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Every little girl has a favorite Disney Princess--and for that matter, every grown-up girl, too! In The Art of the Disney Princess, Disney artists, designers, illustrators, and animators from around the world have re-imagined their favorite princesses and portrayed them in a variety of mediums. Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, and Cinderella are newly incarnated Every little girl has a favorite Disney Princess--and for that matter, every grown-up girl, too! In The Art of the Disney Princess, Disney artists, designers, illustrators, and animators from around the world have re-imagined their favorite princesses and portrayed them in a variety of mediums. Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, and Cinderella are newly incarnated in water color, pastel, oil paint, colored pencil, mixed media, and computer graphics pieces that range from the traditional to the unconventional. This artwork has been created especially for this museum-quality book, which is sure to delight art lovers, Disney collectors, and any prince or princess who ever believed that fairytales do come true.


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Every little girl has a favorite Disney Princess--and for that matter, every grown-up girl, too! In The Art of the Disney Princess, Disney artists, designers, illustrators, and animators from around the world have re-imagined their favorite princesses and portrayed them in a variety of mediums. Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, and Cinderella are newly incarnated Every little girl has a favorite Disney Princess--and for that matter, every grown-up girl, too! In The Art of the Disney Princess, Disney artists, designers, illustrators, and animators from around the world have re-imagined their favorite princesses and portrayed them in a variety of mediums. Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, and Cinderella are newly incarnated in water color, pastel, oil paint, colored pencil, mixed media, and computer graphics pieces that range from the traditional to the unconventional. This artwork has been created especially for this museum-quality book, which is sure to delight art lovers, Disney collectors, and any prince or princess who ever believed that fairytales do come true.

