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 :-)

11 comments:

  1. Wow! This is awesome! :) She's pretty bounty hunter! Yeah... She's catch me up, anytime. ;)

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  2. I wish I could have gone to his classes, he sounds amazing !

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  3. Actually I was expecting to see Mulan anxiously because she is one of the few disney princess who can actually kick some butts! :3 Well, you made justice with the things he taught you. Love this Mulan version :3

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  4. It's Perfect for Mulan!! :D Excellent!

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  5. Your Disney Princesses + Jedi collection is PERFECT! Can't wait for the rest :)!

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  6. Hey Ralph, how's it going? It's Jodie from CCS, I don't know if you remember me. I was a freshman when you were a junior but I used to hang out with your class because you guys were all amazing traditional animators like I wanted to be :) I'm in Atlanta now, I work with Pierre from your class at Floyd County Productions. Anyways, I remember that class you guys took with Adeboye. He's a wonderful teacher. I didn't get to take his class because by the time I was a junior, there was only one other traditional animation student in program at that point and I couldn't convince enough 3D animators that a class in traditional special effects would clearly help them be better computer animators. They were too smart to fall for my little ploy :) But I did get to bug him outside of CCS and he's taught me a lot over the years. I think Adeboye would be proud to see this drawing. Cool to see all your drawings, they are really awesome and still inspiring! Keep it coming!

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    1. Hey Jodi! Yeah of course I remember you! That's great you're working over at Floyd, they seem to be taking everybody these days. That a crying shame that there weren't enough people interested in taking Adegboye's class ... sigh ... people are stupid. And he would teach you stuff outside of class? Maann, that dude is awesome. Thanks for the comment, glad I can still inspire people!

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  7. I challenge you to do princess Kida from Atlantis! I feel like everyone forgets about her :(

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  8. I challenge you to do princess Kida from Atlantis! I feel like everyone forgets about her :(

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