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Watching the Korra premiere made me really emotional about Aang. And I thought about how he must have taken Tenzin around the world, just like Tenzin wanted to take Korra, and shown him all the Air Temples. And I thought about how special that must have been for the both of them. Because Tenzin’s always picked on by his older siblings, but now he gets to spend all this time with his dad, the coolest dad in the world, and he gets to see all this history and bond with his dad more than his other siblings probably ever got to.

I can’t think of a single person in the world who would have been more psyched to be a dad than Aang, someone who didn’t get to grow up with his own parents. And I bet he was a great dad. And while he loved all his children beyond belief, I bet he had a special connection to Tenzin. Because Tenzin was the only airbender he got to meet since he was unfrozen. The only one. And he got to teach his youngest son not only airbending, but Air Nomad culture and tradition and I bet they baked fruit pies together just like he used to with Monk Gyatso and I bet they played air ball and raced on air scooters and flew on gliders and I can’t imagine how close they must have been.

And now Tenzin wants that with Korra, to teach her everything that Aang taught him on that journey together. Not just because he loves Korra as his own, but because he wants to feel that connection to the dad he must miss desperately. And maybe he feels like he owes Aang for the vital wisdom he passed on and maybe he feels like he can pay him back by passing it on to his reincarnation.

I just hope Korra gives him that chance.
sorry for the rant enjoy the painting (old aang and young tenzin wooh)

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Monguin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason, I could relate this to Joseph regarding his coat of many colors. There are abusive dads, then there are permissive dads, and there are authoritative dads that try their best. And then there is that precise type of dad as described in Genesis 37. Aang appeared to be that type of dad as described in Legend of Korra Season 2, Tenzin being his favorite son.
Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Nice. Very nie.
martiankal Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much
KTKokaQ Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right in the feels, including your description. I love it!
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Goes to show that even though Aang wasn't a perfect dad (then again, which parent is perfect?), he did his best.
KyraLynMoss Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly how I imagine them back then! :)
QueenBeastie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
I like your rant. And your painting!
mumblealice17 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think they should do a short about Aang and his family ~ I had just finished the last airbender and watching the legend of korra was a bit of a shock because Aang wasn't alive in it :3 but the legend of korra is a great series though nothing can beat Aang's randomness and Sokka's hilarious moments XD
PaintedPenguinLady Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist
I think Aang was a great dad. This is adorable!
minime41191 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
skjfdljslfj this is so adorable and I agree with your headcanon so much. I got sad when people said canon makes Aang sound like a bad father and that's not the point at all: he had a special connection with Tenzin that he didn't have with his other children, but that doesn't mean he loves them any less.
GreenyOnly Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You reall are gonna make me crash down in tears. Happy now? QnQ 
I have, like you, been very emotional when it comes to Tenzin. I hope everything works out between him and Korra because I believe they still need eachother. ;u; Ah, well I'm going to cry myself to sleep now 
UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Tenzin might get that chance since Korra's dad's arrest. But now it's bittersweet because she'll draw nearer to him because she's hurting, not because she made the choice with a clear head.
tyler9862 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yeah!
Dacyon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
"And while he loved all his children beyond belief, I bet he had a special connection to Tenzin."  Thank you for that.  It's been so annoying seeing people stating how Aang favored Tenzin (that's completely OOC for your own character, Bryke) whereas he most likely just shared a special bond because they were both Airbenders.  And it's obvious that Aang bonded with Bumi (who gained his father's rambunctious attitude) and Kya (who took after Aang's nomadic ways), but unless Aang's personality did a 180 between AtLA and LoK, I can't see him (or Katara letting him) being the kind of father who was unaware of his children's feelings.  The Aang we knew from AtLA would have loved all of his children equally, but would have also shared a special bond with each of them.  Sorry about the rant.

As for this wonderful piece of art - I think it's absolutely beautiful! 
Rhythm-Wily Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I wonder what Aang was REALLY like as a father.
kateknitsalot Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! :D
kittenxxkisses Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013   Writer
I just hope Aang isn't the horrible father he's described as in LoK, because I'm never going to look at fanfiction and fanart the same way again. Why, Bryke, WHYYY?!

The art is beautiful, and I love how gorgeously simplistic the background is. And Tenzin's facial expression is so cute! And Aang's, because he's just so happy to be here, with his airbender son...oh my gods, the feels!
MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And the show spun this in the worst possible way . . .

