A young female artist recently used her very impressive understanding of classic cartoon art to create a guide to crafting the perfect Disney princess.
A user known as Oceanstarlet posted the Disney Girls Tutorial to deviantART, a step-by-step list of drawing instructions that opens up with: "Ever wanted to draw a Disney-style chick, but she ended up looking like a deformed Paris Hilton bobblehead?"
Oceanstarlet's tutorial shows the viewer every little detail of the face and body of a Disney princess to illustrate the essential elements in crafting a character with a Disney-like appearance.
The first step is realizing how incredibly different the body of a Disney princess is compared to that of a normal girl.
She compares the average girl's size and shape to the super-thin and waistless figure of Jasmine from "Aladdin," who has the smallest hips, neck and feet one could possibly imagine.
Then, Oceanstarlet moves on to faces. She refers to the face of a Disney princess as "sugar cookie style."
"It's my name for all the European Disney princesses. They ARE a lot like sugar cookies: sparkly, white, and too sweet for their own good," she writes.
The key characteristics of a "sugar cookie" girl are "bulbous" eye pupils and full, sexy lips.
"The reason for the ginormous eyes," she writes, "is that it makes them look more child-like…the concept here is a little girl head on a teenager’s body with adult height (FREAKY!)"
Oceanstarlet also highlights how several more modern Disney princesses have their own facial structures due to their different ethnicities. She calls these princesses the "Exotic Style" girls, who debuted in 1992 "when Disney discovered that there were more stories to be told outside England, Denmark, France, and Germany."
These princesses include Pocahontas, Mulan and Esmerelda from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." She describes how the individual's lips, eyes, eyebrows, nose and cheek bones give each princess her own unique, yet highly idealized, look of a woman from her supposed country of origin.
By the end of the tutorial, Oceanstarlet educates the viewer not only on how to draw the classic Disney princess, but also how incredibly fantasized and unrealistic the beauty standards of Disney's illustrators were when they created the primary female characters of their films.