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Michael Phelps in the Avatar Universe by Shadow-Aspect Michael Phelps in the Avatar Universe by Shadow-Aspect
It's the start of Summer 2012 in the Northern hemisphere, which can mean only one thing: the Summer 2012 Olympics are just around the corner. Despite appearances, however, this is actually one of my older pics back when I was still new to 'Shop - way back in April of '11, in fact. I was going to say that it was a little early for the Olympics if or rather when I intended to post it, but never mind that now, so just enjoy this blast from the past of mine. :D

When I was still in my customary Avatar fangasm, I tried to imagine various Earth celebrities as elemental benders, and intended to draw them as such. This was, alas, the only one that ever got off the ground. I was just reading up on a certain Michael Phelps, who I'm pretty sure will be competing in this year's games, and I knew that he'd be a Waterbender through and through. In light of the new Korra series I know now that he'd fit more easily in the latter but I still designed his outfit off of the Water Tribe outfits of the former. It wasn't easy to get his look right, I had to look up several pictures of the real person to get it down, but I think I managed it.

Other doodles include demonstration of his Waterbending abilities, a set of chibi doodles, and of course, the customary treatment of his size 14 flipper-feet. (That last one was admittedly inspired by ~achillesheelart... Now I wish I had a source of income just so I can access that site. :XD:)

Now, when does the Summer '12 Olympics start? I hope it's after finals this term - so if you'll excuse me, I'mma go find the right sort of TV snacks for the show! :D

Michael Phelps (c) himself
AtlA (c) Mike n' Bryan
Artwork (c) me
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leah22wolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
AH! MY TWO FAVORITE THINGS!!!
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cr4sygrl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
funny
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seto749 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I'd think he'd be tough for you to draw, as his face is very long and yours tend to be on the round side, but you did pretty well at minimizing that this time.
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Gurtel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Your version is more cute than the propper Phelps.
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overlordofkings Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
You know...I wonder how Hunger Games characters would look in the Avatar Universe :)
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TopHatTimeLord Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Love that he's barefoot in the waterbending outfit :D
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