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Lightning Returns: Pulsian Warder by courtneyuy Lightning Returns: Pulsian Warder by courtneyuy
My entry for the contest. My take on Lightning wearing Pulsian clothing though I tried to avoid drawing too much inspiration from already existing characters from Gran Pulse. I wanted her clothing to still reflect her personality, and I hope I succeeded even just a little? XD

The sword is called Viltgance. Enscribed in Pulsian script is "Despite the darkness, there is light."

I hope you like it! :D
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Dotterall Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   General Artist
She's so cute and beautiful, awesome character design and well drawn for the expression of it:)
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh gosh, thank you. ^^
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LillianGebe Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Wow, very good and I say unique for a Gran Pulse style. 

Good luck in the contest. ^^
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah! Thanks Lillian! Much appreciated! ^^
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Kamikatamari Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow amazing artwork! very nice ^__^
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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Beth-Z Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   General Artist
She looks so awesome and adorably dangerous at the same time. I definitely think you caught her personality in this (it doesn't look out of place on her at all... that's hard to do with Lightning O.O ) And that sword is amazing. I feel like this version would fit well in FF12's world. I especially love the portrait you have in the center, it looks really nice and disney-ish

I'm not sure why, but the style you chose reminds me of Journey. Awesome job and good luck!
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! And, yeah, I totally sifted through a bit of XII while I was sketching weapons and even the original Lightning sketch had very Rabanastran pants going on before I opted for leggings instead.

I've heard a lot about what other artists my work is reminiscent of, many of which are definitely inspirations of mine! - though unfortunately I have yet to play Journey. ): Last semester an instructor of mine said I had a very Bastion-esque thing going on. I'm also really into the game art for Valdis Story. Cute games are my weakness! XD
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Beth-Z Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   General Artist
Yup, I totally see the Rabanastran in this. XD

I played a demo of Journey, but that was it, unfortunately. I listen to the game music now to fill the void :l I read about Valdis Story recently! I love the art direction of that game. And I totally get the "cute games are my weakness". There were two reasons why I purchased Drawn to Life. 1) It involved art, and I found that to be awesome. 2) The raposas are ridiculously cute! (I agree with your instructor... I see a little bit of that style in this)
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Ivalice is such a beautiful setting and I hope they revive it again. The lore of that world is so complex and imaginative that it would be shame not to revisit it.

The Journey soundtrack is beautiful, and the ending song is fantastic! As for Valdis Story, I've yet to play, but I've heard great things about it. I've never owned a DS so I missed out on Drawn to Life and many other Nintendo titles. We're a Sony family, but oh how I miss Pokemon in my life! XD
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Beth-Z Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   General Artist
A Sony family! How rare for me to see XD (everyone here either owns a Wii or XBox... I want the PS4, though!) My brother got the latest Pokemon game... it looks really fun. and Drawn to Life has a super dramatic ending with the sequel. It's rare I cry at games, but that ending made me tear and the ending song is amazing. If you ever get a DS, I'd definitely recommend it!

I never played Revenant Wings, the sequel to 12... but I would like to, one day. And I totally think I just misspelled that title XD
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
I want the PS4, but I'm waiting for price cuts and freetime. Pokemon is really popular here, and everyone plays their DSs on campus. The other day someone explained StreetPass to me and it blew my mind.

Nope, you totally spelled it right. ^^
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Beth-Z Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   General Artist
I know! StreetPass is just amazing, but I'm worried that my brother may be a little too obsessed with it lol XD (I thought I was the only one who waited for price cuts!)

You know you're a FF fan when you don't misspell a word ^.^ lol
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Halowing Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very cute~~
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool, love the look.
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Art-Eli Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow it looks so nice! you did a wonderful job :D
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MightySnow Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Really beautiful!
Especially the mid picture of her face, very prettyyy!!!1Explode la plz 
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ludeshka Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Wonderful. I specially like the open toed boots and the fluffy skirt.
I love your coloring, it's so warm. ^^

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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for your kind words! Color is really challenging for me so I'm glad to hear it's working this time around! XD
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fuchy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
love your use of color :) and design. The sword reminds me a bettle concept :)
btw I'm participating tooo. If you like you can check my design fuchy.deviantart.com/art/Light…
:)
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Dude, I totally looked though FF weapon concepts before designing the sword so that's probably why. I was definitely influenced by Auron's Masamune and Noel's dual swords. I'm glad to hear the design is reminiscent of battle concept work. Thanks! :D
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Pandaphobia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love the style! :D
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Luigigurl Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I swear your art style in this reminds me of loish lol. good job
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Ahaha! I can see why you would think that with how I simplified her hair in the center portrait. I don't paint often so I experimented a lot with this entry which is why the style varies quite a bit. This is actually my first digital painting of the year. XD

If I were to say what I'm most comfortable painting, it's probably the figure on the right holding the sword. That one feels most natural to me and it was definitely the most fun (though I wish I'd the time to render the sword properly before the deadline, guh!).
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Luigigurl Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the feeling. I felt so rushed lol. The figure on the right is really pretty :) I love your style. It's simple, yet really unique and painterly. I'm still searching for my own. I gotta find time to paint more lol
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courtneyuy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I know what you mean! This week has been so demanding for me, but I just had to enter despite the sudden deadline. I don't think I'd forgive myself for passing up an opportunity to have my work looked over by Nomura or the creative staff of Square.

I used to always obsess over obtaining a style, but I think it just happens over time and you shouldn't try so hard to get one.
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