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The Legend of Korra The Art of the Animated Series Book Three

The cover art for the book features Korra holding an airbender staff with the Northern Air Temple in the background.

The Legend of Korra—The Art of the Animated Series, Book Three: Change (ISBN 1-61655-565-3) is an art book written by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, and Joaquim Dos Santos that is based on the third book of The Legend of Korra. Similar to its predecessor, the volume offers an inside look at the developmental and creative process that Book Three underwent prior to its release through a series of preliminary artworks supplemented by commentary from the creators.

The third of four art books, one for each book in the series, it was released on January 20, 2015, and spans 188 pages.


This book contains fifteen chapters:

  1. A Breath of Fresh Air (pages eight through 23)
  2. Rebirth (pages 24 through 43)
  3. The Earth Queen (pages 44 through 57)
  4. In Harm's Way (pages 56 through 65)
  5. The Metal Clan (pages 66 through 79)
  6. Old Wounds (pages 80 through 91)
  7. Original Airbenders (pages 92 through 103)
  8. The Terror Within (pages 104 through 111)
  9. The Stakeout (pages 112 through 125)
  10. Long Live the Queen (pages 126 through 137)
  11. The Ultimatum (pages 138 through 149)
  12. Enter the Void (pages 150 through 159)
  13. Venom of the Red Lotus (pages 160 through 175)
  14. Ancillary Art (pages 176 through 187)

It also includes an introduction by Avatar creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino on pages six and seven, respectively.

Chapter One: A Breath of Fresh Air

Art of the Animated Series Zaheer sketches

Page dedicated to the making of Zaheer.

Zaheer was one of Michael Dante DiMartino's favorite villains ever created because he was a warrior, philosopher, poet, and voiced by Henry Rollins. Even back when Avatar: The Last Airbender was still airing, writers would attempt to pitch evil airbender ideas. No matter how interesting, both Michael and Bryan Konietzko would shoot them down, stating that Aang was the last airbender. However, Harmonic Convergence finally gave them the opportunity to explore such a character, namely Zaheer. Since the design for Tarrlok and Unalaq was so similar, giving Zaheer a new one was refreshing.

Tim Hedrick created Daw; a simple shopkeeper thrust into a life of excitement when he discovers his ability to airbend. Daw's brother was designed by Angela Song Mueller; his hair was only initially meant to be in a disheveled state. However, everyone kept drawing him that way for future episodes, so it became his signature look until Tenzin shaved it off.

Konietzko mentions his belief that a fruithog, a hedgehog crossed with a tropical fruit is what the world needed to see, noting that people would be able to sleep a little easier at night.

Joaquim Dos Santos, Michael and Bryan all express their fondness for drawing spirits, noting they all wanted them to have a presence in the Book.

Bryan also mentions that during the first scene of the episode, the point was to try and mislead the viewer by making it seem like the Spirit Wilds were growing atop ancient ruins.

The architectural aspects of the episode are also discussed, such as the meditating gazebo on Air Temple Island, Kyoshi Bridge, and Zaheer's prison.

Finally, aspects of Zaheer's escape are discussed, which they made to be epic, as it was their first time showing Zaheer, a powerful villain even as a nonbender, making the animation process intense.

Chapter Two: Rebirth


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