[icon 01]* 01 Toph, and therefore earthbending, represents my stubbornness and determination. Earthbending is about being staunch, firm, heavily rooted, standing your ground. I can be reallllllly stubborn. I like getting my way, it's hard getting me to back down even if I know I'm wrong. I will inconvenience myself just to continue being stubborn. I guess this can be a good thing as well because it means I can't be walked all over but it can also be bad just because it's so extreme with me - just like an earthbender. I also tried to give this kind of an earthy feel. I used a light orange background, probably less vibrant than my usual taste, and added a kind of grungy texture to make it feel like the ground.
[icon 02]* 02 For this cap of the dangerous ladies, I focused on bright coloring. When I originally made my list, I put bright on it to mean smart/intelligent. I chose to represent that quality in myself with a bright coloring technique. I think most of the icons in this batch qualify as having bright coloring, because that's what I love to do, but I focused on it especially in this icon. Often times while trying to bring out the blacks I had to mask a lot to make sure it wasn't getting too dark. The very cyan sky is something that I find beautiful. And whoa text what's that doing there! Text is one of my weak points but I like that I managed to make it work to my satisfaction in an icon that was supposed to represent smarts. My type of smart would definitely be "book smart," so adding text makes that fit very well with this theme.
[icon 03]* 03 My Myers-Briggs personality is an ISFJ. Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging. While I was in the middle of making my batch, one of my friends linked to this image that "sorts" characters into each personality trait, and for ISFJ it lists Yue. So I included her since she apparently represents my personality type in the show. I also really love her, even though I'm not sure I would make some of the decisions she does. But she is brave, beautiful, and self-sacrificing and I admire a lot about her.
[icon 04]* 04 I am a huge history nerd. I was a history major in school. My love of history came naturally to me. I honestly feel like I still don't know that much, and that's one of the things I like about it. I'm particularly interested in American history, centering around the revolutionary period until the end of the Civil War. My dad's really big on history, especially military, so I spent a lot of my childhood going to museums or battlefields, and where I live has a lot of important early United States history. I'm extremely interested in the Constitution and legal history. It can be confusing but some of my favorite classes have involved that subject, in a way that makes me almost wish I could be a lawyer (I would be shit at it- no public speaking for me, even if it was just school mock-trial and I never had to go to court in my career). My other favorite areas of study are Victorian England (crazy bunch of hypocrites), East Asian and Ancient Grecian histories. For the icon, I originally considered showing something book/library related, or someone "studying" but ended up going with a more Avatar route. One of my favorite parts of the show was learning about the past Avatars and having the a whole mythology for the show. And Kyoshi is the best! So I chose to juxtapose a statue of Kyoshi with her ~best Kyoshi Warror.
[icon 05]* 05 Aang is the Avatar and has a lot of serious responsibilities but he's still just a kid and naturally very childish. I definitely suffer from a mild(to put it lightly) case of Peter Pan Syndrome. I've never really wanted to grow up. Some things about being an adult are still great, but I definitely take time to indulge my inner child at any chance. That's one of my favorite things about Aang too, especially how he grows to realize that there's a time and place for that kind of thing.
[icon 06]* 06 This icon can represent what my icon skills lack. It has a very muted coloring (relatively) as well as text! Usually I hesitate to add text, and when I do I definitely try to make sure it's legible. So this one is a bit of a set outside of the box. The scene is one where Sokka is being a show off, doing some haiku poetry to show off to some ladies~ and one of his haikus is "they call me Sokka/that is of the water tribe/i am not an oaf." I really wanted to fit one of his haikus on to the icon without it being ridiculous looking. I actually really like how it turned out, too.
[icon 07]* 07 I am a theatre lover. For anyone reading this that hasn't seen the show and is wondering what the heck this icon has to do with the theatre… There is a ~cracky episode where the characters go to a theatrical production of their adventures. This is the faux!Azula destroying dramatic! Zuko in a flaming mass of HONOR. Her lightning bending is ribbon and the fire is just cloth/special effects. I've spent the past 3 years of my life working in production at a performing arts center, so the fine arts are something that's really close to me. I did stage crew for high school, made the sets, etc. I love being backstage and stage managing. I'm not a performer myself and never wished to be, but the environment is amazing. Wearing black, being ninjas, talking to everyone else on headset. It's just so fun. There's a lot of bitch work involved in that kind of setting too but it's all worth it when you dim the house lights and the spotlight comes up or the orchestra starts tuning. It's impossible to really describe.
