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~~~ Disney Moments: The Hunchback of NotreDame – Dance La Esmeralda… Dance! ~~~

(Created 05.11)

Finally FINALLY after many many months of doing everything else BUT drawing for myself, I finally managed to sit down and continue my Disney Moments series, and I have to say I’m pretty pleased n.n

I picked this specific scene of Esmeralda (meaning - the whole dancing, teasing, showing some cleavage, are you aware she is dancing on a high stage flipping her dress while all the men are looking from below o.O sequence) mainly because one of the things that amazed me the most in this movie for some reason was this shadowy effect done on her dress. I clearly remember going in my mind, while watching this on the big screen, “how the HELL did they do that OMG it looks so amazing how it moves with the animation it looks like real silk OMG!” (thoughts in my mind run so fast I don’t have time to add – “,”). And I have to say even after trying to recreate it I’m still not sure how they did it exactly.

It’s funny though, cause in this movie Disney used this blur effect (for the first time I think, or at least the first time that it’s so distinctive) on all the shadows and highlights and I really hated it (still do). Then again, today they are using an even cheaper and uglier effect (in my opinion) so looking back I guess it wasn’t so bad, he he. But still OMG I love her in her red dress, the feeling of the fabric showing through animation just blew me away.

And yes… I had TONS of fun drawing her hair. Can you honestly blame me :ninjaplot:

So… Story time? :


I was very skeptical before The Hunchback came out. I remember watching Pocahontas on VHS for the first time and just dying to see the commercial for the new upcoming Disney movie that summer (this was before I had internet). Then the commercial was on and I was like “What THE?! I mean, like, the Hunchback of NotreDame?? What was Disney thinking? Some dark depressing book about nothing but misery and pain, how the heck are they going to make a 2D Disney movie out of it?”

Well, I guess with a little bit of pixie dust anything’s possible, right?

The Hunchback came out when I was like 15, so I was mentally mature enough to really enjoy this movie with all its aspects. Up till today I truly believe this is the darkest and most mature (you can call it) 2D Disney movie ever made. I believe it’s probably scratching the limits of what Disney allow themselves in their 2D movies (though I have to say Ray’s death in Princess and the Frog really shocked me) and I’m honestly happy they were still sane back in those days and didn’t turn this movie into a complete mockery or whatever.

So I remember, after watching and falling in love with this movie (and its score), I promised myself that I would never doubt Disney again and that I should just trust them to do their job (YES! That’s your job, Disney, in case you forgot), which is to bring true animated magic on to the screen and into our lives.

Thank you for listening and viewing my work.
Your humble servant,

6-7 hours over a few days with tons of getting up…
OMG my cat is staring at me now. I know it’s tuna time, but it still freaks me out every time she does that…

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Esmeralda3- Dance La Esmeralda by *lpdisney
The suggester said: "I really like how the artist has infused their own style in this piece. The colours are fantastic and the atmosphere comes alive greatly as a result of that." ( Suggested by 3wyl and Featured by alexandrasalas )
Critique by HaanPere HaanPere/critique/402368202">Jun 21, 2011, 3:38:53 AM
This is looking really nice! You've got the anatomy down really well, not to mention the motion(especially in the dress) but you asked for critique and I've got some.

The lighting is otherwise well done but I find it odd how there's only one source of light, yet her legs and left arm are lighted from an opposite direction from said light-source. I'd suggest either correcting it or -if you're not up to it- at least keeping this in mind for your future images.

Although your overall anatomy is good, the face does bother me. The angle it's portrayed from shouldn't allow us to see the underside of her nose. Right now it seems like she's got an extremely upturned nose.
Also I noticed that her eyebrows overlap the headband. I'm not sure if you intended them to or not so I won't comment more on that.

Lastly, (I know this is a very small notion but) the lens flare effect usually comes from looking towards the sun so it's kind of an unnecessary detail here.

All in all, even though it's got its inconsistencies, it's a really nice picture that's definitely pleasing to look at. Just remember to pay a bit more attention to things such as the light-source and facial details, in the future. c:
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Critique by Dekuinanutshell Dekuinanutshell/critique/402522555">Jun 21, 2011, 12:51:10 PM
The pose is really good. I give you credit for the life you put into it. The hair is really well done but I do remember that the see through fabric didn't distort the way the background looked (thus not giving it a blurred effect) Secondly the dress is really really shiny beyond silk. It reminds me of the plump lip commercials showing shiny lips with all the lipstick they slap on them. But overall you did a really creditable job. The lighting effects stayed the same giving the depth of "true lighting" almost. The one major thing I have to say that can be a little bit of a bugger and I know even I wonder as much as you do is the shadows. I still think the shadow could have bin set a little bit more better considering the pole ends where her head is, assuming that the pole is longer then what we see in the picture alone. Its not perfect and when I say perfect I mean imperfect because we all see through imperfect eyes. So you did a really good job over all. I have bin doing Digital media for a good 3 years now and I know that to get this good takes a long, long time. So when I see this I give respect to the artist.
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QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
This is a very detailed rendition of Esmeralda that could easily be mistaken for a still from the actual Disney movie.

