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His Dream of Skyland by TheArtrix His Dream of Skyland by TheArtrix
This picture is part of the Artrix Avatar Month, see the AAM seal of approval.

One of the major contributors to ~InspectorIroh is, without a doubt, ~RasputinNought. While he has a peculiar art style, it's admittedly not his forte, but he's a great thinker and an excellent writer, backed up with a philosophy degree. He even took over the steering wheel of the project when I was in Italy.

So it was only logical to thank him in some manner, so I essentially drew some fan arts of his fan fiction entitled His Dream Of Skyland. Now, when you think of fan fiction, you usually think of a few pages, right? Not this one, this story has the proportions of a novel. It takes several seconds to load on my PDA, it took a significant portion of my trip to and from Italy to read half of it.

His Dream of Skyland is essentially the story of Avatar re-imagined in the Sino-Japanese war. With frightening detailed accuracy he tells the Avatar story with elements from that era. It's intriguing to find the parallels between both worlds and his writing style sucks you right in.

If you are a fan of Avatar, I strongly recommend you read it, but at the same time, be warned that it's going to be a big endeavor to get through all of it. Also, the story isn't finished yet, so once you read it all, there's more on the way.

Okay, this is becoming more of a plug than the actual deviation (but I think it's somewhat justified after yesterday's epic update). So what you see here are Sokka and Katara as depicted in the story. They're inhabitants of a small village in Mongolia, just next to the Chinese border, Sokka is its only soldier and Katara is pretty much shoved in the stereotypical female gender role of that time, albeit learning a thing or two about medicine and meditation from her grandmother.

Date of creation: November 2, 2007
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RasputinNought Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Oh bloody hell.

Thank you, Artrix. Thank you. Now I'm obligated to man up and continue the damn thing.

Tell you what, I'll multi-task. I'll write my taxing and intense debut novel on Saturdays and HDoS on Sundays to unwind from all the coffee.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You can never have enough coffee *holds a cup but shakes it so much that all the coffee is gushing out*.

While I do think you're joking, please don't feel obliged to to anything. Like you said yourself, one does not appreciate to feel obliged to do anything when it comes to Internet fan projects.

But it never hurts to get some exposure, doesn't it? And besides, I wish you all the luck you can get when it comes to your debut novel.
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RasputinNought Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Thanks, but it's something I've been meaning to back to for a while. Colour me egotistical for only offering when people pipe up and say "hey, I kinda liked that thing that guy did", but the way I see it, if I don't get cracking on HDoS NOW, I'm never going to get around to it.

I'll start on it sometime in the next fortnight, since right now I got...things to do.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh great, now I feel obligated to catch up on the chapters I still haven't read. This is starting to look like an obligation-off. Haha. Of course, if you were thinking of picking it up again, anyway, by all means, do so. Just don't work yourself to death.

Getting back to your novel, I can't help but ask if you (still) need some sort of cover art for it, and if so, if you'd like me to make it. Just curious.
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RasputinNought Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
I don't know, how familiar are you with the Czech Surrealists and avant-garde Constructivism?

The novel concerns this girl: [link]

Of course, right now, all I have are preliminary stories. The novel hasn't even been started yet.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I know next to nothing about the Czech Surrealists, but after refreshing my memory with the awesome power of Google, avant-garde constructivism certainly rings a bell. More importantly, it instantly gave me some ideas about how the art styles could be used to vaguely illustrate what the book is about. I would be a bad artist if I were like "dun' know how to do that". As my recent trips outside my "comfort zone" may tell, being an artist is a constant process of trying new things, although I admit they were less about the visual aspect and more about the subject matter.

You were working on a novel, I knew that for some time, but I didn't realize that Varvi was the subject matter. I can picture it as an interesting read, especially with your way of describing historic foreign locations.
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RasputinNought Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Well, when I actually get round to writing the thing, I'll drop you a bell. It's a bit of a stylistic departure for me as well, since it seems to be turning into a "Modernist Noir", and I've had to bulk up my library on the currents of Marxism and pulp fiction. It should be...unusual, if that's any endorsement.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Alrighty, we'll see when the time is right. It's an interesting endeavor and I can always use some extra exposure.
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RavenScarlett Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That fic, what I'd read of it, is badass.
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Loopy777 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Hey, sweet, I never knew that fic had fanart. It's a very helpful visual guide, since I have trouble imagining those kinds of changes to the characters.

Another warning for anyone looking to read- it's been over a year since an update. I'm not expecting a finish.
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