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Bloom in Adversity by Hanami-Mai Bloom in Adversity by Hanami-Mai
"The flower that blooms in adversity
is the rarest and most beautiful of all"



Right after Rapunzel, Mulan is my second favourite Disney princess. It bother me when stories only portray women either as the useless "damsel in distress" or some exagerated super-brute-kickass... I guess the main reason why I like Mulan is that she is a both strong and feminine character, intelligent and brave more than just plain "stronger than the guys". I tried to show this "delicate and strong" concept in the drawing, balancing the sword and the falling peach blossoms.

Drawing her was a major challenge - specially because my serie's aesthetics is based on traditional fairytale storybooks, and mixing that with chinese elements was not easy... But overall, I think I'm pleased.

The color scheme was very hard, since she wears at least 3 important outfits with different colors in the movie - first the green, yellow and blue one, then the pink and red from the matchmaker scene, and finally, the blue outfit from the final part of the movie. I tried to mix the first two to make something that could instantly say "Mulan" and also be fit for a soft, light kind of classical Hanfu.

The garnment itself was very fun to design, on the other hand. For the brief research I made (and please correct me if I'm saiyng nonsense...) I had the impression hanfu is far more open to shape variation than the japanese kimono. So I could use several hanfu pictures for inspiration, mix many ideas and come up with this flowy outfit with huuuge sleeves (who doesn't love huge sleeves? ^^)

On the details I focused on the peach blossoms and the peonia, both very popular flowers in chinese art tradition. Mulan's sword design in the movie is pretty cool, so I decided to keep it as the original. The sword and flowers are meant to symbolize both strong and gentle personality of Mulan. And the cloud background pattern... well, that was an obvious choice. ;D

:rose: Detail shots on my blog: maihanami.blogspot.com.br/ :rose:

Other princesses so far:
White as Snow by Hanami-Mai Stroke of Twelve by Hanami-Mai Gold of Sunshine in your Hair by Hanami-Mai  A Most Peculiar Mademoiselle by Hanami-Mai

textures and patterns used do not belong to me.
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:iconart-fashion-history:
Art-Fashion-History Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Very delicate!!! Sooo pretty!!!
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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blackice999 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
i would wear this is a second
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the compliment! I'm glad you like the design! ^^
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babyvfan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Love it
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmarikokitty:
Marikokitty Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful~
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
And thanks for the watch!
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:iconmarikokitty:
Marikokitty Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem and thank you for the llama
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're most wellcome!
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
It truly shows how unique she is.:)
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that! :aww:
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
You're welcome and good to know!:iconawwplz:
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Gorgeous! It was instantly recognizable as Mulan, but also in a unique style. I love the beautiful details you have in the embroidery and fabric. Her hair is also very pretty, and the design of the clothes.
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
I put a lot on effort on her, so I'm happy to hear that!
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MarikoBarbie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Acho que ela foi um dos maiores desafios. Realmente usar essas cores de um modo significativo e que resultassem num conjunto lindo, forte e delicado! Amei!
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Muito obrigada! Nossa, demorei muito pra terminar a Mulan, foi bem difícil. :faint:
Mas ao menos acho que gostei do resultado. ^^
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Faithful-Imagination Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so pretty!
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Faithful-Imagination Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely.
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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subtleandsubversive Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well done...really good!
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!!

and I agree with you about Mulan being a perfect mix of smart, feminine, brave, and stong
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

Yes, she has a very realistic personality - to my point of view, much better than Snow White, for example. Well, another times, another kind of heroine.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sure :)

though I love those old classics, I must say, I am sometimes astonished at how DiD they were...
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. The movies are great as a whole but, if you analyse the heroines... they actually don't DO much, just waint until some prince/fairy/mice come to rescue her. I think the first "classic" princess with some spirit is Belle (by the way, my third favourite disney princess lol).
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you about Belle for the princesses,... or also Ariel...

and the first girl who knows what she wants is Miss Bianca :)
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Marikokitty Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful ^o^b
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^
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atram95 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Royale-Blue Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Wow, this is so lovely! :heart: :D :thumbsup:
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Royale-Blue Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
you're welcome! =)
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:iconjburns272:
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful! ^^
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^_^
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely piece! :)
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^
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MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love it!
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Very beatfuil work on her
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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