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Identical Opposites by ZedEdge Identical Opposites by ZedEdge
I only realized after starting this piece how dissimilar yet similar these two are. Katara is selfless, and healing while Azula is selfish, and destructive - but they're both dedicated fighters who inspire strength in their followers and honor they're respective cultures. I feel like you could mix any two Avatar characters together and get a good story out if it. Bryan, Mike and the team, you're amazing - you introduced us to these wildly deep characters so organically, that I knew more about them than I actually knew.

Though, the true opposite test is too see if Azula likes papaya fruit. ;3

All in all, my Avatar fan art often seems to have some kind of quirk, so I thoroughly enjoyed painting a quirkless piece to just say “I sure am in love with this show.”
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Bringing this picture from my mind to the canvas happened with the help of my h-amazing Patrons (thanks so much, guys). If you'd like to help too and get some arty rewards, then I've got the links for you: www.patreon.com/ZedEdge gumroad.com/zededge
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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Omg... huge fan of the series and this is a brilliant work!!! :love:
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2019  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks so much! Really glad you like it! (both the series and the picture ;P)
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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yea... own the whole series and have watched it soooo many times.... not a fan of Korra though... but that's another story... recently rewatched it all too... and I never thought of the contrast between Katara and Azula.... really nice there. :heart:
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2019  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I know what you mean - I've got lots of mixed thoughts and feelings about Korra too. But, it was Legend of Korra's popularity that got me to watch Avatar, so I'm grateful to it for that at the very least. Anyway, thanks again!
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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Really? That's pretty awesome!!!! Yea, for me it was the opposite and man, I was really looking forward to Korra, then showing Ang and the gang as grownups, finishing left open story lines, like Zuko's mom, etc... Thankfully I think I was able to find out through something else..but I've completely forgotten... I could swear I remember watching something... gods, I hope I didn't start watching it and forgot. @,@ Any way, to see Ang long gone, the changes, How the story line had Korra destroy the avatar line... noooooooooooooo... so mad, lolol! Much love to ya!
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Professional General Artist
Indeed. Have you read the Avatar comics? I haven't gotten to them myself, but it's nice to know there's a continuation of Aang's story story out there.
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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard about them but not read them.... but I swear there is a video somewhere or at least pics I've seen from it... weird.. can't recall at all now, XD!
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pottersparky Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018
This great job on art with Katara and Azula.:happybounce:  It should be in Katara and Azula group. I have say great tribute to all who love avatar. I know that other avatar groups love have this art in their group. It very wonderful and can only hope my comment please you. I wish you best of luck in all future works of art. Thank you.Nod 
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you! All I did was think about how much I love the show and this piece appeared - haha. So, I'm really glad you feel like it honors the characters properly. Yep, your comment pleased me very much, indeed. Hug 
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xandraclay Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fabulous! I like how you put them both in the fire nation outfits, it helps you to see the similarity between the two better. The poses are so dynamic and full of motion! I like how you gave the background some shading too, you don't really see it at first but it helps with the movement of the piece. Clap 
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
Aw, that's all very much appreciated. And yeah, glad you noticed the background - I wanted them to be in a bit of a void, but also not - haha =P Anyway, thanks so much!
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kriptoniana Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
beautifull <3
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Why, thank you. So glad you like it.
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SDWH Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018   General Artist
Neat-o...
It looks like water and electricity are at play here!
I know NOTHING about Avatar by the way,
Yet I like looking at this piece. :3
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh, that's actually very flattering. I expected it would only really connect with people who understood the context. So, I'm super glad you like it all the same - thank you!
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SDWH Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018   General Artist
You are very welcome! ^w^
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Estonius Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018
Awesome poses and style! Beautiful colours!
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:iconzededge:
ZedEdge Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! Really glad you it.
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StormingWing Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty 
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:iconzededge:
ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you!
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StormingWing Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome!
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notbobby125 Featured By Owner May 12, 2018
Nice detail of the water refracting the light on Katara's stomach and arm.
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:iconzededge:
ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
Why, thank you! Couldn't resist, mate. ;D
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141188 Featured By Owner May 12, 2018
:D FAVE
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank ye. :tip-hat: 
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner May 9, 2018
Incredible and stunning at the same time! The art style here is truly wonderful to see here!
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh, what a cool description. Thank you!
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
Hey your welcome no joke~ Keep up the great work regardless alright?
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
Yes, sir!
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lnconsequential Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, its got a lot of energy, but the way that skirt sits on Katara is slightly off, if it were indeed like that, it would fall off entirely. I understand you wanted to show her hips, but the way that skirt sits, it should be on her hips and not below it. 

Nonetheless, fantastic use of colour and perspective! I love the comparison you make between the two as well! Avatar is one of my favourite series so I really love this piece! :heart: 
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Ah - very good point. Looking at the references more closely I can see that it sits a bit higher -a totally subconscious change. Thanks for noting that.

 And I'm super glad you like it all the same - much appreciated! (I guess it goes without saying, but - one my favorite series too ^3^)
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RoninDude Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, that's rad! So much energy! :D
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks very much! Gotta say though - I've got no idea what I did to make this piece such a hit with people - haha! :D
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RoninDude Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, it really did blow up! Congrats! :D
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Why thank you, dude. ^u^
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Kaefin Featured By Owner May 8, 2018
love this!!!
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Aw sweet - thank you!
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BenRG Featured By Owner May 8, 2018
We never see it happen but it's implied that Azula at least grudgingly supported Zuko in her later years. I can't help but wonder just how frightening she and Katara were fighting side by side.
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh cool - I missed that implication. Yeah, I imagine it would take an intense emotional struggle, but can totally imagine Azula had some redemption in her.
I'm seeing this piece in a whole different light now.
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JustAnotherGirlyGirl Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True! The ultimate duo! 
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nagasumanth Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
wow that's amazing 
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you very much.
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TheUnforgivenOne13 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO SICK! :O
I've always loved avatar, it's so much more than a cartoon. :)
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Yeah, you said it. It's a whole reality that we just see via a cartoon.
Glad you like the piece.
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RayRobinVermeulen Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student General Artist
I still hope to this day for more Avatar :') A prequel maybe. looong before aang
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ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh, man - I wouldn't know what do with myself. But with all the reboots happening these days, I can totally see it happening sometime.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student Artist
You mean like Beginnings?
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RayRobinVermeulen Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student General Artist
well not that far back, like 10 avatars before aang :)
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student Artist
Sounds good, but what is there left to tell about? Not to mention what narrative can they use that matches the franchise? Legend of Aang was a monomythic high fantasy, Legend of Korra was a bildungsroman steampunk sociopolitical thriller and even the Beginnings two-parter was essentially a Xianxia mythopoeia. And it was implied that the world was somewhat stagnant ever since Wan closed the portals and until the Hundred-Year-War.
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