View Full Version : Hand-drawn/Painted Avatar: The Last Airbender, due May 25th

03-09-2011, 01:53 PM
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Due Date ~ May 25, 2011
Sign-up Date ~ May15th
Withdraw Date ~ May 15th
Number of Cards ~ 3:3
Number of Participants ~ 12
Medium ~ Hand drawn/Hand Painted only

This swap is based on the Nikolodean cartoon series, Avatar:The Last Airbender. It is an amazing and addictive series featuring martial arts based around the four elements/Nations - fire, water, earth and air. Most of the people belong to one of the Nations and some have abilities to "bend" them - which is manipulating that element to their advantage. Only one person can master all the elements - the Avatar. Every generation an Avatar is born into the world, but 100 years ago the Avatar vanished. In his absence, the Fire Nation grew to dominate the world, spreading fear and discord. That is until the day two teenagers from the Southern Water Tribe find the Avatar frozen in ice. Now, with their help, he must master all the elements and set things right.

Avatar has great characters, each with their own unique personalities, a beautifully crafted world and a well developed plot. And a lot of very nifty hybrid critters. It also features a flying lemur called "Momo".

If you love the show, please consider joining this swap. If you don't know the show but want to join anyway, check out this website:
Which has loads of details - but also loads of Spoilers. I recommend you watch a few episodes too.

Please note: this swap is based on the epic tv series, not the 2010 movie, but if you'd rather draw movie characters, I'll let you away with it.

Your cards can feature characters, monsters or scenes from the series. Each card should be different.

Now for the nitty gritty:
- I live in New Zealand. It can take anything up to two weeks - or longer, for mail to get to me (average is 7-10 days). Therefore, if your cards are not in the post by May 15th, they may not make it on time! I will wait a week for any cards in the mail prior to the 25th that have not yet arrived, but DO NOT post them on the 24th and expect them to make it in time. Any late arrivals will be returned, untraded.
- Please do your best work. Nothing rushed or messy and make sure all regular ATC guidelines are adhered to.
- Cards should be enclosed in a plastic sleeve. But if you can't get them, I do have some spares.
- Please send a NEATLY PRINTED address label or small SAE. Please make sure your writing can be easily read by any mailman, anywhere in the world (I suggest capitilisation). DO NOT stick stamps to your SAE. SAE should be big enough to fit your returns.
- Loose stamps or $1 US or International Reply Coupons will be greatly appreciated. They are not necessary, but will help ease my burden of postage. The reason numbers are limited is because posting from NZ to anywhere else in the world is rather expensive.
- Hostess ATCs (I recommend Momo), Xeko cards, or a postcard (6x4 preferably) of your hometown/country would be greatly appreciated. Other bribes accepted too. Please no ephemera or craft scraps however, as I personally illustrate more than other crafts.

Team Avatar:
1. LemurKat
3. Spiritfingers (NZ) RETURNS RECEIVED
5. Kentuckydakota (US) RETURNS RECEIVED
6. Katrinabean (US) RETURNS RECEIVED
7. Juany (US) RECEIVED
9. Bluenachors RECEIVED
11. Gbennet1989 RETURNS RECEIVED

03-09-2011, 05:12 PM
This looks fun! Sign me up please!

03-10-2011, 02:25 AM
Woooh, I have a player! Do you watch the show?

03-11-2011, 09:25 PM
YES! i've been waiting for someone to do a swap with this theme! :D thank you! i'm excited.... wait, can i join?

Spirit Fingers
03-12-2011, 03:14 AM
Loved the movie! Please sign me up :)

03-12-2011, 03:18 AM
Awesome guys - welcome aboard!

Spiritfingers - if you've enjoyed the movie - you have GOT to watch the tv series. It is epic! I haven't seen the movie - it got such bad feedback and I love the show so much I don't want to be disappointed.

So who's everyone's favourite characters?

Spirit Fingers
03-13-2011, 07:44 PM
I liked the big flying fluffy beast - it reminded me of the luck dragon out of the never ending story.

I really liked the special effects in the movie.

Can you please send me your address :)

03-14-2011, 09:43 PM
um, i'm kinda in love with Mae. if.. that's how you spell it... you know, i've never looked that up. but i totally love her. and of course, Zuko. :P and Azula. :P i haven't see the whole series thought. got too busy and... slightly obessed with Dr. who. i should start it up again.

