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Brothers of the Blade by Neurosylum Brothers of the Blade by Neurosylum
This is the prize art :iconpixie864: requested for winning my Zutara fanfiction contest. Sort of. It still has that warrior/hero/sword theme in there...somewhere. ^^;

If you don't like it, I can do something else. :) Maybe if I had asked more details, I could have gotten it right the first time. :XD: I blame the "free-range creativity"!

About the Picture
This is the final version of BotB. If I had a say in creating ATLA episodes, this one would have been second on my list (Zutara would be the first, but we all know I would be shot by half of the fans). Zuko would be a better brother-in-law for Sokka in my opinion... *cough* :)

So, after almost 3 weeks of getting a virus on my computer, reformatting, and reinstalling everything, I finally got the inspiration I needed, and I went all out on the background. Normally, I would just slap on some abstract idea for the bg, but this scene was way too priceless to pass up. It was kinda hard since there were no available screenshots online that had it at the angle I wanted, so pardon the misinterpretation of detail here-and-there.

It was probably about 3 days ago that I started to fervently sketch this thing. And for that, I suffered from insomnia. :shakefist:

Now I can mail all of the prize arts at once. :)

Once again, huge-ass watermark on there. However, she will be getting the unmarked version of whatever she wants, of course. :)

Time: 3 days sketching/coloring; 3 weeks total because of this monstrosity: [link]

Clothes: At one point in the episode, Sokka's Master, Sokka's training clothes were brown. Hence, their brown-ish tint (if your monitor is too dark to notice, don't worry about it :))

Background: Inspired by the episode Sokka's Master; I have a lot to work on since this is my second attempt at doing a natural setting. As da Vinci geniusly observed, perspective of clarity and color are lost as objects get farther away. So, yeah, I kinda ignored that a little. ^^;

Brushes: If you think I hand-drew all those bricks on the walls and buildings, plus the bamboo, you're out of your mind. :XD: Those brushes were downloaded at [link].

Original PSD file size: 792.5 MB; editing the raw, uncompressed file = 2.5 GB :eyepopping:

Nickelodeon is a subsidiary of Viacom who owns AtLA. I'm just a small-time graphic artist doing my best to alter the story as much as I can. :XD:
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Raya718 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why do i for-see Soka landing, slipping and falling flat on his face while zuko, toph, and aang laugh
AvatarCat09 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
This reminds me of that Avatar comic called SwordBending Battle. ...or something like that.
TrueImmortality Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Meteor sword vs. Blue Spirit blades...this one's going to be tricky.
kree08 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
wow, it's really good. is there one without the water mark? cuz that thing's in the way
crazycomedian Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Sokka would lose... Just sayin'. LOL
haimokochan Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Sword-of-Grayskull Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
This ... is AWESOME in every way! Faved for the swords, but loved for the AtLA battle.:D
Catdammerj Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I love Sokka's face. :)
skycrystal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MissMoonfire Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Of course, he would be a better brother-in-law!
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