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Historically Accurate Wendy by Wickfield Historically Accurate Wendy by Wickfield
Being the history geek that I am, I guess it is kind of surprising that I haven't really done a "historically accurate" animation series before, but after seeing that awesome Buzzfeed Disney Princess video, and of course all the amazing art on here, I was inspired to make my own.  I guess it is better late than never!

As I've said before elsewhere, from an artistic standpoint, I'm not at all bothered by the animated designs of the characters in Disney and Dreamworks films. They weren't documentaries after all so in most cases they didn't need to be accurate, and in animation in particular, it is more important to convey character and style in the designs.  I am not trying to "fix" anything because I don't think there is anything to fix!  That being said, it can still be fun to learn how your favorite characters might have looked if they had existed in real life.  :) (Smile)  

For my series, I am trying to be as accurate as I possibly can.  I'm taking the country of origin, the social class, the culture, and the specific decade into mind (instead of just a general sweep of multiple decades), and also adapting the colors and styles to fit what was available and worn everyday.  I will try to keep the characters recognizable where I can, but I want to make my pictures realistic and so some elements of the original designs might be altered in the process.

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For this series' first venture into the 20th century we will be accompanied by the heroine of Peter Pan, Wendy Darling!  I hadn't even thought about looking at Peter Pan since the majority of its characters are fantasy, but after a suggestion from MoonyMina to include some characters from the movie, I started researching to see what I could find.  I decided to try  an accurate version of Wendy, since she would be the most practical to translate - plus it was a chance to draw some cute period-appropriate nightwear!

I chose to mark this picture as "1910s" because I like to be as specific as I can, although it wasn't easy to pick a date at first.  The original movie seemed to be set in the 1900s, looking at Mrs. Darling's hairstyle and evening dress.  But for Wendy to have a 12-year old in 1940 as in the sequel, she would probably be 12 herself at some point in the mid-1910s.  Additionally, the CGI version of Wendy from the Tinker Bell movies is wearing 1910s clothing.  I'm not sure whether this was some retconning at play or if it the original movie was always supposed to be set in this period and Mrs. Darling was just dressed incorrectly.  Fortunately, girls' nightwear didn't change too much in the Edwardian era so this would work for either decade!

To find a nightgown similar to Wendy's from the movie, I looked at several women's magazines from the 1910s on Google Books, like the Ladies' Home Journal, as most of those publications included advertisements for patterns that women could buy for their family.  
It seemed like most of the actual gowns I was finding were in this style, long-sleeved with a yoke: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/7…, so my initial plan was to put Wendy in a kimono-style robe because those were very often high-waisted like her original nightgown.  But I was very glad when I happened upon a series of high-waisted and short sleeved nightgowns dating from 1906-1913.  This is a lady's gown from 1906, and this is a girl's nightgown that is also similar to this 1913 gown.  Perfect!  Since nightgowns in this time period were almost universally white for ease of cleaning, I added the bits of blue from her original design in her ribbons and her bedroom slippers, which were a typical Edwardian design.

At 12 years old, Wendy would be too young to wear her hair in the movie style, which was more suited for a teenage girl (I actually found a similar style that was a formal "evening coiffure" from 1908).  Young girls wore their hair in large ringlets with even larger bows!  By the 1910s it was becoming common for girls to pull their hair back in a ponytail style like in this ad, so I thought that, while playing with her brothers and for other activities, Wendy might do the same, even if she took it down to go to sleep. :) 

Thanks for looking! 
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Oh, she looks adorable~! :love:
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree! :)
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
High five! :)
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WCLyon Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I've wonder what Peter Pan and Captian Hook would look like?
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well he is a fantasy character, the rules of historical accuracy need not apply!
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WCLyon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
What about Alice?
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once I started gathering references for Alice I realized she would look too much like the original illustrations by John Tenniel, and that would be a bit redundant.  
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WCLyon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Or the actual Alice Liddell? 
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WCLyon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Well just simply give hime some 1900s Edwardian boy clothes
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Londonroze Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this Series Wendy reminds me a little bit of young Anastasia here Wendy looks great love her shoes
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! Yes, Wendy is the same time period as the beginning of the Anastasia movie, it's cool you noticed!
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Londonroze Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks it's a side affect of being a history nerd 
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LovelyLiar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww!!!! She looks so cute!!! :aww:
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  I love that 1910s style. :)
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Shellquake Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose John and Michael were out of the question? Typical.

