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Royal Mai - Four Chinese characters series - by kelly1412 Royal Mai - Four Chinese characters series - by kelly1412
【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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Blackclass180 Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just BEAUTIFUL!
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:iconlupus-stellam:
Oh my god, she looks so beautiful~~~!!!
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:iconamurtigersrule:
personally I dislike Mai, but I have to admit this portrait makes her look beautiful
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Ginbell May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Queen Mai
You did a Great Job on this
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ValkeryMillenia May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mai is amazing, she needs more love.
This is beautiful, by the way.
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Broarmymember Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You are a wonderful artist, and amazingly talented.
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aya-arollinggirl 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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OpalescentSky Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! I love it! She looks so stately and elegant...
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OnceUponALie 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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