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【Four Chinese Characters Series】

<1> MAI - 梅

孤芳自賞 Gu Fang Zi Shang

No one knows her better than herself.


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I've been thinking of going through all the 9 main characters (Gaang+Ozai's Angel) since I started doing AtLA fanart. I mean, Not only draw each character individually but also hold them in a certain way to make a series that presents my own view of each of them.

Now I finally got an concept that I'm happy with.
So~ here brings you my brand new Challenge the【Four Chinese Characters Series】project.

In this project, I'll pick a Chinese idiom (which always consist of four characters) for each character which I personal think it's the best one to summarize his/her characteristic. Then the works will be created base on their idioms.

PS:I find it's really hard to translate accurately in both meaning and mood. If anyone is able to help with the translate issue, I couldn't be happier!

The style maybe will be bit original in costums or details, you probably noticed I love to play with them.

However, it doesn't mean that I'll turn to doing this project in the following future. No, not at all. Still, what i want to do always going first, and for this project, hopefully can be filled up sometime next year ^^;. *escape* (Hey
still got lots time before Korra comes out right~ :XD:

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SO~ here you go, first episode: Mai (no specific reason for doing Mai first... just accidentally get the feeling and did her first)

Mai for me is kinda mysterious character. She hardly talking about herself or react to the environment. She seems boring but I can feel there is actually some strong emotion deep in her heart. that's why sometime her behavior/action is unexpectable.
And one more thing for me, she feels royal and elegant. I regard her as the most suitable person for Fire Lady. But don't twist my point. I'm not talking about the love issue, I'm talking about the general quality.

so my idiom for Mai is "孤芳自賞": No one knows her better than herself.
It also contains the feeling of "she got beauty deep inside, but few people can look through. she knows it but not really care."


pencil on paper + photoshop CS4,
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:icont56cheng:
T56Cheng Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Mai is beautiful, I always think that Mai is actually quite attractive.
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Blackclass180 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just BEAUTIFUL!
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:iconlupus-stellam:
lupus-stellam Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Oh my god, she looks so beautiful~~~!!!
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AmurTigersRule Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
personally I dislike Mai, but I have to admit this portrait makes her look beautiful
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Ginbell Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Queen Mai
You did a Great Job on this
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:iconvalkerymillenia:
ValkeryMillenia Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mai is amazing, she needs more love.
This is beautiful, by the way.
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:iconbroarmymember:
Broarmymember Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You are a wonderful artist, and amazingly talented.
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:iconaya-arollinggirl:
aya-arollinggirl Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student General Artist
So beautiful, I like your choice of idiom and how you made mai look so much more elegant and authentic :D
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:iconopalescentsky:
OpalescentSky Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! I love it! She looks so stately and elegant...
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:iconmishkawolf:
MishkaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Pretty! :D
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:icononceuponalie:
OnceUponALie Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely beautiful. I especially like your take on her character and the idiom you've included.
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:iconfreeza-frost:
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she's very pretty! :)

yer art rocks!
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01vak Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Same here: I LOVE Your Avatar works...
Fire Lady does not seem to be happy...
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:iconkangajee:
kangajee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
This is gorgeous!
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:iconmiss-audaum-lovet:
Miss-Audaum-Lovet Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
she's so pretty! i love you avatar stuff
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:iconexplosivesplatter:
ExplosiveSplatter Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. She looks GORGEOUS!! :icontearyguyplz:
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:iconalyannalouise:
alyannalouise Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
well, finally she shows some expression. haha, lol. :)
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:icondestiny-smasher:
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It looks like I favorited this at some point, but I'd totally forgotten about this piece. Very pretty.
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H1ghr1s3l0v3r Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
So freaking beautiful!:iconomgsocuteplz:
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Such elegance.:iconhappyhappyplz:
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Sword-of-Grayskull Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
This is the most beautiful rendition of Mai I've ever seen! I love the detail and lighting on the hair. Faved!
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sakura012 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mei looks beautiful.
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:iconrowanrho:
Rowanrho Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
She looks prettier than in ATLA :), great job!
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:icondrummer012:
drummer012 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
I am really impressed with your art.
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:iconsamoholic:
samoholic Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Every bit of beauty and elegance Mai conceals is reveled in this one image. Great job!
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landra15 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful. mai looks older in this pic.
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Baylee-Buttercup Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!! She looks stunning!:iconsobeautifulplz:
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Fudge-Cake Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I find this absolutely breath-taking and beautiful. I look forward to the other characters ^-^
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:icon12me3:
12me3 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful. So elegant and in character. Wonderful job :heart:
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sapphireswimming Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
This is so beautiful and I love the imagery behind this. I cannot wait to see the rest of this series!! 8D
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XxRockinPrincessxX Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty pretty!~
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OneLastRush Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very pretty!
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:iconladybeelze:
LadyBeelze Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, she looks beautiful here! :D
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LeloniBunny Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Very pretty. This has an elegant style and beautiful colors.
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:iconkurri123:
kurri123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty!
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:iconxpandora97:
xpandora97 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Student General Artist
O.O this is amazing!
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:icontanithlipsky:
TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
cool
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:iconcviperfan:
CViperFan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Wow that's BEAUTIFUL. Mai being her damn classy self, as per usual :D
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:iconcatdammerj:
Catdammerj Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
She looks so royal and elegant- great job!
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Iskra-Revoir Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Beautiful painting!! She looks calm and distant but elegant and graceful. I think you did the letters justice ;)
Great art! :dalove:
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Larsa-RaquelLOVE29 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've brought out her feminine side :flirty:
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:iconilovehammys:
ilovehammys Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
WOAH!!! :worship:
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:iconsoulenergy:
soulenergy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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:iconkaorisilvermoon:
KaoriSilverMoon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
All hail Firelady Mai!!
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Looks gorgeous. :)
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Beautiful
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:iconhomiebear:
HomieBear Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Wow, so cool!
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:iconchoc-marshmellow:
Choc-Marshmellow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
She looks amazing!
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orugosa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
WOW! really awezome <333
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Galistar07water Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It's lovely. I really think you brought out the royalty look in her here. It definitely screams "Fire Lady Mai"! :onfire:
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