, who commissioned this, do the explaining. First, here's an excerpt from his upcoming fic "Esteemed," and the scene this illustration depicts:
--------I never asked for this.
The stone floor was cool against her feet. The chilled glass was soothing between her fingers. Her once dry lips were wet and numb. Her face was warm and relaxed from the buzz her drinks had brought on. Her body ached all over from another rough day at work. Taking maternal leave from such a demanding job only to thrust herself back into the job had been more difficult than she'd anticipated. Getting into the thick of things again -- where Toph preferred to be -- should've been much easier than it felt if she was the 'World's Greatest Earthbender,' right? It shouldn't have been a problem. But it was.
And damn, did she just ache all over right now. Within the hour, she'd be back home, alone with a screaming banshee she barely knew how to deal with yet.
Another night, lacking in sleep, trying to pacify her unexpected baby.
Another morning, dead-tired, trying to pacify the Council.
Another afternoon, sore all over, trying to pacify the City.
No freedom, no fun, no time, no friends, no control.
The good old days seemed like a distant memory.
Long ago, Toph had run away from home to escape the prison her family had locked her up in, where she had been forced to create a fake identity for them to love. Here she was, two decades later, feeling trapped in a different kind of prison, wearing a different kind of mask that she'd made for herself -- this one came with a badge.
Depicting Chief Toph Beifong of the RCPD in a scene from 'Esteemed.' The story is about Toph's stressful life in adulthood, trying to balance the duties of police work while figuring out how to raise her daughter, Lin. A sample of this story can be read here: [link]
The art gallery for this story can be found here: [link]
Now it's me talking again.
I can honestly say that I am not generally a reader of fan-fiction, but
seems to be in a league of his own. I've read the preview of this fic as well as an entire completed story that he did previously, and I am seriously impressed by the quality of his writing and characterizations. If you like fan-fiction, Avatar, or just appreciate good writing, check out his page!
Aaaaaaaand don't forget to leave a comment if you like my artwork or if you have some constructive advice. That's all folks!
Commission details: [link]