20 Disney Princesses Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before


The idyllic fairy tale setting of Beauty and the Beast was partially inspired by France. For his take on the character Belle, Jirka emphasized her French characteristics. Looking at her portrait, you can understand why Gaston was so into her.


Lewis Carroll, the writer of the original Alice in Wonderland (officially known as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), often entertained children with fantastical stories. One of those children, Alice Liddell, inspired the eponymous character from Alice in Wonderland. She looked a bit different from the Disney and Jirka versions, but her trustful, courteous, and wildly curious nature shines through.

Jane Porter

1999’s Tarzan was the last film of the so-called “Disney Renaissance”, a period from 1989 to 1999 when Disney studios released blockbuster after blockbuster with very few missteps.

Tarzan was no exception. A driving factor in the film’s success was the character of Jane Porter, played by veteran actress Minnie Driver. Many of her mannerisms and characteristics were incorporated into Jane’s animation, and the character’s appearance was partially inspired by Driver.


Speaking of the Disney Renaissance, The Little Mermaid was the movie that kicked it off. For his portrait, Jirka rendered Ariel’s long, flowing, bright red hair, blue eyes, and mermaid tail with stunning realism and detail.