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The Villainous World of Disney by StephenSchaffer The Villainous World of Disney by StephenSchaffer
Wow. So here it is, the piece that has consumed the last month of my time and over 50+ hours: my Disney Villains piece :)

I've been wanting to draw these beloved characters for some time now and only recently got the courage to do so. I don't know if you're aware but as of this November with "Tangled" there will be exactly 50 canonical Disney full-length animated features. So, needless to say I had a lot of villains to choose from. And after sifting through and nixing all of the animal based villains (as well as the ones that were just plain corny) I came up with a troupe of 24 to draw. And so I sat down and started sketching out this massive layout. The date: April 2009.

Cut to July 2010. After a year-long hiatus, I returned to the piece, and begin putting pencil to paper. Initially, I was going to put all 24 on one sheet of paper, but my scanner decided that the paper could be no larger than 11"x17". So here I am trying to cram 24 characters on a relatively tiny piece of paper... it didn't work. So I sat back, whittled the roster down to my absolute favorite 12 and started again. However, this time, I wanted to have enough space to give the characters some breathing room and not cram them all together. My solution: 2 sheets of 11"x17" paper!

I decided to do the villains in chronological order from earliest appearance to most recent. And since the first 6 were my "classic" faves, I opted to do the new kids on the block first; saving the best for last :) I will say, though, that my choice to draw the new 6, then color them, then draw and color the old 6 after was probably not the best choice. It seems that doing other work in between was not a wise decision either, because when I came back to do the new 6, I was in a slightly different mindset and had to do a lot of redrawing to get it to the level I wanted. Man, Captain Hook was a BITCH to draw! I could not get him right to save my life.

I really didn't want to alter the characters too much from their original forms, because they are mostly designed perfectly (plus I wanted them to be recognizable). But, Maleficent was a different story. First of all, I absolutely LOVE Maleficent! I think she is by far the greatest Disney villain and she's hot to boot! Her simple black cloak was a touch boring so I wanted to keep the overall idea, but spice it up some. I also went to great lengths to keep her looking sexy but still a strong villain. She's not only my favorite villain, but she's my fave of the group.

Something else that occurred to me while drawing this was just how far I'd have to stretch my drawing/coloring muscles. I can't think of any other piece where one would have to draw long hair, short hair, curly hair, flaming hair, Caucasian skin, African-American skin, Middle Eastern skin, blue skin, green skin, white skin, dead skin, animal pelt, fur, mesh, horns, tentacles, coral, feathers, gold, jewels, bone, smoke, skinny women, obese women, muscular men, chest hair, sheer fabric and a bird all in one image...! It was a total blast! And lastly, this was a pretty interesting find, and very fitting: [link]

Top Row (L-R):
1953 – Peter Pan – Captain Hook
1959 – Sleeping Beauty – Maleficent
1961 – 101 Dalmatians – Cruella de Vil
1989 – The Little Mermaid – Ursula
1991 – Beauty and the Beast – Gaston
1992 – Aladdin – Jafar

Bottom Row (L-R):
1995 – Pocahontas – Governor Ratcliffe
1996 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Claude Frollo
1997 – Hercules – Hades
1998 – Mulan – Shan Yu
2000 – The Emperor’s New Groove – Yzma
2009 – The Princess and the Frog – Doctor Facilier

I really hope you all enjoy this piece. I had an enormous amount of fun with it, and really, at the end of the day, that's what making art should be all about. Dig.

Close Ups:



Characters © Disney
Image © Stephen Arthur Schaffer
Textures: [link]
Brushes: `adonihs
Tools: Photoshop CS
Dimensions: 17"x22" @ 300 DPI
Time: 50+ hours
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The Villainous World of Disney by =northchavis
From the suggester:
"Amazing collection of villains!" I have to agree! I'm in love with the way each character reflects their own personality while giving off evilness in pure state! ( Suggested by onnirica and Featured by rydi1689 )
:iconmiolawliet:
MioLawliet Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
so wonderful! :happybounce: 
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner 9 hours ago
Thanks :)
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joshpoint0 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
My favorite is between Shan Yu and Dr.Facillier
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
:)
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:iconjoshpoint0:
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Yep! X3
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SallyFinkelstein13 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maleficent looks the best in my opinion. Ursula looks kind of trashy though...
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
:)
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oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Really cool interpretations of the various characters here.  Yzma looks especially stylin'
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Thanks!
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:iconvelvetrevolver8:
velvetrevolver8 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Creepy as hell, but still awesome 
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Thx
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:iconsmokeyandthebandit:
SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
One thing you can say, when Disney makes a villian, they don't pull any punches. :nod: Where is Judge Doom?
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Don't know who that is...
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:iconsmokeyandthebandit:
SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Have you ever seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Yup
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:iconsmokeyandthebandit:
SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Then you should know who Judge Doom is.
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
I don't consider him a Disney villain...
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:iconsmokeyandthebandit:
SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Why?
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
:shrug: I just don't. Great movie but it's not part of the Disney princess canon, which is where I chose all of my villains.
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Xemnas-sama Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The people making Kingdom Hearts games should really take a look at this masterpiece!
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Thanks, that's quite a compliment! :)
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:iconxemnas-sama:
Xemnas-sama Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They better do their best for the next game!
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:iconkalliroe:
Kalliroe Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing :XD: Gaston and Dr. Facilier are my favs!
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Thanks :)
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:iconellie3von:
ellie3von Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Writer
soo amazing good job!!
beautiful!
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thanks!
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:iconellie3von:
ellie3von Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Writer
you΄re welcome sometimes i just think that they΄re not bad but then i realice what they do and that
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gordhanx Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
This is beautiful! Amazing job, on all of them. Love the details, colouring, shading and expressions.
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Thank you :)
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:icongordhanx:
gordhanx Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
You're welcome.
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:iconbarricade379:
Barricade379 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Wish my villain was among them
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Well, these are my favs :)
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:iconbarricade379:
Barricade379 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
True, you haven't met mine
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:iconstephenschaffer:
StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Technically, I haven't met any of them... ;)
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:iconbarricade379:
Barricade379 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Hahaha, funny:D
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SativaCookies Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing!
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Thanks!
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Kosa17 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hook, Cruella, Hades, Jafar and Yzma are my favs :D But there are only humans, and I love Scar too!!!
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Glad you like it :)
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:iconkosa17:
Kosa17 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :D
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Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :la:
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconrikuthedragonslayer:
Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure :highfive:
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DreamingNomad Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
nice and crisp, detailed villains - i like them alot.
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Thanks :D
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Tabbynerdicat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HADES IS DA BEST! Well, also Kronk and Falicier, but HADES IS DA BEST!
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
:D
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ArgentConjure Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!  Love Maleficent, Ursula, and who doesn't love Dr. Facilier.  
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StephenSchaffer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thanks!
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Short-Change-Hero Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Uh Oh (Ursula cleavage). 0.o haha  Jk. Jk. This deserves a fav. I love it. :)
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