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Zuko and Uncle Iroh by Rider4Z Zuko and Uncle Iroh by Rider4Z
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hey guys :D i'm a new Avatar fan and this is my first piece for the series. I only started watching a month and a half ago and i absolutely loved it. some friends of mine turned me on to it, and without them i may likely have never tried watching it.

the big NICKELODEON'S claim over Avatar is what first turned me off and made me think yeah they're just trying to be anime, fakers :P....

I've bitten my tongue. Avatar truly surprised me, not just in the animation, but the story development and characters.... In particular, Zuko and Uncle Iroh. They are easily my favorite element in Avatar. Uncle is such a humble fountain of wisdom, while Zuko is strong-willed and often blinded by pride, they balance each other perfectly.

This scene was such a beautiful depiction of humility and forgiveness it brought me to tears.

This is my first piece of fan art of Avatar, so it must be my favorite scene, or at least the one that's stuck with me the most.

medium is just a mechanical pencil (size 0.5) on sketch paper with digitally enhanced contrast. i may color this eventually, either by hand or digitally, but there's just something about raw pencil that i love.
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FamousPizza Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love love love love, the scene! Hug 2 
sn4pdr4g0n Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist
I cried so hard at this scene and got pretty emotional at their other scenes (like when Iroh was in solitary prison and he wouldn't talk to Zuko or look at him, just cried quietly at the wall). I am 26 and just binge-watched all the episodes for the first time. I don't know why I waited so long; I had no idea what I was missing, and also had reservations about it being an American production. Great show. This drawing is very emotionally charged, I think you really did them justice. :)
Rider4Z Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
thank you, and I was older than you when I first watched it ;)
sn4pdr4g0n Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist
I feel bad for those who think "growing up" means leaving things like cartoons behind :D 
Happy drawing! Cheers.
Lotus86400 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply a Masterpiece.
Myrethy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This scene broke my heart... just... Zuko crying, Iroh crying... WHYYYYY
ncc-spones Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
I really love this.

I see this and it makes me cry; you did so well.

Thank you so much for sharing.
pulser375 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I love Uncle Iroh. He never gave up on Zuko. To carry so much wisdom, you must have done bad things to
the-solimnludic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yesyesyesyesyes. :love:
My grown introduced me to Avatar: The Last Airbender about 3 months ago.  I am totally hooked!  And, yes, this is my favorite scene.
Ibrahim77x Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG dude we're on the same boat! I started watching Avatar the same time as you and I'm watching Korra now. I wish I watched it around its air time. I am OBSESSED.
dtill359 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this scene as well - just watched it today for the first time in fact.
Rider4Z Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
OnionBananaJuice Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Owww SO SAAD!!:petting2: 
bluehorse-rmd Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Flameo hotman, this is amazing.
brianws Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you outdid yourself. the shadowing is awesome!
Arcana3 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great depiction of this scene! The raw pencil really brings out the mood in this piece. If it was colored i dont think it would have as much impact because it would, imho, would make the mood happier. really good job! You should do a collage of all the sad scenes :D
MrDeMarr10 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is such a perfect piece!. Uncle was such a good father figure for Zuko<;)
anonperson Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
I think it's perfect without color. The raw pencil just makes it feel like such an organic, real moment captured by an observer. <3 Marvelously done, and welcome to the fandom~! Don't forget to check out!! I found you through that, and I'm sure your future fan art (and general presence will be welcome there~ :)
Xandimus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013   General Artist
I'm sorry...even if I'm not say'n it
radroan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow I was just watching Avatar awhile ago lol! I saw lots of Zuko and Iroh eps :D Love Iroh so much!
AmoebaGagless Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it
MaceyKaye Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013 poor baby.
ladybug114 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
awwww that is absolutely perfect!!!!
amour-raven Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Writer
Beautiful. I'm an avid Avatar watcher and fan. They didn't let me down with the series and I even continue to rewatch the episodes, some bringing laughter or tears. A very well executed animation, indeed. :heart:
korrawinx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KumquatMascara Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Glad you're getting into the series!! It truly is fantastic :) I remember watching it when it first aired on television and I've watched it through several times since then :) Beautiful artwork!
Jayleloobee Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice work !!
Pretty well explained above all !!!
MCorderroure Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LOVE IT!!!!!!
MyNaturallyCurlyHair Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This part never fails to make me cry. Truly a beautiful, emotional captured it perfectly. :happycry:
MountainLygon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whenever I watch this scene, I hear When God Ran in my head. And the prodigal son parallel works completely unaltered to account for their actual biological relationship, because in my mind, Zuko ceased to be Ozai's son when Ozai burned and banished him at 13, and instead became Iroh's son.
Rider4Z Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you for sharing :)
MoseyHosey Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
The return of the prodigal son.
BeeChannie Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a really good drawing! I love the moment when Zuko realize that Iroh is like a father for him.. TTwTT
Akuru-Kougasaki Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Remember the prodigal son. This tore some heart strings for me.
Awesomenesokatu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was above all my favorite part of the series.
Zarakoda Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
* relooking at ATLA fanart *
* begins bawling again like the first time she watched this scene *
adamantia3190 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This...makes me so happy. I mean, this drawing makes me incredibly emotional, but I think that's where the happiness is coming from. Amazing job :)
Rider4Z Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks :)
Firegirl2345 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This scene shattered my heart. :( it is so sweet yet sad at the same time. I am a teenager and I still want to cry when I watch this.
Rider4Z Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
i'm almost 30 and it makes me cry
anisahmajeed Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such an amazing drawing
peacekid4 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is my favorite scene of the entire show "Zuko, i was never angry at you. i was sad because i thought you'd lost your way"
LoneDeathAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! the emotion is portrayed perfectly...
0AngelOfDarkness Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Aw thats cute!
Tomaolykos Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I nearly cried when I first watched this scene.
Arrext Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Heck, i was bawling openly when i first saw this! Even my 18 year old brother agreed that this scene is one of the most emotional scenes in the series, and also in the history of animated shows!
LoneGhostRecon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Amazing! Well done. Very emotional scene. You captured it perfectly on paper
UadaUnum Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my absolute favorite part of the whole series! I almost cried when I saw this! It captures the moment perfectly!
ForeignMusicLyrics Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Incredible illustration
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