Realistic Illustrations of Disney Princesses

Exactly a month ago Greg and I were at Disneyland. It’s hard to believe. And I’m somewhat more in love with Disney than I was before. I haven’t yet put any posts together about our trip, but to commemorate the incredible day that was June 16th 2014 I thought I’d share these stunning illustrations of Disney Princesses by Jirka Väätäinen.

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A Designer Dad says some pretty weird things to his kids – and illustrates them.

Parenting seems like such a ride. Sleepless nights, babies screaming, emotions (the good and bad variety), lots of laughter and happy moments. Basically, a huge conglomerate of every emotion imaginable. While I’m pretty far from parenthood right now, I can only imagine the type of crazies kids make you feel (and ultimately think and say).

So when I came across this post this morning, I knew I had to share it. Also, it’s been a while since I posted some design-y stuff and I’ve kinda missed it.  Nathan Ripperger, the father of 4 boys is a new type of legend. (The 4 boys thing kind of has to explain the crazies)

Oh boy, parenting seems like all sorts of fun.

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My personal favourite: “Don’t lick my arm! That’s what weird kids do.”

Way to put the example out there, dad 😉

Everyone gets a little sad sometimes.

Don’t worry, it’s not me who’s sad. You’ll see.

I wouldn’t quite say I’ve been busy recently, but I’m not quite sure where I have been to have somewhat neglected this little space. I guess my lunch breaks have been busy, as that’s usually when I find time to write. I don’t write much at home. I prefer to spend time watching Master Chef (our latest series addiction. We are self confessed reality TV junkies, and that’s ok)

Anyway, considering I don’t have much to update you on I’m going to showcase some artwork that literally made me go “awwww” out loud at my desk (OK, I’m sorry it’s more superhero themed stuff. But – the cuteness!) Does this not somehow break your little heart?

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My favourite childhood cartoon characters have all grown up!

I’m having a kind of off day, so I don’t really feel like typing something deep, inspiring or even witty. But I do feel like smiling, and sharing those smiles with all of you. I came across this design article on Design Taxi, which is possibly one of my favourite pages I follow on Facebook (That, and Humans of New York).

They showcased a post of how Celeste Pille, an illustrator imagined certain 90’s cartoon characters all grown up (or all growed-up, if you’ll understand the Rugrats reference). Goodness growing up in the 90’s was awesome. And boy, did I love the Rugrats growing up. My childhood bestie (who is still one of my besties) and I used to play her Rugrats computer game for hours. I don’t even know what the game entailed, but I vividly remember playing. I also remember when she came back from a trip to Australia, raving about Nickelodeon and I was super bleak that we didn’t have it in SA. I then rejoiced when it finally did and I was introduced to characters from shows like Hey Arnold.

So here they are: the Rugrats characters, among others (including the Magic School Bus gang) all growed up.

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I never pictured any of these characters as grown ups before, but I think Chucky and Tommy are such great fits! What do you think? And who was your favourite 90’s cartoon character?

A dose of Harry for the day.

So in my past life (read: childhood). I was the hugest Harry Potter fan. I may or may not have written about this previously, but I’m not sure I want to dig up blog archives of posts to prove it to you. But I saw this and it made me smile. And I hope that it’ll make anyone who lived through (and with) Harry and the gang, smile too.

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(Apologies for some of them not coming out. Anyway, source here.)

What Disney are REALLY trying to say.

Disney have often been berated about their politically incorrect-ness, especially in terms of the Disney Princess. I don’t remember the reasons, but I do remember touching on the topic way back in one of my many film classes at University. There’s actually a spoof animated “reality TV” show, called Drawn Together (which I really recommend, though not quite for conservative viewers). One of the characters is a spoof of a Disney Princess, and gosh she says some of the stupidest things.

Anyway, so when I saw this online on one of my very favourite blogs, Hurricane Vanessa, and simply could not help but share this. I posted a series not too long ago about what if Dr Seuss books were named according to their underlying messages. It’s interesting to look at these messages, at every one I nodded internally to myself in agreement. While I could recognise  these messages I’m sure children wouldn’t. I don’t know if this is something they would notice, or consciously pick up. I don’t know how quickly kids pick things like this up, so it would be interesting to note whether a little child would get the notions about “make overs” and “changing for your man” as some of these posters show.

While those are more “serious” I did have a laugh at the Lion King and 101 Dalmations. The Lion King being compared to Hamlet – genius. Now I need to go brush up on my Shakespeare, to fully appreciation this comparison.


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