30 review for The Art of the Disney Princess

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I absolutely love this book. There's a good range of styles on display, and it's pretty broad as far as the princesses go. There's even a piece with Kida! I'd just love to see an updated version of this book. It was published in 2009, and since then we've added Rapunzel, Anna, Elsa, and Moana. I absolutely love this book. There's a good range of styles on display, and it's pretty broad as far as the princesses go. There's even a piece with Kida! I'd just love to see an updated version of this book. It was published in 2009, and since then we've added Rapunzel, Anna, Elsa, and Moana.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures on parkablogs.com) This book is more on fan art than concept art. That said, you won't see any sketches from original Disney artists. The illustrations of princess are based on the artists' interpretation. I don't recognise the names of any artists other than Glen Keane, who wrote the introduction. The princesses included are Snow White, Tiger Lily, Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Mulan, Aurora, Jasmine, Cinderella and even the newest Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. The (More pictures on parkablogs.com) This book is more on fan art than concept art. That said, you won't see any sketches from original Disney artists. The illustrations of princess are based on the artists' interpretation. I don't recognise the names of any artists other than Glen Keane, who wrote the introduction. The princesses included are Snow White, Tiger Lily, Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Mulan, Aurora, Jasmine, Cinderella and even the newest Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. The variety of style is great. There's art created from acrylic, collages, gouche, water colour, digital and there are even handmade dolls and photographs. What I didn't like is the quality of the illustrations, which can be quite varied, depending on the skill level of the artist contributing. Remember after all, this is sort of a fan art book, although I have seen better fan art books. While some are beautifully drawn, there's not one that truly stands out. Most of the pieces stay on the wholesome track, although someone did try to break out of the box with Snow White in a futuristic skin-tight outfit. There's another one, which I think didn't work well, had Snow White fixed onto a deer's body much like a Centaur. The idea might not be bad but the technical execution (which should not be mistaken as style) could be better, which happens some other pieces. I also realised that manga style chibi eyes don't work well on princesses, or maybe because it's not done right (by a Japanese artist). The ones I like are the ones which stayed true to the original designs but done in a different style. There are two artists Dan Beltran and Eric Tan who created simple vector illustrations with nice compositions. This book could be so much better if the selection is stricter. It's recommended only if you're really interested, like seriously interested in Disney princesses. Probably 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Although the library is back open for curbside service, my books are still MIA. So I went to the library de Amber to check out some design books. This one is really cool - lots of history from Disney animators. I’m not the biggest “princess” person by any means, but the process of making cultural icons out of ink and ideas is the real magic to me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    A Princess is more then just a pretty face, she is as brave as a lion, as clever as a fox, and as pure as snow. A Princess is all heart and loves unconditionally and is loved so in return. Many thousands of little girls around the world have grown up with the wish to become a princess. But being a Princess is not just having a gown, crown and castle, it is every little girl who has ever made a wish and believes in magic. Disney has been creating Princess since 1937 when the very first Princess, S A Princess is more then just a pretty face, she is as brave as a lion, as clever as a fox, and as pure as snow. A Princess is all heart and loves unconditionally and is loved so in return. Many thousands of little girls around the world have grown up with the wish to become a princess. But being a Princess is not just having a gown, crown and castle, it is every little girl who has ever made a wish and believes in magic. Disney has been creating Princess since 1937 when the very first Princess, Snow White, was introduced to the world. Since then many other Princess have been imagined and re-imagined by Disney, all with their own story and all as unique as the girl wishing to be them. However different each Princess is the one thing all Disney Princess have in common is the ability to capture our imaginations as well as our hearts. The Art Of The Disney Princess brings together a number of Disney artists in order to celebrate the magical, virtuous and daring heroine that is the Disney Princess. From the iconic Snow White and Cinderella to the new Princess Tiana, the elusive Tiger Lily and even Maleficent, who manages to make an appearance or two. All the well know and loved princess are presented within this outstanding collection of beautiful and unique images, and with this book you can be a part of the magic. As every Princesses is unique so too is every piece of artwork captivated within this book. A stunning collection to treasure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I thought this was a fabulous book of concept and fan-type art. I never do this (although I talk about it a lot), but I bought a second copy so I could remove some of the pictures and put them out in my house. I know! I feel a little bad about cutting up a book. On the other hand (and you know that Sookie Stackhouse says there's always another hand), most of these renditions are not for sale anywhere. Since I spent all day Saturday tearing the internet apart looking for them, I should know. I espec I thought this was a fabulous book of concept and fan-type art. I never do this (although I talk about it a lot), but I bought a second copy so I could remove some of the pictures and put them out in my house. I know! I feel a little bad about cutting up a book. On the other hand (and you know that Sookie Stackhouse says there's always another hand), most of these renditions are not for sale anywhere. Since I spent all day Saturday tearing the internet apart looking for them, I should know. I especially loved the Belle painting by Ray Leoncio. If anyone out there knows Ray, please ask him to call me. I pay top dollar. The bulk of the pictures were ones that I at least had not seen, which I found to be a refreshing change from some of the art books one finds. Even the ones that had appeared in other mediums were presented in a way that made them fresh and unique. I highly recommend this one to Disney fans, art connoisseurs, and princess fans. Two thumbs way up. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to dismember a book now.

  6. 5 out of 5

    laura (bookies & cookies)

    "Because who said that a girl can't bring about her own happily ever after?" Beautiful reimagings of the iconic Disney Princesses characters we know and love (from 2009, so before the crazy Buzzfeed article trend). Great if you're looking for a simple but universal coffee table book! "Because who said that a girl can't bring about her own happily ever after?" Beautiful reimagings of the iconic Disney Princesses characters we know and love (from 2009, so before the crazy Buzzfeed article trend). Great if you're looking for a simple but universal coffee table book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Amazing and beautiful artwork. Lingered over the pages, read about the artists, wondered where to find the prints of Dorota Kotarba-Mendez, Ed Irizarry, and Enrique Pita, who created Alphonse Mucha inspired princesses.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aleap

