Page original size 5,5" X 8". Rough pencils. Grey shading, lettering and word balloons done in Photoshop These pages done for fun, and also as a good exercise in storytelling and planning on such a long scale, which I had not really done before. I am not planning on inking, cleaning more or coloring them. I simply do not have the time.
The Avatar universe belongs to Mike, Bryan, Nickelodeon-Viacom-MTV. All the characters belong to them, but a few of the extras are my own creation. Art by
Actually, since I read this the first time I've re-watched "The Boiling Rock" and it's made me wonder. I know birds and airplanes ride thermals, but in that episode a sapling crashed when it flew over the boiling lake because the hotter, lighter air wouldn't support it anymore.
Hot air balloons work on a different principle than birds and airplanes. Birds and airplanes use aerodynamic upward lift, in which case the hot updraft is an advantage, but balloons work on the temperature difference between the air inside the balloon and the air outside. When the outside air is hotter than the air inside, the balloon goes down.
When I was in New Mexico, we used to go ballooning, always starting very early in the morning to make the most out of the colder air, and avoid the heat of midday.