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Be At Peace... by Isaia Be At Peace... by Isaia
When I heard today that Makoto "Mako" Iwamatsu (Uncle Iroh's voice actor) passed away from cancer, as I heard from [link] ,
I wasn't fully prepared for the news and was shocked, and then it seeped in... jeez.

For me it feels, like perhaps a vital part of Iroh's character may have left with him, because Mako gave a lot of wisdom, warmth, spirit and humor into Iroh's voice since he first appeared in "Boy in the Iceberg" up to "The Desert". What this means for Iroh himself , I don't know, but I do know that it could not take away what he is as a character. I will have faith that the staff can find someone who can carry Iroh's emotion once again. But Mako will be missed. My sympathies go out to Mr Iwamatsu's family and friends.

I also wish I could have been more familiar of Mako's other roles in movies and theater (besides the ones I know of with in his voice acting roles in animation) and how as a great Asian American actor in the business he was representin' us. :)

People have probably done something like this already, and I'm probably just being repetitive in what has already been said and/or drawn >o<; , but, I don't know, It's kind of like the same bittersweet sadness I felt when Ollie Johnson (a veteran Disney Animator that I greatly admired) and Pat Morita passed away and I wanted to put it into the only way I know how to do.

Though I know that the VA and the character are not the same person, I still want the both to be at peace and happiness in the end. and though I haven't drawn something that expresses direct mourning, I honestly just want to wish him farewell, and to be at rest. Where things shine and are calm.

Uncle Iroh (c) to Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender"
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orange90 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
I just binge watched Avatar and Uncle Iroh is one of my favs. This episode made me cry and this drawing is so beautiful, gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, it's perfect, thanks for sharing!
SarutaValentinePrism Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Leaves from the vine 
falling so slow 
like fragile tiny shells 
drifting in the pond 
he who sought to go 
came marching home 
brace soldier boy
comes marching home..... 

This envokes so many emotions within me. The tragedy of loss. A war that can't be won, something that might only be seen as two brothers fighting for power. This is beyond words for me. The tears roll up and I remember those I've loved who aren't here anymore.... 
XEPHERsilverclaw Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Student General Artist
So many salty tears rolling down my face Cry forever Chisaki Crying Icon NOOOO sobbing - crying Pikachu Crying Plz 
GoEnzoGo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone on Reddit got part of this drawing tattooed on them!…

SanctusNocturne Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
Leaves from the vine,
Falling so slow.
Like fragile tiny shells,
Drifting in the foam.

Little soldier boy,
Come marching home.
Brave soldier boy,
Comes marching home.
MorstheMoonDancer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Student General Artist
I've always called him Uncle Iroh, and I cried when Korra encountered him in the Spirit World. 
littlenooob Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
nice work and wow, I'm sorry for all the avatar lovers, I truely loved Uncle Iroh, peace :-) 
strongbad-joe132 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
Even though Greg Baldwin did an excellent job with Iroh's voice, Mako just had that special something that this character great. 
HollyRoseFowlCasson Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a blessing.
trinioly Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
lovely, congratulations :)
A-Wa1nut Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
I'm a little late to the occasion here, but I'd like to say that you made a piece that perfectly reflects what Mako was trying to portray. You have given a fine piece to his name. I actually idolize Iroh as a character and role model in life, but Mako was such a huge part of that , even before I was aware that voice actors were so critical to the success of shows like the last airbender.  Fine work, friend..... Fine work.
theta394 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
I'm so glad I found the original version of this. It's wonderful to see what you have to say about all these people and the way you memorialize them. Thank you for this. 
Miku-chanKawaii Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Sooo nostalgic, i'm gonna cry :cry: 
WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I know that you haven't seen my last few comments or notes... but I would REALLY like to purchase a canvas version of this. If you see this, can you let me know? It can be a print, but it'd mean volumes more to me if it were on canvas.
WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Stiillllll want this. Please notice this comment. I know you're busy and I have no idea how Deviantart even handles the various buying options, but I would REALLY like to be able to put this on my wall and support you in the process.
WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I've recently found out there are ways I could go get a print of my own through no excess effort on your part. However, I wish to wait until I can send you money and have your permission- I may be paying for the print at a store, but I want to make sure you get some support. This is still my favorite picture of all time.
Lea-Bluebell Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's beautiful! And SO sad!! :'C
        Tears of Joy 
Kladdkakaegott Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
this is just too beautiful!
Neon-Painter Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:feelsmanplz: ;-; i dunno if the eels dude will pop up right then you know this has all the feels in world right now...
TheRandomerWhoFaves Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

JustASunshine Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
KamSethdrid Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lindo y nostalgico *-*
Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful!
wittywonka Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is my favorite tribute to Makoto. I've been looking for a poster for my room, is that sort of option available for this picture?
catpain Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So touching :(
Singing-Wolf-12 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Felizias Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this episode. :(
Lovely illustration. It translates the feelings very well. :P
CountingSheep07 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
It's so... so many feels.
pipxraindropsx101 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
It's sad but in a beautiful way.
somefreakofnature Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
are you chinese/asian? because your handwriting/caligraphy is beautiful (then again you're an amazing artist)
locurabella Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Beautiful :)
SkullCrusader Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Six years later and this is still just so beautiful. I miss Mako and hope he is enjoying his rest. Thank you for making this, it's beautiful.
PerlerDavid Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Leaves from the vine,
Falling so slow
Like fragile, tiny shells
Drifting in the poem

Little soldier boy,
Come marching home
Brave soldier boy
Comes marching home
ThatThaddeusKid Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly the thing I first thought...
TheBritishGeek Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student General Artist
:sniff: Love it.
TenoreRobusto Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when Tales of Ba Sing Se came out in the second season, and they dedicated Iroh's Story to his memory. I'd heard very shortly before that Mako had passed. He was also Aku from Samurai Jack and a couple of other great voices from my youth. That was a sad day.
Sandstormander Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I couldn't think of better ways to describe how well this picture (along with "The Tale of Iroh" in Tales from Ba Sing Se) captures Mako's spirit.

I think you did a fantastic job.
Sandstormander Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoops. Glitch in my computer put my comment in the wrong place.

Aside from that slight hiccup :D, your work is fantastic, the colors and depth are really vibrant and pleasing. I'm looking forward to seeing more art!
blackMOSAIK Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's sad yet pretty at the same's a beautiful picture :)
0WestEndRiot0 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful illustration, I love that this resembles a brush painting :)
steventhewood Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm chill just looking at this! Nice!
pescare Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Sad day and Lovely picture
Reidluver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Beautiful work, beautiful words. :heart:
HylaTracyII Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow. So glad I expanded my browsing parameters to 'All Time' today.

This is lovely. Thanks for sharing it.
SickSketch Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i found this image on some fansite a long time ago and LOVED it ( use it as a desktop background )-so glad i came across your page!
LimeTiger711 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist
so cute....must fave.
bdevries Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
This is already in my favorites. If I could add it again, I would. <3
Demourn Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
i like this very much.
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