[icon 08]* 08 I love sports but purely as a fan. I've never played an organized sport in my life! I played all kinds of games at daycare from football to foursquare to basketball and kickball, but never on a real team. Despite that, I somehow developed a love of being a spectator. I always root for my home teams, so my university, teams from Baltimore (Ravens, Orioles), teams from DC (Nationals, Caps). I'm really vocal when I attend sporting events. I'm not drunk or out of control but I am not always friendly about it. I cheer loud and hard when things are going well and get into it even more if things are going poorly. I live for exciting games!! Sokka here is watching an earth bending tournament and cheering and he pretty much represents me in that type of situation. Loud, slightly obnoxious, loving your favorites and in for a good show. The good thing about this kind of situation is everyone else is probably going crazy too.
[icon 09]* 09 I chose Ty Lee to show my fast-paced nature. I think Ty Lee represents this because out of any other fighters on the show, to me she has to be the fastest. Benders never have to get in close and have close combat because they can manipulate surrounding elements. Non-benders with no weapons but their hands have no such luxury. She has to move in quick and be really precise to hit her target. For me, fast-paced comes down more so to just always doing a lot of things at once, not having a very good attention span, not being able to just relax without wondering what's going on everywhere else in the world/on the internet. I originally tried a close crop of another Ty Lee cap for this trait, but it just didn't work. There's nothing about a close crop that says "fast-paced." So instead I found a cool fight scene and blocked together multiple images so you can see there's always a lot going on for me.
[icon 10]* 10 Team Avatar is the greatest group of friends. They are the perfect team and I used them to show that I think I'm a team player. I don't really see myself as much of a leader. I'd rather be a strong part of a good team. This scene is perfect to represent this because they emphasize each individual's strong points and how they come together to build a stronger whole! I love them so muchhhh.
[icon 11]* 11 When Uncle Iroh gets to Ba Sing Se, he opens his own tea shop. I used him to show my love of cooking and food. It's a bit of a stretch but not really. If there's one thing Iroh is passionate about, it's tea! I actually hate tea, but I think it's comparable to food in general, which I do love! This year I started a list of all the new recipes I try and what I think of them. I love looking for new recipes to try. Cooking itself is very fun and I find it highly satisfying when you literally taste your hard work. I'm not that great at it yet, but I do enjoy challenging myself a little if I think the result will be worth it. I've found that I like a lot of spice. Spice is the spice of life.
[icon 12]* 12 There's not really time for Sokka to be lounging around like this at that point of the show, but that isn't stopping him from being a little lazy for once. I really do enjoy being lazy. No I can't be a lazy bum all the time but I can definitely do it often. I think it comes with part of my tendency to be an introvert. A lot of the time, I just want to stay at home and relax versus going out and doing stuff (part of that is also because I hate driving). I enjoy just chilling at the computer, chatting, making icons (obviously). I'm perfectly happy just jamming' by myself at home for a long time. I can get stressed if I have too much to do and I'm a complete procrastinator. Procrastination is a form of laziness for sure. Oh, I'll just do it later, etc. The good thing is that I'm not that poor at time management so yes I'll procrastinate and be lazy and get stressed but I will get things done on time in the end.
[icon 13]* 13 Katara is such a dweeb! I used this cap to show that I am easily amused. She put Momo on her head to try to prove that she likes fun. Simple pleasures, Katara. But yes I think I'm definitely very easily amused, kind of a dweeb, it doesn't take very much to make me laugh and I can have a low brow sense of humor. NO POTTY JOKES THOUGH (ok it was fine when Meelo does it in LOK but otherwise). Silly and goofy and ridiculous.
