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Fire Lord Zuko by akszirules Fire Lord Zuko by akszirules
This was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone, style-wise, but I really wanted to do a Fire Lord portrait of Zuko! They have one for everyone else...stupid Fire Lords who don't deserve it, like Sozin and Ozai...

Anyway, I studied screenshots of the others and tried to copy the style/technique as well as I could. I also noticed that some of the background stuff was symbolic for important events in their reign. Like how Sozin's portrait has the comet in the background, because, well, it's Sozin's comet. Ozai has some gears and smokestacks in his background, I'm guessing because in the last few years there was really an industrial revolution in the Fire Nation. So with Zuko, here's what I did for his background;

First, I tried to make it as symmetrical as possible, signifying that he brought the world into balance.

The comet in the bg signals that the comet made another appearance during his lifetime.

The sun is for the Sun Warrior techniques he learned.

The dragons are because I expect (or hope) that at some point during his reign, he would make it a point to try to rehabilitate the dragon species.

And he's empty-handed (Sozin and Ozai both had fire in their hands) because he's really a non-war Fire Lord. i.e; "We need to replace it with an era of peace andkindness!" "And begin a new era, of love, and peace!" Yeah, Zuko's a hippie Fire Lord. :la:

Anyway, that's my Zuko portrait. :dance: Download for fullview!
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:iconchaircarmao:
ChaircarMao Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
I think there should be something stands for Republic City in thie portrait.
Anyway,this is also his achievement.
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ColorStreakPony Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh nice.
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FireNationPhoenix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
a firelord whos lovable and authoritative.
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Selamatyoyo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Fire lord Izumi deserves one too :p nice job on this one btw!
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:iconhorsie:
Horsie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Now i can finally say 'He looks like his father'

Lovely artwork!
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MooyongRocks Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I think you did a BRILLIANT job
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D
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TheBlueSpirit007 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Excellent! I love it! You could have also done scales for balance and white lotuses for peace, love, and prosperity. But his is still amazing :) Very well done.
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akszirules Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:doh: Argh...I should've asked everyone for ideas beforehand. Everyone else has way better ideas for symbolism than I do! I'll have to incorporate those if I ever update the picture.
But I'm glad you like it! :D Thanks a lot!
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TheBlueSpirit007 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
No prob! And it was great! Don't worry :) You did an excellent job with it. Keep up the good work on all your other drawings :D
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Brittjuhh Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
It's like it's from the show! Great. No, AMAZING work!
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thank you!!
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Brittjuhh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
You're welcome! :heart:
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TheAngelDragon Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well then you could have placed hearts, flowers and love on his hands to represent peace.

Of course I'm only joking.

Actually now that I thought about it, a White Lotus would be fitting since the White Lotus protects the peace.
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akszirules Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: I can totally see that. And he could be dressed like Chong the nomad!!! :eager:

Argh, the White Lotus sign would have been a great idea. If I ever redraw this, I'll add it. Thanks for the idea!!
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Agacora Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so awesome. You did an excellent job, and the symbolic elements add a nice touch.
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dance: Thank you!!
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TheAnimangaGirl Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Writer
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So cool....
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! :D
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ZeldaGirl9793 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
great job on this! it's awesome
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Shibalove Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love it love it love it!!! :D
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
X) Thanks!!!
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Shibalove Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No prob :D
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b18j Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this makes me soooooo sad! he's 87 now! and retired! waaaah!
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is?!?! Where did you hear that?! :faint: I thought he was dead!!
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b18j Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
go to nick.com and then go to the republic city thing, and then go to the town square (or something like that) or maybe the grand station, and then there is a statue and click on that
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akszirules Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks!!
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theOriginalKEA Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student
I have an urge to draw Hippie Zuko now. It's an image I won't be able to get out of my head...I hate you...but thanks for the idea :love:
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akszirules Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D DO IT!!! :eager:

Random fire nation soldier: "Fire Lord Zuko! We're under attack!"

Zuko: "Peace out, brother, all that tension's not copacetic. Want some tea??"

:rofl:
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love4me Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's perfect, and beautiful! Great job! :)
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thank you!!
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tutifruti41 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconyeyplz: Horay for hippie fire lord Zuko!

I'm not even going to begin to describe how sexy he looks here....:iconpervplz:
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: Thanks!!!
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tutifruti41 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^_^
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hey--shutyourface Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Hooray for hippies man!

It looks just like one of the portriats from the show!
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love: :peace: I hear that. :peace: :love:

Thanks!!!
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paintedbluerose Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Writer
I'm loving the dragons :love:
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I figured you'd included two dragons because they represented the crisis of conscience he suffered during most of the series. But I guess then they would have been red and blue.
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akszirules Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would make sense too... Only blue wouldn't fit the color scheme. :hmm:
But that's a cool idea! :D
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bonjovichicka Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student Writer
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! OMG!!!! Zuko deserves to be on that big wall with a huge portrait! Well done :clap:
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: Thank you!!
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bonjovichicka Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student Writer
You're welcome!!!
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ltlLOVE321 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i've always wanted to see one of these for zuko!!! thank u for making this awesome!!! :D
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D You're welcome!!
And thank YOU!!! X)
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creepella Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
This is so cool! I looks like it will be a huge tapestry hanging somewhere in the palace. Very cool stylistically and the colors are totally on point.
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:iconakszirules:
akszirules Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dance: Thanks!!!
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job on the portrait; it looks like the antique Chinese style :clap:
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akszirules Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thank you!!
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