Artist Reimagines Iconic Disney Princesses With Realistic Facial Proportions

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Elsa from “Frozen”
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Everyone is familiar with Disney's trademark art style. Their beloved animated characters often have cute, diminutive features with large, expressive eyes. These proportions make them appear more cartoon-like than realistic, which gave one artist an idea for a twist on Disney convention. In her ongoing project, California-based illustrator Holly Fae reimagines famous Disney princesses and other characters with more lifelike proportions.

Fae started the series by transforming the starlet sisters of Frozen, Elsa and Anna. Using the Procreate app on her iPad, she altered the princesses' childlike features by elongating their faces and making their eyes smaller. Then, the digital artist shared videos of her process on her TikTok which quickly garnered millions of views and likes.

After receiving so much positive feedback, Fae continued updating characters from other Disney movies, like Moana, Rapunzel (from Tangled), and Merida (from Brave). “The initial Elsa video was really on a whim, but since that one, I've put a lot of care into each transformation, especially in the case of Moana and Jasmine,” Fae says. “I spent lots of time looking at photos of women of their ethnicities because I wanted to get the features right.” The illustrator intends to continue her makeover series until she's updated all of the princesses, including Mulan and Snow White.

You can purchase Fae's art via her Etsy shop, and keep up to date with her latest creations by following her on TikTok and Instagram.

California-based artist Holly Fae updates Disney princesses by giving them realistic proportions.

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Anna from “Frozen”

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Moana from “Moana”

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Princess Rapunzel from “Tangled”

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Princess Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Princess Merida from “Brave”

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Princess Jasmine from “Aladdin”

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Vanellope from “Wreck-It Ralph”

Fae has also reimagined one of the fellas — Flynn Rider from Tangled.

Disney Princess Art by Holly Fae

Flynn Rider from “Tangled”

To see more of her process, check out Fae's TikTok channel, where her videos have garnered millions of views and likes.

@hollyfae_artWhich do you like better? ##elsa ##frozen2 ##foryou ##fyp ##artchallenge ##funny ##4upage ##artclub ##disney ##makeover♬ Into the Unknown – VoicePlay

Holly Fae: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok 

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Holly Fae.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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