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Straight from the bayou swamp waters of New Orleans, in honour of the spacial engagement limited release of Disney's newest masterpiece, "The Princess and the Frog" I am proud to present to you all the latest addition to the Disney Heroes Collection - Prince Naveen!

Yes people, the time has come!
The first 2D hand drawn animated Disney film in 5 years was released today in New York and Los Angeles.

I've been working on this portrait of Prince Naveen for months now. Ever since the first commercial picture of him was released I fell in love with his design - who can resist that smile right?! But there wasn't much to go with his portrait as there was only one picture out there. So I only worked on the face based on that image, and right when the trailer was out I knew I want to incorporate that breathtaking transformation of Naveen into his portrait. At first it was his transformation into a frog that inspired me, but then seeing more and more that bits of animation of him and Tiana turning into humans at the swamp with all that magical water around I knew that this is it! That's the visual I was looking for!

It is not an easy task to do a realistic portrait of an animated character. Not at all! And it's even more complicated to achieve when you didn't even saw the film itself. "What do I really know about Naveen as character that I can put into this drawing?!"

These were my initial thoughts going into creating this piece. Well, I knew this was a lady's man! Full of himself and charming good looks I guess, but also a fun, life loving guy indeed. That charming smile of him I was talking about before?! I knew it must be there :D

He really is the Prince of the Swamp, and I also gave him a small necklace with that element from the film's logo, that I really really love as it's a combination or a royalty crown and a frog feet. Stunning design by Disney!

To create more of an atmosphere for this one, I added the water lilies, and tree branches behind him and it's also my small tribute to that breathtaking job the background department did on this film!


Hope you all love this latest addition to the collection - I really put my heart into this one!

Have a wonderful day everyone!


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David Kawena, November 2009
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This is a very well executed digital paint. The textures and details are very impressive, I'm specially curious about your technique for the skin, pubic hair and water. I think the hair could have been a little more boosted, making it to look more like 3d realistic hair instead of a painted mass, like in Tinkerbell's movie, but that is a question of personal preference.
The composition could also have been a little more worked, because I find it a little bit too stable, though it follows the rule of the thirds, the force lines are all vertical and horizontal.
I have already seen the theme of Disney hunks before, but I have to admit that this is the very best I have found to the present day.
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I was waiting for you to do something like this with Naveen :D
This looks great! The way the water comes up reminds me a lot of the transformation scene from The Swan Princess but with the way you made the swirls it has a uniqe twist :D
The water effects with the ripples look amazing and the water lilies and duckweed on the surface bring out the color in Naveen too. I love the crown-frog foot necklace and how the water is coming off of it.
I also love Naveen's ultra- charming smile!
All in all it's a great piece and I love your work!
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michaelhardcore13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that's why I smile!
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HopeDiamond101 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes! This is amazing! |D
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456551 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Great work! I love it!

Can I ask you something? Could you please do the same with Dimitri from Anastasia? =))))))
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kaylademedeiros Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
*dreamy sigh*

I'm not an artist but I love Disney (and cute boys) and I can't stop marvelling at (er, drooling over) this series. Naveen is my favourite Disney male lead, so I might be biased, but this is my absolute favourite entry in the series - you perfectly captured his personality. That smile… how could you NOT fall for Naveen?
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HopeDiamond101 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing! :heart: w :heart:
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chris-theta Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Well done for this, David, it's beautiful. Reminds me somehow of the birth of Venus: she was born from the foam of the sea and our Prince looks like he was too, wonderfully formed! 
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GORILAZ4EVAR Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this made me spit my coffee, and nose bleed 
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zukka126 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Naveen looks so Beautiful
i cannot right now.
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Unleash-Inner-Animal Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DO we really have to be 18 to see this....are you serious
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Zonvelf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
really love how you can almost see his manhood here ;) but not quite
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