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BK: This wonderfully crafted family photo conveys so much about the individual characters. Wing and Wei as their own unit; Opal looking eager to please; Su radiating confidence and a hint of mischief; Baatar Sr. leaning on the strength of his wife; Huan enveloped in ennui and Baatar Jr. standing in the shadow of his father. 

MD: One of the best parts about creating Book Three was developing Su Beifong and her family. In the early development of Korra, Bryan and I had the idea of an elite Metal Clan, which evolved into Su’s family. We wanted Su to be very different from her half-sister, Lin, so we gave her a more outgoing personality and five children. In order to tie the Beifongs to the main story line of rebuilding the Air Nation, we decided that Su’s daughter, Opal, should be one of the new Airbenders. Twins seems to be an ongoing theme in the Avatar world. We had the elderly Lo and Li in the original series, fraternal twins Eska and Desna in Book Two, and now we have identical twins Wing and Wei, the jocks of the Beifong family. 

Original storyboard sketch by William Ruzicka. Finished design by Angela Song Mueller. Character tones by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf. Background painting by Emily Tetri. Su concepts by Bryan Konietzko. Su designs by Bryan Konietzko and Christie Tseng. Beifong family designs and expressions by Bryan Konietzko, Angela Song Mueller and Christie Tseng. Cleanup by Evon Freeman. Color by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf. 

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MD: It’s been fun to revisit locations from the original series through the eyes of Korra and her friends. The swamp was one of the more iconic and momorable locations from the past, and little has changed in this eerie but beautiful part of the world. 

BK: William did an awesome update to the colossal banyan tree from the Avatar series. He was a master at rendering vines and roots after all the countless ones he had to draw in Book Two and Three. Designs by William Nanqing Niu. Paintings by Lauren Zurcher and Craig Elliott. [x]

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BK: Zaofu was an inspiring location for me to art direct. I gathered Art Deco photo reference of architecture, interior design, furniture, sculpture, lighting fixtures, clothing, jewelry, etc. When it came time for the designers to start generating concepts for this episode, I went through the reference folder with each of them, pointing out the design elements I liked best, and how I wanted them to think about streamlining the complex aesthetic down to its essentials so it could be reproduced repeatedly for animation. My dream design team rose to the challenge remarkably! In contrast to Lin’s no-frills lifestyle, Su lives in a palatial estate, using her Beifong inheritance to the fullest. It reminds you just how different these sisters are! 
Background designs by William Nanqing Niu and Angela Sung. Paintings by Lauren Zurcher, Frederic Stewart, and Emily Tetri. 

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BK: The portrait above is the first drawing I did of Kuvira. I intentionally gave her a somewhat similar vibe to Korra, just a bit more intense. When we were casting the character, we had a couple of pieces of concept art to show the actors. Zelda Williams, who ended up getting the part and played it wonderfully, said, “Hey, she looks like me!” I thought the exact same thing when she walked into the studio. Later she told me her mother even has the same beauty mark under her eye. On the right are some costume explorations by Lauen Montgomery. I liked the long braided and asymmetrical cape, but they would have made Kuvira’s animation very difficult, so they didn’t make the cut. Kuvira head concept by Bryan Konietzko, Kuvira costume concepts by Lauren Montgomery.

Congratulations to the Legend of Korra Design team for winning the Annie for Best Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production!!!!

Will, Angela, Christine, Freddie and Emily brought home the Gold last night at the 41st Annual Annie Awards!!

AND YOU GOTTA DEAL WITH IT.

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BK: Asami’s prototype for the flagship Future Industries dirigible was a challenging and intricate design task, but our prop designer Christine’s enthusiasm made it a fun process. i knew the upcoming Metal Clan city and vehicles were going to be steeped in an Art Deco style, so I gave Christine the direction to make this an Art Nouveau airship. She came up with this striking silhouette and developed it beautifully. William had the daunting task of designing the elaborate Art Nouveau atrium and cockpit within the parameters of the bizarre volumes dictated by the exterior design of the airship. He executed them stupendously, resulting in one of my favorite locations of the season. Designs by Christine Bian, William Nanqing Niu, and Angela Sung. Paintings by Emily Tetri and Frederic Stewart. 

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