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Before I go...

Couldn't help it - had good music while working this afternoon, did a quick doodle.
Needed it out of my system so I can keep focused tonight for the other work.





...but really, Zhao is a terrible dancer. He had only a few years to learn, while the others started while they were kids.
Ah well, they dragged him into this one.

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mikari_chan
Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
This makes me grin like a total fool. XD
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks!
(Did I ever mention how much I love your icon? Makes me grin like an idiot every time :D)
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pooryorick
Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Oh! What wonderful motion! Love this.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Give me the right tune, and I love to make characters dance :)
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incandescens
Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Just . . . awww. :)

(Have I told you about my theory that Firebenders tend to take up wind instruments? All that breath control, after all . . . thus Iroh constantly urging Zuko to give songki (sp?) horn performances.)
archangelbeth
Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
I agree. Awwwwwwww!
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aviaq
Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
afkjdsfkjsdkfjd!!! <3333

Awesome movement and awesome everything.

I am suddenly imagining that Zhao is so terrible at dancing that he did the "sprinkler" move (aka the dance move that Bryan Konietzko did for us at the Comic-con panel) then eyeballs would pop out.

BTW Inuit drums ftw!
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Ah man, I can't wait for you guys to see what all those acting references were for :D
(Gah, want to say more but I caaaaan't! *sob*)

Always loved the inuit drums. I was fascinated by them when I was a kid.
dungeonwriter
Aug. 2nd, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Awww, Zhao is shaking his groove thang!
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
He's trying to, doing his best anyway...
conga_chili
Aug. 3rd, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Argh, so sweet!!
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
Heh, after that other image of Zhao, I needed to exorcise it with something sweeter ;)
alexds1
Aug. 3rd, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Aww... it actually makes me feel sad, like he's imagining what fun it would be to go back and do that sort of thing instead of actually doing it, since he is in full fire nation garb.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Awwww, bittersweet version/thought of it. I like your interpretation.
tammylee
Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
*sniffle*
He'll always be one of them now.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Until they decide to push him out because he's stepping on too many toes ;)
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aimo
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Yay! Shake that groove on, Water Tribe! I like the sense of motion that I perceive from the poses.

And I dunno if it's just me, but I feel a little bit of sadness, seeing the happy faces despite the costume differences of Zhao and Co; It's like an occasion like this can never happen now because of Zhao's adamant decision of leaving the 'family' that has accepted him for one that was glad to be rid of him.

Le sigh.

Anyways, back to happy thoughts! Yeah, get jiggy with it, Water Tribe XD
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Every once in a while, I can't help but make pics of character dancing. Comes with the music and inspiration of the moment.
Aww, you're not the only one who saw this image with a bit of bittersweetness. Alexds has a rather sad interpretation of it.
Guess the colour also adds that bit of nostalgia.
sula_nebouxi
Aug. 3rd, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Wow...this was a quickie? To say I'm in awe is an understatement! I love the movement here. There's so much life in all the characters.

I'm feeling for Zhao too! He looks so awkward and out of his element(hur hur) in his fire nation armor!
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
It was rather quick- I'd say..15 minutes top, and colors about 5-10 minutes.
Yeah, that armor must be getting in the way of some movements.
ndgmtlcd
Aug. 3rd, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
I haven't seen a single Airbender episode yet so they look like inuit dancing in the snow for me. This is the perfect, dream picture given the horrible hot weather the Outaouais area is going through.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
In the world of Avatar, the Water Tribe people are based on the Inuit and natives people. The Fire Nation are something like the Chinese-Indonesia influence. The Airbenders, definitely tibetan monks and the Earth Kingdom, China.
Being in Montreal, I totally sympathize with you. They did say today on the news that the Ottawa region was the one that got the highest temperature, beating Toronto. Eeep!
tony_cliff
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
Take note.

FACT: that is NOT a "quick" doodle.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
Is so!
Took me around 15 minutes, for the rough blue pencils then darkening the lines a bit. There are things that are off, but what the hey. Just going with the music.
sparklemagpie
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
Hahahah! Oh man! That's SO awesome! I love that awkward 'uuuh, like this?' expression on his face - like he knows the steps, he just doesn't... feel the music the way the rest do yet. <3 Hee, thank you for sharing!
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
He Almost has it right...almost.
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rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Oh tsk! Your art is positively lovely, what are you saying.
It may be quick, but never accurate. There are wonky things in there, but when they're quickies, who cares. Just go with the flow (right, Zhao?)
booter_freak
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
Well, not everyone can be a Lord of Dance like Zuko.


ONLY 15 minutes to draw this? *faints* How long have you been in the animation/drawing business, if you don't mind my being nosy? I figure if you can draw that fast, you must have some experiance under your belt.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Gotta admit, Zuko Firelord of the dance has some pretty sweet moves (he's a one man army!)

You saw my white hair this past weekend- I've been at it a while now...*thinks of the year I started*...
holyyyyyyyfrak! Since 1991!
I feel...no I AM old!
Eh.
What am I gonna do.
Just keep doodlin', just keep doodlin'...
tobu_ishi
Aug. 3rd, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
You drew the dancing! I was hoping you would. Bless your heart, it looks wonderful. ♥

(Uh-oh, though. If you step into the field of dancing Avatar characters, I'll never stand up to the competition. :D)
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Haha, this won't turn into a dance competition...especially if Zhao is in it, he has no chance :D
Well, it's not sexy Water Tribe dance, but...it has its charms.
star_puppet
Aug. 3rd, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
I miss you! :)
I'm grinning up to my ears! To think that to see Zhao dancing with them in his Fire Nation armor ( which I don't care). :> He looks so happy even though he looks like a complete idiot out there. XD

I'm starting to hear Inuit drums with dancing feet. XD
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I miss you! :)
I'm giving him an A for effort. He's really trying to follow the others. And I think the rest are happy that he is trying too. :)
savageknight
Aug. 3rd, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
You never cease to amaze...
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Awww, you're too kind (I guess you have now found how big my Avatardness is eh? SO many hours wasted on these doodles...aw heck, I am having fun :) )
onion_sama
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Your lines are so expressive! I can actually see this animated :)
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was really fun to do :)
ambrmerlinus
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think my favorite part is the slight smile on Zhao's face, and the fun that everyone is having together. It's just such a happy picture! :D
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
It always feels a little bit off to make Zhao smile. I mean, a real smile, not one of those "I know I'm awesome and I'm gonna win" or " you're my enemy and I will enjoy your defeat" smiles.
I guess he must have some just happy moments. He just doesn't express it as much.
angelwingkitty
Aug. 3rd, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Must be hard to dance in the snow and clap with mittens on XD I simply love the movement in this piece as well as your use to show depth with just the use of two colors. Excelent job as always! :)
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Clapping with mittens on is nearly impossible, if you want to make a nice good sound. Guess he's just clapping for fun, not for rhythm.
I was getting tired just doing things B&W. Bit of colors helped this one, I think.
takumee
Aug. 4th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
You. Are. Simply. Amazing.

At least Zhao's trying to dance.
rufftoon
Aug. 4th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you, you are too kind *blushes*
Yup, Zhao is making an effort there. 10 points to him!
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rock_rhapsody
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I am using, of all words, adorable to describe this! Zhao's awkwardness, and the whole picture's fluidity of motion is just lovely!
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
I don't think Zhao would approve of the word "adorable" used on him but...hey, as long as we don't say it to his face, we're good.
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rufftoon
Aug. 11th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
It was a big mix of everything- started the day with some Bowie remixes, then a bunch of various 80's tunes, finishing with Erasure (Freedom has some nice, simple shythm to it)
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