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Oh my goodness I love character design so much. And one thing that really helps me practice is just straight up, drawing crossovers/AUs. Recently one of my favorite shows, Samurai Jack, came out of its 13 year hiatus and I just caught up with the new episodes and cried over the art style all over again and saying I was inspired to throw my favorite ATLA characters into an AU inspired by it is an understatement. Enjoy some of the sketches I made yesterday!
P.S. I love drawing oni/demon/yokai masks

Characters belong to Bryke

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“Siege of the North” - Katara fights Zuko because Aang is unable to. 

“The Crossroads of Destiny” - Both Aang and Katara fight Azula and Zuko until Aang gets shot down by Azula’s lightening.

“Sozin’s Comet” - Both Katara, and Zuko go to fight Azula, with Katara fighing Azula when Zuko is unable to.

floranna2  asked:

In that Princess Katarfa AU, I could see Zuko really insistimg on learning more healing at the North Pole, and that bringing lots of drama. =DD

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Oh yes!  Suko is like, “But my tribe needs a healer?” and Yugota and Pakku are like, “But you’re a boy?” and Suko’s like “???”

Sokka is like, “Please just let him do it, he’ll sulk if you don’t and he is the king of sulking, don’t do that to me.”  This is not the iron-clad persuaive argument Sokka thinks it is.

Then Suko mentions that Jeong Jeong told him he had the gift for it, and he already healed his hands when Aang burned him, and Pakku is like, “Okay, but only if you also learn how to fight, and we can all pretend that you learning healing is some weird Southern thing.”

And Suko’s like “I wasn’t going to turn down the chance to learn how to fight anyway, so…”

Yugoda is just like, “You would think since I’m the healing master, it would be my decision, but noooooo.”

And that’s how Suko becomes a Northern Water Tribe trained waterbending healer and waterbending master.

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“You have indeed felt a great loss, but love is a form of energy, and it swirls around us.  The Air Nomads’ Aang’s love for you has not left this world.  It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love.”

The announcement of the upcoming graphic novel brought up all sorts of old feels, so in commemoration of the continuing story, I decided to break my own heart.  Enjoy.

You know, I feel like A:tLA really found a way to resonate with the struggles that a lot of kids face.

Aang is the struggle of the “gifted child”. He’s told from a young age that he’s going to do incredible things that puts him under a lot of pressure until he finally pulls off the ultimate procrastination trying to avoid the stress. He shows a lot of talent in what he’s good at, but when he tries learning something he’s not immediately good at he is easily discouraged. He’s also almost paralyzed by the fear of failing. (To be fair, the stakes are very high in his case).

Katara is the child with all of the talent she could ever need, but none of the opportunity. She has a real natural talent for waterbending, but no place at home where she can get training to develop the talent. It reminds me of kids from my school who were extremely talented in theatre, but couldn’t afford to participate after they instated the $200 “pay to participate” rules on extracurriculars.

Toph is the child with plenty of talent, but physical limitations that she has to go beyond. She has to prove that she is twice as good to get the same respect (and boy does she ever)! And she has to balance making sure that no one treats her disability as her defining characteristic, while still making sure it’s accounted for. Her parents would have let her blindness rule her life and she had to fight just to get the chance to show her talents.

Sokka is like the kid with lots of talent, but in an area that’s not very valued. At least not when compared to the benders. Like the kid who draws incredible comics in their notebooks, but is looked down on because they just can’t get an A on their report cards. Or the kid who is a talented pianist that everyone asks about getting prepared for a “real career” while the kids on the football team are being told to watch for recruiters.

That’s just the Gaang, but you could keep doing this with so many characters (I mean, everything about Zuko!), but I’m just really grateful that even in this fantastic setting there were a lot of things people could identify with.