I love the lineart brush you use in your process videos! Thank you :)
PlumeAnguis Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know this is even related to you (and actually all the questions I wanted to know about your art are already made so xD) I have been searching for the same theme you have in your tumblr, do you know the source of it? Don't hit me please  D:
shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Literally the default theme! :)
Kagami-No-Kuni Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Do you have plans to do the female Disney Villains other than Maleficent?
zebras-r-us Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
hi! I know you kind of answered this and I don't mean to be annoying or anything and i'm sorry if I am :S but it would be cool if there was a series for the men of Disney and for the side characters :) I don't mean like oh you should drop everything beause I want this, I jst mean yknow if you ever want to and find the time and inspriration and everything I think it would be quite interesting  :) but I absolutely love your historical female Disney characters :D they're so well done and have given me some ideas and inspiration :D :) keep on keepin on :)
shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Again, I know!  People tell me this every day!  I really do appreciate the sentiment, it's lovely to see how many people are invested in this series, but you have to understand how often I hear people telling me this. :P
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