    There were some truly lovely pieces of art/interpretations in this book but overall, it wasn't much different than looking at fan works on DeviantArt. There were some truly lovely pieces of art/interpretations in this book but overall, it wasn't much different than looking at fan works on DeviantArt.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Yes, only 2.5 rounded up. While there was text in this book, I'd have liked to hear from more of the artists plus some of my favourite ones didn't have as many of their pieces in here as some of the ones I didn't care for, Also, the art was a very mixed bag for me, ranging from some pieces that I thought were marvellous to some I couldn't stand (not that abnormal for me if I go to an art museum since viewing art isn't just about seeing an artist's skill). Each of the pieces depicts Disney prince Yes, only 2.5 rounded up. While there was text in this book, I'd have liked to hear from more of the artists plus some of my favourite ones didn't have as many of their pieces in here as some of the ones I didn't care for, Also, the art was a very mixed bag for me, ranging from some pieces that I thought were marvellous to some I couldn't stand (not that abnormal for me if I go to an art museum since viewing art isn't just about seeing an artist's skill). Each of the pieces depicts Disney princesses as the artist sees them or wants to portray them, so they don't all look like the one in Disney films, etc.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kandise

    DeviantArt, The Book. Some wonderful pieces, some pretty bad ones, and very little that felt new to me (although to be fair this book is almost a decade old). Some of the homage pieces were pretty great. Almost no discussion, which came as a surprise. Overall a big shruggy guy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charity Rau

    Such a beautiful book! I love seeing the way different artist interpret the Disney princesses. I also enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind the pieces.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jillian -always aspiring-

    Too much Snow White, not enough Cinderella or Belle. It would have been nice to see a “Disney heroines” series to include Megara, Esmeralda, and others too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie (A Backwards Story)

    Visit my blog to see several examples of the gorgeous art lying within this book! This is the second art book I've reviewed, the first also being from Disney, TALE AS OLD AS TIME: THE ART AND MAKING OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Charles Solmon (Check it out!). While TAOAT was an in-depth look at the making of one of my favorite Disney movies and a wealth of information, THE ART OF THE DISNEY PRINCESS is more of a straight-forward art book, full of character illustrations across various medium. The b Visit my blog to see several examples of the gorgeous art lying within this book! This is the second art book I've reviewed, the first also being from Disney, TALE AS OLD AS TIME: THE ART AND MAKING OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Charles Solmon (Check it out!). While TAOAT was an in-depth look at the making of one of my favorite Disney movies and a wealth of information, THE ART OF THE DISNEY PRINCESS is more of a straight-forward art book, full of character illustrations across various medium. The book opens with an introduction from Glen Keane (Yes, THE Glen Keane who animated classic characters such as Ariel, Beast, and Aladdin, as well as new favorite Rapunzel, and many other beloved characters! He's also the son of Sunday Comic Strip Artist Bil Keane [FAMILY CIRCUS]). The pages are lined with work from many Disney character artists and designers, from sketches to photographs, to full-out works of art. The pages are crammed with beautiful renderings of our favorite Disney heroines. While the book states it's for the "princesses," it also includes artwork for characters such as Mulan (I don't understand why she's considered a princess because she isn't one, as much as I love the girl...). I was also thrilled to see seldom-mentioned Disney princesses such as Kida [ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE] and Tiger Lily [PETER PAN], both rendered gorgeously by Cathy Clark. I love that the book is interspersed with essays and introductions by various designers talking about why they love the princesses, or how they got into animation. It's all fascinating to me. Every image mentions the medium used, from traditional tools such as charcoal and paint to digital media such as Photoshop and Corel. While I didn't love every image shown, I enjoyed looking at the vast majority and could spend hours devouring each page if I let myself. Some of the illustrations are just stunning. Like most art books, this one doesn't come cheap, but if you can get a used copy or find a great deal (I waited for a good coupon last year!), you can snag a copy of your own for a reasonable price. This is definitely a book to own and not just look at online. There's a tactile quality to holding art in your hands! The book's back cover showcases a peek at nine of the illustrations you'll find inside:

