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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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MrOneEars Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
Oh my God the love I'm feeling right now is insane. You actually get it, the pink matchmaker dress is her at her lowers point in the movie and she isn't entirely happy pretending to be someone else! One of my biggest gripes about how she is portrayed (especially by Disney...) is they tend to put her in that matchmaker dress. This is happy Mulan who has come into her own and learned to be proud of herself. Also you include her as a princess because she freaking is (not just by Disney's standards either...). Oh, and it's amazing artwork but hearing what you have to say about the periods and why you chose to use certain outfits from the film as the ones made historically accurate makes me appreciate it more.
nixequeen45 Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While I do not agree with you on her being a princess, I'm completely with you on the matchmaker outfit.

It's meant to be symbolic, and not symbolizing anything positive, for this character. Unfortunately, marketing companies are too stupid to understand this, and proceed to use it as a means of cashing in. Thankfully, this isn't really being tolerated, anymore. Cases like the Merida Dress Incident are proof that people are calling bull, when they see it, and that they're being listened to.
I think Mulan is the best Disney "princess". She saves the general's son, twice! Nice interpretation! 
BeccaLeeRobinson Jan 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
This is great considering the story originates with the Northern Wei and since they were nomadic Tuoba at one point you pinned down a great choice. I love the stylization of all the images blended with the historical accuracy! I hope to see more!
This one is lovely too!
Muffin-Meows Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style with this! A well done drawing of my favourite Disney character- brilliant.
very nice choice for the middle ground option. i love the skirt, but the pattern on the top kind of throws me off.@_@ beautiful colors no double, but the bubbles. never put Mulan as a bubble person...maybe cherry blossoms? they did have significance in the movie, and in asian cultures..i do like the pendulum hanging from her sash though! a bit more jade and tassles! you can never go wrong with tassles!^^
shoomlah Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a traditional mandala fabric pattern, not bubbles I'm afraid.
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