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Mulan 10 - The Hero of China by LPDisney Mulan 10 - The Hero of China by LPDisney
~~~ Disney Moments: Mulan – The Hero of China ~~~
(Created 10.10)

It’s amazing how life always catches you off guard. Well, maybe that’s also because I usually put my family and friends’ matters before my own. Long story short I barely found the time to finish this and even when I did find a few spare hours yesterday, I was really pushing myself cause for some reason I just didn’t feel like working on it. Guess I’m going over my “artist’s block” period now. It happens every few months or so, and I usually take a break only to come back with more great ideas and the muse to do them.

How will this affect my “Disney Moments” series…? Hmmmm…. Guess I’ll take a break for a week or two, I have too many things to do anyway (oh ya…. I’m flying to California for 6 weeks, will write a journal about that later).
BUT fear not! Many more wonderful Disney Moments are on the way (made a list and was shocked myself of the amount, why do I always get carried away with these things? Is it because it’s such fun to do and am I just an obsessed person? Or both? :-) ).

For the background btw I used reference again and A LOT of duplicates. Ha ha! Think I have time to draw all those lamps in the crowd? That’s why they invented the “copy-paste”. So ya, a few brush strokes, a bunch of copies, some blurs, smudges and ta-dam! Liron drew yet another one…. Geesh…

And here we are again with my (boring?) life stories:

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I read about Mulan the first time in a Disney book about all the movies up until Hercules (can’t remember the name of the book… going over all my books…. Damn… where did I see it? And how come I’m MISSING a Disney book?). Anyway, it was on one of the few last pages under “future projects” and there was one concept art there of Mulan on her horse next to a tree on a cliff. There was a short synopsis there about a girl who dresses up as a man and got to the army. I remember going “WHA? This sounds like a really stupid plot, did Disney ran out of stories to tell?”

And then Disney did their magic and BOY WAS I WRONG!!!!

I think that Mulan is one of the strongest, deepest and most touching Disney movie ever made. I must admit Mulan took time to grow on me, don’t know why really, but today it’s in my top 5, no doubt.

Mulan is more than a fairy tale or a fantasy. It’s a really deep and hard story about sacrifice and the power of will and going against society’s rules and really fighting for oneself. I relate to Mulan is so many ways I don’t even know where to begin. I will tell you that even today when I find myself in tough situations, physical or mental, I tell myself “if Mulan could do it, I can do it” and I somehow find the strength to carry on. That’s how deep this movie has affected my life.

I was deliberating between 2 scenes; this one and the one where she takes off her makeup and you see her face half and half (GOD! That scene just blew me off the first time I saw it!). But I eventually ended up with the ending scene when Mulan gets her recognition because, well, first because I was looking for a “hair blowing in the wind” scene (I warned you) and second because of my friend and I will explain:

I usually make my friends to watch all of Disney movies. When Mulan came out on VHS (btw, the last VHS I bought was Tarzan’s) I told my good friend (we go way back) that she just has to see it. We were watching the movie in my room (we were 18) on my TV and were really focused in the film (cause it’s such a damn good film).
Then when the movie got to the moment when Mulan was turning around to see the entire crowd bowing to her, my friend suddenly said “What an honor” (or something like that) and I turned my head to find my good friend drowning in her own tears! I was kinda shocked but smiled with pride, cause YES!!! That’s how great classic Disney movies should be! Of course we had to pause for a sec, so she could get her acts together, but I will never forget that moment and that’s why I picked this specific scene to remind me of that.

All in all, Mulan is an amazing movie (ditching Mushu and Cricky, adding a kiss at the end and making Shang take off his hair band… why did I have to wait for the sequel for that one????). During the last few years with my new obsession with Japan and Asians and Kung Fu (6 years) Mulan has really became one of my favorites. So I hope my creation will give strength and courage to others the way Mulan gave to me.

Thank you for listening and viewing my work.
Your humble servant,
Liron.

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PS CS5
I guess a couple of hours for the rough and cleanup and couple of hours+ for the coloring…
URG! I need to go to a deserted island for a month just so I can find the time to draw!

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:iconkentaglitch17:
Just too Great! Like the last scene of the Mulan Movie!
She has the praying to the ancestors, like after she defeated the Huns!
Great Job, makes me want this as the final ending of the movie! XD
The Brooche and the face what appeals to me the most! I just hope that she thinks that she has a feeling of 'My ancestors, families and relatives, I've fulfilled China's reputy and restored peace to everyone! I hope that I will still get blessed by everyone and hope you all will watch over me... Now the battle is really all over...'
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SnowWhiteQueen2000 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome!
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Ohanamaila Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow you're so good!
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Anacrazy4 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love that movie SO much... *sigh* Good times, good times.... =) (Smile) 
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BlackNRoses Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
So nice!
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BlackNRoses Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I forgot to add: it's well drawn and proportionate and it makes sense with the setting. I like it!
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SpringRose9 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I LOVE THIS! It makes me smile with such happiness! Mulan is such an amazing movie; it really lives up to the Disney name! :D
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Ladyshion Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Beautiful!
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KentaGlitch17 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
JUST!!!!! TOOOOOOO GREAT! I LUV IT!!! Looks like the scene where she's just saved China and then that's where it ends where she just looks up to the sky, praying to the ancestors saying 'My ancestors, I have protected everyone! Please look over me!'

