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!

Queen Elsa from Frozen


Ariel from the Little Mermaid

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

Alice from Alice in Wonderland

Rapunzel from Tangled

Princess Jasmine from Aladdin

Snow White

Ursula from The Little Mermaid

Princess Anna from Frozen


Meg from Hercules

Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame


Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty


Tiana from The Princess and the Frog




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Alex Roman

I'm a 26-year old independent graphic artist and architect based in Bucharest and also co-owner of icanbecreative.

I specialize in branding for small businesses and startups: logos, websites, flyers, posters; mostly everything a brand may need to put the word out there in a professional way.

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  • Jessica
    2011-12-22 21:57:24
    Photoshop level OVER 9000! Belle gets my vote.
  • Mark Carter
    2011-12-22 21:57:50
    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.
  • Sebastian
    2011-12-22 21:58:08
    Wow, all of these pictures are unbelievable! I love them!
  • Zoey
    2011-12-22 21:58:39
    These are beautiful!
  • Adrian M.
    2011-12-22 21:58:54
    Wow! Pocahontas is gonna haunt my dreams tonight!!
  • John R.W.
    2011-12-22 21:59:27
    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…)
  • Nancy Rod
    2011-12-22 21:59:58
    Oh my gosh, this is awesome.
  • Danielle
    2011-12-22 22:00:14
    Aurora blew my mind! Captured the nature of the princess perfectly
  • Birthea Lem
    2011-12-22 22:00:42
    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.
  • Louise M.
    2011-12-22 22:03:14
    Wow! Impressive, amazing art work!
  • Oliver
    2011-12-22 22:03:36
    Wow he managed to make Ursula look even more like my mother-in-law.
  • Ralph Mrowietz
    2011-12-22 22:03:58
    Both Belle and Jasmine are definitely my favourites.
  • Renee
    2011-12-22 22:04:40
    I think they look pretty, but i really like Princess Jasmine and Esmeralda!
  • Israel
    2012-01-02 18:51:00
    Rapunzel could be Amanda Seyfried
  • 2012-01-14 13:01:46
    Nice artwork :)
  • Kaylin
    2012-01-20 20:13:18
    I love these! and omg, right when I saw Rapunzel I thought she could be played by Amanda Seyfried too!
  • 2012-02-10 19:10:35
    amazing woooooooow :)
  • kat
    2012-04-18 20:00:43
    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 !
  • Bridget
    2012-08-10 15:51:37
    Esmeralda is my favorite but wow, what a splendid job!
  • daniela
    2012-11-03 10:12:47
    in who do you inspired for crieted snow white? she is beutiful
  • Lauren
    2013-05-31 20:57:18
    Where can I buy prints of these?
  • 2013-09-23 11:15:08
    So nice, and I think they look pretty.
  • 2013-09-26 08:38:03
    wow...really nice.. ^_^
  • Dayana Prato
    2013-10-26 02:04:48
    I would have Use Emmy Rossum as Belle
  • Jeff
    2013-10-26 20:38:38
    Aside from the Tiana picture, all the portraits look amazing. The one of Tiana looks like a terrible photoshopping project done in Windows Paint.
  • Naomi
    2014-10-28 13:17:27
    These are amazing...is there anywhere I can buy prints?