Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A girl worth fighting for!
Although Mulan is not my favorite of Disney's female persuasion (it's actually Ariel & Pocahontas ^_^), she does hold a special place for me the other ones don't. Drawing Mulan actually takes me back to my formative years in college due to one particular animation professor. During my senior year there was a new teacher that no one knew anything about or what he taught. It was like this weird mystery professor but the mystery was revealed on the first day of class. He was a former animator of Disney, Warner Brothers, and Dreamworks who had his hand in all the recent classics. One in particular, Mulan. As our assignment, he would give us the actual model sheets the real Disney animators would use from Mulan, to draw new poses and were graded on how well we kept them on model. He had tons of handouts he collected over the years at Disney, even actual drawings from Glen Keane! He was an absolute well of knowledge to whom I largely give credit to my growing skills in my career today. When I started this drawing, I had dusted off my old college portfolio and pulled out his old model sheets to help me out, even with the original syllabus stapled to it! So as I post this ten years after taking his class (boy I'm old) I hope I do him proud :-)