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I went through the book and tallied up the numbers. There are 19 Ariel 13 Jasmine 9 Belle 5 Mulan FIFTY TWO SNOW WHITE 25 Aurora 20 Cinderella 5 Pocahontas 1 Kida 1 Tiger Lilly 1 Tiana 2 of more than one princess on a page 1 of Disneyland My main criticism is that there are TOO MANY SNOW WHITE pictures. I love her, and she does carry a charm, but there are so many pictures of her, where there could be a couple more pictures of Pocahontas or Tiana or Mulan. Maybe it was because Snow White is on the cover and th I went through the book and tallied up the numbers. There are 19 Ariel 13 Jasmine 9 Belle 5 Mulan FIFTY TWO SNOW WHITE 25 Aurora 20 Cinderella 5 Pocahontas 1 Kida 1 Tiger Lilly 1 Tiana 2 of more than one princess on a page 1 of Disneyland My main criticism is that there are TOO MANY SNOW WHITE pictures. I love her, and she does carry a charm, but there are so many pictures of her, where there could be a couple more pictures of Pocahontas or Tiana or Mulan. Maybe it was because Snow White is on the cover and the endpapers, so the theme of this book was Snow White. THAT SAID, I REALLY LOVE the pieces inspired by Mucha - Snow, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine. I love that there's a photo of a little girl wearing a Disney Store Aurora dress. I love the princesses on 165 - Cindy, Aurora, Snow White, Belle, wearing elegant 50s style dresses. There are so many pieces I like, pieces that are clever or witty or creative or just plain pretty. There are a bunch of pieces I don't really care for, and that is okay. I really want to buy this book, but I'm hoping to find it second hand because while I like this book, 40 bucks seems too much to pay for a collection of fanart predominantly Snow White. Buy this book if you are a Snow White fan or a HARDCORE Disney Princess fan.

  15. 5 out of 5

    T. Finley

    There are some...unique pieces of artwork in this book that might not appeal to everyone's tastes. However, I can definitely say that borrowing the book from the public library and browsing through it was a worthwhile experience. Though I don't really think it's something I need to own a copy of. Did I like it? Yes. Would I reread it? Possibly. Would I recommend it? Yes. There are some...unique pieces of artwork in this book that might not appeal to everyone's tastes. However, I can definitely say that borrowing the book from the public library and browsing through it was a worthwhile experience. Though I don't really think it's something I need to own a copy of. Did I like it? Yes. Would I reread it? Possibly. Would I recommend it? Yes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    R

    It's just a beautiful, beautiful book full of the concept art of Disney princesses. My sister bought it from Disneyland two years ago, and I only really borrowed it now because I was browsing her shelf. I ended up poring over each page, staring and feeling awestruck at the talent the book offered. Different mediums of art were used to portray interpretations of each Disney princess, and some ladies not often included on the pantheon of Disney royalty were included, which I appreciated. Some work It's just a beautiful, beautiful book full of the concept art of Disney princesses. My sister bought it from Disneyland two years ago, and I only really borrowed it now because I was browsing her shelf. I ended up poring over each page, staring and feeling awestruck at the talent the book offered. Different mediums of art were used to portray interpretations of each Disney princess, and some ladies not often included on the pantheon of Disney royalty were included, which I appreciated. Some works included an abstract, describing the artist's interpretation as well as their reason for the particular princess. It's always nice to have something like an abstract; just a little peek into the artist's wonderful imagination. Typically this type of book is not necessarily meant to be "read", but nonetheless I found myself examining and looking through each work as though they were pages of description and words. Overall, its a wonderful book, and since I love Disney, I am most likely biased in this review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    A really interesting twist on the typical Disney art book, one that compiles a series of artist interpretations and re-imaginings of various Disney animated movies. It's like an experiment in fandom, or something that speaks to the universality of Disney movies and animation, and I dig it. There's a real diversity to the art; they speak of different cultures, mediums, and attitudes, so much so that it's easy to find something you like. I wasn't a huge fan of ALL the pieces, and it's not the sort A really interesting twist on the typical Disney art book, one that compiles a series of artist interpretations and re-imaginings of various Disney animated movies. It's like an experiment in fandom, or something that speaks to the universality of Disney movies and animation, and I dig it. There's a real diversity to the art; they speak of different cultures, mediums, and attitudes, so much so that it's easy to find something you like. I wasn't a huge fan of ALL the pieces, and it's not the sort of book where I linger too long on many a page, but the idea of it is pretty neat, and I like the idea of people coming together over animation.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I got this book for Christmas (today) and obviously just looked through it throughout the day, although it is mostly pictures, so finished in a day is not really that impressive. I will admit that I love Disney and the princesses and have no artistic ability whatsoever so seeing different artists' interpretations of something so classic can be risky, but I thought it was so interesting to see how people make the characters their own. I really enjoyed reading about why some of the artists created I got this book for Christmas (today) and obviously just looked through it throughout the day, although it is mostly pictures, so finished in a day is not really that impressive. I will admit that I love Disney and the princesses and have no artistic ability whatsoever so seeing different artists' interpretations of something so classic can be risky, but I thought it was so interesting to see how people make the characters their own. I really enjoyed reading about why some of the artists created the characters the way they did, but mostly I enjoyed just looking at the different pieces of art. Definitely a good book for anyone who has an appreciation for Disney/art.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lee

