Calling all Disney fanatics! Here are 20 Disney Princess Drawing Ideas. The first pictures are different stages of one of my better Disney princess drawings.
Use the ideas below to explore the fascinating world of Disney style art and create some princesses of your own.
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Drawing the head
You can see that the initial sketch of the head is very basic. All I am trying to do is get the shape and proportions of the head right. I havent even sketched in the hair really. I have just included the area of hair that gives me the shape of the top of the head.
Drawing the shape of the body
You can see here how I have started to get the shape of the body. Again it is all just a few lines. Nothing too detailed. Just the guideline to help me create the right body shape and neck. It is all fantasy art but keeping within certain guidelines helps it look realistic enough. Some sections will be exagerated, but the overall shape should be fairly similar to the real thing it is portraying.
Deciding how the hair should flow
Here you can see how I start to draw how I want the hair to fall. A Disney princess has to have long hair in my eyes so it was a matter of how long and deciding if it would be curly. As you can see I decided on some gentle waves rather than straight or curly hair. It fits the gentle nature of the character I was trying to create.
Getting the shading right
Shading in the hair lets me start to create more depth in the drawing. The shape of the crown is done but no detailing. Folds in the material are included so I can create the shape of the dress more easily.
Adding the detail
You can see where I have started to add more detail here. The shading around the eyes and mouth is starting to help create the features of the face. The dress is now much more complete too. You can see the folds clearly and it all helps to make the drawing more 3-dimensional.
Drawing the ink sketch
Here you can see the ink sketch. Lines are very bold and I have shaded using a stippling technique so the underlying colors show through even in the darker areas. You can see I have included some blue in her hair to create the depth and shape I wanted without looking the detail of the line work. It isnt perfect in my eyes but I have seen a lot worse that are printed in various magazines and tutorials. All in all I was very pleased with the results.
Doing the final painting
This is the final painting. It is done in oils but they were very thinned down so I could get the precise lines I wanted. Here the blue in the hair is much more pronounced and fits with the color of the dress really well. I decided on a more red gold for the crown and you can see more detail.
The big difference with this painting is that I have been able to create much more expression in the face of the princess. The shadows under the hairline and around the chin and neck all help to create a more realistic face.
The drawing itself is one I thoroughly enjoyed doing and the ink sketch and painting were just as enjoyable. I hope that the step by step pictures help you see it can be easier than you think. Disney princesses are not my usual style but this is one of those drawings that just evolved really well. The painting and ink sketch have already found their homes too so it was a productive piece all round.
Explore the ideas below
Use the ideas here to create a Disney princess of your own. You decide what she will wear and how her hair falls. I am sure you will have fun.