A Light in the Attic

Morgan Ashleigh 21. Philadelphia area. Illustration major. Liberal. Black and Cherokee. Taken by a wonderful man. Open-minded. I post about things I like, including but not limited to art, music, cooking, human rights, nature, history and philosophy. I would be more than happy to be your friend.
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And here is the first compilation of my ‘Yzma is Best Princess’ series.  I meant to do it when I completed 10, but people wanted a compilation, apparently.  So here is the first 8.  It’s been a wild ride so far and I’ve still got several more to go >.>

Watercolors, ink and digital outline.


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These are my extremely quick “fan” made designs for the upcoming Disney movie “Moana”.

Stop. There is a reason why “fan” is in quotations.

I am not a fan. I am full of dread. Disney is about to tackle a Polynesian princess and that terrifies me.

For one, I am so angry at all of the fanmade designs I have seen. The sexy stereotyped Polynesian designs that somehow condenses hundreds of different cultures into a tube top and a a ti-leaf skirt.

Do you have any idea how offensive that is. That would be like making Mulan and saying “Hey she’s Asian, let’s throw her in a yukata”. Do you know how offensive it is that people think that Polynesian is a singular race? Hint: Massively.

I picked four cultures out of the vastness of Polynesia and each design is clearly different from the next. Each design is 100% endemic to the culture it is from, and it’s not even the tip of the iceberg.

We are not a homogenized area of the world. We have different languages, traditions, and ways of life. We are not all the same. We are not coconut bras and grass skirts. We never needed compasses. We are celestial navigators - it hasn’t died out. We journeyed across the Pacific using the stars and waves to guide us. We perfected aquaculture and sustainable living. Our heritages are rich and varied and beautiful.

We are not a tube top and a ti-leaf skirt. We are not an indistinguishable fabric swathed on brown bodies with random flowers in our hair. Stop fetishizing us! You have the internet at your discretion, and this is the best you can come up with?

Secondly, the fact that Moana will be dealing with mythology in Polynesia makes me want to crumple up and cry. It angers me to no end that people keep playing fast and loose with things they think are obsolete. Most of us still believe in our Gods (myself included). My family has a heiau, as recent as one generation ago my family has stories of conversing with Gods. Yet, people act like it’s fair game. Last I checked if anyone made retcons to the undead carpenter millions threw a shitfit, but because we are a marginalized people our beliefs are not allowed some respect?

It makes me angry and I won’t apologize for it. It makes me angry that when I call out other minorities for falsely portraying or marginalizing my culture (and the cultures of my fellow Polynesians) I get the “well I’m a minority too so I’m excused”. That is the worst offense, when people who should know better still treat you like an obsolete toy to be bandied about as characters.

We are indigenous people and we deserve respect. We deserve for people to care about our culture. For people to be afraid that the nightmare which created whitewashed Pocahontas might happen to us. If you call yourself an ally, or self-aware, I demand that you fear for us. I beg that you question what may happen in the wake of what Disney has been spewing out. Don’t be part of the base that turns Moana into nothing more than a token.

We were too young to stop Pocahontas from being made. We are not too young to afflict a change and prevent it from happening again. Signal boost my words, or write your own. Do something. Don’t let a movie go out across the world that could damage those that have already taken heavy hits. Don’t be compliant, don’t be silent. Don’t DO that I beg you. I am begging you on my knees, I grovel to you.

Don’t condense our cultures to an easy stereotype. Don’t let our stories become distorted for entertainment. Fight for good writing, fight for good designs. Fight for a movie you would be proud to watch. Give us something more than a rebellious teen who is Polynesian simply because they say she is.

Please. Please. With all my heart, a’ohe hana nui ka alu’ia. No task is too big when done together.

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Disney Princesses… ish.

(( Continuation of my Disney Prince Series, but this time with the “ladies” XD.  As for names:

Row I: Charm, Joan, Philippa.

Row II: Aliah, Adalyn, Erica.

Row III: Harmonia, Phoibe, Navya.))


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A response to one of the most obnoxious posts I’ve read on Tumblr.

The fact that someone felt the need to make this ppt tells me that we do need more POC representation in media. OP is citing ~historical accuracy~ for frozen being the way it is - specifically that bit about “whiteass European countries” - when SURPRISE non-white Europeans have co-existed with these so-called whiteass Europeans IN HISTORY.

The fact that they gave the late 1800’s as her example and proceeded to go “well not a lot of POCs travelled to Europe at this time makes me cringe. “But you guys don’t get it Africa and Asia were really far!” - ah yes, like distance stopped Europeans from rudely invading and establishing colonies in these areas in the 1800’s or even in the centuries before that.