    What a fun, lovely homage. The art included in this book is varied in its media and styles, with inspirations ranging from Mucha to manga to Madame de Pompadour, and much more. Some of the pieces are faithful renditions of the characters, while other are unusual reimaginings. A few mediocre works slipped in (one photograph seems especially out of place - you will know it when you see it) but for the most part it is a beautiful and rich collection. I loved it, and this book has a permanent place What a fun, lovely homage. The art included in this book is varied in its media and styles, with inspirations ranging from Mucha to manga to Madame de Pompadour, and much more. Some of the pieces are faithful renditions of the characters, while other are unusual reimaginings. A few mediocre works slipped in (one photograph seems especially out of place - you will know it when you see it) but for the most part it is a beautiful and rich collection. I loved it, and this book has a permanent place on my coffee table. A must-have for all Disney Princess fans.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Garrett

    Gorgeous drawings of the Disney princesses (up to Tiana, the book was published before Tangled or Brave were released). This isn't concept art from the movies. It's more like fan art by professional artists. Each gives their own take on their favorite princesses, some are literal representations and others (like the cover) are more abstract. There are so many gorgeous interpretations and the the pages are nice and glossy! Gorgeous drawings of the Disney princesses (up to Tiana, the book was published before Tangled or Brave were released). This isn't concept art from the movies. It's more like fan art by professional artists. Each gives their own take on their favorite princesses, some are literal representations and others (like the cover) are more abstract. There are so many gorgeous interpretations and the the pages are nice and glossy!

  21. 5 out of 5

    jacky

    Natalie and I looked at all the art in this book, though it was a little bit of a long sitting for her (3.5). I liked seeing the different interpretations of the princesses, and it would be fun to look at again with Natalie or my high school students. Some of the art I'd readily use as artwork in my home. I would have explored finding prints, but my sister really needed to get it back to her library. Natalie and I looked at all the art in this book, though it was a little bit of a long sitting for her (3.5). I liked seeing the different interpretations of the princesses, and it would be fun to look at again with Natalie or my high school students. Some of the art I'd readily use as artwork in my home. I would have explored finding prints, but my sister really needed to get it back to her library.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This was beautiful. The drawings are so pretty, and I love how every artist made the princess their own. There was a lot of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, but there were other Princesses that made it into the book. I highly suggest picking it up sometime and looking through it if you want something easy and fun. The book is just pictures, so it shouldn't take you long to read! :) It made my blah day, less blah. This was beautiful. The drawings are so pretty, and I love how every artist made the princess their own. There was a lot of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, but there were other Princesses that made it into the book. I highly suggest picking it up sometime and looking through it if you want something easy and fun. The book is just pictures, so it shouldn't take you long to read! :) It made my blah day, less blah.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie J Schwartz

