avatar the last airbender

“Isn’t This a Lovely Day”

A couple of inspirations here; Robert Doisneau’s wonderful photograph “The Kiss” which I’ve been wanting to do some sort of response to for years, and the wonderful song “Isn’t This a Lovely Day” written by Irving Berlin (if you haven’t heard it one of the best covers is a duet by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong).  In case you’re wondering, I’m a huge pluviophile…or rain lover though I think I’ll not be depicting rain again for a few weeks, I need to untie my frontal lobe after this one.  However, I’m a huge Asami Sato fanboy so I have a few ideas more for our snazzy adventuress.  Any comments welcome!  Prints will be available soon!!

Pen and Ink on Bristol Board

101 Things I Love About ATLA

Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love ATLA

#72: Uncle Iroh’s capture by earthbenders in “The Spirit World (Winter Solstice Part 1).”

The entire B-plot of this episode, which deals with Uncle Iroh’s capture by earthbenders (and Zuko’s rescue of Iroh) is well worth watching. 

First, we get introduced to Uncle Iroh’s infamous foul-smelling sandal … 

… which, incredibly, reappears as a plot point in Sozin’s Comet Part 2: The Old Masters. It’s how the GAang (including Zuko) locate Iroh and the White Lotus by way of shirshu (which means Zuko hung onto it the WHOLE TIME):

Second, we are treated to the scene below, in which Zuko spots Appa and starts to turn his war rhino to follow. But then Zuko changes his mind and turns back to follow the tracks to rescue his Uncle. It shows the importance of Zuko and Uncle’s relationship – the show had already established Zuko’s obsession with the Avatar, so the fact that he chose Uncle instead of chasing the Avatar is significant. The framing of the two scenes again highlights Zuko’s duality.  In the first scene, the audience sees Zuko’s scar as he yearns toward the Avatar.  In the second scene, we see Zuko’s “good side” as he looks back at the path toward Uncle.

So well done.

anonymous asked:

Korra's the best. No one in ATLA or LoK came close to being as developed as her. Arguably Zuko but I stop believe that she's above.

Well, yes, Korra is definitely one of the more developed characters of the show, right alongside Zuko.

Still wish the other characters got their kind of development though. Or close to their development, but I guess there wasn’t enough time in the shows for it.

Another Avatar fancharacter thing; Aika, a firebender who dreams of becoming an actress, but excels in every film and theater related discipline (writing, directing, editing, stunt performance and choreography, drawing/animating, make-up, costume, and set-design) except acting. She uses a solar-powered parasol for performance art and combat (she can use the solar energy stored within to create combustion explosions). She also gives the Avatar a make-over and her rich parents help bail the Avatar and her friends out of jail when they get busted harboring a bloodbending fugitive, and pay for the fugitive’s legal defense. She’s a big fangirl of the Varrick I and Varrick Studios, and can’t stand the works of hack director Midnight Subramaniam, particularly his butchering of the true life story of Avatar Korra.