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April 9, 2011
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Madame Mulan Revisited by LibertineM Madame Mulan Revisited by LibertineM
My entry for the Fan Art Improvement contest. I removed the black from the remake because it seemed to overwhelm the delicate lines and made it more like stained glass than gilt. The focus has to be the face and the clothing must blend into the background. This was a lot of doodling and playing with line weight.

Edit: Uploaded a version for download.

The original: The original was an altered coloring book page from and all rights are copyright Disney Co.
Inspired by Gustav Klimt
Made in Pixelmator, Painter X
Gold Leaf Texture: [link]
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This is a beautiful piece! Instantly recogniseable as Mulan even from the smallest thumb.

The theory behind it is great! I adore the wide range of patterns and the strong and consistent theme in colour. The random spots of blue and purple are a great touch as the complimentary colours really draw each other out.

However, the fact that there is soft shading on her face but hard shading everywhere else makes it look out of place and is a lack of consistency. She probably could do with some sharper shading just to help her look part of the picture a little more.

The main thing though, is she needs something to draw her body out of the BG. The dress blends in far too much which leaves her looking a little like a bloating head. Maybe something as simple as a blue outline or a blue tinted drop shadow just to define her and create a border or something.

But overall, this is a wonderful piece. I think that the technique is great and there's a hell of a lot of creativity in it. It's very original and stands out as a memorable Mulan fan art! I love it. Well done.
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casshimee Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yay! I'm not the only one who went back and revisited a coloring page. Love it!
BlueVagabond Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Wonderful chosen patterns, this piece is shining. Though a bit flashy, it has a pleasant-to-look-at optic.
And Mulan is recognizable at first sight.
LibertineM Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, it was fun to make even though my eyes crossed from time to time.
zantror Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
This is a beautiful piece. I have done Klimpt work in the past and it is so rewarding but so time consuming, good for you.
LibertineM Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. It was quite a few hours, but I took frequent breaks so my eyes didn't cross.
xXivZ Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
This is wonderful! The colours and all reminds me of Indonesian "Batik" pattern.
LibertineM Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Digital Artist
I love batik! It's so hard to do with the molten wax and color layers. Thank you, I appreciate the comment.
Granad0 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's true that this piece has become more intricate than the original, but imho the composition feels ruined and the eyes of viewer are pulled only towards the head. There's no place to rest the eyes. It needs more definition for the figure/body. I'm sorry, but personally i prefer the original.
LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011   Digital Artist
Why would you feel the need to apologize for your opinion? There's nothing set in stone on a digital piece and always room for improvement on anything, especially with input from fresh eyes.
NonieR Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Hmm. I'd go somewhere in between, because without the other blacks, her head stands out from the pic like an added sticker, and we're also distracted by trying to sort out where her arms end and the background begins.

We can't tell whether her arms are in sleeves, or tucked into her robes, or missing due to some battlefield mutilation(!), and the two upright ovals could be puffy sleeves, flared open cuffs, a pair of shields or empty baskets or fans, floating easter eggs.... So I'd recommend using enough blacks to delineate her basic shape and help connect her head to the rest of the picture.

--This entirely personal opinion brought to you by Nonie the Verbose.
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