While I’m at it, here is the “Have You Seen My Flying Bison?” poster I made for the ATLA Book 2 episode “Lake Laogai,” with calligraphy by S.L. Lee, PhD, slightly-less way back in May of 2006. Aang looks like an egg with Aang’s face drawn on it.
Finally found the time to finish these pieces!
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Image 1: The bottom-left cartouche features the kanji 鳴戸, which is read naruto, meaning ‘whirlpool’. (Note: uzumaki has a similar meaning, translated as ‘maelstrom’.)
The top-right cartouche contains the kanji 古祟翻恵, loosely meaning “An ancient curse becomes a blessing”.
Image 2: The top-left cartouche contains the symbols 龍毬, literally meaning ‘dragon’ and ‘orb’.
The bottom-right cartouche features the kanji 不憩奮励, meaning ‘Never resting, striving higher’.
Image 3: The left cartouche features the kanji 末撓気師, literally meaning “the last bending air master”.
The right cartouche contains the characters 土火気水, which mean ‘earth, fire, air, water’.
I am a big admirer of Jed Henry’s art and all that he has done to sustain and spread the craft of traditional Japanese woodblock printing. I have been meaning to contact him about doing a print for our show for a while now, and also just to tell him how much I love his work. So I am overjoyed that he chose Avatar as the subject for one of his wonderful reinterpretations, the third beautiful image here. So cool! Thanks, Jed! I hope we connect soon.
Another one from the archives, a WIP DVD cover from ATLA Book 3. I posted the pencils for this a while back, which I still like the best, but I think this in-between stage before it got all junked up with elements and graphics is pretty cool too. I just… wanna… shrink that boy’s giant head.
The family portrait from Friday’s episode, 204, “Civil Wars, Part 2.”
Drawn by Christie Tseng, character tones by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf, background painting by Emily Tetri, art director stuff by me.
Comfy Appa and shiny Aang!
As Mike mentioned on his blog, he and I are going to have some repeats such as this one, since we were sitting next to each other at all three signings. We’ve seen this guy for years, in various Aang costumes if I recall correctly (as well as Zuko this year). I LOVED the addition of the scar from Azula’s lightning attack. I’m not sure if it was ever visible in the animation, but Aang’s scarred model sheet also includes a scar on the bottom of his foot, where the electricity exited his body. I’m not into feet, so if anyone cosplays with that detail, you can spare me…
Thanks to everyone who has followed this blog and supported my work this past year. I had no idea this would be the case when I took the Tumblr plunge, but making “personal” art pieces to post on here forced me to grow as an artist and has fed back into my “professional” work, and it has inspired me for the possibilities in my future endeavors. I deeply appreciate it, and hope you got something worthwhile out of this blog too. A huge thanks to all of the incredible artists I follow on here for the invaluable inspiration, and to the ATLA and LOK fans for all the spirited fanart, GIFs, cosplay, etc. You guys help to fuel us through the crazy process of bringing animation to life.
I wish you all the best in 2013. Happy New Year!
Driving home from work earlier this week, I saw this incredible cumulus cloud emerging from the twilight sky above the San Gabriel Mountains and I resolved to try to paint it. It seemed like the kind of moment in nature upon which Aang would meditate.
This is an update of sorts, based on a little concept I did almost exactly 10 years ago. I worked on it a few minutes at the end of each day this week. *Trying* to get better at digital painting. Hope you guys enjoy it. Have a great weekend!