this is my entry for Bryke Day, which I guess is officially September 1st (according to a post I saw). anyway, i realize today is not September 1st, but i wanted to post this regardless. i’m really thankful for Avatar not only because it was—and remains—entertaining, but also because it’s inspired me and motivated me to hone my skills in both drawing and storytelling.
haha so this’ll probably get six notes and bryke (or the rest of the amazing team) will never see it, but whatever. it was fun to make and good practice for comic-style narrations, which i don’t do as often as i’d like.
Wow, this is such a cute and inspiring story. Especially the end. I hope they see it!
I love this! It’s so cool to hear stories of people who were inspired by the show to follow their dreams. And I love that she’s going to RISD!
Indeed, this is a touching tribute. Thanks, Korraquality! And best of luck at RISD, an institution that means a great deal to me, and where I hope to teach (at least for a spell) at some point in the future. For those who might not know, Mike and I met while attending RISD in 1995.
I can definitely relate! I was a touch older than this person and already obsessed with becoming a cartoonist, but when Avatar: The Last Airbender first aired, I was right there, glued to the screen in complete awe and excitement. To me it wasn’t the first sign that cartooning could produce incredible stories so much as an affirmation of the sort of storytelling I wanted to do. If at age 15 I could produce any animated feature in the world by snapping my fingers, based on my own tastes and ideals, A:TLA is what would have popped out of the ether. Thank you, Bryke!
I think this is finally done! Thank you for all your support on the work in progress version. :)
This was inspired in part by an awesome scifi comic my friend pigeonsoup has been working on (although this ended up having little to do with her story; sorry!! XD), and in part by a conversation I had at a recent scifi convention about working with more abstracted elements and iconic imagery; I felt like it gave me permission to do more of the type of art I like doing best. :)
Okay, I’ve had a LOT of artists lately, telling me they have problems drawing hair and asking me how I draw it so well! It’s a SINCH I tells ya! I decided to scribble down some quick notes describing my process. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly no authority on drawing seeing as I’m completely self-taught…but this is my theory…..if you can concentrate on three variables whilst drawing hair, you’re all set! Mass: the volume and shape of the hair. Weight: how is gravity affecting the MASS. Direction: which way is your character moving and what path have they just travelled along…? If you can incorporate these three values in your sketch, you’re sorted. I hope it helps!
This song wasn’t the one that seriously turned me on to music in middle school, but it is by the same band: Linkin Park. Not so huge a fan of their old music nowadays. Still, the impact their first CD Hybrid Theory had on me as a burgeoning storyteller is undeniable. The video for “Breaking the Habit” is a great example of what goes through my mind whenever I listen to music now: who are the characters in this story? Where did these events happen? How did it all turn out in the end? Quite a departure from twirling magical girls.