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Long overdue. I am pooped from all the things going on in this painting! Calling this done and hoping I can do better on the next one.
Big thanks to war-studies because my plan of doing these post-war paintings was inspired by her fic, Memento Mori. It’s not an exact scene there but the treatment and creative decisions on the Earth Kingdom exile really stuck with me. Especially how demeaning yet inevitable it is for a character’s growth to go from royalty and military high command to doing mundane tasks and being mocked and jeered by peasants (whose parents she killed in the war, anyway, so you can’t blame them entirely). Even the franchise side characters are given a lot more complexity that makes me care enough to want to draw and paint them in challenging scenes. And I am somebody who does not read fanfic because of a lot of negative stereotypes within the genre creating this perception in my head that it’s mostly absurd and juvenile. Memento Mori is one of those works that are value-adding to canon and so intelligently written that I just had to make an exception!
The story is on hiatus as far as I know, but damn, the material is rich. You can read it here if you’d like:archiveofourown.org/works/3152…
The ship in a nutshell. I would like to think that's the reason why Ty Lee struck down Azula at the Boiling Rock.
I suddenly have a lot of work but I managed a rough sketch to get some feels out over the weekend.
Orientalist Fire Nation 1/?
I don’t know why it took so long, but I just got on board this ship, WHERE THE HELL IS EVERYBODY??
I’m attempting to do a series of Fire Nation paintings inspired by Orientalist art (minus the creepy odalisk objectification aspects). My intent is to show court drama and the private lives of Fire Nation citizens, borrowing decorative elements from Orientalist paintings.
And I start with Princess Azula because I
have too many feelings still want her to be redeemed and show a more human side. Following the tv show, we only ever see glimpses (and very, very minimally) of these through her interactions with Ty Lee.
I read a lot of post-recovery fics, so this is post-psychosis episode Azula reclining comfortably below Ty Lee’s eye level. Ah, it’s a moment of vulnerability
Snuck this in despite all my work! Hehe. Sorry couldn’t think of taglines with a proper call-to-action anymore because I already spent all my energy on the artwork. I’m not a copywriter!!!
The original colors are on the right. Feels like I've been looking at it too long and I'm not sure I'm happy with it.
My sense of color needs more practice and I have a tendency to muddy the mid-value temperatures (you know what I mean if you have a keen eye; I had the same problem with my first Asami piece in which I muddied the pants), so I just desaturated it and turned it into a vintage ad. (I may not be the best technical artist but I find ways to entertain haha)
Remember that episode in Book 3? I’m thinking maybe Asami revisits the idea and with Varrick’s input, the sport becomes part of a desert tourist attraction. And since you need one airbender to move this thing, the Air Nation participates. A portion of the funds will go to their nation re-building
This commercial version is done catamaran style, as opposed to the makeshift one in 03x10 which is just a straightforward front sail. I’m sure Asami made it that way out of purely functional reasons that they just needed to get out of the desert. For recreation, the catamaran style is more aerodynamic and feels more dangerous and exciting as an extreme sport should be! Also, catamaran sailing just looks really cool in action. I replaced the rudders with wheels because a rudder is going to get stuck in the sand. They’re just for the roll-off and steering, but gravity from the downhill terrain plus airbending should do most of the work. A sky bison serves as spotter above.