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Who always speaks her mind by shoomlah Who always speaks her mind by shoomlah
Sooooo Mulan. It's not that I didn't want to do Mulan (she's fantastic so far as the Disney "princesses" go), but pinning down her time period stopped being fun and rapidly became a headache- you have the original legend taking place in the Wei Dynasty, the Huns as an actual threat during the Western Han Dynasty, the Forbidden City of the Ming Dynasty, the hanfu fashion setting it earlier AGHGHGhjffjhfghgjhkh

On that note, I'll be the first to admit that this piece isn't tying Mulan down to a particular period, rather putting her in plausible historical textiles and hanfu. When I was asking around for references most of the stuff sent my way were from Chinese period films or other modern recreations, so I just threw up my hands and decided to have fun with it.

It's based on Mulan's finale/epilogue costume at the end of the film; she never seemed at home in either the matchmaker costume or the armor, so this seemed like the best "Mulan has come into her own" middle ground.


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joeabuy1000 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Speaking of which, the details of the Imperial City Palace in Mulan isn't exactly a 1:1 of the Forbidden City, so I've assumed at one point that it's a previously built Imperial palace fitting the actual setting of the film (if we're going with Han as the filmmakers did, it'd likely be Chang'an or Louyang). I can see where the confusion comes from, though; the palace facade resembles (but isn't completely like) the Forbidden City's Meridian Gate. The absence of stairs is one of the biggest key differences. 
LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mulan is totally my favourite Disney Princess. Once again, I dig these for the detail put into them. Disney's "Mulan" kinda disappoints in that department but that's ok, I still love this movie.
Dragon-hime Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Very good work!!!
AzalieFinrandi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
This might be my favorite of the series; you are right - it totally fits her.
TheNewDorothyGale Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
I love that she still has the jade necklace. like a small sign that she's feminine and not ashamed of it or anything, as too many people seem to mistake her for this masculine tomboy when she's really not (the whole part where she takes Shanyu's sword with a fan, a symbol of femininity, is a good sign of that!).
Ixbran Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Yea, the legend of Hua Mulan has been told through many centuries of Chinas history. From what I've read the story had been told since before the Later Wei era of China, and no one really knows when the legend was first told or how long it had been told before that.

But I must say my favorite part of this piece is the gade ornament hanging from her hips. From what I've read online, Jade in Chinese Culture, represents human virtues due to its hardness, durability, and (moral) beauty. And I feel those represent Mulan her self very well.
LightxLove Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can imagine the headache you had in order to do this :S China's traditional fashion is sooo numerous! And it changes quickly depending on place and dynasty :S
But you delivered a very good redemption ^^ Gorgeous work!
WickedEgg Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
ah! this is beautiful! I love the colors :)
FoxboyPrower Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Found this via this:
Good thing you use watermarks. That's how I was able to search for this.
MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
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