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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 disney.com 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!
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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.
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, it was fun to make even though my eyes crossed from time to time.
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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.
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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.
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xXivZ Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
This is wonderful! The colours and all reminds me of Indonesian "Batik" pattern.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm going to stay away from a lot of blacks in this piece since I used so much in the original. After staring at this for a while I do see things I want to change though, for example the starkness of the skin needs a little blue and rose softness/texturing a la Klimt and I think the hair needs to be less flat black. I appreciate your thoughts and ideas, there's no reason at all for me not to further push this piece.
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yasminbell Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
simply beautiful !
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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Killproduct Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Goood for the Klimt inspiration =D
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011   Digital Artist
His work is so fascinating.
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Killproduct Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student General Artist
yes exactly what I think about him ^^
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Linaeve Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
This is a really beautiful tribute to Klimt. The only thing I personally would comment on is that the face seems very detached from the rest of the drawing, it could be difficult to pull off but maybe if you toned down the white of face-makeup just a bit or brought a few areas of that bright white into your pattern it would remedy that? Otherwise this is just gorgeous, I love how you sampled tones from her eyeshadow and lips to bring into the gold patterns. :)
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011   Digital Artist
Hmmm, that's a good point. I wonder if I could edit the piece now that I've submitted it though... I can't see anything in the rules that says I can't.
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snowsowhite Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Lana, Just wonderfully beautiful! Gerry
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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CastleDown13 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Lilium from Elfen Lied is stuck in my head now.*O quam Sancta, Quam Serena, Quam Benigma, Quam Amoena, O Castitatus Lilium* I love this by the way!
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you, I don't know the song that you're talking about, but I know the anime vaguely. Cute, kitty eared killing machine, right?
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CastleDown13 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Y're welcome and she's a killer, pink hair machine with horns
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TsukiTay Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Pretty!
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TsukiTay Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome ^-^
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jabberwockymissi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is stunning! Loooove it!
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it.
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AgaKo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
really a great job, it's beautiful, it shows the effort and time I do it,
congratulations! :la:
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Amberrant Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool :D I duess this one has more you in it?
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Certainly a lot more of my time in it! :)
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Amberrant Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks all the better for it :clap:
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MugenMcFugen Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Uuuuuuuuuh, this is soo good!

I love both of your versions, you did awesome job on reproducing Klimt's gilding techique!

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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! I had fun with both of them.
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noleey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
I Love every thing about this pic!!!!!!
your amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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elen-robyn-megan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student
absolutely stunning,very good detail! klimt is one of my fave painters (so this goes to my faves!)
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I have a lot of respect for his work and I'm glad you like my humble imitation.
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NervisGrafix Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Love the texture in her gown ~NG
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! All hand drawn spirals and frames, I think I wore out my stylus.
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TLupien Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
That is simply AMAZING!!!!
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! I don't think I can make it a print as da won't print fan art and I only used 100 dpi. :( Oops!
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mscb1234 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
omg, amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love, love LOVE it :love: :worship: :clap: :dummy: :heart:
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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mscb1234 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
u welcome :heart:
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parasolparamour Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
This is simply astounding! You really did capture Klimt's style beautifully. Gorgeous work! ^^
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! My eyes were starting to cross while drawing it, but I think it was worth the effort. :)
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
The first thing I thought was "Ooooo looks like Gustav Klimt work!" Whether you were going for that or not, this is a really cool style. You did well getting her clothing to almost disappear into the background. I really like the simplicity of the coloring on her face. The only thing that I can think of that bugs me about it is that the colored squares are all on one side. But I am very stuck on symmetry (or at least asymmetry) so I'm trying to tell my mind to shut up and deal with it. And it actually only bothers me when I'm looking at it smaller. When it's full-sized, it doesn't bother me at all.

I like the soft background on the original, but I think you're right about the black being overwhelming, and I like this one better. It's hard to compare the two though, because they seem to have different moods.

But yeah. Awesome. I likey. :thumbsup:
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the lovely comment! It is a total rip of Klimt's style, indeed! After a while my brain started to blur when drawing it, but when it came time to gilt it, I went nuts. I may have gilted over the balancing colored squares on the other side in my gilt-mania. I'm so glad you like it!

I'm a little upset that I haven't done more fanart in the past because this was the only piece that I could remake for the contest. :)
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