03-14-2011, 09:45 PM
oh my, YES! spiritfingers, soooo true! that was my first thought when i ran into Avatar. I was seriously fanatical about never ending story. i think i was a bit of a crazy kid. The luck dragon had a lot to do with it though so the Apo (?is that right?) is awesome!

03-14-2011, 10:12 PM
I've seen quite a few of the episodes and like it :)
I don't have cable or even channels in my house though,
so I don't watch it as it comes out, just seen it at a mate's apt

03-15-2011, 02:23 PM
OMG I am totally obsessed with this show!!!! Sign me up please!!! :D

03-15-2011, 02:48 PM
I would love to do this. My son and my brother LOVE this show. (ok, yes, I'm hooked too) My only reservation is that I'm not sure I have the skill to capture these amazing characters. So I'd like to be added,but reserve the right to drop rather than send inferior cards.And yes, the self esteem thing is a work in progress.:rolleyes:

03-16-2011, 02:20 AM
Got you both - Kentuckydakota, your art is good! You'll be fine. I have faith in you.

03-16-2011, 02:59 AM
I'm in ! sign me up

03-16-2011, 04:51 AM
Welcome Joleen - love your pokemon. Did you layer them with sparkly paper? Or do you have a special pen?

03-16-2011, 08:15 AM
awwwww thank you :D
I actually got the paper from one of those bath/shower sets as a gift and keep it in my craft scraps cuz i thought it looked pretty cool it originally a sliver sparkle and for the different colors i just simply colored over with colored permanent markers :jiggy:

03-16-2011, 03:14 PM

Please! I loved this show so much. Watched the whole thing on Netflix over a 2 week period, lol. I'm so excited about this :jiggy:

03-17-2011, 02:59 AM
IT took us around 3 weeks, Katrina. Now I miss it very much!

03-17-2011, 12:24 PM
Aww yeah as soon as it was over, I was like, "noooo" lol...so sad. But did you hear they are working on a 'sequel' show? It's not the same characters, unfortunately, but it sounds interesting.

03-18-2011, 11:26 PM
can I play?

03-19-2011, 12:40 AM
Of course you may Juany.

03-19-2011, 06:03 AM
Here's my first two offerings. I figured I'd draw the characters in my more realistic style, to make it quite different from the originals:

67094 Appa

67095 Momo

03-19-2011, 12:56 PM
Awww! How awesome! I love Appa :D

I was wondering, can I use the card I made independently a few months ago? No one's offered to trade for it yet. Here it is:


03-19-2011, 02:11 PM
Sure you can! It's Avatar, isn't it?

03-19-2011, 02:45 PM
Awesome :) Thanks! I'll make the other three after I get a few other swaps done.

03-19-2011, 04:31 PM
Yowsa! Love the art Lemurcat and Katrinabean! We're all doing the same characters. I'm going back and redrawing mine now. sigh.

03-19-2011, 05:58 PM
Lol aww well I don't think there can ever be too much Appa, Kentucky! :)

03-20-2011, 07:13 AM
lemurkat- I love your cards:jiggy:

I've been working on mines there going to probably be done in like 30 40 minutes or so but when there done I'll post them :D

03-20-2011, 09:20 AM
My cards are finished

03-20-2011, 01:21 PM
wonderful posts!

03-20-2011, 02:25 PM
Very cool Joleen :) I love how vibrant the colors are!

03-21-2011, 11:21 PM
I'd like to throw my hat in for this as well please.

03-22-2011, 12:30 AM
Gotcha Axis!

03-22-2011, 02:20 PM
So I've got two out of my three done. Thought I would come show them off.

03-22-2011, 02:40 PM
Awesome work, Axis!

03-22-2011, 02:59 PM
Thanks, lemur. I know I'm pretty quick at doing things like this but I promise the effort goes into these that go into my collage ones. I'm just really comfortable with my medium. :)

I'm almost done with my third as well so I might craft an extra or two.

03-22-2011, 06:54 PM
I love Toph :D Great cards :)

03-22-2011, 08:17 PM
Thanks. Me too. Toph and Zuko are two of my fave characters. I chose Tylee as well because she doesn't really get much love. My third is an Avatar State Aang. I'll post a pic as soon as I can.

