Have you ever played a game like Tekken or Mortal Kombat, and when browsing through the list of potential female fighters and wondered, “Hmm, where is Cinderella? She could really kick some ass.”
No? Hardly surprising as Disney princesses are known mostly for sweetness and light, needing to be saved or swept off their feet by Prince Charming. But not anymore! Russian artist Artemii Myasnikov mixes fantasy and futuristic tech to create these female warriors of our favorite Disney characters, and you'll never look at them the same way again! Artemii spoke to Bored Panda about his drawing inspirations. “One night I was watching the “Disenchantment” series with my wife, and we started a discussion on what we like/dislike about the main character,” he told us. “One of the things we both liked is how wasn’t a damsel in distress, unlike most of the princesses and other famous characters in Disney movies.”
“I immediately got a drawing idea of a Snow White (because to me she’s the most damsel-in-distress-y princess ever) that would be armed, dangerous, and in charge of her own fate. That’s how the princess drawing sequence started.”
Artemii will set aside the project for the time being to concentrate on the upcoming Inktober, in which artists draw a picture each day for the entire month. He is a full-time artist and works as an art director in a games studio, but sees the art that he regularly uploads to Instagram as a hobby and creative outlet. “I draw girls, strange creatures, and techno stuff, that fully describes my favorite themes,” he told us. “Growing up, I was into Gen 13, all of the Mike Mignola stuff, DC and Marvel comic series (As a child, I was a die-hard fan of X-men series), Mulan, The Transformers, Exosquad, The Animatrics...”
While the comic industry is still a niche in Russia, it is growing steadily alongside the artist community in general. We hope you enjoy Artemii's work as much as we did, Imgur user AkitaFuriosa came up with the accurate descriptions for the new warriors on the list. You can scroll down below to check these beautiful drawings out for yourself, and don't forget to vote for your favorites!