I haven’t been asked this a million times, I promise. Lol I primarily use Paint Tool SAI. I prefer the setup and how the brushes feel in that program. However I also use photoshop for texture layers and effects.
can i just say i love your art? especially the ones with the stories embedded in them, i love them i love them i love them. you should be writer. that being said, do you write any z/k fanfic? and if you don't--which you totally should!--can you recommend any fanfic?
Thank you! That’s one of my favorite parts of drawing, is having it tell a story. I sort of started a zutara fic, but unfortunately between work and drawing and family, I haven’t been able to write for a while (it takes me far longer to write than to draw. lol) If you go to my blog, there is a link to it on the top of the page though!
As for recs, check these ones out!
Not black and white, but shades of grey.
Zutara Month, day 2: Sleep
Yes. Yes I do think that actually. Since the middle of my high school career in fact. bfs4lyf.
There is no escape for you, there hasn’t been for years even when you moved away!
What episodes are these symbols referencing?? This is the coolest zutara post I have ever seen. You are very clever and insightful.
Clever and insightful, that’s a new one for me XD. The symbols don’t reference any episode of atla in particular. They are simply symbols or “meanings” that I see in art or any media really. Tv, movies, comics, you name it. Artists use these symbols to either tell a story, elicit a certain emotion, or just to be clever and have a hidden meaning in their work, which is my favorite.
Many artists also know and use certain techniques that will bring a piece together, such as color. Colors have a whole bunch of different meanings in different cultures, so depending on what they want to say, they may use different colors.
As for the symbols I use, they mostly vary depending on what I’m drawing/coloring. Happy drawing? Lighter colors, more “open” feeling. Somber drawing? Darker color, little contrast, thin lines, etc. Shocking piece? High contrast, non-complimentary colors, character juxtaposition, and so on.
Can you tell I’m a nerd for this stuff? I even have a symbolism reference book, I’m not even lying.
i was just looking at your blog and your deviantart page, and i was wondering something. Do you use symbolism in any of your work?
This is actually a really awesome question. And the answer is, yes I do! (Sometimes, when I’m not being lazy.)
I like to use symbols that are more universally known, however. Such as color, tone, and other such things. However there are a few instances where I was a bit sneaky about it. I think my biggest example would be this piece.
my handwriting is so bad, I’ll type what it says, too.
Blue: Dark blue-ish hue = calm, retrospection, thoughtfulness. (also represented by the night time setting)
Red: Reaching up = want, a desire for connection to something, loneliness.
Green: Exact same sky (in both panels). “One sky, one destiny” (if anyone else knows where I got that quote, then you win the internet.)
Yellow: Panels are mirrored—meaning that in thinking a similar thought, they are reflecting each other. (Mirror = symbol for trying to “see” or understand oneself.)
Purple: Moon partially hidden for both of them, shows the uncertainty in their hearts.
Another one that had pretty well-hidden symbols was this one.
I won’t deny it, this one had a pretty heavy Eastern influence.
Red: the characters are organized in a Yin Yang symbol (yes this was on purpose.) Symbolizing that there is good and bad in each of them.
Yellow: Opposite color coordination. The Painted Lady, represented in Katara, has red features, which would normally represent Zuko. The same is true for the Blue Spirit, representing Zuko, has blue features, that would normally represent Katara.
Green: The infamous “Red String of Fate”. There is a belief that certain spirits’ fates are tied together by a red string, that no matter how long they live or how many times they are reincarnated, they are destined to meet again and again, as lovers or enemies, or friends.
Also, I didn’t mark it, but the dialogue is also rather important. The spirits are foreshadowing Zuko and Katara’s own current thoughts. Katara sees Zuko as a monster in this instance, because of his betrayal. and Zuko isn’t going to “go easy on her” because he wants to earn her forgiveness, and her trust.
So, uh. Yep. Did this long ass answer suffice?? ┐(‘～`；)┌