[icon 14]* 14 Azula is my favorite character but in general I can't really say I'm anything like her at all. However there is one trait I can think of where we can overlap and that is having a temper. I don't have an overly short temper, but I have been known to snap once in a while. This is essentially Azula's main snapping point, and she is insane but I don't think anyone could blame her for snapping her. Her friends betray her because she's not being a true friend to them. The number one person I probably lose my temper at is my younger sister. She knows how to get on my nerves like no other.
[icon 15]* 15 For this what I had in mind was similar to the Aang childish and Katara dweeby icon, but with Sokka. He is the funny one in the group, so it makes sense that he would be always smiling. I'm not perfect but I see myself as more of an optimist and looking more on the bright side. Trying to make the best out of situations, not let things make me depressed, just smile a little. It's easy to smile when you have a stupid sense of humor too, as already mentioned.
[icon 16]* 16 In this icon I used the prompt princess. My name means princess in Hebrew and I grew up on fairytales and princess stories. Most of these were Disney but not all. I think ultimately my favorite kinds of story telling will always be fairytales or similar. I love magic. I love fantasy. I love suspension of disbelief. I love ultimately happy endings. Of course, Azula is nothing at all like any of those princesses that I grew up with, but she is the only princess in this show! She is also bad ass.
[icon 17]* 17 There are a lot of sassy moments and characters in this show, but I think one of the sassiest (besides sarcastic Sokka), has to be Toph. Her sassy blind jokes are some of my favorite things. She does what she wants, pokes fun at everything, doesn't take things too seriously, and always has a comeback ready. In this icon I think she is making fun of Katara lol. I actually feel most comfortable and myself with friends I can be sassy with, poke a lithe fun of. I can definitely take it in return too. But if we can joke and share opinions in a not so serious manner, I know we are true friends. If I have to tip toe around and I'm afraid to disagree with someone because they'll be upset, I'm probably not 100% comfortable and holding something back.
[icon 18]* 18 Mai is extremely loyal. But her loyalty comes at a price. That is to say, you have to earn her loyalty, and you can lose it too if you prove to her that you no longer deserve it. She's not afraid to stand up for those she loves. As a Hufflepuff, you have to know loyalty is something that is definitely top priority for me. Once my loyalty is earned, it takes an act of betrayal to lose it again. That's what happened with Mai. Her supposed best friend only manipulated her and used her for her own gain. She was loyal to her until she realized it had gone too far, and decided to put her loyalties into someone who deserved it more and she defended him at great personal cost.
[icon 19]* 19 Zuko is really socially awkward. This is extremely evident when he is trying to introduce himself and be friendly with people he spent forever chasing, bullying, attempting to kidnap, maim, assassinate, etc. YEESH, ZUKO. I tried to add the text to showcase just how bad he is at making friends. I'm really only socially awkward a) in one-on-one situations with people I don't know b) meeting new people. It's nothing severe, I just really have no idea what to say. I don't know what to ask, I hate answering types of "get to know you questions" in real life (online is fine since I can formulate a coherent answer). I never ever wanted to go on a date because I imagined it would be awkward and I'd have nothing to say. For the record, my first date was relatively awkward and I really didn't know what to say and I didn't even mean to go on it in the first place. It was an accident. And that was a year ago this Tuesday aww :')
[icon 20]* 20 Appa is one of the best pets ever! This is supposed to show that I am a pet owner, and a pet/animal lover. Aang and Appa (and Momo) share a really special bond. There has never been a point in my life when I didn't have a pet, give or take a few weeks after one passed away. We just can't seem to function as a family without a dog. Right now I have a dog named Leo and a cat named Tiger. We also have a beta (named Giancarlo after Gus from Breaking Bad hehe) and my sisters just brought home two more fish this afternoon! The arc where Appa gets stolen is one of the most heartbreaking things, especially as a pet owner myself. The gaang's quest to get him back is beautiful though and as I was marathoning season 2 while making these icons, you can bet I was sitting there crying just like Aang when he was stolen, and especially when they reunite!
If you read any or all of that, I am really impressed lol. I don't normally have that much to say!