Now I’m not trying to convince people to hate Frozen. It was a decent Disney movie and Let It Go is a pretty catchy song. But to invalidate POC who do dislike this movie by saying WELL IT’S DISNEY IT’S GOT SUCH A GOOD MESSAGE AND I LIKE IT SO STOP WHINING is a pretty shitty thing to do. Media representation has been and currently is still a big issue. Frozen may not be outright racist in itself (yes, the message of sisterly love is great we all got that), but the fact of the matter is that it’s contributing to the normalization of white as the standard which is kind of shitty for people who aren’t white.

So no, people aren’t ~hating just because it’s white~. People are upset because in the context of mainstream media, it’s another movie that helps perpetuate marginalization in film.

Maybe actually take a couple of history courses before you attempt to educate people on racism - or in this case “not racism”.

a lot of people have asked me to talk about the original post since it outraged many— to be honest I didn’t even want to look at it since I could tell from the reactions that it was a big giant pile of poop.com. 

I’d probably add even more on top of this (like the country is not even Norway or Denmark, in the end- it’s an imaginary country, Arendelle, so what’s even the point in pretending it matters where the original author lived?), but overall, a good summarization of why some kids on tumblr aren’t mature enough to be using the powerpoint programs on their parent’s laptop yet

& like really? screen capping the PoC characters that show up briefly you literally have to screen cap to see them, like that really counts for anything like we’re talking about

also good points about the LONG history of ignoring how globalization and international trade WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT WHITE EUROPEANS RECENTLY INVENTED. Pet peeve and maybe it’s half the fault of the U.S. school system but, seriously, the 1800’s are historically real fresh and you better believe everyone was getting everywhere by then

ok I’ll end with a reminder that mooost, 90%, of the discussions about racial representation, at least that I’ve seen, explicitly document the issues with representation and don’t reduce it to white person in movie=racism. Like, if you’re reducing it to that when you critique it, it’s because you haven’t picked up on the barest bones of what goes in with race in media, and you need to move past being able to pick out just the really obvious stuff like the “Red Man” in Peter Pan. Great job, you managed to find the elephant in the haystack, but let’s keep it moving from there.

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Concept Art for the upcoming Disney film, Moana. 

The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology

The one in the upper right reminds me of Gauguin’s work. This is problematic to me as Gauguin was an artist who travelled to Tahiti. He went in hopes of finding an “exotic” land that was uncolonized. By the time he got there in the 1880’s, it was colonized so he painted what he thought it looked like. Inaccurate, sexualized and perhaps even stereotypical depictions of Tahitian people, specifically women. I feel like its similar to the way that Native Americans are depicted in media, as the “magical people” trope.

Also the drawing in the bottom right looks a bit European, but I guess “Pacific Islander” does not have to have one specific look.

Disney, just let me create concept art for you, full of ideas of poc, members of the lgbt community, qpoc, non binary persons, and those who are not able bodied.

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why does everyone in this movie have the same fucking face


Actually, its because the director wanted to make an accurate depiction of white people

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Coming in 2018 is Disney’s next fairy tale mythology animated feature film, set amongst the South Pacific islands, rendered in a ‘painterly-style CGI’ (think the Paperman short): and y’all are going to LOVE IT:

The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology.


This is also currently being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the duo who directed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules and The Princess an the Frog! So there’s that

You guys I’m super excited about this.

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Holy shit. Those animation sketches from disney movies are killing me.

Gotta love Glen Keane’s work. :)

Pukes from amazement 




Holy shit. Those animation sketches from disney movies are killing me.

Gotta love Glen Keane’s work. :)

Pukes from amazement 

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So I made this thing and I’m pretty proud of it, haha.

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Disney Halloween: Jane Porter

as Lara Croft (Tomb Raider 2013) Thank you guys for the suggestions! This has become one of my favorites that I’ve drawn!

What do you think?
If you have any ideas for the other princesses,  Let me know!
View the rest of the series here!

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Disney Halloween: Megara as Catwoman 

Anne Hathaways suit!

What do you think?
If you have any ideas for the other princesses,  Let me know!
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Disney Halloween Set 2 is underway!

1st up! Two of most favorite 90’s kick ass female figures being portrayed by two of my favorite Disney characters!

Alice Liddell as Buffy Summers and Charlotte La Bouff as The Pink Ranger

Buffy is a show that is very near and dear to my heart! The best show ever in my opinion! If I ever have daughters, watching that show will be all but mandatory :)

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Here is Set 1! The Offical Princesses.

Cinderella is here- http://izzydoodledump.tumblr.com/post/64417228480 .
Tumblr won’t let me add anymore pics :/
View these separately here!

Stay tuned for Set 2! Which will include, Alice, Kida, Megara, Jane Porter, Tinkerbell, Charlotte La boff,  Esmeralda, and Sally!

Have a Happy Halloween everybody!

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Disney Princesses dress as pop culture characters [x]

YOU GUYS!!! These are so AWESOME!!!


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Halloween Icons Part 2 -

Disney Villains…as Princesses

"No one wears this dress like Gaston!"

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