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Oerba Lightning by Nobu-Hazel:: Fire Flower :: FFXIII Lightning Returns by SangrdeLR Contest - Angel of Valhalla by NyanfoodLightning Da by QuikewuffFFXIII Lightning Returns: Legendary Rider by Futago-KawaiILightning Return : FF XIII Contest by G-DavidBlossoming by SaraCuervoCONTEST ENTRY - Paradigm of the Wild by ZummengFFXIII - Lightning Returns by R-enaLightning R7 by mattdonniciLightning Forever by HuueLightning: Fallen by LuigigurlCorrupted Angel Armor by dinmoneyRose Valkyrie by AuretaCrystal Stasis by haru-naruLightning by vessselLightning - Mythril Scorpion Armor by randisLR Raijin suit by AseoLightning Returns - FFXIII by DiegooCunhaLightning Returns: FFXIII Contest Entry by SykugenCustomized Version of Lightning by eloelOdin God Armor by spiraprideWilhelmina by KarmaLizzard<da:thumb id="435599018"/>Sword Waltz by Overweight-CatLR: Chocobo Hunter by ChrisBjorslightning returns contest flattenFinal2000x550 by AlNiCo-ismViolet Grimoire by PechanFF Lightning by NiaYehLightning by Faye-lPurple Bolt by sHoNi89Crystallised Armour by EternaLegendFinal Fantasy Redesign by BobKehlLightning 2.0 by ijurLightning by yagaminoueLightning by NiamstudioQueen Chocobo - Lightning - by Fanelia-ArtLightning has returned by david-sladekOdin's Gift by kurimjaPhoenix - warrior of Light by Tai-atariLightning by AnthonyFotiI became a survivor by RinRinDaishiLightning by NyamesissLode Runner Lightning by Gevurah-StudiosTIME KEEPER by Eddy-ShinjukuLR: Queen Crystallis Garb by ArtipelagoLightning by transfuseForbidden Gateway by ArisT0teLighting Return-soul Eater by Azrail-GX




In the LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Contest, we asked you to create a complete customization of Lightning in a first-of-its-kind challenge. The fifty semi-finalists were sent to Final Fantasy Main Character Designer, Tetsuya Nomura, who hand picked the winning entries! Congratulations to the semi-finalists!
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Spankye Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
are you kidding me?
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AAAnnamonium Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
i'm a little disappointed too...

I see there were A LOT of talented artists with awesome original work and very high technical skill, that aren't been taken in consideration.
(my god, sorry for my english)
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Bjakua Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I thought this work would be in final:
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xmetawolf Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
damn so using an art program to beef up the concept really does help guess I'll have to save money to buy Photoshop then....
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Emberguard Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   General Artist
Photoshop can be really difficult to colour with unless you know how the program works. So I suggest you look at some videos on how to colour with photoshop if you decide to buy it: ctrlpaint.com/library/  < there's lots of resources in that link that'll greatly help with painting in PS. Perhaps it'd be worth looking at one or two of the videos before you go and buy PS so you have an idea of what it is you'll be buying. 
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xmetawolf Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I'v already seen a ton of those and I have a pretty good idea on how it works plus if none of that works I can just trial and error my way through things but I'll check your link any way THE MORE HELP THE BETTER!!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
That won't help either if everything else is not up to par with it .
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xmetawolf Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
what do you mean?
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
It means if you are lacking in fundamentals, having an art program like photoshop won't help similar to buying expensive paint hoping it would beef up a traditional painting.
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xmetawolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
oh okay I get it now but if I don't buy the tools to start practicing with them how will I ever gain experiance
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Fundamentals of art one can learn with pencil and a paper.
The hurdle of using a tool, whether a pencil or in this case, photoshop is something you can overcome if you put your mind to it, and there are other options available besides using photoshop. But it doesn't take photoshop to learn anatomy or composition or shading.
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xmetawolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
that's stuff I already know about 75% about and have books on those are the basics right?
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
And are you practicing on improving on those things? Are they reflected on your work? That's important.
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0rgan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
My tribute to Orphan was defeated... destiny, After all they want to die... but...
Dysley said: disappointing. Then, I say...
I'm deeply disappointed by the metric of the opinion of the website (I do not mean Nomura) because DA was the first determining sieve.
Fifty works for a world-contest are so many and yet few and I was expecting something more particular in the choices, not only computer art.
This is an art that reaches exceptional effects at high levels, I admit, but at certain quality they're very similar to each other and cold. I think also that there has been little consideration of the appearance of the concept-design for a costume. These are almost all illustrations and not studies.

In any case, my congratulations to the finalists and the winners because it was not an easy challenge. T(h)ank you all for the "battle".
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XxGiovannyxX Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There were really impressive works and real customizations according to rules, but seems like DA staff is too comfortable just with digital art, so sad.

Yours was a potential winner at least in my opinion, but seems like to have a chance in future contest we have to design a banner through digital media.

