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The Calm Before by Deisi The Calm Before by Deisi
Ok, so I felt really bad that I hadn't uploaded anything of interest basically all semester when I had a perfectly good sketch sitting in my sketchbook, so I trucked through the rain to the library to scan this just for you guys.
I would have gotten it up sooner, but my roommate managed to jam her cell phone charger cord in the paper feed of our printer/scanner and so now its kaput.
Anyway, this was inspired by a fun little class I'm taking called Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate, and we were talking about how Buddhist monks drank tea to help them with meditation and whatnot. Thus, Aang made an appearance once again in my sketchbook. This is him probably sitting one morning thinking about all the crap he's going to have to deal with pretty soon.
And gasp! No textures!
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:iconjackiestarsister:
JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my word THIS IS SO GOOD! Fantastic artwork!
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcartega:
Cartega Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:joy: Fantastic!
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FollowedMyHeart Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
There are SO many things I love about this picture! The fact that you took Aang into your own style, his posture is just so natural and fluid, Momo looks adorable! TEA<3 and just GAH THIS WHOLE PHOTO. I LOVE IT. TO PIECES.
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpengwens:
pengwens Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Shame, poor Aang.
Great job by the way!
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matthoworth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I think this is absolutely beautiful. The mood you've portrayed is gorgeous, amazing work.
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A-young-soul Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Love your art of Aang, he really does look like he's thinking about how he's going save the world ( and maybe even a little bit about him and Katara.lol)I also like how u colored it too~makes me want to have a cup of tea and think the day too:)


plus Momo looks cute sleeping>.<
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Kaji-Onna Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
We are so glad you trudged through the rain to get this to us. XD
This is amazing. I love the feel of the entire thing. I like his pose too. Gorgeous work! ^^
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, thanks!
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:iconrosesmusings:
rosesmusings Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, gorgeous colors! :aww: I really love how you've captured the moment, here. Fantastic!
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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medievallass Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Aang really does look like he is waiting there is a sort of apprehension there too. He looks wonderful. I really like the way his clothes sort of hang on him because of his delicate bone structure. The lovely background adds so much too a sense of brooding and a coming storm the mountain and the waterfall and the misty-ness is beautiful. I must favorite. :+favlove:
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TwixBar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Very pretty coloring ^^
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:icongodricshollow:
godricshollow Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
aww...poor kid. wonder what's on his mind...
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:iconomnipotrent:
Omnipotrent Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
...The Storm. (couldn't resist)

Masterfully done!
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randomworks Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
thats really cool, i like the feel of the illustation, i just don't understand the background... :D
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:iconlizzy23:
Lizzy23 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
wow this is so amazing. I just love it. :D
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:iconacaciathorn:
Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Aang. He's got so much on his shoulders...like Momo! ;)
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehehehe
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joshcmartin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*EAT*
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General-Blue Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
Wow... this really does capture the feelings you describe. It's amazing, and hard to explain. He seems so weary and he's waiting for the inevitable destiny that he has to face. The title is perfect; this picture is the calm before the storm. *sigh* Why couldn't they do something like this in the episode before the Day of Black Sun? Aang just has a bunch of weird dreams...
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RevansPetDuck Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
all I can say is that he looks so adorable! :D
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:iconseeker-mar:
Seeker-Mar Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional Writer
I don't know much about this series but I like this pic. You really capture the mood you described.
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Scarabsi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
Come on, the whole population of Asia drinks tea to calm themselves. (Or because it tastes good. xD)

Is that Aang with HAIR? o.O;; Okay, okay, I've only seen 2.8 episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but I think I've seen enough of it to know that Aang is famously bald. This is creepy. *searches through other comments for the answer*
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He grew hair at the start of season three.
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Scarabsi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
You're not pulling my leg there, are you? O.O;; Whoa. That is really really [i]weird[/i]. Next you'll tell me. . . I dunno. . . Dumbledore's - no, wait, that's. . . you'll tell me that Artemis Fowl secretly has an IQ of 75 and always overcompensates himself. Or something of that sort.

*hides under the table* :invisible:
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha... no, for real. Aang got knocked out for like two weeks and his hair grew in, and now he keeps it for a disguise. I'm assuming it'll disappear again in some climactic, meaningful battle at the end of the season...
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Scarabsi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Just 'cuz hair is always such a huge, DRAMATIC factor in these sorts of things. . . xD;; It does work on him, it's just disorienting. ^^;

What I also love is how he was knocked out for two weeks and his hair grew in, and he stayed bald for a hundred years when sleeping through time. (Granted, it was in an iceberg, but still. . . *easily amused*)
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Novpyro Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Student Writer
You just couldn't stay away from Avatar, could you? You know by this time tomorrow you'll be back up on top again, right?
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ShimmerStar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007   Digital Artist
It's very calming - i really like the background - how it's misty..it looks cool.
Aang and momo look great too, of course XD
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Chocolate-buns Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Student
I don't have cable at my dorm so I've been missing this lovely series

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but this reminds me how sad I am about that

very nice though <3
I rly like the colors you chose and the pose very much.

good job
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I don't watch it on cable, but if you YouTube the episode the Saturday following the airtime, there's usually one or two people who haven't been exiled by the copyright people yet...
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Chocolate-buns Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Student
oh rly I'll try that : DD
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wyngless-byrd Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
cute...
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s9991 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Love it. I like your style of aang compared to others I've seen. It depicts him as his age, yet more mature, if that makes any sense. But I still love!
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OrenAsher Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
I really like the colors you used -- and the background is especially nice! :thumbsup:
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:iconsojabean:
sojabean Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
nice. i'm looking forward to seeing more of avatar stuff from you. :)
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:iconmjoboe:
mjOboe Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very neat atmospheric tones.
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Dracawyn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe. "Aangst".
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:iconayuffers:
ayuffers Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
Love his sad and calm expression. Never thought him as a tea drinker though.

Momo's a nice touch.
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Katara2102 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job on this.Love it! =D
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:icontrishna87:
trishna87 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your an avatard too???
:D dude. you just went up five more cool points in my book :D
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:icondeisi:
Deisi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are some other AtLA pieces a few pages back in my gallery.
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:icontrishna87:
trishna87 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok make that 10 cool points :D
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Phantom-Flamethrower Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007   Digital Artist
I love his expression!
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:iconmissick93:
missick93 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
Poor Aang! I love this picture, it's so serene!
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siriuslylupin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
AVATAR! yay. aw. momo is so cute!!
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DrawingInTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Student Writer
so beautfiul, he really looks incredibly mellow. I think it looks remarkable without textures, great job

~Wits
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mugglecheezit Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
This is a wonderful version of Aang! Love how grown up he is in this book. And the hair!

The background is nicely done, as well!
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