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Slave Jasmine by Wickfield Slave Jasmine by Wickfield
Last weekend I heard the news that Disney was moving forward with their live-action Aladdin, although I admit it doesn't hold much interest to me - my heart will always belong to the original!  Still, that got me in the mood to draw Aladdin fanart, and as sort of a spin-off of my Historically Accurate series I thought I'd revisit the medieval Arab setting of the Disney version and draw historic designs of some of the other costumes in the movie.  It's too bad most "historic" movies set in the Middle East go the fantasy route when it comes to costume design...in my opinion the accurate clothing is pretty interesting in its own right!

For my version of Jasmine's notorious "slave" costume, I wanted to exchange the stereotypical harem girl look (which actually developed from the repressed men of Victorian England) for something much more human.  I decided to reference the clothing of the medieval dancers of the Abbasid Sultanate in the 13th century (more about the time period here), as the dancing girls would have worn the most provocative clothing of the era.  Along with a sheer, cinched version of the typical medieval tunic dress, I drew Jasmine with her hair in the common 4-locks style and gave her henna-painted feet often shown in period art.  Dancing girls were also often depicted with the scarves they use in their dances, so I drew the blue one that appears for a moment in the movie.  Although it might not be obvious at first glance, the fact that Jasmine is bareheaded, barefoot, and unveiled would have been considered shameless for any woman, and especially one of her royal stature.  I think Jafar would be very pleased with his work!

As far as the art itself, since the clothing is so different than the costumes depicted in the movie, I ended up sampling straight from the screencaps to regain some of the "feel" of the original cartoon.  In the next week or so I hope to upload a happier sequel to this particular historically accurate costume - until then you can check out my other historically accurate Aladdin drawings from my original series here!
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SerenDippityDooDah Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really good work! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up 
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MartyTheRabbit Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
I love the design you went with!
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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poulinr1997 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2017
She has this look in her eyes like she wants to murder jafar, preferably with his own staff, and I dig it. 
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep...that's what I was going for! :D
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Code-E Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Student General Artist
I agree with the live action remakes. I've never seen the point in them. The classic animated movies are great, why change them? It feels like Disney just jumped on the "remake" bandwagon Hollywood has been on the last few years. I enjoyed the LA Jungle Book enough, but Cinderella was a total bore to me, and I just wasn't interested in Beauty and the Beast. I will say a LA Aladdin is slightly more appealing to me.

I really love Jasmine's outfit here. Not exactly scandalous by our standards, but I can totally see it for that time and place. I think what sales it is her expression. You can just see the humiliation and rage in her eyes. You captured her emotions perfectly. Jafar better watch his back!

On a slightly different note, I've never understood why so many people find Jasmine's "slave girl" outfit scandalous/degrading. It's been a while, but wasn't it just her regular clothes but red instead of blue? Not exactly the most degrading wardrobe change. Frankly, the poor old Sultan got it way worse than her.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I was interested by Maleficent because it looked like Disney was going to be doing more like "alternative" takes for their live action movies, but I just don't feel like the more direct adaptations (like Beauty and the Beast) are really needed all that much. :shrug:  Then again I'm probably not the audience they are aiming for so maybe my opinion doesn't count for much!

Actually you're right about the slave girl costume, the outfit itself really isn't all that much more revealing than her standard blue outfit (although it was a big switch from the more modest purple dress she'd been wearing in the previous scene).  I guess it's more the context that they had the villain purposely objectifying and degrading the princess in that scene which was a bit unusual for a Disney movie - that, or the overwhelming attention it seems to get in fandom where it tends to be sexualized further.
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Code-E Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Student General Artist
I suppose that's true. The situation was a bit risque for them. Still, I don't understand why people get upset over a villain acting like a villain.
And the fanbase- yeah, they can get a little weird. There's always going to be those kind of people in every fandom.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
really, really interesting!!
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SceneDemonz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
Thanks for doing this, slave Jasmine as I can remember was "too sexy" looking :P
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was ok, just kind of corny. :XD:
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SceneDemonz Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
Yeah, you're right; Corny and too sexual for a Disney movie XD
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bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sniffle* Who says historical accuracy can't be beautiful and relevant to the modern day? That hate, that quiet fury, that 'so done with this shit' burning in her eyes is magnificent. Bravissima. Clap 
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thank you, what a thoughtful comment! :clap:
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LadyDaliena Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
I'm in love with the details like how her clothing is slightly torn and that she's crying (probably of rage). It's amazing!
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Since she was going to look so different from the original I wanted to signal her humiliation a few other ways, plus I think anyone would be upset if they managed to get Aladdin as a boyfriend and someone split you up!
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CreativeChick614 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist
Jasmine looks ready to kill! Also, those earrings are gorgeous!
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, they are based off an actual 13th century pair!
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BookLyrm Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Love the idea of taking the colors from a screencap to tie a very different costume back to the movie. 

I was wondering how long it would take Disney to get to Aladdin. I'd love to see them try for some real historical accuracy of costume, setting, language, and behavior...though I can't say I hold out much hope.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, the colors in Aladdin were so amazing that I really enjoyed working with them.  I'm not holding out much hope for the movie either - I'm pretty sure it's going to be similar in design/storyline to the Broadway show.  It seems that these days Disney uses a lot of Indian rather than Arab influence in their designs for the costumes, sets, and dancing. :/
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AilemaDragonPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Student Filmographer
This outfit kind of reminds me of Esmeralda's outfits in terms of the color and the sash, and other outfits as well.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, they definitely played up the fiery seductive colors with Esmeralda too!
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AilemaDragonPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Student Filmographer
Indeed.
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Paige362 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
This is really different and really interesting! Can't wait to see what you add with the new picture. 
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  I hope I can finish it up in the next few days. :)
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Tahkaullus01 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, dats an angry slave princess. I'm just going to imagine the red is all the blood Jafar spilled when she opened up his neck and watched it spray out in silence. Who needs a genie anyway?
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, there has to be some poison in there at the very least!
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Tahkaullus01 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Well yeah I guess if she wanted to watch the life drain out of his eyes... this conversation is getting very creepy.
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Amaris-Magic Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
I absolutely love how she's portrayed with a sense of tranquil fury and I have to admit that this is actually better than hows she's portrayed in the movie.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  In all honesty, I remembered Jasmine being feistier during that scene than she actually was, so I was a little disappointed when I went back to watch it for reference.  But I know I wouldn't want this historical version to be in charge of bringing me drinks...I'm not sure I'd survive the service!
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so striking, I love her expression (and all your research and choices, as always!).
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  I really wanted to get that sense of...hate across. I know I'd be shooting some evil glares if I'd been demoted from princess to private dancer!
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome welcome, and again, spot on.
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
This take on the slave outfit is awesome!
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  I knew it would be a challenge since the one in the movie was so fanciful and modern, but I liked how it turned out!
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Sallyrah Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
Very cool.
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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kevinlaboratory Featured By Owner Edited Jul 27, 2017  Student Filmographer
That's beautiful drawing picture.
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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JorgeCaptain1998 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
Beautiful ~
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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JorgeCaptain1998 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
Your welcome.
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EnigmusPrime Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Student General Artist
Why are her toes red?
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I explained that in the description - they are painted with henna.
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Animefan-279 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Apparently Jafar and Mother Gothel think alike.
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess Evil isn't so creative, huh? :XD:
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Animefan-279 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose.
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