Christine Bian, our incredibly talented prop designer, has started a Tumblr blog to showcase her exquisite animal drawings. I love this Naga piece, but do yourself a favor and check out her other work too.
I was a guest on the latest episode of The Big Pull Podcast. My good buddy Kurt Mattila (director of the ATLA documentary Avatar Spirits, among many other great things) invited me to join him last week, along with my other good buddies Angela Marie Volpe and Giancarlo Volpe (ATLA director and Green Lantern: The Animated Series show runner), to discuss our top three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, among many other topics, like being a show runner, Korra, and stuff. Lots of stuff, and more run-on sentences like the previous one. In fact, so many run-ons that Kurt had to split it into two parts.
Here’s the link to the first half of our conversation. And here’s a piece of fanart I did of my favorite character, Data. I’ll let you know as soon as Kurt posts Part II. It was a lot of fun, I hope you enjoy! Oh, and Mike was a guest on some earlier episodes (#10 & 11), so be sure to check those out too.
P.S. Oh, and I forgot to mention that we also talk about Tumblring.
Here is a link to an elegant and heartfelt piece by George Takei in the wake of the senseless attack on the Boston Marathon yesterday, echoing many of my own thoughts and feelings. Obviously you don’t need to be a marathon runner, or anything other than a decent human being, to feel the depths of this tragedy. My heart goes out to the victims of this heinous crime, which was an affront to a benevolent endeavor: those who had their lives stolen from them and their families; those who were wounded, maimed, and lost limbs; and those witnesses who were physically unscathed but will surely bear psychological wounds for the rest of their lives. I am currently training for my first marathon, and my sisters and I will be raising money for those affected by this attack. I will post more updates regarding our fundraising efforts in the coming months. And to all my fellow runners, keep running.
Here is the back cover art for the Book 1 DVD/Blu-ray coming out July 16th, 2013, or at least, this was how I intended it to look. Tenzin and Lin had to be moved elsewhere to make room for type and graphics. Drawn by Ryu Ki Hyun, colored be me.
Here is the cover art for the Legend of Korra Book 1 DVD/Blu-Ray that Ryu Ki Hyun drew and I colored. It will be released on July 16th, 2013. Here’s a link to an IGN article with more info.
Time to get back in shape for spring!
My personal trainer is a beast.
The family that cosplays together and does pushups with each other on each other’s backs stays together.
Adorable and impressive!
My name’s Jeff! I live in New Zealand!
I like to do action animation XD
I just got back from a trip to Studio Mir in Seoul, the studio that did the animation (and a lot of preproduction) for Book 1 of Korra. They are currently hard at work on several episodes of Book 2. Bryan and I have known Mir’s president, Jae Myoung, for over 10 years. In fact, he animated a lot of scenes on the pilot and went on to oversee and direct numerous episodes of A:TLA. With Studio Mir, he has created a very inspiring, artist-friendly environment. The talent he has assembled is top-notch and the artists are all excited to be working on Korra again! Can’t wait to show you the amazing work they’ve done (and will be doing.)
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join Mike, Joaquim, and Benjamin on this trip, but I’m glad they were able to go and connect with the artists, and I hope to get over to see the folks at Mir and their new studio soon.P.S. Nice shots, Mike!
Here’s the piece I made for the “I’m the Art Show, Deal With It” gallery show! You can find some info on the show and how you can help out here.
I was originally planning on doing something more ambitious than just a character pinup, but with everything else I have going on right now, I had to stick with something I knew I could get done pretty fast. So behold Queen Asami, about to do something badass while looking totally glamorous at the same time.
This was one of my favorite pieces at the Korra fanart show. Very elegant!
Apparently this was in the Korra art show the other weekend, but I didn’t see it there. I see it now! Wow… just continually blown away by the quality and creativity of the fanart we’re seeing these days.
This is a piece of fanart I did ONE MILLION YEARS AGO (or maybe more like 11 years ago) for my friend Aaron Alexovich’s comic Serenity Rose. Aaron and I met while working together on Invader Zim, where he was a fantastic character designer. After that, he did freelance character designs for the first half of Avatar Book 1. He’s been focused on Serenity Rose since, an original comic he write and draws. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is incredibly charming and beautiful, oozing with artistry and taste. Definitely check it out and his other work at heartshapedskull.com.
I remember back in the Avatar days… the typical fanart we would get would be a charming, childish crayon drawing stuffed in an envelope. Nowadays on Korra, I take a skewed screenshot with my phone, post it, and shortly thereafter someone un-skews it, crops it, separates the character levels, clones the background, “Ken Burns” it with a multilevel slide, animates the characters blinking and talking, tints it, and makes a GIF out of it, that I then see on the same phone with which I took the original picture. Times they are a-changin’…
P.S. In case it is unclear, I’m not upset, I’m just amused and amazed.
EDIT: Wait, I got it! A more appropriate classification for this: not fan art, but a fan retake.