Disney Heroines Come to Life

Disney characters are iconic and have the magic quality of bringing back pleasant memories of the time we first saw them: whether at a cinema, one of the theme parks around the world or as a childhood toy. In Disney’s animated feature films their diverse characters have been seen all over the world and one graphic design student from Finland has created his own characterization of the loved Disney female leads.

Jirka (pronounced Yirka, not Jerk-a) Väätäinen is a 2nd year graphic design student at the Arts University College at Bournemouth in the U.K. He began experimenting with Disney characters using photo manipulation and began posting them on his blog. To his surprise, he found a great many people enjoying his perspective and began emailing him to do more. After many requests for certain characters, Jirka would do a piece and post them. He had since done about 15 female characters and is still doing more.

To learn more about Jirka’s work in photography and graphic design, see his website, here.


Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


Alice from Alice in Wonderland

Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame


Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Ursala from The Little Mermaid

Belle from Beauty and The Beast


Jane from Tarzan

Tiana from The Princess and The Frog


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