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Apocalypse Princesses FINAL by TessFowler Apocalypse Princesses FINAL by TessFowler
Reposting again, for those who didn't get the chance to see it.

There have been so many widespread visceral responses to "Apocalypse Princesses". I've heard gripes about me putting Mulan in the wrong attire, bitching about the corsets and feminine clothing, and even one rant about how it's not the Apocalypse if it doesn't look like a Mad Max movie.

I warned people they wouldn't like my take on the Disney princesses. Each and every one of those princesses in their respective movies were sexual. I don't care how you want to skew it. They dripped with sex. With their tight little outfits, and their pouty lips and their big doe eyes. They were all fantasies. (Yes even Mulan so you shut up too) Be it by the symbolism of their situations, or the actual physical attributes they were given, they were colorful representations of females in male dominated worlds.

I drew them still clad in the colorful symbolism they were created in. But I turned it on it's ear. Behind every one of them is evidence that she's on her own, and that her male love interest has either died, is missing, or has been murdered in a couple of cases. They are recognizable because of the colors and costumes they still wear. But evidence of the changes are very much present. They took what was at hand, and used it. Some have changed a lot. Some not so much.

You're looking at the demise of their perfect happily ever after storylines. THAT is the Apocalypse.

Get it?

Yeah…you thought it was just a bunch of boobies, huh?

"Cinderella is the Ghost. I imagine her out on the dunes, lost and a little sad. Snow is the Poisons Expert. Hence the shrunken dwarf heads. They were an experiment that went awry. Tink has a St Christopher statue tied to her wings. I imagine her being the aerial assault. And her wings are held together with duct tape. Wendy is the leader. She has a thimble around her neck. And a croc tattoo. Esmeralda has a Djali goat embroidery on her vest. And sunbursts on the front of her vest. She's the thief, of course. Ariel is mutated by toxic waste, as is Flounder. Her jewelry is made of shells and sea trash. Alice is the explosives expert. Aurora is the Dragonslayer celebrating with a cigarette and champagne. Belle killed the beast. Hence the skull and half breed baby…and necklace of teeth. Jasmine is her father's personal bodyguard. Hence the tiger death mask. Mulan is the assassin."

Here's a bit more:

Most of their male counterparts ended up unable to survive. Or left them alone.

Cinderella escaped the castle, where her prince was hell bent on leading his people to devastation. Then he was overthrown and murdered in the midst of the impending chaos. Snow took her fated poisoning and turned it around by learning the trade. Who needs saving, or protection, when you can avoid the danger, and use it to your advantage? Tink does for herself, using her skills to fight the pirates. Wendy took leadership when Pan was gone. Esmeralda took to the streets when her soldier love left her (remember the book?) Ariel went back to the water when her prince was murdered. Sleeping Beauty had to slay her own dragon. Belle's obviously been raped and imprisoned. (See the baby?) She killed her tormenter. But she kept the child. Jasmine protects her father now that her hapless husband was killed in the war. She kept his monkey, though. Mulan to me is the pansexual. She is an assassin, and utilizes everything at her disposal. And she LIKES it. Alice is the perpetual child, hell bent on the magic of destruction.
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Artikano Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
I think the Disney Princess carry a lot of ... psychic energy in our culture. You know? They represent the ideal of purity and innocence and beauty in young ladies. 

It's delusion. It's bullshit. It's the idea of a better girlfriend (or daughter, or friend) than the real person you're with. Get it? A defining quality of Utopia is that it's always somewhere else. Princesses are an ideal we use to convince ourselves that what's real is inadequate.

So I'm not surprised people reacted a nit nuts.
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CeryneianHind Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been looking for new inspiration for costumes for a while. I am soooo happy to have stumbled upon this. Would it be alright to make a cosplay based on one of these?
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TessFowler Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
www.facebook.com/ApocalypsePri…

Of course. =) Check out the army! Lots of ladies playing in this arena. And you have my blessing. Please also feel free to add me on FB and tag me in updates. But forgive me if I gush in comment sections. lol I just adore the AP costumers.
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CeryneianHind Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Liked!
Of course I don't mind! I could always use feedback to help improve, I'm still learning!
This is my cosplay page if you would like to see it on FB, it has a lot more WIP and concept ideas thrown around than my DA
www.facebook.com/ceryneianhind…
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Emileech Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! All the though and detail that went into each character is brilliant :)
I love how I was instantly able to recognize each of the characters, even though they changed so much! 
You kept to their themes very well, I just love this! 
Special love for Tink, Snow and Ariel :)
Wonderful job! 
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TessFowler Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Thank you!!
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Punk-Gothic-LiliuM Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Awesome!!! Thank you sooooo much for making them Hug  And the whole explanation is simply marvelous +w+! I'm gonna make a Mulan cosplay for sure Love in the Air  ! Is there any possibility to see some post-apocalyptic villain or male character +w+? 
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inkyandsmudge123 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love it

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AiMiHe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it.
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Hey I think they are kick ass. 
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Bietka2628 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
D: WOW i love this princess 
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travellikegypsy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
MULAN.

