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Elsa Garagarza is a Mexican-born animator and storyboard artist who contributed to the backgrounds of numerous episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender and worked as an artist on two of the franchise's comics. She later returned to the Avatar franchise as a storyboard artist for five episodes of The Legend of Korra.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits[]

Background layout[]

Background designer[]

27 episodes and 3 shorts

Background supervisor[]

20 episodes and 3 shorts

Background painter[]

20 episodes

Storyboard artist[]

Comic artist[]

The Legend of Korra credits[]

Storyboard artist[]

Avatar: Braving the Elements credits[]


  • 86. "Beautiful Design with Elsa Garagarza, Bryan Konietzko, & Angela Song Mueller"

Selected other credits[]

Television work[]


Biographical information[]

Elsa Garagarza was born in Monterrey, Mexico.[1] She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in the field of architecture from ITESM (Monterrey, Mexico) and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Academy of Arts University. She moved to the United States in 2001 in the hopes of finding a career in the animation industry and got her big break in 2004 when Nickelodeon hired her to work on Avatar: The Last Airbender.[2] She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[3]


  • Garagarza's favorite Avatar character is Sokka.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Miller, Evan (2009-01-31). "Elsa Garagarza". The Gallery. AnimeNewsNetwork.com. Retrieved on August 1, 2013.
  2. "Elsa Garagarza". AvatarSpirit.net. Retrieved on July 28, 2013.
  3. Garagarza, Elsa. Blogger: User Profile: Elsa Garagarza. Blogger. Retrieved on July 28, 2013.