Saturday, June 11, 2011
Hey, I finally finished!
Disney's latest princess, Rapunzel turned out to be the next project in my line up.
I really enjoyed the movie, "Tangled", and I feel that it's probably the best thing that Disney Feature Animation has done in the last 10 years. I was glad to see it become a hit and do so well.
For those of you that don't know me, I work as a Character Artist at Disney, majored in Character Animation at CalArts, and I love photography. Can you see how these princess projects came to be?
The princesses seem to be the most popular photos in my portfolio, so I will continue to work on them, one at a time. I really enjoy these projects, but they are a LOT of work.....probably more than anyone realizes.
TWO things are required to make one of these shoots happen...a GREAT COSTUME and A GREAT MODEL. Skyler Vallo is the model....and as far as I'm concerned, she IS Rapunzel.
Many of you have heard this story, but let me tell it again. I spotted Skyler's photos on a modeling website called "Model Mayhem." I e-mailed Skyler and told her that she'd make a great Rapunzel. She wrote me back and informed me that she in fact, plays Rapunzel at Disneyland!! At that point, I knew for sure that she was a fantastic casting choice for this project.
Unfortunately, we couldn't take the costume from the park, so I had to have one made on my own, this is a one-of-a-kind. It was made by Erlinda Armendariz. She's very talented and also made my Pocahontas costume and upcoming Belle costume. Hair and Make Up was done by Jeremy Austin. He had to construct 15 feet of hair! Did I say only 2 things are required for a shoot like this to happen? I was wrong, there are so many more things than that.
Anyway, this is the 5th princess project I've done, following Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Sleeping Beauty. No, Jessica Rabbit doesn't count. : )
I hope you like my interpretation of Rapunzel, I worked very hard on it. I included a behind the scenes shot of Skyler and I just for fun.
Thanks for stopping by.
(Oh, I had to put my name on this one, because the princess pics are often "borrowed.")