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The Way We Used To Be by Dakotaa The Way We Used To Be by Dakotaa
Iím extremely late for the whole drawing concepts for Mako and Bolinís parents bandwagon, but better late than never, right? Iím just going to get my heart crushed whenever/if ever they reveal them on the show anyways

So, let me introduce you to Kazuo and Mei Lin. Iím still trying to figure out my headcanons about them, but for sure I think of them as nonbenders because of how they were brought down by a single firebender. I like to think of Kazuo being a very charming sort of guy. He has a bit of a short fuse for the small things because of his lack of patience (like figuring out how to fix a radio or put together furniture), but Mei Lin usually knows how to calm him down or put him in his place. Sheís the one who has patience in spades although a bit less of a social butterfly than her husband. Sheíll prefer to stay quiet for most social situations, but when sheís with those sheís close to, talking is no problem. She loves telling the boys bedtime stories that she spins off the top of her head, and Kazuo would often jump in and theyíd act out the stories together for the boys.

And I could go on and on about ideas for these two and Mako and Bolin, but Iíll stop it right there. Iíll probably be drawing a lot more of them and illustrating some more headcanons later on. <33

Also I just wanted to mention how much fun I had trying to combine some Mako and Bolin traits into these two. I know I could have gone and pushed it all further, but I got attached to these two. ;; I tried to give Kazuo a more Bolin-esque build with all those muscles (I tried to make it work for facial shape but I think I failed at that one epically pfff), but Mei Lin got a lot more of the Bolin facial features. Even though, she has a more Mako-ish facial structure.

I definitely could have mixed it up even more but I like these two and I hope you do too c:

Art, Mei Lin, and Kazuo concepts belong to me.
Mako, Bolin, the Avatar-verse, everything belongs to Bryke.
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Toxiclilly Sep 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh my goodness this is perfect. 
And so sad!!

star-bite13 Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so cute!
Pervy Sweatshirt 
KindaLikeLemons Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeee little Bolin is so cute :D
Awesome drawing, honestley it is all adorable. ( Bolin's just my favorite character :P )
Zutaaraforever May 9, 2013  Student Artist
oooooohhh now i relize who they are, at first i didnt but the scarf gave it away and the two little boys
This is perfect. I think you have a very strong concept for their parents. :D
Darjavine Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my headcanon now too :w00t: They are absolutely perfect :iconclapplz:
Man...these feels, man.
PushTheMovement Feb 8, 2013  Student Writer
Aw fuck, right in the feels.
I will cry if we get to see them in Season 2..
barbarameza Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Amazing. Loveit.
Amazing. You did a wonderful job with Kazuo and Mei Lin. I'm officially considering these two as Mako and Bolin's parents; no other artist's versions of their parents shall be seen as such. And for headcanons I'd like to think that Mako and Bolin had a close relationship with a single parent, with Mako it was Kazuo and for Bolin it's Mei Lin. I'd like to think that the boys would find it a bit awkward in bonding with their other parent when they needed to, but when they did it would be really heartwarming.
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