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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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Horsie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Now i can finally say 'He looks like his father'

Lovely artwork!
MooyongRocks Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I think you did a BRILLIANT job
akszirules Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D
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.
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!
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
Brittjuhh Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
It's like it's from the show! Great. No, AMAZING work!
akszirules Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thank you!!
Brittjuhh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
You're welcome! :heart:
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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