I have made a point of watching the films, Mulan and The Emperor's New Groove to find characters to base the Emperor on.
However, I have already done some designs, including one watercolour. I have decided that I wasn't really do myself any favours by drawing up my character designs and then scanning them in and tracing them with a graphics tablet, as this was merely flattening my designs and I am not particularly handy with a graphics tablet. I am far better at drawing things by hand and then colouring them in using paint as well. My painting is something that I am also intending to do more of over the christmas holidays.
Here are some drawings of the Emperor done in a Disney style, including the watercolour painting. I drew these by following various tutorials on the internet about drawing Disney-esque characters.
as you will see in this tutorial video. The use of line is always very subtle.
Taking this on board, I did a few sketches of the Emperor as an elderly man. I have made him more hairy, but also more frail looking, as you will see in these two very quick sketches that I drew up.
I will continue to do sketches for this character and then move on to the Ox, once the Emperor has been finalised. I am also going to watch the film Mulan, and also try to watch The Emperor's New Groove in order to get more inspiration for the look of this character. Where I went wrong beforehand was that I had gathered images of the Jade Emperor, but when it came to designing my own variation, I did not find a suitable style to inform the appearance of the character.