The original version of this picture was actually drawn several months ago and discarded because I couldn't get Sokka's head right and Suki's body looked weird... I tried it again about a week ago because I liked the concept, and it actually came out better than I expected! His head is still a bit weird, but I think it looks okay.
There was a lot of time put into this picture. I actually posted it on Flaming Knives a few days ago asking for pointers and critiques. The picture has changed a LOT since I posted it there, so you can thank those guys for making it better.
Explanation: most would think this is pretty straight forward: He saved her; he's her hero! But it's so much more than that. (I had this idea before Sokka's Master showed, but it pretty much explains it.) It seems like Sokka has always been the odd man out in the series. I mean, who is he surrounded by? Some of the most powerful benders in the world. He's come a long way as a warrior through the season, and it's pretty amazing, hasn't it? Along side that, we've seen him mature greatly and even develop the dreaded overprotective-ness that we girls hate oh-so-much. The thing that got me, though, was that all through s3, Sokka didn't seem to be showing much concern for Suki's whereabouts. At first, I just brushed it off because it was so early in the season, but as it kept going and I saw no progress, I got to thinking about why it was that he was showing so little concern. I didn't have to wait long, though, because DoBS showed me flat out why he seemed to have forgotten the whole thing. He was repressing it all and putting aside his own feelings for the greater good. When Azula spoke of Suki giving up on him, it pretty much broke the dam for him. It confirmed the worst and he cracked. At least, that's what it seemed like to me. This ship is so much more than fluff. It's about the two of them, their like(love?) for each other, and how much they want to protect the other from the dangers they will face. Sokka may be a hero in the aspect of war and fighting and smarts and skills and blah blah! But all of that is worth nothing if you feel you are a failure to the people you love. In my opinion, all Sokka needs to do is get more confidence in himself. He needs to prove it to himself that he's not, well, a failure. Once he does that, then he'll finally feel like a hero.
I'm crossing my fingers that that all makes sense and doesn't sound like total crack.
SUKI IS HAPPY. :333
PS. Don't point out the remaining mistakes, I know where they are.
I completely agree with your sentiment. Are those burn scars on her arm? Wouldn't put it past Azula to do that. But I think the mental torture she went through was a lot worse than the physical and it's something that nobody can fully recover from. I really feel sorry for her.
This is one of my favorite pictures that I've seen. It's really awesome. Would it be ok with you if I use it in an avatar amv I'm making for youtube? Full credit to you of course. Let me know please, thanx.