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The Face of the Enemy by Isaia The Face of the Enemy by Isaia
Illustration of this original oneshot fanstory idea for Avatar that I had about the first group of waterbenders and firebenders who did not survive the Siege of the North... among them a waterbender named "Ikiyak" and a firebender named "Yuushin"

...their final moments and feelings of doubt as soldiers before the chaotic battle between them took place, and that...they don't even know that though they are enemies that are going to kill each other in this war, have more in common than they thought. Not intended to be a deep ass generalization on war and peace itself OwO;, but just a story idea for these two characters that I had in mind.

Which I got kind of sad over when I drew it down. (embarrassed)
It spawned from me when I heard the song "Ai no Rinkaku" which is like for me...THE most saddest, haunting sounding anime songs I've ever heard. (and I don't even understand the japanese lyrics) :o

...(The name "Ikiyak" or "Ikkiak" means 'brave' in Inuit...
while the name "Yuushin" coming from the word "Yuushi" also means 'brave' in Japanese)

Avatar: The Last Airbender and other concepts (c) Nickelodeon (Bryan Konietzko, Mike Dante DiMartino)
"Ai no Rinkaku" (c) Yoko Kanno
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Taranko Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Double favoriting
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KaityCameleon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you use water colors?
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yuffieHeart Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
so deep...the feels... T^T
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naphtali Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Perfect.
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superiornite Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Beautiful message here. Beautiful. People always tend to think that Fire Nation is nothing, but evil souless stormtroopers, but in reality, they are soldiers. They have a duty to serve their country and defend it.
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xChocolata Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. You put so much thought into it and the art looks amazing too. Really wonderful work !
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xChocolata Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how i love this. your art is amazing !
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Fudge-Cake Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
So tragically beautiful; you really wove two seemingly different people into one story
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black-luna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
wow. i really like this piece. wonderful work.
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rosablanca5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I know this is from several years ago, but I gotta say, the appearance of both characters is really cool (to me at least). Ikiyak looks kinda like a male Korra, and Yuushin's hair almost looks like a combo of Mako and Bolin. Impressive!
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