Jason Porath, a former DreamWorks artist draws women from history and mythology but gives them a Disney-like look.
He describes himself as "a guy who likes interesting, lesser-known women and would like for them to get their time in the sun," and so he decided to create Disneyfied versions of female characters he wanted to see.
"I found myself really fascinated by how narrowly defined the animated princess mold was, and the massive spectrum of women across history and literature that just end up winnowed down to this tiny sliver of what ends up in the mainstream," Porath says.
Even though Disney Princesses or heroines have had made some progress in recent years; Tiana, Mulan and Pocahontas being the rare few; it’s highly unlikely these diverse and strong characters would have made it to a Disney movie.
However it’s a treat to see these strong and interesting characters that he has created. They are intriguing as well as beautiful.
His ‘princesses’ are inspired from Wu Zetian, first and only female emperor of China, Mai Bhago, 18th century Sikh warrior-saint, Mariya Oktyabrskaya, first female tanker to ever win the Hero of the Soviet Union award and Sita, heroine of the Hindu epic 'The Ramayana.'
Here they are in all their glory:
Amazingly he’s not a formally trained artist and has only had a few drawing classes. His work at DreamWorks, intensely technical animation was also self taught, not that you can tell, looking at his work.
Brilliant isn’t it?