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LEGEND OF KORRA:  SKETCH DUMP by LeSeanThomas LEGEND OF KORRA:  SKETCH DUMP by LeSeanThomas
From the summer of 2010 to the summer 2011, i worked as a part of the animation production of the up-coming Nickelodeon series, AVATAR: THE LEGEND OF KORRA in Seoul, Korea. I was an in-house, storyboard staffer at "STUDIO MIR," the Korean, animation studio responsible for Korra's Animation production.
Here are some rough, early, warm-up personality scribbles i did before starting on the storyboards back then. Fun stuff.

I was part of TEAM 2 staff @ STUDIO MIR which consisted of myself, animator HAN KWANG IL and the incomparable animation monster KIM YOUNG CHAN ( one board artist for each chapter ).

*These are off-model. Before the staff had an approved, final design of Korra*
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5iveDee Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Beautiful work
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artist186 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
Hey lesean what  tool do you choose to make that dark grey/blue water color shade? Did you use draw with Da muro on deviantart or did you do it on flash? By the way because of you I've become a huge fan and lets just say I've seen tons of episodes in short period of time. lol 

much thanks 
Anthony 
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hey thanks, Anthony,

These are are all done on paper and Copic markers Cool grey. Thanks for your kind words! And I am not working on Book 2 of Korra, I only worked on Book 1. :-)

Glad you're enjoying the series overall! There's an amazing amount of talent on that show.
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kappalizzy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Avatar boobies- er I mean Avatar Korra!!!
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:iconjstray2:
Jstray2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Can't wait to see your work at Cola-Con!
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Jessica3green Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wow, this looks good!:D

but I wonder,... why does she have these huge breasts? xD
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:iconrasenth:
rasenth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
This is positively amaaaazing!!!!!!
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RagingBarbarian Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome movement in these, well done!
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sapphireweasel25 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wish i was in some animation studios
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:iconharukamizuki:
harukamizuki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow, its so cool!!!!
its also amazing that you worked in the studio!
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:icontchokun:
tchokun Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Lucky you working for this studio! ^^
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:iconandreallao:
andreallao Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such lovely, dynamic characters! Truly, a fantastic job, sir!
You deserve every appraise you got!
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:iconmiraclekid92:
Miraclekid92 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing job
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irmantagart Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
awesomw bro
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WindNorth Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i never got the chance to see the original series, but i've caught every episode of Korra. thus far i love it all - the characters, the scenery, the action... it's all so wonderfully-done. i especially like how Korra isn't this flimsy little nothing, like so many girls in anime - she has a fighter's build.
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angeliIy Featured By Owner May 3, 2012   Artist
O_O Amazing.
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:icontrippinxtremezebra:
trippinxtremezebra Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
this is just amazing
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Cacashi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Loving the anime so far. It rocks!!
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VEGETApsycho Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
dyu hav any mako sketch dumps?????
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:iconac015:
Ac015 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loved the First avatar and I know this one's going to be great...How long does it take to animate an Episode ?I am quite interested
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:iconsuperstarsix:
Superstarsix Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Unless things have changed, 9 months.
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DaemonCorps Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Saw a clip a while back for the show and thought it screamed your style. Now I know it is. Very awesome stuff!
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:iconsetagila:
SetaGila Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Long time no see yer arts. Nice man!
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ninjafire9 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
These are amazing. Can't wait to see the show. ^^
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jamesramos Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
LeSean, I heard you were going to Korea but didn't know it was to work on Avatar. What an amazing life experience. Truly Awesome! Congratulations man! Keep being awesome dude!
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Checkerthehedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
wow that is amazing your so lucky
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:iconvirgia:
Virgia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Awesome!
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:iconkataang-crazy:
Kataang-crazy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool!
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thesenileauthor Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What an amazing artist! You made my day again :)
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rikkunikay Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Love it, love korra!
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Legacys-wind Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do animators study shadows and perfect them like you have?
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
By looking at shadows and studying them until near convincing perfection.
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Legacys-wind Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you I'll try.
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onyxkreed Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I absolutely love her design!! I love how she isn't cliche "skinny". She's supposed to be a Martial Art's master and that takes a lot of training. As a fellow Martial Art's trainee, I'm so relived to see that she's designed as muscular, but still feminine! It's a very realistic attribute. It's inspiring! You all should be so proud! :D
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's one of the things i love about her design as well. Strong, but feminine The Gang at Nick are great for coming up with that concept!
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onyxkreed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I'm so glad they did as well. It really is refreshing to see. The show isn't even out yet and I'm already loving the characters lol!
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sallysurup Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
OH MY GOSH!! I am an animation student and I am so stoked that I found your DA! I would love to talk to you about how you got started and any other advice you would like to dump on me!! I have been animated since i was in HS and I am currently trying to transfer to Cal Arts (keep your fingers crossed) my email is acorbin04@gmail.com :)
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IgorSan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I've seen a few previews,and it seems that it's going to be great! Congratulations on this work.
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Isaia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
AAAAAHHH SIR, THAT IS AMAZING AND I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU.
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LilJoe Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nice -
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:iconjorzac:
jorzac Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
They look great! This show will be awesome!!
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BLACKSTAR-SHABACH Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
good work
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Aldridge517 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I can't wait to watch this series.
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brimagination Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
i would love to get your job!! :)
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adony Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great stuff. What did you use as a martial-art reference?
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:iconleseanthomas:
LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. nothing. There's only 3 actual martial arts poses and I don't think they are that special. Just off the top of my head.
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project-epic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wish i had your art on my project, wow
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Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You know, for the longest time, I've seen Korra on DA and I swear I thought she was someone's original character design. Then I started seeing lots of Korra fan art and thought that even the most popular internet character is never this noticed. And after I discovered there was a new Avatar series coming out, I was so excited. Caught every episode of the Last Airbender, going to do the same for Korra. Can't wait.

Anyway, great sketches, you nailed the style perfectly. And your other artwork in your gallery sure are amazing with the colors and lighting especially. Keep up the amazing work!
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Silent-Visionary Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
They turned out great.
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radsechrist Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow, nice drawings, as always!
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