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Anything But Ordinary by swan-swan Anything But Ordinary by swan-swan
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This is my vision of Toph before the Gaang came along to take her out...when she was completely alone, with no friends or anyone to really talk to. That had to be a sad part of her life....

I decided to draw this pic while listening to the song of the same name by Avril Lavigne. I listened to several of her songs while working on it...only her songs....it gave an interesting drive to this piece, and perhaps a unique taste. The songs really seemed to fit the concept I had in mind....

Also done for :iconshaolinfeilong:, due to his request of a pic with "just Toph and rocks." Also, emphasis on folds. So, I did so....profile view might not have been the desire, but it's what I gave.

The original idea was for Toph to be walking her pet rock, but then the thought came to me that she couldn't show her powers to her parents, but would have to earthbend secretly--and that got me thinking of a lot of Toph angst and emotion. Nighttime, alone, sitting gloomily....I could not let the idea sit. I originally wanted to have her making some rocks orbit around her, but that didn't turn out quite as I envisioned it....it just didn't look right. So, I added in a right hand and put a rock in it.

I reffed it a lot, but....the whole background was done with simple reference, done from no real specific pictures. Shading, likewise.

Toph was drawn by hand. Except for the right hand...that was digital.

EVERYTHING ELSE was done in Paint, including the coloring.

Comment, please! :)

And also, THANK YOU to :iconnyy2: for her advice, most importantly getting me to move the moon to the right place for the reflection (it was originally on the other side of the picture).

Toph belongs to Viacom, Nickelodeon, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The title and the song belong to Avril Lavigne.
The pic belongs to me.

This pic was also the first in a series of pics, all with titles from Avril Lavigne.

The other girls in the series so far:

Jin: [link]
Katara: [link]
Mai's mom: [link]
Mai: [link]
Koko: [link]
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:iconiheartrizzoli:
Iheartrizzoli Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Very great depiction of Toff. I hate seeing her so sad. You drew her just right! :))
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:iconjackiestarsister:
JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the theme and idea behind this piece. She may have had fans at the Earth Rumbles, but she couldn't risk making friends. (I like exploring this through the fan fiction I write about her.)
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:iconitsonlyaurl:
itsonlyaurl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
not bad :D
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:iconxxheartbrokn:
xxheartbrokn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
wow its pretty kool except the nose looks a little funny lol not to be hurtful, just helpful criticism lol and yes, plz be brutally horrible on mine if you want, kay? lol XD i have only 3 of mine on there so far but i drew Unlce Iroh! ^_^
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
Oh, I'm fine with that. XD This is an OLD piece.
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:iconxxheartbrokn:
xxheartbrokn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
oh ok take a look at my work lol it sux
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
I did--keep practicing, and you'll improve! ^_^
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:iconxxheartbrokn:
xxheartbrokn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
thx! ^__^ i haven't drawn in a while but i'm puting up some stuff i drew the past week
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:iconkabi-san:
kabi-san Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
GOOD WORK
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:iconharu-yurami:
Haru-Yurami Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Student General Artist
aww this is sad but you did a great job on it I like it!
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Thanks!
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:iconharu-yurami:
Haru-Yurami Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Student General Artist
can i ask you something please go to my profile and tell me if my deviants and favs are still working i dont know what happned but its saying i dont have my deviants i have no idea what went wrong!! T_T
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:icontoph-and-daisy-fan:
Toph-and-Daisy-Fan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Cool! :+favlove:
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thanks!
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:icontoph-and-daisy-fan:
Toph-and-Daisy-Fan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Your welcome!
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:iconmsp10496:
msp10496 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Wow i love it so cool i love toph
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:iconvilijntje:
vilijntje Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008   Filmographer
Done in Paint?! That's really ... wow. Just amazing!
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Yep. Lots of reference....and time.
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:iconamethystbeloved:
AmethystBeloved Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Wow, there are people other than me using Paint! Everything in my gallery is done by Paint. It's nice to see some fellow Paint users!

Great job with Toph!
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Paint works. It's harder to make clean, flashy pictures, but it's a program.
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:iconcascaderat:
CascadeRat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
I love that song. The picture is lovely, the background..awesome. :)
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
Thank you very much. :)
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:iconlestrange13:
lestrange13 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Wow, I like her picture the best! :D
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Thanks!

Yeah, she was the first...maybe had the most work put into it...also heavily reffed, unfortunately....
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:icongunwild:
Gunwild Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Whaaaa she's gots no friends and it makes me sad...!
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
I know! T_T

Fortunately, Aang and co. picked her up....now she's loose in the world, and it must BOW before her!
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Gunwild Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
I kind of understand why she'd be okay with fighting in highly dangerous combat with grown men. Not just because she's talented, I mean, but because of the ennui. Her parents wanted her to never even leave their house! I don't care if there is a war going on, that's pretty creepy.
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Yeah...it is....best cure for ennui is to go out and own people, I guess! :)
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zukocats22 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
that's beautiful and sad. avril's one of my fav bands so Isee where ur coming from. I love it
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
Thanks for viewing! Thanks for commenting!

Yeah, the pic doesn't exactly show the direct mood of the song...but the title works, and it was what I did. Poor girl can't show who she really is....
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zukocats22 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
it would so suck to go throught that
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insanityblob Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. You nailed Toph's emotions here. Just perfect!
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
Thanks! :)
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insanityblob Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconxcgirl08:
xcgirl08 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Wow! The emotion this conveys is excellent. I really like it.

Don't worry, Toph. Twinkletoes will be there soon.....:D
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Indeed, he will! And then you'll fly away and leave all of this to yesterday....

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:iconvick330:
vick330 Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, I love the simple yet effective shading as it reflects well the mood on loneliness.
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
Thank you!

Yeah, I wanted an effect of loneliness and gloom here...nothing really bright, something that is quiet and cold and still. And all the while utterly depressing--and I think I hit it.
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baudelairestitch Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007   Photographer
Poor Toph...
Really nice job!
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Thanks! Yes, poor Toph...me likey your name, I think I have an idea which book series you might like....XD
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:iconbaudelairestitch:
baudelairestitch Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007   Photographer
Yush a series of Unfortunate Events! :D
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
*favoriting*

And I'm kind of stingy when it comes to favoriting.
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
I'll take that as a high compliment. Thank you.
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:iconlilfirebender:
lilfirebender Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome, Swanswan...or Nate...or ...
Anyway, definately ranks among your best. The drawing and the color work look great.
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Thank you, very much! And thanks for the fave, too!
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:iconainuprincess:
AinuPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Aww, poor Toph.
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Yeah....[gives another hug]
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:iconmizzhart:
mizzhart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Wow...this is amazing...I could never make anything like this in paint...not even in PS...the BG is beautiful. I suck at BGs and you just pulled this one off perfectly in paint:clap:
Love the emotion in this.
Great picture! :+favlove:
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Thank you very, very much! :cookie:
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:iconmizzhart:
mizzhart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
haha your welcome :D
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