Awesome storyboard drawing of Asami by (awesome as usual) Ryu Ki Hyun from a Book 3 animatic.
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.
Here is the cover art for the Legend of Korra Book 1 DVD/Blu-Ray that Ryu Ki Hyun drew and I colored. It will be released on July 16th, 2013. Here’s a link to an IGN article with more info.
Ryu Ki Hyun drew this “Team Avatar” (alternate title: “Brykekiquim”) caricature of himself, Joaquim, Mike, and me sometime back during Book 1. I look evil, as usual.
Maybe he’ll do a Book 2-era version with Lauren in it too… “Brykekiquimren”?
Today, in a storyboard meeting, the ever-caricaturing Ryu Ki Hyun drew Mike/Bolin, Me/Mako, and Joaquim/Meelo.
Elizabeth Chun is a current RISD student who recently interned at Nick. She is a big fan of the character Jet, so she made Ryu (the original designer of Jet) this giant Jet head. That’s Ryu holding it there. He did not attend Ohio State.
RYU KI HYUN STRIKES AGAIN, GANGNAM STYLE, WITH “MEELO STYLE”!
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.
One never knows what one will find digging through the folders on the Korra server. Today, it was this picture of Ryu Ki Hyun (supervising producer, on the left) and Tim Yoon (line producer, on the right) from an event at Nickelodeon I missed. One of these men is wearing a wig, and one is not.
“Ryu’s Due Date” by Ryu Ki Hyun.
Ryu is insane. I can’t even fathom his talent. And yes, we have Ryu to thank for “fartbending.”
I don’t celebrate my birthday, but the crew put together a nice card for me anyway a short while back. This excerpt is Ryu’s hilarious and bizarre drawing. Not sure what Bolin’s intentions are here… The Meelo tag line is my favorite part.
EDIT: Thanks for all the kind birthday wishes. You guys are sweet. No, my birthday wasn’t June 1st when I originally posted this, as you can see by my writing that the card was from a short while back. No, I’m not going to tell you when my birthday is because I don’t want to celebrate it and part of that means not having other people celebrate it either. Why? Well, I don’t mind much celebrating other people’s birthdays, but this still sums up at least some of my feelings on the matter.
This is one of my favorite Meelo expressions.
Mike and I were having a conversation with my friend/former professor while his young son was crawling all over his back and head, slapping him in the face, tugging on his ears, etc. To our amazement, my friend calmly continued the conversation while simultaneously playfully wrestling with his rambunctious son. A year and a half later, when we were coming up with the Airbender kids, we thought he would be a fun, chaotic personality to throw in the mix and test Tenzin’s patience and fathering skills.
Ryu gravitated to this character right away and enthusiastically worked on his design. Mike and I originally envisioned Meelo as a cute kid, but Ryu insisted, “I want him to be ugly.” Ha! We pulled Ryu back a bit and ended up with the lumpy-headed kid we all love. (I have a bit of a Klingon ridge on the top of my skull, so I can personally relate his lumpy-headedness. Mike, on the other hand, as you all know, has a perfectly formed head.)
THE LEGEND OF KORRA PREMIERE PARTY, APRIL 14th, 2012
Colin Heck (Book 2 director) and Ryu Ki Hyun (supervising producer).
Photo by Michael DiMartino
THE LEGEND OF KORRA PREMIERE PARTY, APRIL 14th, 2012
Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer) and Ryu Ki Hyun (supervising producer). These two fellas with the party hair co-directed all twelve episodes in Korra’s Book 1, and then some, and then some more, and some more after that.
Ki Hyun Ryu (supervising producer) is another major pillar of the Korra production. I first met him in 2003 when I was living in Seoul, working on the pilot of Avatar. A year later, he took the lion’s share of key animation on the premiere episodes, bringing to life some of the series’ most memorable scenes. I’ll never forget when Mike and I first saw the pencil test of Aang sliding down the iceberg and floating up to hug Appa’s head… we were completely blown away. Ryu can make the most mundane scene shine, like Aang’s marble trick and the now-legendary “Foaming Mouth Guy” bit (the latter of which was 100% his crazy idea). After his involvement in those early episodes (including designing Jet and his gang), Ryu moved on to other projects, and eventually moved the U.S., where he’s been working for several years now.
We are incredibly lucky to work with him again and to have him be such a fundamental contributor to the new series Korra and its style. I can comfortably say that he is the most talented artist I’ve ever known, and it is humbling and inspiring to work with him every day. And though he is a kind, hilarious, and humble guy, he draws the meanest caricatures. Of me. And everyone else on the crew. I’m sure I’ll share plenty of those scathing and wicked sketches in time, but for now, let’s enjoy some of his beautiful and seemingly effortless storyboard panels.