I’ll admit to agreeing with most of the internet that, overall, Legend of Korra hasn’t been nearly as spectacular as ATLA. Personally, I miss the less-technological world of the original series, although I was initially excited about seeing the Avatar universe move into the industrial age. Like a lot of people, I haven’t been thrilled with the love triangle, but then again, I could have done without most of the relationship stuff in ATLA, too. And overall, I just don’t like Korra as much as Aang. Obviously they’re two totally different people, and there’s no reason anyone should expect Korra to behave like Aang, or have the same values and goals he did, or anything like that. I actually think it’s cool that Korra just wants to be the Avatar and is frustrated about being held back, while Aang was so reluctant to take on the role. But in the end, I just like Aang better, probably because I feel like I can relate to the character more. Yup, I’m secretly a 12-year-old monk. Also still waiting for my Hogwarts letter, but that’s an issue for another post.
Anyhow, the point of this long ramble is that I, again like most of the internet, was just blown away by the Beginnings arc in LoK season 2. From the characters to the AMAZING art to the resurgence of the original Avatar theme during the big climactic fight scene (AHHHHHH!), it was fantastic. So after re-watching Beginnings several times, I decided I needed to cosplay Raava, the spirit of light:
That’s her in the centre. The big…blue and white….amoeba-thing. And since I am not a big blue and white amoeba-thing (I know, I know, sorry to disappoint you all), I went and drew up a gijinka version:
Pardon my lack of computer-drawing skillz. I drew it in a sketchpad during a Pathfinder Skull and Shackles session (I peanut-galleried and provided well timed rim-shots) and then traced over it and colored it in Photoshop.
Anywhoo, there it is! My next project! I’ve ordered the wig and three sets of wefts (white, teal, and mint, the latter two of which I’ll be mixing together) and have a wacky hairdo planned, but I’m not going to share it here in case I totally screw it up. I will, however, be taking progress photos, so in the end you’ll know if I screw up regardless.
My plan for the costume is some sort of heavier silky stuff (real specific, I know) for the petal-skirts and top, and then TONS of chiffon for the giant sleeves and underskirts. I’m hoping to make the sleeves and underskirts detachable so I can be Battle!Raava as well. Maybe add some arm and leg gauntlets, too.
Now all I need is a Wan!