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Nicktoons Cover by JoaquimDossantos Nicktoons Cover by JoaquimDossantos
FINALLY!...... it’s about friggin time I submit some new work huh?

This is actually a cover I recently finished for Nicktoons magazine…. It’s a children’s magazine kind of in the same vein as “Highlights”… (Does anyone remember that mag?)

As some of you may or may not already know I work as a director on Avatar: the last air bender and when my boss/producer/co-creator of the show was too busy to do the cover himself, he was nice enough to ask me if I wanted to take a stab at it and this being my first cover gig I jumped all over it ( which, looking back now, I should have probably thought twice about, as I was already super busy working on the actual show itself…. but what the hell…).

The concept from the publisher was Aang and the gang doing the Avatar version of “Extreme” winter sports…. So I drew Aang on a water-bent ice snowboard and stuck the rest of the kids on the penguin-seals from the very first episode (as suggested by my boss). Anyhow the deadline on this thing was really tight, so for a Photoshop “newb” such as myself to turn it around in just over a day, I’d say it turned out pretty good. I hope you guys like it!

Oh and if you guys get the chance check out the show on Nickelodeon! I think it is really breaking some new ground in terms of how people usually view “children’s programming”.

-joaquim
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:iconmayplart:
MayplArt Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
It looks like it is actually from A:TLA!
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evil0verlady Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! :love:
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xXMadyXx Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
So cool !! I love it !!
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addicted2anime123 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: :clap:
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Super-cool artwork!
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:iconpsitt:
Psitt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOLToph


this is hilarious, haha.
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YoYoYoAfro Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
i love how toph is holding on to sokka's face...no wonder this is in the TOKKA group
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rescuekids Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super epic! But there are some things I'm confused about. Why are Aang and Toph not in warmer clothes? Where is Zuko? And why is Aang riding ice while Katara, Sokka, and Toph are riding penguins? Other than that, this is a cool picture!
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AgentArcticFox Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PENGUIN!
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proudmutant Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Toph's face is priceless!
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sunchild22 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Photographer
I entirely love this picture, Joaquim :heart: Brings me back so much. So indeed you work as a director! I remember your name from the credits on Korra; that's fantastic!

I'll have to see if I can find this Nicktoons magazine. Great illustrations. :)
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Mspugluver Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i love the way you did the ice aang is on =D could you make a tutorial on how you did it plz?
and tophs face is awesome xD
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Ruh-nez-may-aka-Ness Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
It looks amazing! Hahaha, I was always curious about Toph and if she['d like penguin seals! :P
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Silly-Albatross Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Poor Toph! HAHAHA!!
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Kalorusmi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
i loooove this picture!!!!
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PVMK Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I loved this cover, I remember being super excited when I saw it.
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spitfire-productions Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Artist
Awesome! o: I am so going to steal your magic hands.
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DarkHaze20 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Woohoo!!
I love this picture. You did a wonderful job with the artwork =] The penguin-seals are adorable :aww:
This is quintessential Avatar: Having fun doing the impossible. You've captured them perfectly in this simple scene. Which is to be expected, I suppose, since you're a director and all ^^
Thanks so much for sharing this! You are very talented.
I'm hoping to see another season of this show; it's one of my favorites.
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Siciliua Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
It is delightful
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AERlS Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL Penguin Sledding is always fun :la:
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Superman-1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Radical!
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jakehunter Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Very nice!
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TJPMcM Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Photoshop “newb” yeah right.
This is fricken awesome.
WOW im late to this gallery, last comment Nov 2006.
Seriously man your stuff is so cool.:D
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Queen-Latifaa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
I LOOOVE TOPH'S FACE<3
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Scara161 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes!
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StasySolitude Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student General Artist
I can't find words to express how amazing is it *___*
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KeelTierraYerma Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Aang!!!!!
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Gentlewolf Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
:wow: Awesome! Hmmm.... where do you get this mag?

Yes, I remember highlights. My son gets it monthly. May have to look into getting this one for him too, he loves Avatar.
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feathers-of-light Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
the mag stopped publishing in dec because they had been doing for more then 13 years(i think) you might be able to find some at used stores
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Zugoldragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
funny toph at the back 8D
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RockaKerma Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Wow, this is so F//"#¤ awesome!!
Great pic!!!!!!!!!
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Asezuna Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't Toph feeling the cold?
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Frrustrated Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
cool!! awesome job!!^^
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macwattie96 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Omg that's so cool! You are an actual director for ATLA!!! I bet it's really fun. I love the cover!!:)
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Doorsaredangerous Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
*gasp* YOU WORK ON THE SHOW AVATAR?!??! OH MY GOD THATS MY DREAM JOB. you are so lucky.
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sexytoaster Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Haha this is the best pic ever! Toph and Sokka made me LOL. Literally.
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Sapafiregirl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
LOL! epic win! Sokka and Toph in the backround! Nice!
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dumah68 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
that is an awesome pic- are you guys planning on making anything new in the avatar world in the future?
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Silk-Ward Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
your pics are so awesome~~
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marmotteb Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist
superb picture ! So fresh, so free and so well drawn ! It's the same color and the same chara design, great job!!
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bloodbendinggirl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love thic pic.

BTW: I remember seeing the commercials for Nick Magazine back in the ninety's. lol :laughing:
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GracefulWings Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010   Photographer
I remember this cover! I'll have to search around my old magazine pile and see if I still have it. I rarely get rid of them, but I passed on all the Nickelodeons to my li'l brother, so it may not be in one piece.
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serennac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
WOAH, OKAY.
I just read a couple of comments. Woops. YOU ARE ONE OF THE DIRECTORS LOL. :faint:
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serennac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
WOAH! When I saw the thumbnail for this, I totally thought this was something created by the original animators. I thought this was part of their artwork! XD
Homg, it looks so much like the cartoon! I can't believe it! :wow: Awesome job with this!
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BrunetteMenolly Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
I do remember Highlights. :D

This is such a cool piece! (lame pun sorta intended.)

Oh, you worked as a director on ATLA?? I just want to say, it certainly DID break ground on the perception of childrens' programming . . . it was an amazing and well-crafted show, both visually and plotwise~ thank you!
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Meu-of-M Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Yay! avatar! the movie's gonna come out next year, right? or something like that. They better do the series justice. Love love love the pic, you're so lucky to have worked on the show!

lol toph. She's always been my favortie.
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Ununas12 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
toph and sokka :D
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SuperAang Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
O.O Holy Bison! this is AVATASTIC!! I love Aang's pose, theo thers following in the background is awesome. I laughed when I noticed Toph was clinging to Sokka's head! xD This is a fantastic piece of art! since I'm a huge Avatar freak, I'm so going to fave this! ^^
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pwned-by-twilight Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
It must have been amazing to work on such a novel and successful series as Avatar. The mesh of western and eastern cartooning really inspired me as how anime should be like in the future (even though Avatar isn't really an anime...) ^^ It was quite interesting to learn that the bending styles were rooted from actual martial arts, like the Mantis-style for Toph's earth bending and Tai chi for water bending. It's a shame I never got to learn what the other two bending styles rooted from...

Anywho, this was definitely one of my favorite Nicktoons Magazine covers. I never got it because I've always been poor... It's a shame they changed your original work though. (I prefer Aang's eyes like this) This also brought back good memories of the first episode where some of Aang's first words after waking up were "Will you go penguin sledding with me?" XD It's sort of weird seeing Toph scared even though she can't see the ride down...
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rezzilla Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool!
I love Avatar, it was one of the first cartoon show I ever watched.
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