Great!!! Mega Luv!!!
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Lyokofan97 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
i love this collection!
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ShadeAurai Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love Mushu!
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mrSketchy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Mulan is quite an old story from an ancient chinese ballad. people aren't sure if it's a true tale or another piece of folklore.
Either way it has a rich influence on history and it's view on a woman's role in society.
It seems strange for disney to have picked such a subject, but it's a good change from the usual princess damsel in distress. Now with things like princess and the frog as well as tangled are marrying the idea of an idealized princess in an almost satirical form and giving each a strong sense of self that doesn't revolve around their doting for men.
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TULEVIAL123 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Wow! Its breath-taking:)
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alicequeen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
花木兰吗。
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Rebelgirli Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love!!! Lol. You are just so acurate with your disney characters!! Im "slightly" obsessed with Disney movies too and I hate when pictures are not acturate for them!! but you got it dead on! :)
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KonekoTsukino Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
This is PERFECT!! My goodness, you're so amazing. I'm in awe of you!
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Sesshomarusama3 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
so cool!
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JellicleKitten Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is phenomenal. Fantastic job. *goes to add you to watch* ^^
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RisuKim Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
amazing work as usual!! :D
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tamara0kiss Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
hey i used you pic here [link]
i hope you don't mind...i gave you credits... :)
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:iconlpdisney:
LPDisney Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ha ha ok cool. For a minute there I was looking for my art, I was sure it was a frame from the movie... lol.
So... is it on your desktop now? ;-)
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tamara0kiss Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
no it is not...i just made it 'cause i liked your picture very much :D maybe i'll put it as background,i don't know :D
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LPDisney Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
cool
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist
:wow:!!!!!
Agreed Mulan is one of the most deep and epic movies Disney had ever made
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CastleDown13 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
I think I have the book you're talking about....
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Aakami Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, I think I like it the most from your female Disney series :3 I adore her face here, so innocent and dreamy!
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I just died of the epicness.
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
ALL HAIL MULAN!!!
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CastleDown13 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Mulan's epic! That's why it's my #1 Disney movie!
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:iconmeicheng:
MeiCheng Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
You captured the moment beautifully! :love:
The lens flare is epic :D
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Purplestar31 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist
WWOOOWWW I :iconiheartitplz: Mulan
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Schnikeys Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist
Very clean and well drawn! Great moment.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nice job! :D I love the shading.
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Jojo5280 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Ok so I totally love this, it just made my day.
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Turtleena Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :rose:
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elen-robyn-megan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student
we seem to like the same disney girls!meg is my 2nd fave,kida 4rth,ariel 5th...pocahontas is third and esmerald is 1st..i was wondering if you like her too?
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LPDisney Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I like Esmeralda, but not in the top 5, sorry.
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elen-robyn-megan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student
no need to say sorry ^-^''it feels awkward...i dont mind you dont have her in your top 5...and anyway,if everyone agreed it would be boring.btw,i saw hercules again today...damsel in distress?who said that?''i can handle this!have a nice day'' <3
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thespanishgirl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
this is amazing:D
you know, You really have a gift:)
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mishkuu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
so awesome! one of my favorite movies of all time
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StillDreamstuff Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I just got a little misty looking at this, it really was one of the best disney moments, it's when the emperor gave her the whole "take this so you father will know what you have done for china, and this so china will know what you have done for your country" thing and everyone bowed and Mulan who is just a 'woman' is like emotionally floored. Amazing, amazing, amazing.
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Counselor-Vidkun Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
I always thought the idea of a woman taking on a man's role was amazing and something to look up to when i was really young, so I really loved this movie as a child. the fact that Mulan was able to do what she felt was right regardless of her gender was amazing to me.

she was one of my role models as a kid.

You picked the best scene out of the movie to draw. The part that just really made the movie. This part was always so moving to me as a kid. I was astonished at everyone bowing down to her in respect. usually if your head is not as low as the emperors in china, you get beheaded in those days. (I dunno if that's still true or not. probably not. who knows. i'm not from china)
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Juna69 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Student General Artist
Super !! =D
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Polarkit Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Artist
Erm I need some help with animation I'm not the best at it so would you be willing to teach me? I know your probably going to say no but there is no harm in asking :)
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LPDisney Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for asking, but I'm sorry to say it's kinda impossible for me to teach someone animation over the internet.
I also don't have the time for that right now, since I'm busy with other projects.
I hope you understand and not offended. It's really impossible for me to do that.
I wish you luck and don't give up on animation.
And last, if you didn't read this already you should definitely check my animation article: [link]

:-)
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CaptureMeBurning Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Wonderful! I a definitely checking out your other shots too!
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feawen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You're awesome!
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Galistar07water Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I love this film! One of the greatest about finding one's self and heart. I just love how you did the lighting and shadow effects. ;P :boogie: If you want, you can always do the other one, too, about Mulan wiping away half of her make-up in the reflection scene. I love that scene, too.
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Frostlights Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Amazing. Great work!
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enteringmymind Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE this!! You should totally do the scene where Mulan's face is half and half because that really showed the confliction within herself. Mulan is my Favorite Disney movie also because I also relate to her in so many ways and thank you for sharing your reasons behind why Mulan is a fav of yours!:)
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javelincheshire Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Excellent!!!
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