Colin Heck just brought this to my attention: Jeremy Zuckerman’s Avatar: The Last Airbender score… in the Olympics? Or at least what looks like an Olympic qualifying event? For synchronized swimming? This seems real. And if so, why didn’t we know about it? I have no idea how they got the music. But hey, that’s really cool! Yay Brasil!
I stopped by Ryu Ki Hyun’s office to say hi and saw these cool head studies that he had done on a drawing pad. He told me these were from last year’s Comic Con, before the signing. His wife told him he better practice. HA! In the end they told us to stop including drawings at the signing because it was taking too long, which always makes us sad. Anyway, these drawings make me happy.
I’m having fun looking through the roughs for these old DVD covers. This one is from October of 2005, and is a rare case where I am actually happy with the final version, even now. I like this sketch too, though. This piece always felt very serene to me.
More old stuff while I’m buried in new stuff. This was the rough for one of the last DVD covers I did in 2008. As usual, the rough was a lot cooler than the finished piece.
Still brutally busy, so I’m digging into the archives. This is about as far back as I can dig (10+ years), as this was one of the three color illustrations I did for our initial pitch of Avatar. This image is in the art book, but it is a little small and printed too dark, so I thought it would be cool to show it here. As detailed in the book, we gave our pitch to Nickelodeon two weeks after coming up with the idea. That was a crazy, fertile two weeks.
(I saw a couple of the notes on my dashboard for that Zuko sketch. Yes, Mike and I created Avatar in the spring of 2002, so we’ve been living with the main characters for over 10 years now, even though they didn’t hit the world stage until early 2005.)
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!
Perfect Ember Island Players Koizilla. Note the tiny Zhao toy in its clutches.
AMAZING UNCLE IROH! That’s his daughter as Zuko next to him. She introduced him to the series and talked him into cosplaying. He was really into it though, as anyone willing to carry a tea set around the convention floor has to be.
Katara (this was a popular version this year), Korra with snazzy spindles, and the Obscure Cosplay Award for “That One Equalist Lady In The Audience.”
Earth Azula (sung to the tune of “Earth Angel” but in the Locrian mode) and her Dai Li crony. Great costumes!
Petite Mako (SOOOO many women dressed as Mako and Bolin. LOVE IT!) and Battle Katara.
Our buddy Chandler, the publicist for The Track Team. He’s been talking about this Zuko cosplay for ages! Nice work, man!
P.S. I forgot to mention: I love the girl desperately crouching and hiding her face with the “art of” book. HA! She is like that in a few of my shots. She could have just turned the other way, but this technique draws a lot less attention.
EDIT: Oh, yeah! There are TWO girls hiding their faces with the book. I didn’t even notice the second. Maybe it is a good technique for blending into the background. Private detectives have employed it for ages!