This wonderfully well-crafted Ariel skin by Donutz_and_Creamz is another entry into a fairly populated category. I reviewed another Ariel skin recently (in August) which was equally impressive, but of an entirely different nature.
Also known as The Little Mermaid, there are roughly 170 Ariel skins on PlanetMinecraft. As with all characters, there are many poorly done skins of Ariel; Donutz’s fits into the group of few that have some merit.
As always, here is a reference of The Little Mermaid:
In terms of faithfulness to the source material, I’d say this skin is absolutely spot on. Perhaps combined with the Mermaid Mod, it could be even better.
The shading and detail on the legs is meant to give the appearance of a tail, not actual legs. In this sense I don’t think it is really successful – she still appears to have two separate legs, even when the model is not moving. Otherwise, the shading is fairly basic but gets the point across effectively. Out of all of the shading, the striations in her hair are my favorite part.
Ultimately, this is a decent skin, and definitely high-end as far as Ariel skins go. It could also easily double as a generic beach skin. I award Donutz 16 out of 20 thingamabobs.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
Which Disney themed character skin is your favorite? Post a link to it in the comments below – especially if it is Ariel.