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Two Sides - Katara by Blue-Ten Two Sides - Katara by Blue-Ten
3/20/2012 Major Edit: A huge thanks to AwesomeAltArt on Tumblr for posting the Two Sides series and sending so many followers my way *__*. It reminded me that I needed to update this pic. Made a bunch of changes including some fixes to Katara's hand/face and some adjustments to create a better range of color. Her skin is now closer to the proper tone. I'm not sure what happened the first time around; I'm pretty sure I grabbed the skin color right from a screenshot, but she ended up looking pale as death after all the lighting adjustments I made XD.

Waterbender, Bloodbender.

FINALLY :phew:.

I caught a little cold, so while staying home today I started on and finished Katara's illustration in the Two Sides series. It was fun, and surprisingly the angle didn't trouble me as much as I thought it would. The hands, though, were a pain -- and they still don't look quite right :XD:.

This concept might seem a bit morbid, I just realized, lol. But if you prefer, pretend the red water is a trick of the light... or grape juice. It's entirely metaphorical anyway :D.

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The 'Two Sides' Series:

Two Sides - Aang
Two Sides - Katara
Two Sides - Sokka
Two Sides - Toph
Two Sides - Zuko

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:iconfoxman0224:
FoxMan0224 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconblue-ten:, check your group messages. You'll find there's 7 from :iconcartoon-chaos: of which I'm founder of.
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QatarShuiWan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
WOOOOOOOOW MY HOLY HEAVEN!!!!!!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
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gordhanx Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Nice job! I love the details, especially the water/blood. Great job on the shading, lighting, pose and colouring.
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joanstar Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student
katara was not happy when she was forced to use blood bending,in fact she considered it a pretty sinister form of bending and she got it banned...however i still love how you drew her.
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moonprincess22 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Photographer
LOVE!
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gunswordfist Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I hate Katara but love this art! Favorited!
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Sofea139 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waterbending Is her normal power so she goes intense with Bloodbending
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HalflingPony Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah. It took me a moment staring at the image to figure out what the second "side" was supposed to be, but when it hit me... dang. The pretty picture suddenly got *real* creepy.
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Equestrian-Equine Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, the coloring of this is beautiful......
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:iconemeraldglitter:
EmeraldGlitter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
really amazing!
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SquarePantsJR Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. This is really really awesome. Love the meaning behind it.
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Bscouter12 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blood bending= BOSS!!!!
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:iconluiz4200:
Luiz4200 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Is she good or bad in the "Two Sides" series?
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cuteface10 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
She's both, in this picture she's mainly seen waterbending but behind that is blood, for bloodbending.
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FullmetalHeart20 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Sure, she doesn't bloodbend much, but she is rather split. The same loyalty and friendship that makes her sweet will result in some rather...severe...threats.
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babyvfan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
It would have looked cooler if you rose her head slightly up, so we can also see her entire expression, but it's still good
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:iconfireblaze211:
fireblaze211 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
i think you shoulda done the painted spirit, but it still looks fantastic!!!!!
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:iconphil782:
phil782 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This is really really awesome. Love the meaning behind it.
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CheezuKe-KIKD Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I really love this. And i also love toph and zukos, because theres makes sense, and i get theres. But i had trouble with aangs and sokka. nice bloodbending drewing
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Yasumiko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Wow! Its awesome! the colors are great and the pose is very nice! :D
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ScottPilgrim1996 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing. I really like how you drew the blood turning into water. Its like the blood represent the more mean, vicious side of her, and the water is the caring, loving side of her.
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kudoze Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Sweet design! From blood to water...nice touch!
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KikiKatchoo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
took me a minute to get it, but then i loved it
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kupotwo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
absolutely stunning. the perspective and reflective light from the water are my favss
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Dragondog2233 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grape juice!
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obako-chan97 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student
Great art~!
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sevenxlives Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks real class. =)
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KidoComics Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Very cool. But hey, bloodbending's evil. She only did it once.
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Soulphur Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
twice*
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Unique-Individual Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
this is incredible! i love how you brought the blood bending into it... AWESOME
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EdyD Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Blood bending is still really cool... and scary
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becca1c Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Blood is thicker than water



why I said that I know just the first thing to come to mind
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ShannenMaine Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice one!
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wigio Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Water and blood... this is cool.
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dark-mask91 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your coloring style is amazing!
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Siinys Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist
no offense but this picture more remind me how bad is katara (blodbending and that) i know that lot of people likes her but i hate her (i have no idea why).....by the way i love others pictures of two sides series or what you cal it :D
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JaSmino4ka Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student
Very beautiful!
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TheGreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Great composition :)
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skribble1992 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Love the angle you chose.
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YearningYayna Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful colours really :)
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
This series had a serious kickassness issue going on...
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Wonderful
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Vertigo-Gal Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is very well done. i love it muchly! :dummy:

the perspective on this is at a very interesting angle. also, i love the colors throughout the piece, especially the lighting with the reflections, highlights, and shadows.
TEACH ME UR SKILLZ :please:
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Dark-Gigatron Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such pretty colors and awesome perspective
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Orus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work man!
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Iyasasa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
OHHH, by the way, have you seen the first episode of Korra yet?? It's available online somewhere (idk if it got leaked or if the Korranation thing came through and they were able to release the episode early...)
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Blue-Ten Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment :D

I know the first episode has been leaked and now it's everywhere XD. I'm trying my best to hold out and watch the episode when it officially airs on the 14th though :]
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Iyasasa Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, yeah, I'm definitely still watching it when it airs on TV!

It's actually officially airing early on March 24th, because of the Korranation campaign! :D
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Iyasasa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Ohhh, this is GORGEOUS! Katara's Fire Nation outfit was always my favorite (I like her hair better this way, too...)

The angle of this is so dynamic, and I love the colors - they offset the harshness of the actual subject matter XD
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TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Beautifully done! :D Despite the sinister use of water-bending, it's definitely a turning point of the story I won't soon forget! ^_^
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