"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...
Psst instalments in the Walt Disney Signature Collection -
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!
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.
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?
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
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?