    A fun coffee-table book featuring various artists' interpretations of (mainly) the most well-known Disney princesses, occasionally punctuated by little blurbs from said artists, talking about the influence that Disney princesses have had on their art. Unfortunately, I have already seen much of this art online. Three Stars: Not bad, but not fantastic either. I'll still recommend it, if I think that person might like it more than me. A fun coffee-table book featuring various artists' interpretations of (mainly) the most well-known Disney princesses, occasionally punctuated by little blurbs from said artists, talking about the influence that Disney princesses have had on their art. Unfortunately, I have already seen much of this art online. Three Stars: Not bad, but not fantastic either. I'll still recommend it, if I think that person might like it more than me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Rolph

    Okay, my favorite is the one where Prince Philip is under the sleeping spell and Aurora (in pants and boots, with a sword) breaks the spell. Also, there's one where the Beast is a transformer and Belle is like a sci-fi lady in a yellow jumpsuit. Awesome. I would not be opposed to having some of these hanging on my walls. Okay, my favorite is the one where Prince Philip is under the sleeping spell and Aurora (in pants and boots, with a sword) breaks the spell. Also, there's one where the Beast is a transformer and Belle is like a sci-fi lady in a yellow jumpsuit. Awesome. I would not be opposed to having some of these hanging on my walls.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Kay

    This isn't truly a book that one "reads." It's a stunning set of artwork, from the very modern to the classic style of painting, drawing, creating with craft sticks or anything else you can think of. Dozens of renditions of the Disney Princesses are included, and it's really just lovely. Great coffee table book for those that love Disney. This isn't truly a book that one "reads." It's a stunning set of artwork, from the very modern to the classic style of painting, drawing, creating with craft sticks or anything else you can think of. Dozens of renditions of the Disney Princesses are included, and it's really just lovely. Great coffee table book for those that love Disney.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This is the fairest coffee table book of them all. I'd actually give this book a 3.5. The introduction by Glen Keane was beautiful. It was an interesting glimpse into the life of an illustrator and it was very nostalgic. There are some beautiful works of art, some okay, and a few where I didn't know what to make of them. This is the fairest coffee table book of them all. I'd actually give this book a 3.5. The introduction by Glen Keane was beautiful. It was an interesting glimpse into the life of an illustrator and it was very nostalgic. There are some beautiful works of art, some okay, and a few where I didn't know what to make of them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Belcky

    Picked this up in Disneyland after flipping through it. Not much to read, but then reading's not the point. I enjoyed seeing some fresh takes on well-loved characters and themes, there is some inspiring stuff in there. Picked this up in Disneyland after flipping through it. Not much to read, but then reading's not the point. I enjoyed seeing some fresh takes on well-loved characters and themes, there is some inspiring stuff in there.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monet St. Louis

    absolutely beautiful art in the book. My ONLY issue was that they don't tell you which country each artist is from...you have to google it yourself to find out. That was a bit annoying, but overall a very inspiring book for and artist, or disney enthusiast. absolutely beautiful art in the book. My ONLY issue was that they don't tell you which country each artist is from...you have to google it yourself to find out. That was a bit annoying, but overall a very inspiring book for and artist, or disney enthusiast.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    The art in here is absolutely gorgeous and I love the creativity shown. I am half tempted to buy a copy so I can pull out my favorites to frame, honestly. Beautiful. Check out some of the art here: http://parkablogs.com/content/book-re... The art in here is absolutely gorgeous and I love the creativity shown. I am half tempted to buy a copy so I can pull out my favorites to frame, honestly. Beautiful. Check out some of the art here: http://parkablogs.com/content/book-re...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    The Art of the Disney Princess was absolutely beautiful. All of the pieces were very well done and the artist statements were very interesting. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the Disney Princesses.

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