co-creator of The Legend of Korra &
Avatar: The Last Airbender, photographer, musician, MMA fan
June 22, 2012
KORRA BOOK 1 FINALE TOMORROW 11:00 AM!
But I am guessing (hoping…?) you knew that already. Joaquim had a cool idea to do a little group illustration to celebrate Book 1 and thank you, the fans, for all of your support and enthusiasm since the announcement of Korra up until now. Mike, Joaquim, Ryu, Lauren, Colin, Ian, and I all “jammed” on it. We hope you guys like it, and we hope you enjoy the finale! And if you don’t, well… there’s always Book 2, eh?
I’m headed to a casual Book 1 wrap party/finale screening right now. I leave you to unravel the riddle of Ryu’s head-scratcher, “Not enough yet! We are still hungry for your clap.”
This is the bottom layer of a piece of press art I’m working on for the fast-approaching finale of The Legend of Korra Book 1. It seems appropriate to post it in the middle of the night since, well… the night is dark and full of terrors, and this thing is pretty spooky if I do say so myself.
I remember hearing the phrase “an artist always draws him- or herself no matter the subject” a couple times, and that is certainly hard to shake after attending art school where they have you do about 100 self-portraits before you graduate. We had Amon’s mask (which I designed) sculpted in CG as a reference for the animators, since the patterns can be tricky to draw in various angles. And even though I practically traced the mask in this illustration straight from the CG model, something about the lens distortion and the angle of the mask made it end up looking like me. When I mentioned it to my wife she said, “Yeah, I’ve been thinking that the whole time you were working on it but I didn’t want to say anything.” Apparently I’m evil.