Esmeralda does pole dancing and nobody bats an eye.
Mikey Cyrus does pole dancing and everybody loses their minds.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame was a very dark film, darker than a lot of live-action movies in some respects, which inspired me to write the article below:…
Mead1992 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this image of Esmeralda
141188 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
chianirani Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
i would have been like 4 when this came out, but watching now, i'm so happy with the way Disney did this movie. i agree - Esmeralda's dress looked so realistic, and so does your drawing of it!
Auriebird14 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Please do the Garden scene from Hercules!!!
GorgoniteGirl21 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
she fiiiinneee!!!Coolio 
blaze13579 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nicely done! :)
atram95 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome Job!!
FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
OMG! I love this picture of her! This was one of my favorite scenes in the movie...HER DANCE! You've captured it to perfection! The same with your Airel picture!
SokkasFirstFangirl Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
It's absolutely gorgeous! :heart: :love:
7disney7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
very nicely done!
BerrieBlosym Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pardon my lang Miss but why hasn't Disney hired you? You're art is beautiful--EPIC I just watched the Lady Ice movie, loved it. It reminded me of Pocahontas and Brother Bear :boogie::huggle: the animation is great. But seriously if Disney had you on the team, I'd watch their movies. I was watching your movie and thought, man it would be odd if she was the mother of the Spring Spirit from Fantasia.

Lady Ice VS FireBird ^U^

Lady Ice reminds me of Winter ^U^ :huggle:
LPDisney Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.
BerrieBlosym Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome
Flower-Girl-Aerith Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I just bought the second movie from amazon and i still havent got the first but i cant wait to watch both! i saw this as a kid and this picture is perfect!
Remedy13 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student General Artist
walmart has the first movie for $9.99!
moonnie12 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Am I crazy or the sun in the scarf is the same as the one in Tangled?
LPDisney Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It is. they did this in Tangled on purpose. Disney always do these things in their movies.
AEmiliusLives Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy... :jawdrop:
RIJONSA Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Tayl5067 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Great colors , great drawing. Esmerald looks very exotic and beautiful.
Smiley1starrs Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your artwork is exceptional.
Love it.
Commaki Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
eppoif1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I think that sun design on Esmeralda's scarf was used in Tangled too.
Jama411 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It looks like the movie
lmc234 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
yeah! awsum =3
Grudzinska Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow wonderful!
t1gertasha Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
gorge the sheer detail and time you must have took - perfect
Paperguns Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
:love: very beutiful :clap:
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Freddy1016 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
she was so pretty in this scene.
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Goegoerus and beatiful one of Esmerlda here
A7xshadowgirl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
This is absolutely stunning! :heart:
Gorgeously rendered and done, and the coloring is absolutely magnificent! :clap:
Beautifully detailed detailed as a as well! :)
Yunyin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011   Digital Artist
I really love the color and shadow in this, but one thing I noticed is that her feet (particularly her toes,) are pretty stiff looking, kind of like molded Barbie feet. Also, the lines in her hair might look better in a different color, I think that one stands out a little too much.
Shinjuuki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
well, i already comment on this one in the past, :giggle: but I'm so happy for you to get a DD! you really deserve(?) it :love:!!
so congrats :D
hadesha Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've inspired me to do something similar! Your disney moments series are wonderful.
LPDisney Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
OMG I am truly honored! You work is also beautiful. I am curious what will you create and would appreciate a link once it's uploaded ^_^
AquaTaco Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
OMG I LOOOOOVE ESMERALDA!!! She is just so amazing to me!~ <3
GirlWithTheGreenHat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it :heart:
puppet-soul Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats dd
HarribelTia13 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
i love it

DeadloveCalling Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student Writer
the entire series is gorgeous, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. You captured Esmerelda perfectly!
COOKEcakes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
oh my. very hott! cant believe how fabulous and clean and crrsip and shiny this is!
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! :wow:
PuccaNoodles2009 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Oh my gosh, CONGRATS on the DD! :)
Missvirginia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011   Digital Artist
"Look at that disgusting display"
"Yes sir!" :XD:

One of my favourite parts of the movie. Very good rendition. Lovely and lively.
Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My God this is amazing!!
Drangelu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Master Piece!
charligal-stock Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! This is beautiful!
AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student Writer
Happy 15th birthday HoND! That's right. The first day of summer is also HoND's birthday.
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