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TLK Mufasa by FelisGlacialis TLK Mufasa by FelisGlacialis
Mufasa from the Disney's the Lion King in more realistic style. Hopefully he is a bit recognizable :)
I thought to draw some of the lions from the Lion King, still one of my favourite movies.
I had planned to do the others as well, will see how much time I have and what I get done.
Suggestions for improvement are welcome

Art by me, character by Disney.
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edwportu Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks really good!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner May 18, 2018   General Artist
Thanks!
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Edited May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Time for a late comment... but damn, I love this - I always liked Mufasa more than Simba for some reason, I think it's a shame he wasn't in it more but then that's obvious due to the storyline...
Of course Scar will always have a favourite place for me ("dark" and "underdog" figure with brains and an epic voice and sharp lines? Am I biased? 8'D), but Mufasa deserves more love in fan art I think...

I absolutely LOVE your interpretation of him, keeping his distinct features like his sturdy build and heavy chin, but of course giving him a more realistic look with more detailed fur and anatomy, and your trademark epic shading and lighting...

I must say that I strongly disagree that his mane isn't red enough - it's already much more red than an average male lion would be, and I think the level of saturation is just about right to fit with the lighting in this image, and still not push too far beyond the realms of realism to be believable, but still recognisable. 
Since you plan to draw some others, I think I'd most look forward to Zira and Sarabi if you plan to draw them...
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner May 18, 2018   General Artist
Yeah true! Strange enough...I kinda like all characters. And that's rare. Usually I don't like the heroes so much.
But yeah it's actually really funny to think about how they would look. I'm actually mostly looking forward to do Kovu and Nuka (I've always had a soft spot for Nuka).

And yeah I try to og a little beyond true realism to show the character, but not too far to look cartoony.
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed! And I kinda feel similarly - I have those I prefer but I didn't particularly dislike anyone - and yeah, usually I'm not a huge fan of heroes, I think they often feel rather flat and unoriginal in many cases or seem too perfect.
And yeah - also woo! I'm so glad you're doing Nuka, I think he often gets overlooked or underappreciated and I have a kinda soft spot for him too. 

Yeah, I see that and really like it - I think I'd describe them not so much as pure realism, but you make them look "believable" - not identical to real lions, but enough that they look functional and as if you could imagine seeing them in person! Looking forward to your take on the others when you get around to it...
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That reminded me of an older work you made waaaay back when we still didn't know each other (and I was still intimidated to approach and talk to you, lol XD ). I know you like Scar more, but I mean.... this is also brilliant. Again an excellent blend between the original and your unique style. Definitely looks like Mufasa, just much more realistic. I love it.
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Oukami-SuGo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Flott bildet :heart:
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017   General Artist
Takk :)
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He may not be a blazing redhead, but I think I like this version of realistic Mufasa. I love how you made him natural without making him over the top and...well golden lions are rare (and really they are actually red lions who look gold than the typical tawny). It makes me exasperated to see so many Simba clones with the golden-fur and red manes...and they are always the good guys. 
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NikkiSixxIsALegend Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
AMAZING! I don't really have enough words for your work, it's always breathtaking and so intricately detailed I could stare at the same piece for hours and not get bored. Stunning!!
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SilviaTheCaralioness Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm normally not a big fan of art of cartoon characters being drawn to be more realistic because I feel like the things that made the design unique are lost.  However, this one is pretty nice because I feel like you still managed to capture the face and regal personality of the character.  On the other hand, I do wish that the mane were a bit redder and he were a bit stockier (he's pretty heavyset in the movie).  Overall, good job!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017   General Artist
Thanks for the feedback! That is good to hear - and yes I do agree there. That's why I try to stay rather close to the original design. However, I also try to stay as much as possible within the species limit, and Mufasa's mane were far too red for existing lions. I've already made them unrealisticly red. But I can maybe make the mane a bit heavier :)
I think the lionesses Sarabi, Nala and Kiara will be quite a challenge to draw typical...Zira and Vitani might be easier.
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SilviaTheCaralioness Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's understandable.
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! WOW!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Thanks!
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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Mudstar-Sibera Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah he looks SO amazing! :love: He really does look noble and watchful here as is characteristic of him, and also a deep care in his eyes...the weight of his responsibility as ruler of the Pride lands...I can feel that in his gaze there. :heart: Also the cool blue/grey background is a nice contrast to his warm gold colors, soft light and warm...very much like him. Absolutely fabulous piece of the beloved Mufasa! :heart:
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Thankies!! That's really good what you describe there...I'm happy that that came across! I think the next one would be Sarabi. Just have to see when I start that. Busy times ahead and I should also pick up ToM again...
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*hehehe, stalking - though not so stealthy*
Would LOVE to see you draw Sarabi, always liked her and found she was overlooked - tbh I prefer Sarabi and Mufasa to Simba... (though I do like Nala, at least how she was in the first film)
Found her design both pretty but also mature and powerful-looking and not overly "feminised" - a proper lioness, hehe. 
So I'm sure I'd love your take on her! ^^
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Lol! Yeah I've always liked the look of Sarabi very much. I think she's a very elegant lioness. For one of the rare reasons I do love all characters in TLK..even the heroes O.o. That's rare for me XD
But yeah will have to see how much time I have. Might make a sketch tonight if the other art goes according to plan.
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yeah! I agree there, I think she seems very dignified, and I also LOVE how in TLK they didn't go too crazy with designs but each had subtle facial features instead of sameface syndrome, haha. And yeah, often I tend to be biased there as well, but I think TLK is one of those films where even the characters that aren't just as high on your favourites are still loved. ^^ But then it was a really stand-out film I think, even if as you say I agree that it's not accurate to lion society (but then being based on Hamlet, it kinda couldn't be. :'D)
And ooooh, nice! I'm still a bit dead with art, urgh, but hopefully I find the on-switch again soon...
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BloodyMoonDust Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Student
This is stunning and really like REALLY realistic.I'm ın love with it Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2] 
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Thanks! Will do the others as well - if I find the time XD
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SnowfallWarning Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Student General Artist
I find this very satisfying to look at and I don't know why.
I really like this
And your other works

