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Mushu _expressions model sheet by tombancroft Mushu _expressions model sheet by tombancroft
This is the second of two Mushu Model sheets I did for Mulan that I'm posting. Actually, I did a few model sheets, but these two, plus the construction sheet (I've posted a pic of in my gallery) are the main ones. I did this one very early on in the film. It was for me and all the follow up animators and clean up folks to see the range of expressions for Mushu. The head turn at top was very useful. He's a little skinnier in the face then what I ended up doing in the film. The other thing I "lost" in production were those two front 'gap' teeth to give him a bit more Eddie Murphy look. I liked the idea of it, but Mushu has that mustache on his upper lip and it got too complex to have front teeth poking out also. Simplification won. I learned at the beginning of production that the Production Managers didn't HAVE to have the original art modelsheet, if you give them a color photocopy, no one could tell the difference. This is high res to download, I don't think I've seen this anywhere else on the net. :)
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Night-Fury777 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your stuff is always awesome, Mr. Bancroft! :D
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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Night-Fury777 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, sir! :D
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PadawanLinea Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is cool! Thank you so much for posting!! I've always loved Mushu's design, and of course the character himself!
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DanjysBasement Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just rewatched Mulan yesterday including the bonus material about creating the characters. The development process of story and characters never ceases to amaze me, already read a lot of stuff about it, to accompany my own practice. Still, just ordered your first book, I'm convinced that your advice is really worth something. I mean, you're the man who created Mushu *stands in awe*
Thanks for sharing this on here, Mr. Bancroft, it shows the depth and comical quality that was put into Mushu! :)
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for all the kind words about Mushu and his development. I appreciate them. Thanks for giving my first book a try also. Let me know what you thought of it when you get it. Post something online from wherever you bought it also, it always helps! Thanks!
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful expressions!
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Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
This is AWESOME! :clap:
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I do know that there's a class at SCAD that uses Mushu as the primary example for assignments and such. I guess it's the shape and squash-and-stretch and follow-up animation that his ears and whiskers require. Many a time I have walked through the animation capture room and seen a little animation of him being worked on. :lol:
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That's cool. Its probably because one of the instructors, John Webber, was in my Mushu animation unit.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think I remember hearing that, actually. That's surely the name of the professor.
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capedluna Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Greatest part of Mulan.
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CastleDown13 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
:la:
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jillybean200x Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
he was my favorite thing about Mulan!
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Seizthemoment Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
I saw this earlier from the webinar and enjoyed its accompanyment to the presentation.
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pascalscribbles Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Filmographer
Amazing! I've had to draw a model sheet. But so far I'm not very good at the 3/4 views or side views :/
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Orangeandbluecream Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student General Artist
I love looking at this.
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rocket-soda Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   Digital Artist
Amazing! One of my favourite animated films of all time.
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dsnettis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Fantastic, I love these!!
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Ice-creamwolfie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Never believed I'd see a sheet for Mushu here :D amazing!
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highhorse Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I love it. Were the expressions designed before or after your team knew Eddie Murphy would be the voice?
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
AFTER. I was looking at Eddie photos when I drew these.
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JoniGodoy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Simply Fantastic, Mr Tom!
I love the fluid lines which bring us the cartoony movement!
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disneylouis Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great
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emboraa Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist
Aww, this is even better and funnier then the other sheet :XD: you did an awesome job because I could stare at every face for like hours, because they are incredibly funny and detailed and they tell us so much of Mushu and his personality! Congratulations :love:
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doverman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Totally Awesome! Love his expressions!
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enchantma Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh fantastic! Love the squash and stretch with his expressions!
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Dscapades Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i absolutely love stuff like this and its for my fave little dragon thank you so much for shareing ^^
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namebadge11 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very awesome, thanks for sharing!
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nenuiel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Well I'll be! XD Now I can learn how to draw mushu properly. Last year my teammates and I almost did a Mulan ride for the Disney Imaginations competition, so I was trying to learn how to draw him on model. =D This would have been really helpful back then! *still downloading it*
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Ghostcub Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
WOW
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TheEmotionalCupcake Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Omg Mushu is the best!!
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GeckTok Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love mulan... i love mushuuuuu
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TeaElleHarris Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank ya sir! I do believe my next character design assignment is an expression sheet :D excellent inspiration!
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Dygera Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So awesome^^
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DarylT Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
love it.
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Phebus159 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Ahahahah Mushu is the best, you bet you had tons of fun by drawing him ;)
Thanks for posting this, I really like to see model sheets ;D
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Jessadraw Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
haha thee r so funny xD
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redappledaisy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
possibly the coolest thing I've seen in a while
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UmbreoNoctie Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Love the demoniac smile.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this. I love seeing this kind of stuff
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BlueDubia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Man, I'm honored that you'd post this art gem for us to see!

I'm kind of surprised the company's allowing it too |D you've been showing us some amazing history.
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tempestsreign Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
OMG the expressions are just awesome!
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RIGEL6217 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is Amazing :aww:
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Love this!!
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ThatAmericanSlacker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Filmographer
:omg:... I have seen the work of a master.
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LauraDkechan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
He's so cute :D
The incredible... MUSHU!
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Jangle-00 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Did you work on Mulan? John Webber is a professor of mine, do you know him?
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yep. I know him well. Just emailed him today, actually. Tell him hi from me and then kick him in the butt. Okay, maybe not.
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Artgator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist
Your lines are so crisp! Please tell me your drawings were a little more rough before coming up with your final outline?! These are amazing! :D
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