Ever wanted to see Disney princesses envisioned in a more realistic look? From Pocahontas to Esmeralda, passing by Little Mermaid, Belle and even the evil Ursula, they’re all reviewed with realistic looks. I was so impressed with this work, I had to share. I don’t need to say much more. The pieces speak for themselves. The end results of all the characters are incredible good! Check out the art below and tell us what you think! The photo-manipulations below was created by Finnish graphic design student Jirka Väätäinen: “I find photos all over the Internet and then combine them in Photoshop,” he says. “I don’t base the characters on only one real person or picture – I pick, mix and blend features. I also do some digital painting, by hand, to make it all come together.”
Which ones are your favorites? Please share your comments with us!

Alice from Alice in Wonderland

Rapunzel from Tangled

Ariel from the Little Mermaid

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

Princess Jasmine from Aladdin

Snow White

Ursula from The Little Mermaid

Meg from Hercules

Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame


Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty


 Tiana from The Princess and the Frog


About the Author: Alex Roman

I’m a 23-year old independent graphic artist based in Romania, Bucharest. I design beautiful, engaging user experiences and intuitive user interfaces for the web. I really love what I do. Want to hire me? Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • Jeff says:

    Aside from the Tiana picture, all the portraits look amazing. The one of Tiana looks like a terrible photoshopping project done in Windows Paint.

  • Dayana Prato says:

    I would have Use Emmy Rossum as Belle


    wow…really nice.. ^_^

  • yoldaolmak.com says:

    So nice, and I think they look pretty.

  • Lauren says:

    Where can I buy prints of these?

  • Sandritaa says:

    Congratulations – see Santa does watch and must have known you were so very good all year you deserved a new caerma! And I’m sure it is much better than the one that was lost.Can’t wait for new pictures.

  • daniela says:

    in who do you inspired for crieted snow white? she is beutiful

  • Bridget says:

    Esmeralda is my favorite but wow, what a splendid job!

  • kat says:

    Amazing likeness, and so well portayed!! You can see their story in their eyes and their personality in their stance n expressions! More more more plz !

  • Ahlam says:

    amazing woooooooow :)

  • Kaylin says:

    I love these! and omg, right when I saw Rapunzel I thought she could be played by Amanda Seyfried too!

  • Jahangir says:

    Nice artwork :)

  • Israel says:

    Rapunzel could be Amanda Seyfried

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  • Renee says:

    I think they look pretty, but i really like Princess Jasmine and Esmeralda!

  • Ralph Mrowietz says:

    Both Belle and Jasmine are definitely my favourites.

  • Oliver says:

    Wow he managed to make Ursula look even more like my mother-in-law.

  • Louise M. says:

    Wow! Impressive, amazing art work!

  • Birthea Lem says:

    I think the pictures are beautiful (all of them). And pocohontas and Jasmin, particularly, because they are so accurate to the disney version of these stories.

  • Danielle says:

    Aurora blew my mind! Captured the nature of the princess perfectly

  • Nancy Rod says:

    Oh my gosh, this is awesome.

  • John R.W. says:

    These models are absolutely beautiful! Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) looks exactly like the animated one! Looking forward to seeing other models in these roles (how about the male roles as well?… Tarzan, Aladdin, Jafar, Shang…)

  • Adrian M. says:

    Wow! Pocahontas is gonna haunt my dreams tonight!!

  • Zoey says:

    These are beautiful!

  • Sebastian says:

    Wow, all of these pictures are unbelievable! I love them!

  • Mark Carter says:

    This is ingenious! You are a very talented artist. You should make a lot more of the Disney characters, because I’d like to see the way you interpret the rest of them in real life.

  • Jessica says:

    Photoshop level OVER 9000! Belle gets my vote.

  • Garry says:

    I love these! So life-like! And they’re beautiful women!