I drew this a long time ago. It’s still true though.
I am overwhelmingly pleased with tomorrow night’s episode, the story of Korra and Jinora’s venture into the Spirit World, “Chapter Ten: A New Spiritual Age,” exquisitely written by Tim Hedrick, skillfully directed by Ian Graham, and mind-bogglingly animated by Studio Mir. Lots of superlatives to throw around to everyone involved.
I did this illustration to celebrate my warm fuzzies for the episode, featuring calligraphy by S.L. Lee, PhD. Same time as previously-not-always, Friday at 8:00pm/7c.
Well, I had been meaning to do something for Inktober all month and of course I leave it until I’m about to walk out of the office with less than two hours of Inktober left. Down to the wire as usual. It’s isn’t much, but well, there it is. And there’s always next year. Or Inkvember!
I’m up early putting the last pieces in place for my lecture at RISD (tonight, 10/14/13 at 7:00 in the Main Auditorium) and I came across this forgotten gem that I inked in 2007. I always imagined Mai kept giving the royal portrait artist the same note, over and over: “More black.”
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.
Comic Con alert!
Check out this gorgeous poster of Korra and Wan, made exclusively for New York Comic Con (via Comics Alliance)
Then, tell us what questions YOU want answered at the Korra panel, where we’ll also be screening a brand new episode of LoK :)
Respond in the comments with your question for Bryan, Joaquim, Janet Varney (Korra) or PJ Byrne (Bolin).
What question do you want answered?!
This poster of Avatar Wan and Korra is what we’ll be giving away and signing at New York Comic Con. This one took a village: The rough was drawn by Joaquim Dos Santos and me; the cleanup was done by Christie Tseng, Angela Song Mueller, and Christine Bian; and I did the color. I’m really happy with how it came out, and I think it might be my favorite poster that we’ve ever done. Hopefully the printing goes well…
I will be giving a lecture about my art, career, and other nonsense at my alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, on Monday October 14th at 7:00 pm in the Main Auditorium. This event is presented by the Illustration Department, but it is open to students in all majors as well as to the general public. It has been a while since I’ve been back and I’m really looking forward to it. New Englanders, I hope to see you there!
I drew this Korra head at the end of last week, intending to draw a body on there eventually. I have too many eventuallies, so here is a drawing of Korra’s head.
Giant’s Head Sea Stack // West Coast, South Island, New Zealand // 2012
© Bryan Konietzko
Of all the locations my wife and I visited in the South Island of New Zealand last year, this was one of the most epic to me and something we happened upon by chance. I took this shot a few minutes after sunset at an awe-inspiring collection of massive sea stacks far below State Highway 6 between Greymouth and Punakaiki. There is a steep trail down to the beach starting directly above the sea stacks, or you can drive north about a half mile where the road is closer to sea level and walk south along the beach. Be careful either way, as the cliff-side trail is a bit dicey, and the tides are no joke, especially near the sea stacks where the beach is populated by large, slippery rocks. I couldn’t determine online if this particular human head-shaped formation had a name, so I went with the oh-so-clever title “Giant’s Head Sea Stack.” I hope to get back to this location to do much more photography in the future, and to simply be in the presence of these formations again. The head one wasn’t the biggest, but it was still quite impressive. If you look at the “nose” you can see a bird perched there for scale reference.
Lauren Montgomery, supervising producer, conceived and drew this lovely, whimsical illustration of “Korra’s Spirit Parade” (which Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf, Frederic Stewart, and I helped to paint/color) for the limited edition art print on sale at the Nick booth for the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. I have seen the print with my own eyes and it came out great. Very high quality, detailed, and vibrant (unlike the soundtrack printing… *sigh*). Lauren will be at tomorrow’s Nick booth signing, so if you can get your hands on one of these prints, bring it by to meet her and have her sign it!
BREAKING NEWS: The Legend of Korra co-creator Bryan Konietzko just shared this art with us!
It’s to announce that they will be screening the entire, long-awaited first episode of Book 2 at the San Diego Comic-Con Korra panel, Friday at 11:15am in Ballroom 20!
Get in line early!!
Hey everyone, we can finally tell you that we will be screening a full episode at the panel this year! That’s right, the entire first episode of Book 2! We can’t wait to show you. Bryan did this awesome artwork, inspired by Korra’s battle with a dark spirit in that episode.
Also, nickanimationstudio has its own tumblr page now. They plan to have a lot of cool, behind the scenes stuff of everything that goes on at the Nickelodeon studio where all the animated shows are made.
BIG NEWS! WE’RE SHOWING THE ENTIRE FIRST EPISODE OF BOOK 2 AT THE SDCC KORRA PANEL! I must say, I think if you are a fan of Korra and the Avatar universe in general, this panel is so chock-full it will make your head explode. We hope the Korra fans are filling the majority of the seats this year!
And I hope you dig my iPad sketch for the premiere Book 2 episode. I painted it on a flight back from Seattle a few months ago. Come to the panel and see Korra and this spirit dude throw down!
And definitely check out the new Nick Studios blog (nickanimationstudio.tumblr.com) if you want a peek into the behind-the-scenes culture where we work. There promises to be some cool and fun stuff on there.