Now I can't ever think about Kataang and Daddy!Aang without thinking of their fifty year old estranged children. Dangit, Bryke!
AkiraoftheEast Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Artist
Akdsfjas your description just hit me hard in the feels man, I never thought of their relationships that way :'o
anyways, great piece!
n-nikute Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like how you put it, gives a lot of life to the piece~ I believe Aang loved all his children as well but like you said a special connection to Tenzin because of they shared air bending ablilty. He would have to entrust the legacy until Tenzin who in turn have to do the same. 
hyblueluvr Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student General Artist

I completely agree with you, Aang would be the one to want kids and become a father.  Probably before any of them even thought of it.

I really was upset Korra said she wouldn't go.  He looked so sad, yet thanked her for letting him teach her.  I do hope they end up back together as teacher and pupil, they are quite a comical duo and it would break my heart to see them separated for a long period of time uwu

yorikitsune Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awww this is so beautiful! 
blueAnon99 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
ohh, feelz...:)
TinyNerdGirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh good, I'm crying now D:
bunnybby55 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
......and now I'm crying.
katgirl64 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
aww, the feels! I agree with you 100% I miss Aang too :(
MatthewStricker Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK here come the feels D':
DisneyThorn92 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I'm sure Aang had time for all of his children, and would never intentionally favor one above the others no matter what they could or couldn't Bend! But you have a point; there are certain things that only Airbenders can do, and Aang and Tenzin must've enjoyed their one-on-one sessions.
Ahzeya Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
This picture is beyond sweet. and even though Katara mentioned that Tenzin was always the serious one, I'll bet he and his dad had more fun together than the rest of his family realized.
TechZeroPyro Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
wait.  Korra premiere....Korra premiere

There wasn't any sign of Aang in "Welcome to Republic Ci..."  OH SHIT!  SPIRIT!

*Runs off to Youtube*
Subject-137 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is wonderful, I will always miss Aang
tld7 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww. I had to stop reading your description so I wouldn't cry.  I miss Aang. :(  It's really hard to like Korra, knowing that she's the avatar cuz Aang died. :( 
CrazyFangirl1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013

Your art is beautiful :iconhandspazzplz: Oh my feels :iconholdfeelsplz:

Everything you just said there is SO true :iconcryforeverplz:

sneakolai Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The art is beautiful; the play of light and the joy on both father and son's faces is wondrous. I am so glad the Avatar franchise can represent and inspire the concept of family.

I think your descrip/rant is even more beautiful than the art you've produced. :)
Lunnaris1995 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist
I love it =D
ReadingHeart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CURSE YOU! :happybounce::D (Big Grin) Love Happy Emote (updated version) Run Away  I think I've fainted.  <--- my feels. I will FIVEEVER miss Aang and that will never ever in fivever change. I love your artwork and what you've done here. bravo!!
darkCHICKEN Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Artist
You literally just made me tear up. Way to go.
CassiusRex Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your story behind this is brilliant.
JoeMerl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Writer
Aw, that's such a sweet thought. :-)

(I also find myself feeling sort of bad for Bumi and Kya. I imagine there were times when they were jealous, being the two who don't get the super-important job of recreating the Airbending race and learning everything from Daddy Aang.) 
RoguishBard Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aaaand right in the feels.
amazoness-king Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful painting and I can really feel the emotion behind it.
Did you ever coincided doing one with Toph and her daughter?
demonic-robo-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Writer
IVDP Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great artist's comment, I agree with you :) I feel sorry for Tenzin when Korra acts teenagerly :< Beautiful artwork!
rebeca-avatar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Oh Gosh! That was some Art!  And i really hope i could see more of Aang in the show
Gabs37 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
You miss just gave me so many feelings about these two!! i really hope Korra comes around and let's Tenzin teach her!! this is beautiful (:
DragonZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
AAGH! We haven't gotten the second season in Canada yet! :(

Very pretty picture by the way. :D
Tigereye77 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok now i'm crying that korra didn't do with tenzin.
loveisonthemove3710 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a;dlkfja;oeia;ldkjf emotion.
jasmine3238187 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I'm sobbing.
hithereflamingo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student General Artist
OH GOD YOUR DESCRIPTION :iconcryforeverplz: No really though, reading that totally made me tear up. You're completely right. I got really emotional seeing Aang's statue. And then Jinora's face looking at it proudly and in awe. It shows how Tenzin's love for his father was even passed along to his grandchildren, who sadly, probably never got to meet Aang. But seeing the statue of Aang was like looking at a picture of an old friend :happycry:

p.s. love the picture! Well done!
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