I've seen people do this with Disney animals and ponies. I really like the idea and wanted to play too.
So we have Rain, the beautiful and brave horse from Dreamworks animation Spirit. I was going to make her native since she belongs to Little Creek but... She HAS blue eyes and light mane and I started to think: "Hey, horses came with Europeans to America and all horses owned by natives were runaways and their offspring... She's a white girl raised by natives then!" I modeled her outfit after Lakota clothes since Little Creek was a lakota. She turned out very beautiful, my favourite female drawing this far. O.o
Lady from the iconic Lady and The Tramp. I LOVE her. One of my favourite Disney heroines. She got the blue theme colour because of her collar. There isn't much to be said about her design. I love her. Did I say that already?
Kiara from Lion King 2, my favourite lioness. I modeled her outfit after the Masai tribe from Kenya. Why? Cause I wasn't sure where Lion King took place and because in one episode of Timon and Pumba the hyenas say in a joke that they are not in Kenya anymore. And Masai because they were easiest to find pictures of and those clothes are cool. I love Kiara, drawing her was why I started this whole picture.
Nala! Because if you have Kiara, you got to have her mother. Same model, different version. I like her eyes. I actually like black women, I always wanted to play with black dolls when I was little. I find that skin colour very, very beautiful. The other one I like is very tan... It was a delight to draw two dark women here! ^^
Terk from Tarzan! I didn't make her bald because she has very distinct hair-like fur on her head so... I made her a freeky hair-style instead. I actually like bald women too but... Terk, you make up for the hair with your muscles! Her clothes are simply modeled after Jane's outfit at the end of the movie.
Duchess from Aristocats. I like her demure air and delicate mannerism. I modeled her after her owner. I always wanted to have eyes like hers for jewelry. They looked like saphires. But cats always have it better. ^^"
I own none of these characters!
Should I do male animals too? I want to do Maximus from Tangled... xD
Was it hard doing Rain? Because of her splotchy painted pattern? Or did you really just focus on her mane and eyes and just...went with it?
side is the Uni (annoyingly unknown point pleasent tribe that was part of the Shawnee)
which goes back to the early settlers.
It must be amazing having such a varied background behind you. And it even goes back to early settlers! O.O
And it goes as far back as Henry the eighth's time. (well, the English/Welsh part does anyways, not too sure about the rest...)
Roma as in Romen or Romanian?
Roma as in romani, the nomadic people who have been in Europe since Middle Ages. The more known term is "gypsy" but it's actually a slur and should not be used. My mother has that lineage and my father has Italian.
In my mind Romanian people and Gypsys are two different things that sometimes cross over as one refers to a specific race while the other does not.
Thank you for liking her! I spent a long research time trying to make her outfit authentic.
Thank you for liking Kiara and Nala! Their designs took me a long time since I wanted them to be authentic. ^^
Aww, thank you!<3
I actually heard something similiar about how Natives and the settlers mixed/adopted and this resulted in blonde natives. I'm from Finland (Nothern Europe) so this was new info for me! We do not go into American history that deeply, just cover the basics. So some people can still claim that heritage but not look like the typical image... Wow. Thank you for feeding my inner history nerd!
It seems my hunch about making Rain so light was right. She can be either adopted or mixed then.