Throughout June I decided to set myself the task of doing the 30 Day Disney Drawing Challenge, and posting one entry a day over on my Instagram. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that technical difficulties prevented me from making every single upload, but I managed to finish everything by the 1st of July, and up until just over the halfway mark everything was going very smoothly!
If I learned anything from it, it’s that my obsession with The Lion King is far more intense…and ridiculous than I thought – you’ll see what I mean! Also, some characters are a lot easier to draw than others – in general, most Disney characters have a generic kind of framework, but there are some – like Hercules – who break the mould and are a bit more difficult.
Instead of giving you 30 huge drawings to flick through, I’ve put them into mini montages. If you have any specific questions, let me know and I’ll answer them as best as I can. Thank you to everyone who followed, liked and commented – it was amazing to interact with you guys, and I’m so pleased that so many people enjoyed the challenge!
The Questions & My Answers:
Favourite Disney Movie – The Lion King: a complete no-brainer!
Favourite Disney Princess – Tiana: I’ve never been a massive ‘Disney Princess Lover’, but I always liked how modern and different Tiana was to the others.
Favourite Disney Prince – Aladdin: again, I’m not the biggest fan of Disney Princes at all, but when I was little I’m pretty sure I liked Aladdin best!
Favourite Disney Song – The Circle Of Life (The Lion King): another no brainer – I love the animation paired with the song; I think it’s so powerful.
Favourite Kiss – Hercules and Meg: ok this may seem random, but I think Hercules and Meg are so underrated, and their story just fits really well. This was not easy to draw though – I never draw people kissing so this was definitely a challenge, and the animation style in this movie is very different to other Disney offerings, so it was definitely a challenge.
Prettiest Disney Princess – Belle: I still think this is a bit of an unnecessary question, but I chose Belle because I think I always thought she was prettiest when I was younger.
Favourite Disney Castle – Cinderella: I know I’ve given it a 2-dimensional, slightly geometric twist here, but I always thought Cinderella’s castle was stunning.
Saddest Moment – Mufasa’s Death (The Lion King): makes me cry every single time.
Favourite Couple – Simba and Nala: For me, I think they’re the most realistic in that they were best friends first, and it naturally grew into something more.
Best Hair – Ariel: sea air = texture and volume🙂
Best Non-Animal Sidekick – Genie: another no-brainer!
Best Animal Sidekick – Archimedes: I adore Archimedes – I think he’s absolutely hilarious, and I feel like he gets forgotten a lot!
Best Outfit – Belle’s ball gown: I just picked this at random because I couldn’t decide, although now in hindsight I do actually think this is the best outfit overall – it’s pretty, suited her so well and has become so iconic.
Best Villain – Hades: I LOVE Hades! I know he’s a bit of a marmite villain, but I think he’s sinister, dark, hilarious and portrayed so well considering how much Disney twisted the entire story!
Most Romantic Moment – Robin Hood and Maid Marian’s Wedding: I don’t buy into romance all that often, but this wedding always makes me melt! Robin was not easy to draw at all, hence why he looks very flat!
Best Singing Voice – Genie: this was really difficult, and the more I thought about it the more conflicted I got. I decided to go with the character whose songs always make me sing, and that’s how I got to Genie🙂
Favourite Name – ‘Bagheera’: I love the way this sounds….and I have no real idea why!
Favourite Soundtrack – The Lion King: I listen to this way too often for it to be healthy!
Best Eyes – Jasmine: I know I haven’t drawn them all that well here, but I do think she has nice eyes. She’s actually one of my least favourite princesses though!
Funniest Moment – Timon ‘Tastes like chicken’: according to my father (and one or two home movies) I used to laugh relentlessly at his impression of Timon saying this, so I had to put it in!
Favourite Quote – ‘Remember who you are’, Rafiki: short and sweet, but oh so true!
Best Dance Scene – Balloo and Mowgli (The Bare Necessities): this is just such a happy song, and the dance animation that accompanies it is so bouncy and random! I shouldn’t have used a felt tip pen for the detail though, but I actually quite like how this turned out.
Bravest Princess – Mulan: a complete no brainer! After Tiana she’s likely to be my second favourite princess.
Favourite Parent – Mufasa: he’s wise, playful, insightful and the right kind of disciplinarian.
Best Lyrics – ‘He Lives in You’, The Lion King 2: They’re just so powerful!
Most Magical Wardrobe – The Fairy Godmother: ok, when I was little I really believed in the magic of this crazy lady! I bought into every swish of her magic wand, and I remember thinking the way she transformed the pumpkin into a coach was the most amazing thing ever!
Best Wardrobe – The talking one from Beauty and the Beast: does she have a name? Anyway, this wasn’t even something I had to think about – I’d love to have a wardrobe like this!
Favourite sequel, favourite overall moment and favourite happy ending – ?
And so we arrive at the final 3 days! I know it’s a cop-out, but I genuinely couldn’t decide on anything for these 3 questions. I don’t think any Disney animation sequel has been perfect – the Pixar ones tend to be a lot better. Trying to pick a favourite overall Disney moment is virtually impossible for me, and I don’t have a favourite happy ending because I don’t think any of them have a great ‘happy ending’!
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this round-up post! If you have any other ideas of drawing challenges I could do over on Instagram let me know! Which one was your favourite, or least favourite?