How to Draw Mulan

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"Who is that girl I see staring straight back at me? When will my reflection show who I am inside?"
- Mulan, "Reflection"

In 1998, Mulan joined the ranks of Disney princesses like Jasmine and Cinderella. Mulan is a courageous young woman willing to risk her life and go to war to save the life of her father. Along with her trusty horse Khan, a dragon named Mushu, and her friends Yao, Chi Fu, and Shang, it is up to her to save China.

Did you know? Disney's Mulan is based on an ancient Chinese legend. This story, too, told of a girl who dressed as a man to join the army in her father's place. The poem Mu-lan shih, or "The Ballad of Mulan," dates to the sixth century. In 1593, the story became a play known as "The Heroine Mulan Goes to War in Her Father's Place."

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It was further expounded in the 1695 novel Romance of the Sui and Tang. Some have speculated that Mulan may have been a historical person, while others regard the story as mere folklore.

Would you like to draw Mulan? This easy, step-by-step Disney cartoon drawing guide is here to help. You will need only a sheet of paper and pencil, pen, or marker. You may also wish to color your finished drawing. This drawing guide may not "make a man out of you," but it can help you to improve your drawing skills.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Mulan

How to Draw Mulan: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a "U" shaped line to outline Mulan's chin. Then, extend two curved lines downward to form the neck.

How to Draw Mulan: Step 2

2. Use long, curved lines to sketch Mulan's hair. Draw a sweeping, upside down "V" shaped line across the top of the face, noting the pointed whisp of hair across the forehead. The top of the scalp should be "U" shaped, with pointed tendrils of hair along the sides.

How to Draw Mulan: Step 3

3. Sketch Mulan's kimono. Use curved lines for the shoulders, and extend pairs of lines from each side of the neck to form the garment's collar. Connect the collar using two horizontal curved lines.

How to Draw Mulan: Step 4

4. Use long, curved lines to sketch Mulan's arm.

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How to Draw Mulan: Step 5

5. Draw a curved line to complete the outline of Mulan's torso. Then, draw pairs of curved lines across the waist, forming the kimono's belt or obi.

How to Draw Mulan: Step 6

6. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch Mulan's arm and hips.

How to Draw Mulan: Step 7

7. Use curved lines to draw Mulan's eyebrows, pointed at each end.

How to Draw Mulan: Step 8

8. Sketch Mulan's eyes. Use curved lines to draw shapes that are pointed at each corner. Thickly shade the upper lid. Draw an oval within an oval in each eye, and shade between them to indicate the pupil. Indicate the eyelid using a curved line above each eye.

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How to Draw Mulan: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to outline Mulan's nose and lips.

How to Draw Mulan: Step 10

Color Mulan. She has black hair and wears a blue and green kimono with a red belt. You can draw these cherry blossoms to recreate the famous scene from the movie. Remember, "The flower that blooms in adversity is often the rarest and most beautiful of all."

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