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The Ainu by Yamino The Ainu by Yamino
I drew the original sketch for this a very long time ago, and I dusted it off for this portfolio I'm making. These people are loosely based off the Ainu, a people native to Japan. They have darker skin than other Japanese people, and came from a different culture.

I imagine this being set far after the end of the series, when the different nations have started to crossbreed a little. I'm a sucker for heterochromatic eyes. ;D
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SomebodySuperCoolio Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
O.O It's... Moses...
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RoyalKnightV Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, they kinda look like the water tribe from Avatar!
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Another piece of interesting information is the practice of mustache-tattooing amongst the women of the Ainu.
Additionally, the Ainu are descendants of Caucasians that had migrated through Asia, though more in depth information about this matter I lack.
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fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
they look like hte earth kingdom family that Zuko met when he went off on his own
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1andonlycrazist Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
....Katara?
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airgirl555 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
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Yamino Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, that's what this picture was based on. XD
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WolfsbaneRevolution Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Theyre such beautiful people
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Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell yeah ainu!! I love those d00ds. when I put a race of Yuki Onna people in my comic I put a splash of ainu in there, cuz it.. is awesome. And cuz they come from the land of the ice and snowww.
This is gettin faved for epic beard.
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jess-the-rockstar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Student Artist
You should read The Graceling by Kristin Cashore. [link] Basically it is set in a world where if your eyes turn two different colors, you are a Graceling, and you are really good at something (it ranges from making great wine and being able to climb trees, to being able to read minds or kill people). I really enjoyed it, and since you are a fan of heterochromatic eyes you might like it even more...
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ajorafravashi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I usually like your art, and I've been studying the Ainu people for a few years. So, yay.

However, I really, really hope the "husky eyes" thing was an unfortunate slip of the tongue. "Inu" (dog) is a common Japanese racial slur for Ainu people, so the moment I saw the reference to husky eyes, I winced.

I'm not trying to tell you what and what not to say, but I just thought I'd let you know.
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Yamino Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That was totally unintentional, and I apologize if it came off as insulting. I was referring to the dual-colored eyes, that's all. =) They're only based off the Ainu, but not a direct reference. (As most people in Avatar are based loosely on various Asian cultures.)
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Dim79 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
omg yeah! i love differnt color eyes.

Oh and as i understand the nations in avatar its

Earth nation is based on china
Fire japan
Water Inuits
Air (i cant remember which monks they are based on sorry, ill ask my friend who knows more then i do)
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rosalarian Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like this one a lot!
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FrostedSwitchblade Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
So, all of the Ainu have heterochromatic eyes? That is so very cool.
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ajorafravashi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, they don't. Generally they have brown eyes. Rarely blue eyes.
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WolvenBane08 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Student Writer
I like this a lot. And I imagine that the people will start to cross-breed at some point. I mean, how else are the Airbenders going to come back?
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Identity-Glitch Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Those crafty fire nation people. <w <
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flamehead23a Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
I like how the bundle of straw is connected to the father's hands by sheer force of will. ;P
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Aloha-Shirt-Samurai Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
He's a STRAW-BENDER :0
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flamehead23a Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
heh, I'll take that.
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Ookami2000 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
O=
The outfits remind me of the Water Tribe from Avatar =3

Love the Heterochromia btw
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vidgamer123 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Was the crazy-foaming-mouth guy an Ainu?
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Yamino Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I doubt it. XD Although Kyoshi Island does seem to be mostly based on Japan, so..
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vidgamer123 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Reference: [link]
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