I've been drawing Avatar fanarts for a year and Azula is obviously the one I draw most. I was asked if Azula is my favorite character. NO, she's not. She's not my favorite character, she's like my daughter. That means even if she is such a negative and aggressive figure, but even though I can't appreciate her actions, I still love her.
I thought I would never do Ursa with Azula arts, 'cuz I thought that Ursa didn't love Azula in the first place, but now I think I can understand Ursa's feeling as a mother. It's never imaginable for a mother to not love her child, and what had happened between them is still unclear.
I really cried when I was drawing this, so much emotion flowed forth that I could barely carry on. I put all I've felt and understood here, hope it can translate to you.
I'm not going to finish this piece, unless something like this really happened in the show. -------------------------------------
All done in Photoshop CS3, Bamboo one
-------------------------------------- See the one for father's day -------------------------------------- More digital ink painting style
I find I like this grow up Azula from my last korra piece, but it's too small to see her clearly
so I expanded her into a solo image, and add more details and light, the original one was bit rush and undetailed. and...oh yes! the blue fire!~ hope you enjoy.
PS: ... seems still many people take the timeline and age issue very seriously in the last piece which made me don't know how to reply, sorry about that. cuz I think it's meaningless to argue it, it's just fanart. but anyway, look her alone like this should be able to solve this problem. and ... I'm not going to draw her older than this. If she really showed up in TLOK, by any chance, really hope it's in a flashback scene and not appeared old. (can't even imagine that...)
A work of Azula for my brithday, it is probably one of my favorite art pieces so far. (still not satisfactory though) I definitly wanna to see a serise about her, titled this way.
I feel so happy that I met her last year, Princess Azula. It was she that lead me all the way back to the world of art.
I kinda feel like a mother raising a daughter, it always makes me feel so happy when I can draw her the best, and i wanna draw the best of her. Her remarkable excellence and talent make me proud, her loneliness and sadness hurts me deeply, and no matter how "evil" she is, I just can't stop my love.
I know it is weird to think/act in this way, but just as I wrote on my profile page "this love maybe naive but I'll take it seriously" LOVE, That's the whole meaning of Fanart for me. so will I.
------------------------------------------------------------- This is my first Birthday in DA and I m so touched. Again, THANK YOU For all your Birthday greetings and llama badges !! They mains a lot to me.
Just realized that I haven't draw her for a while~~ so last doodle before 7 July. compare with Korra's character design, and look back, the last generation characters are actually very young and cute > 3< looking forward for her active in "The search“
It kind of bothers me when I see people describing Azula as “pure evil.”
No. She is not “pure evil.”
For on thing “pure evil” does not exist.
For another, Azula was manipulated from the time of her birth to believe a certain way. She was taught to see others as inferior, and to see the inferior as inherantly weak. She was taught to use her clever mind for war strategies and manipulations, she was taught that her firebending powers were for exerting dominance and force. She was taught that love and emotions were weaknesses, and they must be snuffed out or there would be consequences. She was taught that trust was for fools, and fear was the only reliable way.
She was raised to be a weapon, not a daughter, probably from the moment she first showed any firebending ability. Since Azula was a natural prodigy, this was likely from a very early age.
In short, her entire belief system was instilled in her by her father and her upbringing. Her entire world came crashing down the moment that system failed her. After that Azula shows very palpable emotions- fear/paranoia, sadness, shame, self-loathing. She even shows an awareness of love during her hallucination…it’s entirely subconscious, but the fact that hallucinated Ursa admitted that she loved Azula shows that deep down Azula knows what love is, and she knows that her mother did love her, despite the neglect. And yes Ursa did neglect Azula’s emotional needs. That’s the difference between her and Zuko- Zuko very clearly felt and experienced his mother’s love. Azula did not, because Ursa favored Zuko heavily. Even so, I do believe Ursa loved her daughter in some way.
Anyways. None of those things add up to someone being “pure evil.” That’s a lot of grey area there and I do believe Azula is capable of treating her illness. And anyone’s worldview can be changed. After all, Zuko’s was. And Zuko could have easily slipped down a similar path that Azua did. Those two were very much alike.
And no, I’m not saying that Azula didn’t do horrible things. She is a villain, after all. But she’s not “pure evil.”
Thank you for 500 +watch! I've never dreamed about that! It means soooo much to me!! Thank you for support me over the past five month!! it's impossible for me to go this far without you guys!~ you are amazing!!
I just realized that although I've been drawing Azula all the time, I had never done a serious piece for her. so I decided to finish her from these piece [link] with more details and bending effects (the perspective and light effect almost killed me). I sort of redesigned her outfit, so she could look a bit royal
Azula concurred Ba Sing Se is definitaly one ofmy most favorite plot over the whole show. When she said to Long Feng "Don’t flatter yourself. You were never even a player. " ...I just can't help but bow down to this 14-year-old amazing princess. It has been year since last time I fully loved a character.
she probably will look more mature with my style in the future. hope you will like it.
I'm extremely busy with my major project these days, so I'don't know if I'll be able to upload something in the next month. :tear: ---------------------------
900x1360 resolution photoshop CS4; around 7hours Azula (c) Avatar: the Last Airbender [Azula] #05
I've been thinking of going through all the 9 main characters (Gaang+Ozai's Angel) since I started doing AtLA fanart. I mean, Not only draw each character individually but also hold them in a certain way to make a series that presents my own view of each of them.
