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Walt Disney's Signature Collection - MULAN by davidkawena Walt Disney's Signature Collection - MULAN by davidkawena
"The flower that blooms in adversity, is the rarest and most beautiful of all"

Mulan - the first movie to come out of the Florida Disney studio represent the boldest messages of acceptance of other, and of one's self out of all the Disney movies prior to it, or even after. In it's core there's a young girl who just wishes to do whatever she can to make her family proud, but still be herself. The film took concepts of gender and how society approach it and handled it with such grace, honesty and through it all it showcased some of the most beautiful animation and background art work in Disney's history. It is the only Disney movie to feature a female lead who doesn't share an on-screen kiss with the male lead and I found it to be in theme with the rest of the movie, as it is not a love story of 2 people, but more of a story of how one person learns to love themselves and in return, everyone else loves them back when all the masks are taken down.

I hope you'll enjoy this new piece in the 'Walt Disney Signature Collection" - it was a lot of fun to draw these characters again, I don't think I drew Mushu and Cri-Kee in over 7 years or so...

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David K.

Psst instalments in the Walt Disney Signature Collection -
Walt Disney's Signature Collection - TANGLED by davidkawena Walt Disney's Signature Collection - POCAHONTAS by davidkawena Walt Disney's Signature Collection - HERCULES by davidkawena Walt Disney's Signature Collection - Lilo + Stitch by davidkawena Walt Disney's Signature Collection - FROZEN by davidkawena Disney Signature Collection - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by davidkawena
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:iconpenn92evans:
THis looks really awesome! I love the movement caused by mushu and the cricket, it definitely adds a bit of playful flow to the serious center of the page. Over all a very good composition and excellent balance. THe only thing i could say is the the sword (whether its not in color or something of the sort) takes me a minute to figue out its a sword. MAybe ads the peekings of a handle? again, it might look much better in color. It kinda reminds me of the original boxart, just it's just one mulan face instead of the girl and boy side. That's the only thing i can suggest, it looks fantastic. Really great job!
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The way you defined Mulan's expression was amazing. It's solemn and serious, as if she's going to battle. The blade seems as if it's in her body, yet reflecting her. Mushu has a great expression and so does Cri-Kee. Her lips are a bit big though and so are her eyes. Her eyebrows are arched more upward than down, not really indicating that she's frowning, but definitely serious. the hair is perfect, with the strand in her face. her nose is, too. the quote is stunning and still gets to me to this day. you can't really see where her head ends, but it's still good.
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misakiakuma844 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
precious
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mazzafeme147 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Beautiful!
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Ookami-Luna Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! I love Mulan and this picture is so simple and so awesome at once!
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Moonie711 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
r u a disney animator? O_O
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Secretly-Schizo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I really love this, it does feel like it was taken from the drawing board. Very powerful eyes.
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Wolffboy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mulan and Brother Bear (Part 1) are my all time favs from Disney! Great work! :D
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K-Gforever Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Such a strong movie, I still love it to this day. Great image. :) 
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wrandi-chan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
beautiful.
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BoricuaBoi90 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
This is sooo amazing!
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a gorgeous piece of work! 
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Citron--Vert Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here fav.me/d7blbo8
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arabiannia Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist
 
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Ai-Don Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
It turned out beautiful!
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Cocodoo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
One of my favorite movies! Love the art work. Every time I see Mushu I can hear Eddie Murphy in my head...
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DarylT Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
very nice
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Kung-fu-girl90 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This movie has got to be my most favourite movie of all time.
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Inuyatta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
You've got a real gift--Mushu and Cri-kee look like they were lifted from finished cels or something and that is amazing considering it's been over 7 years! I am a little confused though--the reflection of Mulan: is it in a sword blade or a polished stone?
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I really love this!!!
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Aryiea Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Mulan is my favorite disney movie and has been since it came out when I was a kid :3
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madly9 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Absolutely beautiful.
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KanameShima Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this movie!!! It's one of the best Disney's ones I saw in my childhood... The drawing is perfect! The ideia to combine the image of her face with the sword show her bravery and sweetness at the same time :)
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Satsu-Kururugi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
This is a lovely split screen styled piece. My favorite disney movie of all time, this speaks so much to me. thank you so much.
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TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I am curious how you reconciled the way Disney themselves drew this character with how you drew her.  (This is not a criticism, more of a question.)  I've always taken note of how the original design totally cheated when they drew her as a girl vs. as a boy.  Even in their own cover art, they change the shape of her face, giving her a more angular jaw, in addition to changing her lips and eye makeup and the blush on her cheeks, etc.  What was your thought process when you came to drawing the two halves?  Looks like you drew her more the way she would logically be, without the change in face shape.  I just find those subtle differences interesting.  Especially when you're designing for simplistic characters that have such economy of line, every curve and proportion matters.  Was this one a challenge at all?
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peachfan7 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I adore this drawing, and I like your beautiful summary of the movie just as much. :) Excellent job!
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MiaMight Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my ultimate fave Disney film, after Atlantis.
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Ginga-Ninga1994 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! :wow: this is amazing! Are you doing a selection of all of the Disney classics or what? That would be awesome :D I'd personally love to see your take on the Disney animal films :D
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! :heart:
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ElenaMegan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love this movie. I love Mulan. And yes, I agree with your opinion. And we need more badass Disney females.
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Equestria-Golden Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
good job !!!
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Ohanamaila Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this Love It's beautiful!
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juso250 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning artwork
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KazeNinja17 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful!
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