AMAZING! I wish I could have this on an animating t-shirt.
A few human Raava concept sketches for the Beginnings AU with Kyonz!
Shortly after Raava begins traveling with Wan, she adopts a human form to better understand the way of the humans. Her initial appearance is older, but she de-ages as she grows weaker from Vaatu’s increasing power.
I designed Raava, but in all the time we worked on those episodes I never once thought of how she might look as a human. So it was a delight to see the flood of anthropomorphized fanart once the “Beginnings” episodes aired. In hindsight, it makes sense that people would imagine that, especially hearing her very-human voice, but for me she was always a kite-squid-spirit thing.
Of all the cool and amusing human interpretations of her and Vaatu, this is one of my favorites so far. Exquisite drawings. And I love the idea that she grows younger as her power wanes!
DONE! I love him so much :3
"We have a winner!"
LOK Halloween time 2013 pt.1
Wizard Unalaq and his magic pumpkins.
In celebration of my friend Carli Davidson’s phenomenal new book SHAKE here are some photos I took of my dog Gunther doing his thing at a pool party this summer. Puppet Korra & Friends show off their copy which was generously gifted by Carli. And Lisa Yang’s wall decal photo of her dog, the Yam, barks out some love for our copies.
I met a nice guy named Nick at the Nickelodeon Halloween party. He has an Avatar Wan costume in the works, but had already made this sweet little Raava in a teapot to accompany him.
I’m The Art Show, Deal With It! A Legend of Korra Tribute (by PixelDrip Gallery)
PixelDrip Gallery put together this great short documentary about the Korra fanart show they presented earlier this year. It was a wonderful event and this video does a nice job of showcasing a lot of the people and art that made it so special.
A note about the point I was making, or trying to make, at the end of the video: I think making fanart of all kinds (illustration, fan fiction, cosplay, sculpture, knitting, etc.) is fantastic. And I think making fanart as a stepping stone in order to create your worlds, characters, and stories is even better. I’m delighted, honored, and constantly amazed that people are inspired and motivated enough to dedicate their time and talent to making something based on the Avatar-verse. Mike and I have received some really nice letters from published authors who each said that writing fan fiction for ATLA is what gave them their start in writing. Countless artists and writers have inspired us and continue to do so, so it is wonderful to lift our noses from the grindstone once in a while to find that our work is doing the same for others. So as much as I enjoy fanart, I also want to see what amazing original ideas and artwork people have waiting to be unearthed from their heads and hearts.
mai was always my favorite minor character, and i’ve enjoyed trying to portray her realistically throughout the years. here’s my latest attempt. i was gonna throw zuko in there, too, but too much effort.
This is lovely!
grab your snacks and grab your tumblrs because BOOK 2 IS GONNA BE A DOOZY
(also 3 days left what whaaaaat)
My buddy Angus MacLane forwarded me the link to this terrific fanart LEGO Appa, by Legohaulic, who wrote:
"A commissioned model of Appa from Avatar.
The model features a removable saddle which can be replaced with a section that has no saddle.”
I love how the legs tilt back for flight, and the tail’s flexibility. Super clever.
At the signing last week a nice young woman with a cardboard box made it to the front of the line and said something like, “I heard you are the animal guy. Is that true?” I wasn’t totally sure what she was asking, but out of the four of us sitting there, I had designed more of the animals, so I said yes. She replied, “OK, then I’ll give this to you,” and took this adorable Pabu sculpture out of the box. I’m glad I gave the right answer! Thanks, Koriel!
View from my cube.
Bryan starting to put up some of the fan art he received yesterday at the book signing.
Back on the ATLA production, we were upstairs in the studio and over the years we covered a big wall at the top of the stairs with all sorts of fanart (you can see the before and after of this wall in the “Avatar Spirits” documentary). On the Korra production, we have been moved around the building and decentralized multiple times (I’m on my fourth office in 3.5 years), and for half of that time there was a studio-wide mandate to make things “clean and corporate.” That mandate has since passed and we’ve been encouraged to “personalize and decorate” our areas, and I think/hope I’m in the final office I’ll have on this production. After the overwhelming number of fanart gifts from you generous and talented fans at the signing last night, I decided to start another fanart wall outside of my office. Angela Mueller (character design) caught me in the act of hanging up the first pieces. Once again, THANKS!