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the "Finish Avatar" project week six.

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"You can't knock me down!"

It was more a metaphorical statement then a physical one... because... well, he does knock her down. Hard.

"Women's rights" was a very underused theme in the Avatar universe. We have Sokka's occasional sexism in the "Warriors of Kyoshi," then we have Yue's arranged marriage, and Katara wanting to learn waterbending. It all happened and was done within the first season... and never really picks back up again. *Shalemalaynian even cut it out of the movie for a few extra-unnecessary bending flourishes that slowed down the action (*I express my distaste in this by specifically not looking up how to spell his name right).

It's really unfortunate... because I think this scene was very powerful, both to the show and to Katara as a character. It shows us that she will stand up for what she believes in, and will never back down... even if she is physically "knocked down," she won't ever emotionally be so.

This stubborn resolve is what keeps her weary when Zuko finally joins the group. It was what made her become "The Painted Lady" and help that village. It was what kept the group together. Without Katara and her resolve, they'd be a useless mess of men who can't even sew their own pants back together. Without Katara, They'd all be career scammers stuck in wodden jail cells.

Thanks for being the glue Katara :D

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suggested by :iconivyshadow: with the project

Avatar belongs to Mike, Bryan and Nick. Art belongs to me.

See More of my Avatar Fanart here: [link]

Thanks for looking
-Matt

P.S. did you see Ryuki, The Hidden Ninja Strawberry? (If not look here: [link] )
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AvatarCat09 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
There ain't no way anyone is gonna knock her down! Unless...someone tosses a beach ball at her. :)
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You summed up her role in the group perfectly. :) Great artwork.
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Very good
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Aliskus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Amazing job!!
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Aliskus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
No problem :)
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Glutara for the win! :D
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:D
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GeraldII Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Just love you Avatar work, look just like the shows, and yep found the strawberry :D
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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leaftherabbit Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol i found the strawberry :D
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome :D
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:iconpanda-saxophonist:
panda-saxophonist Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Wow. I really love this one, whe's often not that well drawn, but she looks amazing!
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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emeraldka Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
This is great ^^ Katara is my favourite character :)
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D

I like her a lot too. But I think my favorite character would have to be Iroh :)
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What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I agree with that completely. This is an important aspect of Katara's character that the movie simply avoided. I'd say she might even be more important to the story than Aang himself, as she is the heart of their group. She's the one who keeps them going no matter what happens.
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yep :)
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FullMetalKagome Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Filmographer
It looks like a screen cap this is so awesome
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Lareallae-Mori Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
I found the strawberry! xDDDD
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome :D
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Nukilik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Filmographer
Katara rocks! This is a really awesome pic :D
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!

Yes, yes she does :D
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charizardag Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
nice...the pic and what you said about it
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Katara is awesome. :3 I always thought she a good quality to her character.
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yes she does :D
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TheBlindBandit92 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Good job.
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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TheBlindBandit92 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
No problem.
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Lantis-Erin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! I loooved that scene so much! I love it when Katara's all kicka** and awesome. (even if she did lose) :D Very nice analysis also. :)
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!

I enjoyed her being awesome too :D
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Skeleton-Horse Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Word to all of this! :highfive:
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
lol, thanks :D

:highfive:
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Iron-Chef-OR Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Sorry, meant =D not =S

LOL
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
No problem, I do that sometimes too :D
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Iron-Chef-OR Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
This was a great scene in the episode. =S
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D
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EndlessRainbow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Ahhh it looks amazing! Really well done!
found the sb!
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:iconmattierial:
Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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EndlessRainbow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
welcomes C:
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aanglove Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
intense!
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D
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AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You do a great job of conveying how Katara feels about waterbending master Pakku. Her stubborn resolve helped them get through the desert when they lost Appa
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!

You're right, I forgot that one :D
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TheStoryNeverEnds Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I liked that part! It really shows a big part of Katara's personality.
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Mattierial Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yep :D
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Taheen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Yay stubborn badass Katara! I agree with/love your comments on this. My thoughts on her exactly, especially in The Desert, when everyone else was either incapable, unwilling, or tripping out on cactus juice :XD: Katara saved the day with stubborn baddassery. (Shut up, spell check, that is so a word...)
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