I just love how realistic and detailed this is
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Really_ That's very good to hear! I hope that I have time to do the others as well. At least it's the idea. Sarabi would be next.
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Twitterlu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017
Stunning. :clap: 
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Thanks!
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TeamPokemonSpain Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017
If TLK have remake, Mufasa must to see like this *_*
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Haha I have the intention to do all characters, so you neve know XD
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TeamPokemonSpain Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017
COOL!!! *_*
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017   General Artist
The next one might be Sarabi - I've always liked her a lot.
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TeamPokemonSpain Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017
Yeees!!! Sarabi is very undervalued :(
She deserves more
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DSegno92 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is simply magnificent!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Thanks!
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DSegno92 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Mindram Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
....this reminds me of the lion King, for obvious reasons...and I never really thought of this until now...

If both scar and mufasa are the only males in the pack...does that make Nala and Simba....related?


Oh god...

Btw, nice art!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017   General Artist
Yeah the mvie doesn't really make sense in terms of lion society - because Scar and Mufasa should have been very close brothers; Nala and Simba should have been at least half-siblings, Simba should have been chased off by his own father and in case of a come back; Simba should have killed all he cubs, but since it was his own native pride, all the lionesses should somehow be genetically related to him...but yeah never mind. I still love the movie very much.
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Mindram Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here...
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Mindram Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just now read the title...
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UnknownXChild Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

ZEEEEBEEENNNYAAAAAAAAAAAAAA




sorry
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Lol
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daraby Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooooow wengaaaaa umm'weeeeeeeeee
Wengaaaaa um'waaaaaa
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Lol
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Lukoda Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow those details are so impressive. Beautiful work!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017   General Artist
Thanks!
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Lukoda Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome!
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destinyroseart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Gorgeous! One of my all time favorite movies as well and immediately thought it had to be Mufasa or Simba before reading the title.

Critiques: On the lower full bodied portion of the image the perspective on the face is a bit wonky looking. As though the chin and nose are facing more forward than the rest of the face. I think the lighting on the nose in particular gives this effect. It's incredibly shiny looking for a lion nose. Beyond that, I think the lines of each foreleg leg look strangely parallel, almost log like. Particularly the front foreleg. A little more taper/shape definition around the muscles may help (not extreme or anything). And as a more overall for that lower image, the whole body has a somewhat plasticky look from the intensity of the highlights. Also, his mane should be thicker and longer as he's not a very young lion.

Mind you these are all more nit picky critiques! You did amazingly and I absolutely adore this image.
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017   General Artist
Thanks for the feedback. I have fixed a few things that you mentioned; only the fact that he is so shiny is due to the strong light Source. I have photos of my black cat shining white due to his glossy fur. So I don't see that as wrong. But anyway, let me know if it looks better now ;)
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destinyroseart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Looks great! And I believe black cats are the only cats who shine as glossy as that! Wild cats in particular don't tend to shine that bright (especially lions as they're generally pretty dusty). But I definitely understand the reasoning. It's just that he seems to be shining as brightly in his shadowed areas as the sunlit areas. Still though, the picture looks fantastic (:
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017   General Artist
Eh no -there is obviously less light intensity in the shadowed areas than in the sunlit , highlighted areas. These can be close to white an any animal or object unless you look at vanta black. It might be uncommon for lions to have glossy fur (that is lit by atmospheric reflected light), but I have seen it on some reference pictures and decided that would fit Mufasa.
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