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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. :)

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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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:iconpeter-117:
Peter-117 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member
Zuko has been sword fighting long before Sokka.

Zuko would own him.
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spiderxand Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
The title sums it up nicely. :-)
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:iconraya718:
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
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AvatarCat09 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
This reminds me of that Avatar comic called SwordBending Battle. ...or something like that.
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TrueImmortality Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Meteor sword vs. Blue Spirit blades...this one's going to be tricky.
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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
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:iconcrazycomedian:
crazycomedian Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Sokka would lose... Just sayin'. LOL
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:iconhaimokochan:
haimokochan Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Epic!
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:iconsword-of-grayskull:
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
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:iconcatdammerj:
Catdammerj Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I love Sokka's face. :)
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:iconskycrystal:
skycrystal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AND FUTURE BROTHER IN LAW!
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:iconmissmoonfire:
MissMoonfire Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Of course, he would be a better brother-in-law!
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:iconfanfics4ever:
fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
FINALLY! I've been looking 4 something like this!
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:iconcherrylee118:
cherrylee118 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
So hardcore and creative! (plus i LOVE Sokka's expression >.<)
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:iconsnowheartxd:
SnowheartXD Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Sokka's face is priceless to bad it might be in shreads when Zuko is finished with him :woohoo:
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DNAngel3613 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Great job! Although I feel sorry for Sokka, he's gonna get his ass whipped by Zuko
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:iconfallenangelgm:
FallenAngelGM Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Magnificent!
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Ivy-Green Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Not that I don't like Sokka it's just...Zuko could totally kick is butt with sword play I think. Every time we see Zuko with blades it's like "awesome! He's so GOOD!!" With Sokka it's like "....well, at least he's trying, right?" lol LOVELY picture though! Hopefully Zuko can teach a thing or two to Sokka....you know, since they could be *cough* brothers-in-law *cough* or something... ;P
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Kinara Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
LOL @ Sokka's face. XD
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angelfireeast Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
That is so awesome! I wanted to see those two sword fight since Sokka became a sword master. Zuko could really help him train and it could've been fun friendship bonding moments!
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sweet-thang200568 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
cool.
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:iconzarth4:
zarth4 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
cool.
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Aya2Michi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
:) wonder how that would turn out!
I thought for a second: "bankai" from bleach :d
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:iconytak:
ytak Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Sokka looks like he's having a blast. :)
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Kaytara Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful picture! Love how sharp it is and everything.

Sokka has a long way to go, though. Master Piandao himself said that his technique is terrible, while Zuko is a one-man army. But they'd probably be good training partners. Sokka could pick up on skill and Zuko could pick up on inventiveness, though I don't think he lacks that.
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AlleluiaElizabeth Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Also: WHY. WHY WAS A SCENE LIKE THIS NOT IN CANON?! T_T
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AlleluiaElizabeth Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Sokka: "DEADLY SWORD ATTACK!!"

And Zuko is just like "Heh, I love it when he makes it this easy..."

Dear God, I love Sokka. :XD: This picture is awesome! :D Sokka's pose, his sword, the dust cloud at his feet! Its all great! ^_^
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:iconruroni-riu:
Ruroni-Riu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Say...is it just me, or do these two look like they may be half-brothers:?
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:iconnothingness-queen:
Nothingness-Queen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you have a picture of this without the typing?
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dragonstar10 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
I wrote a fanfic some time back where Sokka pulled a move very much reminiscent of this.
This is an awesome piece of artwork. Amazing. :worship:
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:iconharei-ruto:
Harei-ruto Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
...I'm pretty sure Zuko can kick his arse. pretty darn good. Yeaaah....XD
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Kristoshi-Warrior Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Gotta say, I love everything about this picture, but Sokka's expression=WIN! :D :winner: :trophy:
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lunachuu Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
ten bucks says that sokka fails! ;D
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Ruroni-Riu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
AWE :censored: ! My computer can't read this file type, I can't use it as a desktop! :crash:

THIS BITES! It's an awsume picture :(
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Ruroni-Riu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Not only am I going to :+fav: this, But I'm also going to downlod it and use it as a desktop! :#1:
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SuperSara13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Great perspective; it really makes the picture POP! And although Zuko looks odd in that outfit, he pulls it off somehow. Go figure..
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Tokka326 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
I've got to say i can see Sokka walking around in Ba sing se (if thats how you spell it) and challenging him to a sword fight. GO SOKKA KICK HIS EMO ASS! WHOO YAAA!
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D00M5D4Y Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Awesomesauce! :D
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TwinkleToes97 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. thought at some point they should battle. :)
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Shadowangel712 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Hell yeah Zuko and Sokka would be better brother-in-laws. They totally rocked the jailhouse in the Boiling Rock episodes (one of my faves in season 3) :D :D :D

Excellent work btw. I love their expressions.
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TwinkleToes97 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I love the whole Sokka Zuko brotherly relationship. The Boiling Rock is one of my fares too
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Shadowangel712 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
I wished he and Zuko were a team earlier in the series, that would've been fun to see. :D
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tranlover Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
I can't even save this one. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!
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PurpleBookLover Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
This is wonderful! The backround is insanely amazing and Sokka's expression is win. It's also really cool how it looks alot like the show's art yet still maintains your own personal style.
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FireLordZuk0 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
im serious. u should be an artist in avatar =D
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Hot-Sauce-Vixxen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Sokka looks like Foamy! XD
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Kitty-Katie12 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008   Writer
I luv it! The perspective is great and ties the whole thing together. I luv Sokka's expresion and Zuko is Hawt, lol. faved! :D
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Galistar07water Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! It's like from the show itself!
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razorburn645 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Very nice. I was hoping for a fight like this in the last season.
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Abelardus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
My eyes water just taking the whole thing in. You really make it plain that Zuko and Sokka are enjoying themselves. Is that a glimmer of insane glee in Sokka's eyes?
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