EDIT: Pic time! It's not the best picture but I think it gets the point across. :)

03-23-2011, 12:23 AM
I want in if I can please I love this show!!

03-23-2011, 02:22 AM
Of course Blueanchors!

03-23-2011, 02:33 PM
Spiritfingers - I believe yours are here. I'll be picking them up tomorrow.

03-23-2011, 09:45 PM
OMG... I totally MUST join this swap, please, please, please :notworthy:

03-23-2011, 09:58 PM
is there any room? cuz im a big fan of the last airbender. if so sign me up please XD

03-24-2011, 05:18 AM
OH my! We're ALMOST full! One slot left (cos its 12 + me). That's totally awesome - I thought we'd struggle to have half a dozen. Must get drawing mutant hybrid beasties. I'm thinking maybe the purple pentapus? Sabertooth moose lion? I need to try the platypus bear again too, I'm not quite happy with the results.

03-24-2011, 12:34 PM
I love your mutants lemurkat! Have you thought of a Momo/Appa mutant- "Mopa" perhaps :D

03-25-2011, 05:10 AM
Got a bit carried away tonight. These are too much fun!

Purple Pentapus

Any requests?

03-25-2011, 10:57 AM
lol yay! Platypus-bear!

It was hilarious when they heard about the bear, who was just a bear...and nothing else. Lol. I loved that so much. Awesome cards!

03-25-2011, 11:20 AM
Love them! How about a Girafasaurus Rex? Little arms big long neck? Hee, hee

03-25-2011, 03:07 PM
Love them! How about a Girafasaurus Rex? Little arms big long neck? Hee, hee

I don't recall there being one of those on Avatar.

03-25-2011, 04:46 PM
Well no maybe not but I'd still like to see one ;)

03-25-2011, 05:19 PM
Well, next time I host a chimera swap!

03-26-2011, 05:41 AM
Okay, I am officially addicted to drawing semi-realistic Avatar beasties.

So if any of you have any requests, send them this way. At this rate I should have a card for everyone who wants one.

In this lot:
Foofoo Cuddly Poofs

03-26-2011, 02:48 PM
omg koala sheep! :D So cute!!

03-27-2011, 11:06 PM
lemurkat: I would love if you could draw one of the dragons who taught Zuko positive firebending... <3

03-28-2011, 02:21 AM
I shall see what I can manage, Axis.

03-28-2011, 10:01 PM
Here are my cards. Sending them out this week.

03-28-2011, 11:57 PM
Ooh those are great, Kentucky! :D

03-29-2011, 02:47 AM
Awesome ^^

03-29-2011, 03:02 AM
Thanks KB and Lemurkat. Thank goodness for source docs eh? I found these characters fun but tricky.

03-29-2011, 12:03 PM
Don't worry, I'll probably be looking at references to draw mine as well because I can draw, but not from my own mind as well yet :p

03-29-2011, 12:07 PM
I really envy people who can do that. It's nice to know I'm not the only one using art "training wheels".

03-29-2011, 01:24 PM
For things like this, you NEED to use references. Heck, I use references for everything and I think they make my art better. More accurate, anyway.

03-30-2011, 05:59 AM
And another two:

Badgermole and Firebending Dragon (for Axis)

03-30-2011, 11:08 AM
Yip Yip lurkylurk...

03-30-2011, 11:41 AM
Aww I love the badgermole! :) So cool. This swap is so exciting to me lol. I'll probably start working on them soon so that I can have a long grace period for them to arrive.

03-30-2011, 02:55 PM
All Art is copied from other art or from anything
It's a huge sign of flattering other people and things beauty if you think about it.
That's why using references is a great idea :D

03-30-2011, 04:21 PM
68188I have done just one

03-30-2011, 07:05 PM
All Art is copied from other art or from anything
It's a huge sign of flattering other people and things beauty if you think about it.
That's why using references is a great idea :D

That's a great way to think of it.

Juany-love the card! I really like the background work you did.

03-30-2011, 08:13 PM

03-31-2011, 05:18 AM
That is an awesome background! Appa is adorable too.

03-31-2011, 01:37 PM
The Firebending dragon is amazing lemur!

03-31-2011, 08:04 PM
Last mutant for this swap (I've now done 12, that's one each if everyone turns in their cards).



