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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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MD: Korra’s story in Book Two was about humans moving beyond their ordinary abilities, and becoming something extraordinary. When she loses her connection to the past Avatars and her Avatar spirit, Korra looks deep within and forms a new connection with the cosmic version of herself. In Hindu philosophy, there is a concept called atman, which is defined as the “innermost essence of each individual” or “the supreme universal self.” This is my interpretation of what Korra sees and becomes when she meditates. The giant blue cosmic Korra is a visual representation of her inner essence. 
BK: When Tim Hedrick was hired as a writer on the original
Avatar series, he was under the assumption for a while that when Aang went into the Avatar state he grew into a towering giant version of himself. The rest of us had a good laugh at his expense, but none of us would have thought back then that years later, that is pretty much what we would do with the next Avatar! I think Tim felt vindicated at long last. And I think he was right, as giant spirit Korra became a favorite Book Two design for me. I simplified her design and changed her proportions to give her a more ethereal spiritual appearance. 
Concept and designs by Bryan Konietzko and Angela Song Mueller. Color by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf. 

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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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