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Hypable talked with Karen Hallion about her successful Doctor Who and Disney Heroines collection, and also got an exclusive sneak peek at her latest sketch featuring the Doctor and another famous Disney princess!

Hallion boasts a large and dedicated fanbase, particularly on Facebook, and a whole array of incredible designs that feature fan favorite characters from popular shows and films like Firefly, Once Upon a Time, Harry Potter, and many, many others.

One of her most popular series is the Doctor Who and Disney Heroines collection, which shows the Doctor in his TARDIS meeting some popular Disney characters. We can just hear him now, “All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?” Who could say no to that?

Check out the gallery of images included in this series below. The designs that are officially recognized as part of this collection include Cinderella, Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, Alice, Mulan, Merida (work in progress, shown here), and Snow White. Jack Skellington was a related sketch, as was the one of Little Red Riding Hood, though neither are actually a part of the Disney collection. The Red Riding Hood sketch was a collaboration with Matthew Parsons.

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1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am originally from a small town in Massachusetts just north of Boston called Nahant. I went to Ringling School of Art and Design, and graduated with a BFA in Illustration. Up until a few years ago, I was an elementary school Art teacher and now am working full-time as an artist. I originally wanted to work for Disney as an animator, so my work tends to reflect that. I am influenced by the amazing work of Glen Keane, Audrey Kawasaki, and Alphonse Mucha. I also speak fluent Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, Harry Potter and Steampunk. I currently live in Swampscott, MA with my husband, my sons, and our cats, Obi and Kenobi.

2. ‘Doctor Who’ and Disney, who knew they’d go so well together? How did you first come up with this concept?

Well, I started watching Doctor Who because a fellow artist thought I would enjoy it. What struck me was that his companions are not necessarily just love interests but also cohorts in his adventures. I started imagining who else might make good companions for him and thought of Cinderella; what an interesting twist to her story it would be if he appeared right at that moment.

The Disney princesses yearn for excitement and adventure, so I try to place the Doctor at the point in their story where it seems they are ready for things to change, and it just seems to work together so perfectly.

3. When you first did your Cinderella design, did you think it would be so popular? Did you ever expect you’d be doing a whole series of ‘Doctor Who’/Disney mash-ups?

No; in fact when I came up with the idea for Cinderella and wrote it down on my white board (where I keep all of my ideas), it sat there for over a month before I decided to work on it. Once I drew Cinderella, though, I knew I wanted to do Ariel and Belle, but did not plan to continue going with it after that. When I saw how much people loved them, I decided to keep going.

4. Which one was the most challenging to draw?

Rapunzel because I knew I wanted the Doctor hovering and that I wanted the tower in there. I don’t draw buildings very often so I got a little tripped up on that piece.

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  • http://twitter.com/Sakura101390 Cassy

    My favourite is the Belle/Doctor Who mashup. It’s such a perfect combo. I wish there was a movie for it. The Red Riding Hood one made me chuckle (“Bad Wolf” lol)

  • Ashlee

    I have the Alice/Doctor mash-up in a 11×14 poster for my 4 year olds birthday. And then two t-shirts for me. Snow White/Doctor & Belle/Doctor. So those three are my favorite. ;) But it’s hard to choose, they’re all so fun!

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    i like the Mulan one the best! with the reflection in the water, and the very crisp lines, just like in the actual movie. awesome! all of them!

  • russell turner

    I have the cinderalla one on a tshirt!

  • cryofpaine

    Belle is my favorite. Partly because she’s a perfect companion, partly because the design is so simple, but says so much. I love the basic drawing with just the blue and white that’s common between the Doctor’s TARDIS and her dress. And partly because I was wearing it when I had my picture taken with a couple of my favorite celebrities at Emerald City Comic Con. It’s really telling what a person notices on that shirt first, whether it’s Belle or the TARDIS.

  • Mandy

    we need to see one for Brave. It would be well suited I’d think. I have the Nightmare Before Christmas one on a t-shirt, and I’d love some of these too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.spaeth1 Jennifer Bangerter

    Love Karen Hallion! Let’s see, I have Cinderella/Who shirt, 6 Disney/Who art cards to frame and hang in my daughter’s room, and I will of course add to that as she completes the work, plus several of her othe designs on shirts, and one print. Did I mention that I love her work? Because I do. :-)

  • bluesplot

    While she’s not strictly speaking a princess, I LOVE the Alice in Wonderland/Who mashup! So much fun and so fitting! I’d love to see Karen do some Disney Princess/Star Wars and Princess/Firefly mashups too! I don’t think I’d be able to resist those!!!!

  • Glaciusx

    I’ve been following her work for a few months now! She’s such a talented artist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.whittenbustard Lynn Whitten Bustard

    Cinderella is my favorite (I have several other Hallion tees, too) though I don’t see her as the Disney character. I see her as Madame Pompadour, a character from a David Tennant Who episode. In the story this character doesn’t get to go on an adventure but in this lovely tee design she can finally get this experience. My second fave is Alice because all the Who references we see as she is falling are charming!

  • Angel

    I need Jasmine/Aladdin! D:
    Other than that, I LOVE them so much! :D

  • River Hopkins

    Who’s This! Absolute favorite. It’s a mash up of Doctor and Captain Jack Skellington. AWESOME! She is an amazing artist and my favorite modern artist. I love her work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.m.carrico Stephanie Mudd Carrico

    They are all perfection but I love Belle the most..as she is my favorite Disney princess too.

  • jozefd14

    This is kinda old news unless you have a Tumblr

    • Megan

      Not so much old news when Hypable got an interview with the artist.

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    WOW OMG I LOVE THESE!!! Are they available as t-shirts? particularly the Alice In Wonderland, Halloween Town and Little Red Riding Hood ones. LOVE THEM!!! All that’s missing is Peter Pan, Doctor Who reminds me of Peter Pan a lot sometimes.

    • Karen Rought

      A LOT of them are available as t-shirts. If you follow her on Facebook, she always lets her fans know when they’re getting printed. I think the Alice one will be coming up soon.

      • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

        Yeah I saw on facebook that the Alice one is going up on Teefury on the 17th. I’m so getting that baby.

  • http://twitter.com/MaireadNguyen Mairead Nguyen

    That Mulan and the TARDIS picture is divine. I love it!

  • Strumchick

    I love the red riding hood one! And that, is how the Doctor met Rose Tyler!

  • Kyle

    What happened to Wan?

  • gizo

    It was really clever how red riding hod had the blue book in her basket!

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