...does anyone want to lay their claim on any of these?

Axis = dragon
Katrina = koalasheep
Kentucky = pentapus
CandeeLynn = Flopsie

03-31-2011, 08:13 PM
You know what's cool is that could totally be an animal. It looks really fluid :)

03-31-2011, 08:22 PM
I just want to hug the purple pentapus. He's my fav. They're all beautiful though.

03-31-2011, 09:05 PM
Just found this website: http://apollo.avatarspirit.net/index.php. If anyone wants to look at screenshots for inspiration it's a great site. You can look it up by character, time of day, type of animal combination, etc. It's a good way to be reminded of all of the types of animals they had in the show as well.

04-01-2011, 03:35 PM
Just found this website: http://apollo.avatarspirit.net/index.php. If anyone wants to look at screenshots for inspiration it's a great site. You can look it up by character, time of day, type of animal combination, etc. It's a good way to be reminded of all of the types of animals they had in the show as well.

Yep that's the site where I found my source pics. :) I am waiting a bit longer to send mine as Lemur knows because I am also trying to finish my Diana Wynne Jones ATCs so I can get those in the mail with the same envelope.

04-01-2011, 10:17 PM
i am having so much fun with this! make sme want to finish all the episodes. :D everyone's *** is so exciting and inspiring!

04-02-2011, 01:46 AM

68324here are my last two and yours will be surprise

04-02-2011, 02:13 AM
OH but I love Momo! Nice work with Toph too.

04-04-2011, 10:17 PM
I'll take flopsie.... did you say you wanted momo? i'm also doing a turtleduck cause i just watched that episode and it is sooooo cute

04-05-2011, 01:20 AM
Hrm Candeelynn, Momo is my favourite, but I prefer that if people send a bonus card, they let me choose and not write "for the hostess" on it. Because turtleduck are gorgeous!

04-06-2011, 05:26 AM
Btw, if anyone wants to send US$1 notes, I'm almost out of my stash, and I need them to play in other swaps.

04-14-2011, 01:51 PM
My apologies but I have to withdraw.

04-15-2011, 11:42 PM
Okay, thanks for letting me know.

04-16-2011, 02:49 AM
69315it is the special I do for you hope you like it,I will send this monday

04-16-2011, 03:46 AM
omg i hope its not to late to join, count me in

04-16-2011, 01:45 PM
One more private trade to work on then I'll start on these :)

04-19-2011, 12:25 AM
I send mine today

04-19-2011, 01:45 AM
Received Ketuckydakota's - they're awesome!

Juany - I love Momo!

And MJgax, welcome aboard!

Still one place left, but you're gonna have to be fast!

Wow, look at all those exclaimation marks...

04-19-2011, 01:49 AM
Aw thanks. I was holding my breath on these ones.

04-23-2011, 11:46 AM
im finished with my cards and they are in my gallery if any one wants to see them ^_^

04-23-2011, 01:02 PM
love your cards, gbennett! :)

btw, I have one more card to color and I'll send them out :)

Edit: Okay, here they are! I'll send them out on Monday.


04-23-2011, 08:52 PM
Great cards KB. Love them all!

04-29-2011, 01:57 AM
Blueanchor, your cards are here.

05-01-2011, 10:24 PM
Hey! so just got back from vacation and finished all my cards! there are so many awesome additions to this thread. So inspiring. anyway... my scanner's broke so i'm sorry, they will have to be a surprise. :S

05-02-2011, 03:19 AM
I'll scan them when they get here. do you ened my addresS?

Juany, your cards arrived! Thanks for the extra and the $1. Most appreciated.

05-06-2011, 12:06 AM
GBennett - your cards are here! Thanks for playing. They're beautiful.

05-06-2011, 12:24 AM
Got yours now, GBennet - they're very nice indeed.

05-11-2011, 01:18 AM
Received yours too Kat, thanks for the $$$ and the bonus card.

05-11-2011, 01:43 AM
whew! That's a ginormous sigh of relief! :)

05-13-2011, 11:11 PM
Yes! an address would be awesome! sorry, been super busy. SO. i have to get those cards out this weekend! :D

05-18-2011, 05:17 AM
Okay, I've sent out reminder emails to those of you who have yet to contribute:
Amy - thanks for your prompt response, I will look for your cards!
Axis - no response yet, but I understand you are probably working on your DWJ tribute cards. Please notify me ASAP for address etc.
Candeelyn - no response, last log-in 29/4. I hope she is okay. Anyone know where she lives?
MJGaz123 - last login 18/4 - two days after joining swap, I'm going to assume you are not active at this site. Please let me know if this is wrong.

