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Seal of the Fire Nation by technofortomcats Seal of the Fire Nation by technofortomcats
Royal Seal of the Fire Nation, circa Zuko Dynasty

I very recently got into Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, and I love the shows so much! Hhahah, even my mum and dad love watching it with me.

While watching it, I felt compelled to design coat of arms (or really, they are more like seals) for each of the four nations. I started off with fire since it's my favourite because it was (relatively) easy to combine the ideals and imagery of the Fire nation into a coat of arms like design.

I was originally going to design a 100 year war themed CoA for fire, but I liked the idea of doing a post-war seal instead and make it less angry.

Rambling aside, it was both fun and frustrating to find a balance between the rigid forms of heraldry and the flowing circles and whorls of Chinese design. I ended up taking out the banner/motto I had and just leaving the shield and crest nice and simple, while focusing all the detail on the dual dragons.

The circle at the top represents the sun/agni and the character is for fire.
The characters between the whiskers are that for Zuko, but they could be replaced with any Fire Lords name. :)

In the middle, replacing a 'traditional' shield is a circle with the Fire Nation symbol in it, also referencing the pearl most chinese dragons are displayed with.
As far as the dragons go, I was hemming and hawing about giving them chained crowns (to symbolise retrained/tempered might) and instead of the traditional european crown, I drew up a chain of flame crowns, at the end of the chain is a traditional chinese tassel. The dragons also have five toes, to represent royalty. :) I know chinese dragons don't have wings, but since the dragons in Avatar do, it worked out nicely.

I was hoping to work some dao swords into the design, but it was a bit crazy and busy to make them work. Speaking of crazy, those scales drove me a bit crazy.

Avatar: The Last Aire Bender and associated imagery Nickolodeon
Art by Kimberley Petrie
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My toddler: Look Mummy! There's DWAGONS conshentwating (concentrating)!
me: what are they concentrating on?
Tot: on a stage. Dey're gonna be infeating (defeating) people!

If you shrank the whole lot you could whack a pair of crossed swords under it. You'd lose a lot of detail and then it would be way busy. It works fine as is I think :)
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Flynn01 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
super awesome :D
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Great design and I like the details on the dragons.
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EternalNocturne Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice. :D
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Pencil-Artisan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Oh my... my... MY CABBAGES!

Sorry, couldn't resist. Awesome seal, though! oxo
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BlueySky98 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Writer
Wow!

The dragons look like Orochi!
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technofortomcats Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Orochi is jealous because he don't have legs.
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BlueySky98 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Writer
Haha! Yes!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a magnificent design. You managed to balance all of these different elements and details into one cohesive image, and I really do get a Chinese feel from it. Avatar was an excellent series (haven't caught Legend of Korra yet), and it's great to see some fanart for it once again.

Now, the most important question: Are you going to color it?
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technofortomcats Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soonish, once I get some other art done. :)
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