OH MY GOD huge fan of your work no lie! Especially your Legend of Korra stuff. Would you please draw another Korra with Naga and PLEASE GIVE A TUTORIAL ON HOW YOU DRAW KORRA LIKE WHAT THE HECK YOU ARE SO FREAKING TALENTED PLEASE! Sorry I'm weird 😁
Hey! Thank you so much!!!! You’re really sweet!
About drawing Korra: there’s this wonderful thing in fanart that you can do, and that thing is REINTERPRETING AN OFFICIAL DESIGN. The show’s Korra is pretty darn cool, but I have to say, her facial features aren’t super interesting. Because of the artstyle in the show, most characters have relatively similar faces. Official Korra has very generic facial features: large eyes, small pointy nose, a single line for a mouth. And it’s fine in the show, really - it’s simple to animate, makes her look cute and likeable.
But in fanart, you can go deeper! Korra is from the Water Tribe, which is heavily based on Inuit and other north-american first nation cultures. You can already tell from her darker skin tone that she’s supposed to be a person of colour. But drawing a person of colour isn’t just about the skintone (although that’s important too, pls avoid whitewashing poc)! What makes them so interesting is the diversity of facial features! Look at these pictures of Inuit women, for example:
These pictures were collected really quickly in google images, but you get the general idea. Just from these 3 pictures, you can tell that most Inuit women (also applies to most men) have round faces, large, flat noses, defined lips and narrow eyes. They also seem to have pretty thin eyebrows. Of course, those are just 3 women, but you can see how different they’d look next to an African, East-Asian or Caucasian person for example. There are distinctive traits, and that’s what makes drawing poc so much more fun! Personnally, my style is also very simplified, so I don’t always draw lips in my drawing, but for the shape of the face, nose and eyes I always try to replicate these basic, Inuit-like features on Korra.
I think that last drawing is the best example! I always love seeing fanart done by other people of a Korra (and any other Water Tribe lad, really) with a much rounder face and nose, and more narrow eyes. They inspire me a lot! I feel like these designs fit her personnality a lot more - but maybe that’s just because I’ve been looking at so much fanart! My personnal favorite fan Korras are @shrimpea’s, @juluia’s, @bevsi‘s and @taikova’s!
Last advice I can give you for drawing Korra is, GIVE HER SOME FREAKIN’ MUSCLES. It’s not always super visible in each shot of the show but Korra is RIPPED. She’s not even that thin in the upper body region, just very rectangular from the shoulders to the hips (a little more masculine than how you usually see girls portrayed). The creators said she was based on professionnal MMA fighters, who look like this (only showing upper body pics because we never see Korra’s legs anyway, but they’re probably also ripped):
You don’t really HAVE to draw defined muscles on Korra, but it’s important to understand her proportions. If she’s in a resting position, she won’t look super chiseled, but her arms are still going to be pretty thick and her shoulders very squared. Oh, and logically, you shouldn’t be able to see abs through Korra’s shirt. Or her back muscle. I know the show showed those at one point but it was VERY UNREALISTIC, there’s no fabric in the world that can do that like pls (I was informed of this by my friend in fashion design so I’m not just saying that). Also, I’m pretty sure she’s wearing the avatar universe equivalent of a sports bra underneat, so I like to draw her with a flatter chest than in the show to reflect that. And I avoid drawing underboobs. At ALL COSTS
I hope that helped! Have fun drawing Korra!