"Ha, I never should've met her in the first place. She wasn't even a kid to begin with. Inner child, what a lie that is. Only a fool would believe that trash."
- Peter (my own)
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually their outfits were already accurate. No need to reinvent the wheel.
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bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So I just finished your Historically Accurate series and I must say: Bravissimi! Absolutely amazing! The amount of dedication and attntion detail is astounding! Not to mention the art itself! Brilliant! All of it! I look forward to more of this series and your other works.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad people are enjoying this series as much as I am. :)
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calamity-casey Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
To be fair, didn't Mrs. Darling say the dress was "a bit old fashioned"?
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I think she did! All right, problem solved! :)
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calamity-casey Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lol XD
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Acecat2798 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I love your work! The artist Shoomlah on deviant art did something similar (pinpointing the era of each Disney princess movie) and drawing in that style. I think you should check her out- she does good work. She even did some design work for Bioshock Infinite!
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, everyone must know about Shoomlah!  I think she usually matches the time period to the outfit though, whereas I sometimes redesign the outfit if it doesn't fit the period Disney is claiming to portray. :evillaugh:
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Acecat2798 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Yeah she does that sometimes (I meant more that she uses the clothing that they already have and kind of stretches it until it's plausible that somebody in whatever period it is wore it, after using other means to figure out the time of the movie)
Kudos btw for getting that Hercules/Herakles takes place in Mycenaean (spelling wut) times! Never would've picked up on that! It's not really a movie I watch all the time anyways, though Hades is just great.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, that was what I meant too (her Gibson Girl Ariel springs to mind)!

And I spell Mycenaean wrong all the time!  I wasn't sure whether I should stick to the obvious Classical-era visual design, but I thought the Mycenaean frame would be a unique take, anyway. :)
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Uyr-Uka Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
This is adorable! Wow! :)
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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GoblinDreamer Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
I love the design of the nightgown! So lush and gorgeous! :heart: 

On a side note, you mentioned Mrs. Darling's hairstyle and evening dress being from the 1900s, but the information setting the story logistically in the 1910s. An explanation of this could possibly be that the Darlings weren't very well off. It was suggested sometimes in the books that Mr. Darling didn't make a lot of money. It went something along the lines of them barely being able to afford to keep Wendy, and Michael was almost out of the question, but stayed on anyways. It was also mentioned that they couldn't afford a human Nanny like other families, so they got Nana the dog instead. Mr. Darling was a man who liked keeping a tidy budget, so it's very possible that Mrs. Darling was wearing an older dress that she spruced up for the party because she couldn't afford to buy a new one. Her hair style, unfortunately, is unaccountable. The only reason for it I can think of is that she was behind the times in that way, or she just liked her hair that way and did not care! :)

I'm looking forward to seeing more from your series! This sounds like a really fun idea. :D
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I'm familiar with the Darlings, I knew that book back and forth when I was in my teens! ;)  But you are right, maybe Mrs. Darling was a bit out of date.
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Raakone Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
This is beautiful!
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love Edwardian-era fashion so much, can I get a link to the rest of that girl's fashion advertisement at the end? Is it from a catalog or something?
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually just found it on Tumblr, this is the category where it was listed along with a lot of other scans from the Sears catalog: yeoldefashion.tumblr.com/tagge…
Hope that helps! :)
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is purr-fect!!!!!

I love the research you've put in it... and nightwear is quite unusual in historical fanart :)

I really like the blue details to remind of her movie clothes and the hairdo!
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!  And you're right, we don't see enough jammies in series like this!
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JoshGarciaArtworks Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!! Amazing design and artwork!! :D
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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JoshGarciaArtworks Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :D ya did a great work on this! :D
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