co-creator of The Legend of Korra &
Avatar: The Last Airbender, photographer, musician, MMA fan
May 14, 2013
For some reason, this “tight rough” for the second piece of press art we released didn’t make it into the Korra art book, but I like it so I’m posting it here. I based it off of a storyboard panel of Joaquim’s from the premiere episode, and he did some further revisions on top of my drawing, which are included here in what you might call a “jam.” I wouldn’t call it that. Without wincing.
Sorry again for the lack of posts! Our production schedule is simply brutal as we are working on Books 2, 3, and 4 simultaneously, and I have little time for anything else once I try to fit “being a human being” in there. Such is the nature of TV production and its protracted, overlapping schedules… Despite the absence and the delays (which are all symptomatic of The Difficulty of Making Animation and little or nothing else), I would (as I have in the past) humbly ask you for your continued patience: It is a good year to be a Korra fan, and a lot of great stuff is coming down the pipeline that we are excited to announce (when we are permitted to announce it) and to share with you all. Thanks, sincerely!
I’m excited to share with you the final cover art (Korra drawn by Joaquim Dos Santos and painted by me, with a background painting by Fred Stewart) for the upcoming Korra Book One: Air art book, published by our good friends at Dark Horse Books. This was a real labor of love (heavy on the labor) for Mike, Joaquim, and me and all those who helped as we put this book together, and we are so proud of all the great artists’ work inside and can’t wait to share it with all of you. The plan is to do one of these art books per “book” of Korra (so four total), which is daunting yet fantastic.
Here’s my Picard post-Locutus fanart to accompany Part 2 of my appearance on The Big Pull Podcast, which is up now. Here are links on iTunes and Podbay. We finally make it to our top two personal favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, among many other things, some of which may interest you… if you’re into… things, and such. Much more eloquent on the podcast, I assure you! Hope you enjoy.
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 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.
Hot off the presses from ImageWizards.net: Three glossy metal prints of my art with frame-to-edge mounting that I am donating as prizes to PixelDrip Gallery’s “I’m the Art Show, Deal With It”Korra fanart event this weekend at Monk Space. *Ugly office carpet not included.* I’m really looking forward to the event and seeing all the great art and meeting the artists!
I’ve started a separate Tumblr blog exclusively for my photography. I will be cross-blogging some photos from there to here, but just to be clear, there most likely won’t be any Avatar/Korra related posts over there. It will predominantly consist of landscape shots, with some wildlife, urbanscape, and portraiture thrown in there too, and of course photos of my dog. No strict guidelines, just whatever I am into shooting at the time. Right now I’m kicking it off by *finally* getting around to processing some shots from my trip to New Zealand, which was almost a year ago. So come on over to bryankonietzkophotography.tumblr.com if this sort of thing interests you! Thanks!
Joaquim Dos Santos(Director): My wife just kept squeezing my hand tighter and tighter and tighter and tighter and she looked over at me and said “This is the best thing you’ve been a part of” and I couldn’t agree more.
Giancarlo Volpe(Storyboard Artist): I felt for a moment there I got to just be purely a fan. THEY DID IT! Mike and Bryan did it! And I’ll start crying. I really thought they pulled it off.
Seung-Hyun Oh(Storyboard Director): We (storyboard artists) miss Avatar. We miss that time.
Michael Dante DiMartino: As a whole, I’m very proud of it. It is surreal to look back and be like, “Oh, that was 5 or 6 years of my life encapsulated in 22 minutes x 61 (episodes) or whatever that is!”
Bryan Konietzko: It’s satisfying. I look at it and there’s all these, “Awww, I wish we could have done that better”, “I wish that had turned out better” but I think it’s the cumulative effect of it. And the fans are really getting that sense of the world. That’s what’s important. Nickelodeon supported us and gave us so much freedom. We made the show we wanted to make. Mike and I just poured our hearts into it and luckily found all these amazing people who were willing to sacrifice as much as we were. I couldn’t be more proud of what we were able to accomplish.
:) And now Korra :D
Rest assured, I still have that shirt. Phew…
These are clips from the wonderful documentary about the making of Avatar: The Last Airbender called “Avatar Spirits,” directed by our good friend Kurt Mattila (who was roommates with Mike for about 10 years), and produced by Alex Dervin. We are very lucky to have such talented friends who were willing to squeeze in this project between big, fancy commercial jobs, to chronicle this very important chapter in our careers and lives and share it with the fans of the series. I believe the documentary is floating around online, and you can also find it as part of the ATLA Book 1 Collector’s Edition.
On the side, Kurt does a podcast called The Big Pull, about comics, movies, and TV. Giancarlo Volpe (looping in GIF form above, and on Tumblr here) is a frequent guest, Mike has been on there once or twice, and so has as our world famous internet comic sensation Liz Climo. Check it out!
This is not only a personal favorite of my photos, but it was also one of my favorite photography experiences. Mac Danzig first took me out to the Salton Sea in California to show me the ropes on photographing burrowing owls and birds in general, and I got this and the previous shot a few months later when I went back on my own. Just hanging out with these birds, even without a camera, is a joy. They each had distinct personalities and varying and comedic reactions to my invasive presence. This little one was the most relaxed about it all. I think she (I *think* it was a she, but the real birders out there can correct me on that) didn’t feel like hunting and just wanted to crawl back in her burrow and go back to sleep.