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!
I’m getting over being sick and fully out of it, so here’s a drawing from Brandon Hoang, who is a “Manager, Current Series Animation” on our show, and also one of the hardworking masterminds behind our Comic Con activities over the last few years. He is on the network side of things, and I never knew he drew. Then, the other day at the end of a meeting I looked down at his paper and saw this gem: Aang, by way of Charlie Brown, in a toga and/or in drag, airbending a sweet mini tornado. Now I know who to turn to when I’m behind on my artwork.
They recently did a remodel on the Nickelodeon Animation Studios and installed these snazzy four-high HD displays in the main lobby. They showcase the various Nick shows throughout the day. My friend Rohner Segnitz did a great job designing these awesome digital layouts for Korra and Avatar that frame the episodes. I worked my tail off on the Korra promo poses, and I must confess I love coming into the studio and having a 12-foot-tall Korra and Amon towering over me.