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Waterbending - Hula by Blue-Ten Waterbending - Hula by Blue-Ten
3/10/2011 Edit: Made a bunch of changes to this one. Added more contrast to the colors, fixed Katara's facial features a bit and adjusted the image to be poster-sized. You can see the old version here.

This is a birthday present for my sister: :iconlovely-whimsy:, who requested "ninja turtles or waterbenders" :B. I'm a big TMNT fan, but I haven't drawn them for years, so the choice was obvious XD.

It's an older-looking Katara using Hula to bend the water :D. Her stance is based loosely on the Hula pose called "ike" which looks like this [link]

One thing I would have loved to see in Avatar was a group of waterbenders based around Polynesian culture. It would fit really well :]. The concept for this picture is something I wanted to do for a while.

Haha, anyway, Happy B-day, sis!


Drawn while listening to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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NobodyOfImportanceZ Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks amazing! And you did your research alright! XD
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.
wilnet1tractor Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Aloha ;)
Shalafi-sama Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Oh, really cool idea!

(And now I have Iz's version of the song stuck in my head...)
Soifon101 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Kodimarto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014   Filmographer
Wow, she's pretty!!!
GiantessGmod Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
a need to see more
moonprincess22 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Photographer
It looks so much better. It was great before but it looks so clean now! Love it!
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice water effects! Though I can't help hearing the HAWAII 5-O theme music while looking at this (Not exactly something works well with the A:TLA world, I admit).
cGIDEOn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Jessica3green Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
love it! :D
Iheartrizzoli Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
This is beautiful. What a wonderful gift for your sister :')
sadeo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
beautiful idea and waves
but the face is not so good
HANVII82 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous :wow: :heart: Beautiful artwork, I love it^w^.
TheEphemeralSevyn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely lovely- I've never seen anyone mix the Polynesian cultural influence with katara, and I must say it is extremely pleasing :D!

And you're absolutely right. I wonder that Bryke didn't think to do it. Or perhaps with all the penguin sledding and giant koi fish riding, they figured it would be too much to fit in Avatar-verse Polynesia xD
Yasumiko Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
so beautiful! awesome work! :clap:
kudoze Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
beautiful piece!!
VampShinobi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student
This is so beautiful! I can see the Hula in here. X3 If she was real, I would Have her Dance Hula in Hawaii with me!! <3!! *Dances Hula* <3 This is so epicly awesome.
annalisefey Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I always imaged katara doing some kind of native dance. This is just perfect!
Kataangforever321 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
It kinda reminds me of Lilo and Stitch
Jessica3green Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
soooooooooooooo pretty =3
sevenxlives Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great match, looks real class. =3
RavaNearo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a cool take on Katara.
Iskra-Revoir Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Well, Hawaii would make a wonderful place for waterbending!! :D
Blue-Ten Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! I'm still hoping that they'll have Polynesian-inspired waterbenders in Book 2 of Korra XD.
AndromedaChan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Waw!!! Es hermosa!!!
Disciple77 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome, I like this pic a lot:heart: I love how well you did the water and Katara's outfit is super cute!
Nafanua123 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so amazing!! actually looks like one of my hula uniforms XD weird lol
koolkame Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
That is ridiculously cool.
mirosango14 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful job!
IndoorSnowStorm Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student
Absolutely amazing!
bbgray Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I think this image is spectacular. I was wondering if there was any way that I could use it as a poster in a booth at an upcoming hula festival in Hawaii. There will be several hundred Japanese dancers performing. This is a wonderful blending of hula and Hawaii. Please let me know if it is possible to use the image. Contact info:
Southern-JWolf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Beautiful detail on her and the water. I think I'd give anything to be able to Waterbend. lol
FaerianaShalanor Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely LOVE Katara <3 and hula even better <3
KayZ-NZ Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
:) wow, awesome!
Nice concept of mixing avatar stuff with poly culture, LEGEND!
xD LoL
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Blue-Ten Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, thank you so much! I don't mind at all :D
CherryRiceSammich Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This has such amazing movement to it, and the water is incredible!

Your whole gallery is so professional looking, and your Avatar artwork is some of the best I've seen.
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Gorgeous work!
APH-Wong-Yao Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
LukeandDiana stole this.
Blue-Ten Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I reported it. Thanks for letting me know :].
APH-Wong-Yao Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Sakaiti Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconlukeanddiana: has stolen this.
Blue-Ten Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's been reported. Thanks for letting me know :].
AuroraFox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Like the pose and the Waterbending idea. It'd be awesome if it was an integration of Water and Earthbending because Hawaii is not just water alone but fire and earth from Kilauea.

Only thing I don't like is that Katara was such a Mary-Sue in the series. Seriously? All three? Water bending for fighting, healing, and bloodbending? That and always winning arguments and getting her way, even though she stole the Waterbending Scroll and went through Toph's things to find the wanted poster for the Runaway? And she ends up with the main character? At the beginning of the series, I kind of liked her but as she became more nagging and demanding, I lost all interest and became a Toph fan.

But hey, that's just my opinion of the series! Nothing to do with the artwork! The artwork's great!
Wonder what would happen of Toph did some Earthbending with the magma? Just an idea. ^^
Blue-Ten Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!

Hehe, actually I kind of agree with you. I noticed there was something different about her character after Book 1, but mostly in Book 3, and it always bothered me. I never thought about it the way you did, but it makes a lot of sense now that you mention it XD.

Oh, that sounds like a cool idea :D
AuroraFox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student General Artist
You're very welcome!

Yeah. I've just kind of had it with Katara. She always assumes she's in the right. She always thinks she's pretty innocent, sweet, and kind when she herself has committed wrongdoings. I forgot to mention the incident with the Painted Lady. Even though she dressed up like a spirit, the village forgave her. Even the spirit thanked her?! If someone dressed up like me to perform miracles, I would've been a little upset. Also, almost all the guys she's around are "attached" or "attracted" to her somehow. Just completely annoying. Again, this is the character, not the artwork! The artwork is beautiful!

Oh yeah! And because you're incorporating Polynesian culture, might I suggest Toph Earthbending with magma with her version of hula dressed like Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, while Katara Waterbends with the ocean water with her hula like Namaka, the Hawaiian sea goddess?
LexSeifer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
it is very fantastic!!
jakehunter Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
wow nice work mate
It's so pretty! You know, I'm working on a fan fic right now and currently writing the 4th chapter... It was unbelievable to come across this drawing, cuz I'm just at the point where they actually discover a small tribe of Waterbenders in an island a bit northern than Kyoshi island! (Thought of the residents more like Hawaiians, but I should totally research Indonesian cultures some and see if I can come up with something! Have so many ideas about it! Dang it's gonna be a loooong chapter! Again, great drawing!
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