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Two Sides - Aang

3/10/2011 Edit: Fixed up the colors and moved some things around. Like the last update I did, the image has been adjusted to poster size. Old version can be seen here. I never noticed the lack of contrast in the background Aangs, so that was my main concern with editing this one XD. Other than that, I didn't want to change much :]

First Side - Good ol', lovable Aang :D.

Second Side - The various Avatar States, representing Aang's non-native elements.


Phew, this reminded me a lot of working on Raven's 'Two Sides' picture: a four character collage -- all of the same person :XD:.

I worked really hard on this one. And for once, I didn't cut any corners and used pretty much everything I know :D.

Personally, I'm just happy I managed to post a full picture after so long ^^;.

Hope you guys like it :). Thanks fer viewing :D.

Next up is Katara's pic ;).

Edit: The water, fire, and earth effects were really fun to draw. Must do more of that in the future, lol.

Edit: Even though some people said it wasn't a problem, I fixed Aang's back tattoos, for the sake of accuracy XD.


The 'Two Sides' Series:

Two Sides - Aang
Two Sides - Katara
Two Sides - Sokka
Two Sides - Toph
Two Sides - Zuko


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askclaybli's avatar

Oh Emmm GOD so GOOD! I love this! beautiful art <3

side 1:

One of my all time favorite images from DevaintArt!!

Hugo-H2P's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

What a composition! This deviation is not only an incredible art piece (technically speaking) how also is a wonderful concept of Aang's sides. The funny himself and the avatar state! I've already watched the whole serei and watched the movie recently and that made me start watching the series once again and look for anything avatar related and I can say with a 100% that this image before you is the best deviation regarding Aang and his own differences.
The simple, yet stylish background and the wonderfully colored and shaded Aang will serve to me as an inspiration for my upcomming avatar works from now on. It really surprises me that it is not a DD yet, and, as soon as I learn how to suggest DDs, it will be my first suggestion.
This image is nothing but Art in it's own Avatar State
Blue-Ten's avatar
Wow, thanks so much for the critique!

I'm not sure if it deserves DD status myself, but I'm honored that you think so.
Hugo-H2P's avatar
I trully do think.
BTw, do you have a tutorial or something?
Blue-Ten's avatar
I did do a couple tutorials on coloring in Photoshop, but I'm afraid I provided some really inefficient techniques XD. The way I color now is much faster/easier so I'm hoping to do a new tutorial eventually.

Here are the old ones anyway, in case you're curious: [link] [link]
Hugo-H2P's avatar
i see.
Btw, do you use a gradient tool to make this smooth color change in certain areas?
Blue-Ten's avatar
Yes, back then I did use the gradient tool for that. Now I do something similar using just the standard soft-edge brush :)
Hugo-H2P's avatar
Oppacity or Flow jitter on?
or maybe the flow option of the brush in how much %?

Your work is great man, truly awesome.
Are you a pro or work somewhere?
Blue-Ten's avatar
I don't adjust the opacity or flow. When doing things like shadows or highlights, I have a second darker layer of the base colors with a mask on. I use the soft brush to paint on the mask, and sample grays from the mask to change opacity (mask density). Using the soft-edged brush allows me to get a smooth dark-to-light range when going with a large brush diameter. It sounds kinda complicated -- that's why I'd like to do a new tutorial on this technique :].

Ah, I'm definitely not professional XD. Never done any graphic design work (aside from some projects for school and commissions here).
Darkvader2016's avatar
This show is too good to be on Nickelodeon. At least Aang is more lovable than that annoying yellow absorbent under the sea.
When you are all goofy and childish, but deep down inside yourself, you're basically a god in a mortal body.
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:iconblue-ten:, check your group messages. You'll find there's 7 from :iconcartoon-chaos: of which I'm founder of.
julian0123's avatar
Incredible picture :D
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zhengyucong's avatar
In fact,I seen your tutorial in sina weibo,and then found your work in deviantart~petty cool!
gordhanx's avatar
This was AWESOME! Really love the details, on the avatar states and on Aang himself.
xechon's avatar
I really enjoyed this piece, it presented his dual nature very well :)
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jebreject's avatar
Wow I love this! Really really great.
ShadowMaiden03's avatar
Did you know that someone put this on a phone case?…
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