Now I finally got an concept that I'm happy with. So~ here brings you my brand new Challenge the【Four Chinese Characters Series】project.
In this project, I'll pick a Chinese idiom (which always consist of four characters) for each character which I personal think it's the best one to summarize his/her characteristic. Then the works will be created base on their idioms.
PS:I find it's really hard to translate accurately in both meaning and mood. If anyone is able to help with the translate issue, I couldn't be happier!
The style maybe will be bit original in costums or details, you probably noticed I love to play with them.
However, it doesn't mean that I'll turn to doing this project in the following future. No, not at all. Still, what i want to do always going first, and for this project, hopefully can be filled up sometime next year . *escape* (Hey still got lots time before Korra comes out right~
SO~ here you go, first episode: Mai (no specific reason for doing Mai first... just accidentally get the feeling and did her first)
Mai for me is kinda mysterious character. She hardly talking about herself or react to the environment. She seems boring but I can feel there is actually some strong emotion deep in her heart. that's why sometime her behavior/action is unexpectable. And one more thing for me, she feels royal and elegant. I regard her as the most suitable person for Fire Lady. But don't twist my point. I'm not talking about the love issue, I'm talking about the general quality.
so my idiom for Mai is "孤芳自賞": No one knows her better than herself. It also contains the feeling of "she got beauty deep inside, but few people can look through. she knows it but not really care."
today is traditional Chinese Qixi festval (七夕節), in other words, Chinese Valentine's Day. Here I Wish you a very Happy Chinese Valentine's Day.
This is a scene that I always want to draw. I used to not like Meiko much, but in the very last moment of the last episod, my attitude towards Mei is totolly turned over by this scene, it make me finally realize that the pairing is actully quite adorable~
Also a submition for Sexy Meiko Week：History for me this is the most sexy Maiko moment ever!!!~
however, I offically become a Meiko fan, is because this fan-made AMV. [link] in this vedio, their tricky/delicate relationship is summared up perfectly, with one of my favorite song Super Awesome! I just can't stop watching it.~
I changed both character's custom. so Mai could look more like New Fire Lord's girl friend and hope you like Mei's new custom I designed, feel tried to see her in gloomy dress all the time.
To all radical Zutarian, Meiko fan, and whatever shipping fan:
I'm sorry for writting this here. and sorry for my poor english. but I really need to say this.
I personally has no bias to any character in the show, I probably present them subjective, but I also can view them in objective way. And I do love every character!
In my 10-years-anime-veiw-history, I've seen too many fans combats, and I use to be one of them. so I understand each of your feeling. but as a senior person in Animation world (sort of), I beg you to think about these two questions:
what's the purpose of watching the show? why you love the show so much?
because of the amusement? happiness? loving? exciting? passion? touching? .... if one of above is your answer, than go back to it! why hating, why fighting, that's definitly not something you desire, right? It has no other meaning but hurt youself and other fans.
I know even I said this, those conflicts will never stop, cuz it never has. but at least, please leave me a peaceful space here, just in my tiny gallery. please don't bring those shipping battles here! it's alright to state your interest, but please don't slander others interest here! The best thing about fanart is it always about love. So as a delicate fanart creator, I really afraid of seeing lots negative energy here. ("those negative energy is bad for your skin!"--Tylee) PS: negative energy not equal to opposite voice-- Any critique, suggestion, advice, character review are warmly welcomed!
last but not least, I respect all of your pairing, please go ahead, don't stop your love, but please don't stop others love at the same time. Let's contribute our LOVE for the show not HATRED！
All in all, I couldn't be happier if you feel a little enjoy or delight from my poor works, that's the entire purpose for me spend almost all my spare time, energy and emotion to draw them.
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Since the moment I knew that the current Firelord is Zuko's daughter I've been very curious about her.
So here is my version of the new firelord. (in her twenties)
I'd like to define her as a combination of Zuko Mai and Azula. She looks like her mother Mai a lot but her temperament and expression always recalls her aunt Azula. She's bit moody inherit from her father Zuko but she clearly knows what to do and what she wants. She is admired by her justice but also great at calculation which makes her not easy to deal. And she's somehow NOT very good at firebending, but it doesn't bother her much.
I kinda have a feeling that this will not even close to her official look. But anyways, really hope see her in the second season, and see the fire nation city as well, miss the old land so much.
*Since some comments declaim that Zuko didn't marry Mai, because they broken up in the comic "promise 2". I'd like to say some personal opinion towards this topic.
Although there are no evidence proving Zuko finally married Mai so far, we can't deny that they officially end up together in the end of ATLA. Lot's fans have read the promise comic, so did I, but that doesn't mean everyone who watched the show all read or has to read that comic. So for those who doesn't read the comic, it'll get really confuse if Zuko's future children's mother isn't Mei. and it's neither bryan nor michael's script, and it's just book2.... I understand not everyone would find Meiko appealing, but it is the most logical way that storyline would go. I don't think they will spend time in Korra to explain how Zuko changed his girlfriend and marry to some new character that never has been introduced.