I LOVE DIS.
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Madame-Finitevus1890 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Now THIS is an awesome, outside-the-box take on the Disney Princesses- I love their designs and the concepts behind their backstories! Bravo! :D
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McFinn138 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
So THIS is the princess movie I want to see.  And show my kids even.
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TessFowler Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
That's the nicest thing I've heard in a long time. Haha! Thanks.
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Wolfrage76 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Amazing creativity ya got. The soundtrack from Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior- The Break Out just pop up in my mind when I saw yer drawing.
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klixy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
my favorite part of this is the beast
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Jonot Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I like Mulan and Ariel the most out of this picture. They're both rather wicked looking.
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MarisaSarina Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so amazing! I love the little backstories in the description :O really incredible (and badass) 
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
cool cool stuff!
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RDurdle Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Amazing! Do you have a larger version than 565726?
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03071996 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Whoa, this is nice! Regardless of how people may judge the 'apocalyptic' style, you cannot deny the articulate detailing, shading and coloring which makes this look phenomenal. In fact, I'm actually in love with your design for Mulan. I may cosplay as your version in the future someday, credits to you of course.
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themadGypsea Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
love it.
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xXxDisorderlyxXx Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
So awesome. Think that's all I have to say... Great job!
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Bloody-Danish Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I LOVE this.... OwO I'll be making Esmeralda as a cosplay, if it's okay with you... :D
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TessFowler Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Of COURSE it's okay! I'm honored! We have something called the Apocalypse Princess Army on Facebook now for all the ladies who are making the costumes. So excited to see yours!!
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Bloody-Danish Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Some of my cosplay friends are making a group for this picture... :D There hasn't been found a date for it just, but we're gonna do it at one of the danish cosplay cons... :D
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TessFowler Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I can't wait to see pictures! Please keep me updated. This is so exciting!
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Bloody-Danish Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I will... :)
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BigDannyT Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Hey ther, my girlfriend and some of her friends made a group of costumes inspired by this. here's a link. I hope you like it.^_^

[link]
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TessFowler Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Wow! I'm so honored! :D

Tell them they look lovely!! Rock on!!
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BigDannyT Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Will do. I don't know if you plan on being at Dragon*Con, but we'll be wearing them there as well. It would be sweet if we could get a group together with the artist that inspired us.^_^
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TessFowler Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I don't do Dragon Con. But keep your eyes peeled for another group of Apocalypse Princess costumers there. =) Groups are cropping up as far as New Zealand and Italy!
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axelvlast Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I need me a copy of this - where can I buy a print?
Alex
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TessFowler Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Hi Alex! I hit you back on youtube. Not sure if you got it, but answering here as well. I recently stopped selling these. [link] But I put the link back up for a limited time.
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lexiejay Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
So what happened to Sleeping Beauty? Another poisons expert?
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TessFowler Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
She's the Dragon Slayer. See the celebratory cigarette and champagne? :)
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lexiejay Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Oh OK, and nice touch with the robe and sleepy look. Who imprisoned Belle?
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Tinkerbell and Esmeralda are my favorites of the bunch.
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BunjiTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
badass!
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OneDeviousKitty Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'm part of that cosplay group but I wanted to ask if you had plans to do more Princesses in the future?
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TessFowler Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
We were just discussing that on Facebook today. I don't think I will be doing the sequel group piece I had started. It just doesn't work the same way the first one did. Hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice. And my colorist did such amazing things to it, that I just don't think a sequel is worth it. I do plan on taking some of the concepts from the second piece, and doing solo pin ups. I also want to do a "Disney in Drag" project when I get more time. I can't wait to see your cosplay! Which princess are you?
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OneDeviousKitty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Aww.. I was hoping to see Rapunzel or Pocahontas but I'm still excited to see more of your work! I love pin ups :D

I'm going to be Apocalypse Jasmine. I will do my best to represent your art :)
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TessFowler Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I can't wait to see what you do with her!
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IAmCatLadyCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
do you have full bodies of these?
my friend and i want to cosplay your designs but we're at a loss on some of the pieces of the costumes haha
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TessFowler Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Elsewhere in my gallery you'll find close ups. And if that's not enough feel free to add me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tessfowler7 I have an album full. =)If you're attending SDCC, be sure to come by my table in Artist Alley and say hello!
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IAmCatLadyCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
okay i sent your facebook link to my friends who are planning on doing it as well..if we make them before SDCC we'll be sure to stop by! :D
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DC-Tiki Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, very cool, nice character re-designs!
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CelticChick Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
love your picture just wish it got a bit bigger so i could see all your great little details.
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