I was invited by Adobe China early this year (2020) to create one illustration based on the famous Chinese folktale “Mulan”.
The story is about a female warrior who takes her aged father’s place in the conscription for the army by disguising herself as a man.
In this illustration, I want to show the power of women, especially when it is a difficult time during one’s live.
After some research, I made two drafts which I was happy about: one is Mulan dressed up as a male warrior, with the background of an elegant garden where she used to belong as a Chinese woman in old times. The other draft shows Mulan dressed up as a woman in red ( the colour of marriage in China ), with the burning Great Wall and warrior armer as backgrounds.
In the end I choose to proceed with the female-look Mulan version, because the workload is more so it's more challenging.
Thank you for reading.