How to Draw Mushu from Mulan

Easy, step by step Mushu from Mulan drawing tutorial
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"Dra-gon, not lizard. I don't do that tongue thing." - Mushu, Mulan

Would you like to learn how to draw Mushu from Mulan? This cartoon dragon drawing tutorial is here to guide you.

Mushu is a small Chinese dragon - "travel-sized for your convenience!" Mushu doesn't have wings, but he can breathe small amounts of fire. He can also communicate with animals.

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Mushu was once a spirit guardian of the Fa family, but he was demoted to being a gong-ringer and incense burner after getting one of the relatives killed. He redeems himself when he helps Mulan save China.

Did you know? Mushu originally had his own song, "Keep 'Em Guessing." Ultimately, the song was cut from the film, but it has been included in stage performances of Mulan Jr.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Dragon Wings, Japanese Dragon, and Smaug.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Mushu from Mulan

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 1
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by drawing Mushu's eyes. Use curved lines to outline the eyes, noting how the cheek partially covers the near eye.

Draw overlapping lines above the eyes to form the brow, and in front of them to indicate the wrinkled nose. Draw a curved line across each eye to form the eyelids. Then, shade a small circle within each eye to form the pupils.

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 2
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Enclose a rounded triangle shape to form the nose. Below it, use a series of connected "U" shaped lines to form the mustache-like upper lip. Then, draw the mouth and lower lip using long curved lines.

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 3
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Draw a zigzag line across the mouth to indicate the teeth, and squared, spiraled lines on the nose to form the nostrils. Draw a long, curved line intersecting the bottom lip to form the lower jaw.

Then, extend a pair of parallel curved lines from each side of the nose, allowing them to meet at sharp points. These are the dragon's barbels or whiskers.

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 4
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Use pairs of lines that meet at sharp points to finish enclosing the head. Then, draw the ears. For each ear, extend a curved line and double it back upon itself. Notice that one ear has a "C" shaped notch.

Define each ear with a curved line down the middle, then band the tip of the ear with another curved line.

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 5
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Use curved lines that meet at gentle points to form the horns on top of Mushu's head. Band each tip with a curved line. Then, use curved lines to form the sinuous, snakelike neck and the front of the torso.

Use another series of lines to draw the arm. Note the furry, jagged lines at the elbow.

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 6
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Use overlapping curved lines to complete the front of the arm and the fingers. Band each fingertip with a curved line to indicate the claws. Then begin drawing the remaining arm.

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 7
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Complete the remaining hand, and band the fingertips with curved lines. Use a long, curved line to draw Mushu's back, and a wavy line with triangular points to form the spikes or sail on his back.

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 8
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Draw a long, curved line from the base of the head to the bottom of the torso to indicate the belly. Band the belly with curved lines. Then, use curved lines to begin drawing the legs and feet. Note the curved lines across the toes and those on the knee.

Mushu from Mulan drawing - step 9
mushu from mulan step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Complete the remaining foot, noting the curved lines across the toes and knee. Extend the lines of the belly and the back to form the tail. At the tip, use curved lines to enclose a tuft.

Complete Mushu from Mulan drawing
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Color your cartoon of Mushu. He is red with a yellow belly and black-tipped horns and ears.

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