It’s not great, but I’ve been waiting for someone to draw this.I think sometyime after the war, Zuko revisited the Southern Water Tribe to apologize to Gran Gran, and the village…thus beginning the long-lasting friendship between the Fire Nation and the Southern Water Tribe.
Zuko was also instrumental in the rebuilding of the Southern Water tribe, and he later helped fund several projects that sought to restore the Air Temples.
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!
I’ve been messing with this in various ways for a while now, and I guess it was time to add adjustments and some texture and upload the thing. And I still haven’t been able to stop drawing Mai oops. but my art style is finally starting to change into something i like so yaaas.
Although I love that Katara and Aang end up together so SO MUCH (really a LOT), I can’t ignore the fact that Zuko and Katara were my childhood OTP (I was too young and I didn’t really get the relation between Katara and Aang because I used to see different episodes from different seasons in disorder so it was easier for me to ship my two favorite characters at that time)
“…no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she hardly had a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her blue eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness. Of this she was perfectly unaware; to her he was only the man who made himself agreeable nowhere, and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with.”