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Firelord Zuko Portrait by neomeruru Firelord Zuko Portrait by neomeruru
Firelord Zuko, done in the style of the portraits of previous Firelords. The royal portraits are crammed full of symbolism, so I had a good time filling this with important details from Zuko’s life:

- All firelords have a flaming mandala behind their heads, but Zuko's is larger and more Mayan due to his experience with the Sun Warriors.
- Ran and Shaw circling behind him to symbolize his mastery over original firebending.
- He's not wearing the traditional firelord crown as he never expected the role; it's moved down to his belt.
- The flame crest on his mantle has been replaced with a golden lotus, for the White Lotus.
- All firelords wear sashes in their portraits; Zuko's is white to symbolize peace.
- Two swords, held balanced and passive, to portray his martial power without needless aggression -- like the Fire Nation itself.
- Sunburst mandala, partially eclipsed, to evoke the Day of Black Sun when he formally broke step with the corrupted Fire Nation
- Republic City at his feet, as his largest contribution to the world, nestled in a lotus for peace.
- And finally, the Blue Spirit mask, because... well, obviously. :)

Drawn specially for Anime Evolution, June 28-30 in Vancouver, BC, as fandom’s beloved Dante Basco (RU-FI-OOO!) will be in attendance! Stop by to pick one up and you might be able to get it signed!

TUMBLING FRIENDS: Please reblog from my Tumblr rather than reuploading to your own. Reblogging without credit is THEFT!
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whyan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
This is awesome, it looks so official.
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Yashael341 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is my favorite Royal Portrait for Zuko. I wasn't sure about the use of blue in the portrait (none of the Fire Lord's before him used blue, even when it would have made sense), but he's so different from the Fire Lords who came before him, and has made peace with the Water Tribes (who could surely supply him with blue dyes), and I think you used it just right. And good job capturing everything that ought to be symbolized.
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MadnessInMeadow Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, damn! it's so cool how much stuff you put into this! looks super great! :heart:
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pixel-ARCADE Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
love it
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JoeyHazelLM Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant and perfect!!! :love:
Great job on the symbolism!!
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Sword-of-Grayskull Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Faved for all the awesome symbolism.  Terrific job.
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InkHeart17 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful and wonderfully thought out.
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dragoeniex Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
This portrait would make him the first fire lord to be portrayed with a smile. :) I kind of like that.
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ASKTZ Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013   General Artist
This is amazing, and I love how you described everything you put into it :D
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Singer-Of-Light Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautifully done and obviously very well thought out, great job! The only thing that disappoints me a bit is you didn't give him golden eyes? I was a bit sad. Otherwise, this is great!
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