If I have not heard a response from these people before the 20th May then I will assume they are withdrawing.

And does anyone aside from Amy need me to scan their cards? I'll be scanning a bunch anyway as I love making swap gallery pages. And they won't be all Momo, I promise!

Looks like I'll have some left over Avatar critters to trade too.

05-19-2011, 09:37 PM
Yay! thank you for scanning! i cannot TELL YOU how awful it is my scanner is broke and my camera sucks. :( i haven't posted anything forever. stupid scanner. BUT! this has been awesome fun and totally inspired my neices and i to have a little one! i can't wait to show them all the wonderful cards on here!

05-21-2011, 01:26 AM
Okay, Axis, Candeelyn and MJGaz, you are now considered withdrawn from this swap.

I will post out soon after Amy's cards have arrived in - after I've had time to scan them.

This also means that I will have a number of Airbender beastiary cards availaboe for trade. I'll upload them to the gallery when I've decied who gets what.

05-25-2011, 05:48 PM
Today's the day! Woot!

05-26-2011, 06:04 AM
Well, we're waiting on Amy ^^

05-26-2011, 09:59 AM
Worth the wait, I'm sure :) Everyone's cards have been awesome.

05-26-2011, 03:11 PM
Tell me about it! I'll scan them up tonight for a gallery page.

05-26-2011, 04:00 PM
yay! i'm so excited to see it all!!! :D

05-27-2011, 01:09 AM
Amy, they're here and I'm scanning one from everyone now - and all of yours. Here they are.


With any luck the gallery page will be up soon.

05-27-2011, 01:49 AM
Ooh :) They are awesome. I love the Aang + Zuko one just because I love Zuko so much lol. But they are all great. So excited for returns :)

05-27-2011, 03:08 PM
yay!!! :D thank you for scanning. and thank you, Katrinabean! i was worried that one wouldn't turn out. i'm rather pleased with Zuko though. never drawn him before.

05-27-2011, 09:39 PM
Okay, They're ready to go postal come monday. All, that is, except Blueanchor's. I'm sending hers with Pokemon cards for Jaeseals and Locke who live with/near her (same building). That should keep postage costs down a bit! That one will go as soon as I've talked to Locke over her Pokemon cards.

I've left REP points for those of you that sent an extra card, telling you which one I kept. All, that is, except Spiritfingers whom I'm not allowed to REP yet. If you're reading this Spirit, I kept the Ang/Momo one.

Please leave feedback when you receive your returs, and REP points for those of whom you received cards would be most appreciatd. I know I like to know where mine have got to!

06-01-2011, 08:40 PM
Okay, I think the mailman must have put in a good word for me because I gave him a Christmas card because I got my cards today! I've been getting my cards first for swaps for a few weeks now! What?? Anyway, :D LOVE THEM. Thank you lemurkat so much for hosting! :) Two Zuko cards ftw! And yay for fluffy Appa!

06-04-2011, 01:17 AM
Awesome Cards! :P i'm so in love with them all! great job everyone, i'm totally thrilled (and inspired! does any one else get inspired by swaps? i have the hardest time not making a billion themed cards after every one :P) thanks so much to lemurkat! especially for waiting for me! i feel so special. :P

06-04-2011, 01:52 AM
Blueanchor, I'll send yours out on monday. By themselves.

Glad the cards are starting to arrive! That's pretty fast mail service ^^ Don't forget to leave Itraders and REP points!

Everyone sent me a bonus card, except Blueanchor, so I managed to keep one card from everyone, FYI they were:
Katara from GBennet
Ang and Momo from Spiritfingers
Momo from Kentuckydakota
Momo from Katrinabean
4 elements from Amykins
Momo from Blueanchor
and Real Momo from Juany

06-04-2011, 02:24 AM
Thanks- got my WONDERFUL cards from Katrinabean, amykins and gbennett. Loving them all! And a special thank you to lemurkat for the sweet pentapus and super fun swap!