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SRU - The Cycle Begins Anew by Destiny-Smasher SRU - The Cycle Begins Anew by Destiny-Smasher
"...and like the cycle of the Seasons, the cycle of the Avatar began anew."
"~Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Four seasons, four loves~"


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An artwork I commissioned from the ever-brilliant :iconhoodsun: depicting the primary characters of my Avatar alternate universe story, 'What I Learned at SRU.' :icons-r-u:

From left to right, the 'Fearless Five': Toph, Sokka, Jane (Smellerbee), Katara and Aang. This picture portrays a scene from very close to the end of the story -- Sokka is visiting campus for Homecoming and telling his friends about his post-grad life.

You can see the full art gallery for this project here: [link]
You can start reading the story here: [link]



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Wafira Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Writer
OMG  Is this awesome!  I love how it really looks like them, not too many artists can bring the real characters together with the design they are wanting to create.  I can't wait to see more!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, this artist is fantastic -- probably the best at managing to recreate the characters into my designs as older people, but also capturing details of their faces so they still look like the characters they're based on.
Alexander has done plenty of art for this project, and all of it is beautiful.
Summer by HoodsunSRU - Happy Holidays by Destiny-SmasherSRU - Homecoming by Destiny-SmasherSRU - Two Worlds, One Family by Destiny-SmasherLast Song by Hoodsun

You can find a TON of artwork for this story in this gallery.
Thanks for checking this out and leaving a comment!
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AndytheLemon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Totally digging toph's hair and the overall composition!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We went through three different compositions on the rough sketch stage, but I liked this one the best.
I also like how he drew Toph's hair here, as well. It takes the double-braid idea from the Homecoming piece (which itself is based on Toph dressing up fancy in Book 2 of the show) but loosens it up a little.
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WWWIIWillowIIWWW Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Shoes off for Toph!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!Meow :3
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UnderTheTableSketch Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this!
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I very much like the casual, laid-back quality to this pic. =D It's like a candid shot or something, which I suppose is the look you were going for, but still. ;) I really like everyone's sitting poses, and Sokka's talky pose is great. >w<
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Astounding!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you like it. :)
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I love it!
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:icon8arah:
8arah Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
SO awesome! :D
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you like it!
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:icondead-raccoons:
Dead-Raccoons Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aang's hair! Katara's penguin shirt!

And Sokka's post-grad life sounds sexy. :D
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, I'm not sure if you're a reader or not, but thanks for the comment. :)
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Dead-Raccoons Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm a "prospective" reader. I'm gonna check it out!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you do, I hope you enjoy it!
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Dead-Raccoons Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Odysseus-of-Ithaki Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job with all the characters here! Aang and Katara being a good audience, Jane chilling, Toph sort of doing her own thing, and Sokka running his mouth. I really, really like this illustration. It's probably my favorite SRU one that I've seen so far. Surprisingly nice background too! All impressionistic with the trees... or whatever...
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yea, this is probably my favorite groupshot so far, as well.
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breenazbl2 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Is the girl in the red hair Suki?
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:icondestiny-smasher:
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not at all. :P
There are these things called "descriptions." ;D
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breenazbl2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
My apologize. It's just that I don't see to many people use her in drawings
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Who, Suki? Or Smellerbee? xD Haha, I guess neither gets as much attention as the main cast, right?
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Herra11uu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope in that life Toph can see her friends!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She is actually totally blind in this universe. ^_^;
But as a result, it allows me to explore a different layer of her personality.
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lerkaki Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Great job! It's amazing!!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the comment. =)
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flabaflaba123 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   General Artist
I want Toph's purse. Is there any chance that it could be sort of based after a real purse? :D
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's based off of the bag that Sokka gets in Book 2 of the show, actually. =P
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legendsofzeldafreako Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous. Jane especially.
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dreamsinpaint Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's so cute!!! i love it!
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cokacolapie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
i love the way smellerbee and toph look!!!!! AWESOME JOB!!!
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KaedeLu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Whoa... this piece is just awesome!! I mean, look at all the details: the "earth" symbol in Toph's bag, how she seems to be moving her toes - as if she was tying to 'see' by feeling with her feet - , all the references to the ATLA world... and the guy's different expressions! It is just perfect. The composition of the image is excellent, also. It is so simple and yet it transmits so many personal feelings from the characters and kind of a... shared feeling of comfort among them, like if they all felt "at home" while being together. At least that is what it transmitted to me.

In a few worlds, a fantastic drawing.

I also can't wait to read more of the story! (I'm still in chapter 9 so I have a loooong way to go). Keep up the great work, Hoodsun and Destiny-Smasher!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you like this piece! I feel the same way, and it's quickly become one of my top favorites in the SRU series.
The funny part is that while some of these details were my ideas (their outfits, Toph's shoes being off), the actual specific expressions and poses were all his doing in this particular picture, and he managed to capture it all so well, even though I don't think he actually reads the story. I guess he just has a very good talent at intuition.
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CatGal131 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
This is great, but who's the redhead? She's really cute! Is she an OC?
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ahhhh, hahaha. ^_^; Not really, but kind of? She's the SRU version of Smellerbee. But I took lots of liberties in her redesign. Here's a few better examples where she looks more like 'Smellerbee.'
[link] [link] [link]
I mean, she is kind of like an OC in that she's a main character in this universe, but was only a minor character in the show -- so I had to come up with a lot of elements of her character to flesh her out.
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CatGal131 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Oh, now I get the design on her boots! XD That's cool, and in terms of critique, I can safely say that your artwork is gorgeous. Really, I searched long and hard for points of it that could be worked on, and all I can really say is the trees in the background make it seem like the sky is ballooning out. Bur even that could be considered artistic choice and looks like a not-too- fussy touch to the whole thing. And I'm pretty sure Smellerbee has brown hair.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Like I said, I took artistic freedom with her design. This isn't Smellerbee from the show, it's an alternate universe version. ;P She is a red-head in this universe. And the artist did do a very good job on this one, I agree. I'm pretty sure his choice with the trees was an artistic decision, not meant to be literal. =)
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lostatsea101 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
wow wow wow wow :squee: so awesome!
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twinkle1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
I absolutely LOVE how you show them completely natural in what would be everyday life, you really are such a great artist =)
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, the idea and these versions of the characters are things I came up with, and I think I write them in a way that matches up with this picture very well. But the artist who made this wonderful pic was :iconhoodsun:
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silvereye1314 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
This looks super awesome ♥
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you liked it. =)
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NoLongerInvisible Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
The girls look so pretty in this. They were so well drawn. And the little details are amazing: The shadows and sunlight, Toph's flip flops on the ground, the girls wearing the presents they got. Just amazing.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's a combination of my requesting/specifying those outfit details, and the artist just having lots of talent. xD
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NoLongerInvisible Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
lol well details are important
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SchmittyBoss Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
This picture is just..... wow. Amazing.

Naturally though, I just can't take my eyes off Aang and Katara. Even in an AU they look absolutely perfect together.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, I think so, too.
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Kataang-crazy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw great!
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LilliandilRosetta Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
me love u !
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