Amazing works indeed, but they do not have the common sense to choose wisely (maybe lack of time)
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0rgan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
NHAHAHAHAHA ... Thank you very much, and glad to hear it. "And so we thank you...."
However, my technique is half digital (pieces of paintings manipulated to a minimum to your computer) but not traditional (in the contemporary sense), and it is difficult to appreciate this intersection and I still have to manage it better.
Even from the academic side I do not had really positive feedback.

But I like it, I like not having the easy and obvious way and I appreciate those who share this ardent idea.
If you want my advice, do not ever give up on what you feel and want to do. Follow trends for a fleeting success by giving up what you fell and want to do not really leads you to win, but it blinds you before the true freedom of your ability.
In utter humility I tell you that you have to be much more ambitious to override sheets and screens.
So this defeat does not hurt me and I hope even you, I really did not expect to be understood. Rather receive even a few comments like yours make me really happy....... And.. I love to challenge others. Then... This is only the first round!
Get ready for the next Boss!
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XxGiovannyxX Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for your kind answer. As you said, this experience at least is useful to improve by the feel of challenge others and test yourself against the whole world.

After that I decided to take again the tools and practice again and again and again and not throw away one of my favorite things to do. 

Wish you the best and I will be on the way to check the next boss and others :D
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0rgan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Ahah, will be an honor to meet you in the next arena.
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XxGiovannyxX Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xD I am still so far to compete against you sen sei!
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0rgan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, training and madness are the ingredients, do not give up!
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KingNanamine87 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't want to like evil, but i have the feeling (i really hope to wrong) that who have choose the semi-finalists wanted only drawings graphically similar to the game... Have you noticed? They ALL look like Final Fantasy's screenshots! Here explained the would "digital-only" gallery.

In short words, this is all more advertising for the game... it's not wrong itself, but telling us about this detail before wouldn't kill them, am i wrong? :I
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought making it a banner-based contest in which you had to meet a determined size in your artwork to be used as an advertisement in the front page of deviantART was a very evident clue :lol:. Maybe the rest of the people didn't think about it that way but I assumed from the first moment that this was just a contest to draw attention to the game and advertise it within deviantART (and even so I still participated :D).
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KingNanamine87 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right. In the rules it was well explained that the size affair was for the game's homepage. But who build this contest (i don't want to make names) forgot one thing. Knowing what client/sponsor wanted from the very start, knowing that digital art was moooore suitable for a high-level game as FFXIII, what was the sense of wasting time of who drawed in traditional art? I hoped in a little more equality between digital and traditional finalists...
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0rgan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
In part I have the same impression
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Ai-Don Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
Aww, I wasn't one of the semi-finalists!!! 
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Dekuinthelake Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Even though I knew I wouldn't even come close to winning, this was still really fun to do :) It's really cool to see everyone's art and how they took the rules and made beautiful and unique armor sets and poses. If anything, loosing hard core only makes me want to get better and better!
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KingNanamine87 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many beautiful and creatives traditional drawings... all excluded? Neither one? What a pity... No, I disagree!  for me, traditional art are better than digital art, at least about creativity freedom. I don't want to accuse anyone in particular, but if they wanted ONLY digital art, they could just told us! Anyway, congrats to winners and semi-winners.

stare 
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MiaBlack172 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I agree
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TwistedStori Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Agreed
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Ferions Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
totally agree
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FantacyandHorror Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I agree
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0rgan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
I agree too. A lot.
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FantacyandHorror Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Yep
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KingNanamine87 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks to all of you for sharing my opinion. I believed to be the only one thinking so. XD
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BikerChic08 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations to the semi finalists Cool Smile I really learned a lot about my abilities trying to meet the deadline and come up with something I felt worthy of posting. There were so many excellent entries I wouldn't have wanted to be the one who had to pick. When I saw this contest I had to Google what or who Lighting was I had no clue all I knew was years ago when the first Final Fantasy came out for the Nintendo system I bought it and found out I loved the role playing video games. Yea I'm an old fart and so I feel proud of my accomplishment in this contest even though I didn't place among the top I still feel like a winner. Now that I see what the judges were looking for I am more aware of what to expect if they have another contest.  Double Thumbs Up Emoticon
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R-ena Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you for letting us know who made it! And congrats to everyone who made it into the semi-finals!
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WarrGon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
really cool 
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Karaouq Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congrats :D :D
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AmeEris Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Congrats to all the semi-finalists and to the winners! Everyone's designs look great ^_^
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daisy-kraft Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well done everyone! :D it was soo much fun and i wish to see more like this =D
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G-David Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
hurray, im one of the 47 losers XD

But I wonder, what's with the "traditional vs digital" thingy that goes around??
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ItsSakuraRose Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Artist
no, you arent a loser, you are a semi-winner.
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G-David Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
thank you for the kind word.
but im happy to be the "losers" rather than doing nothing :D
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ItsSakuraRose Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Artist
like me  
you are welcome  (your art is pretty amazing)
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G-David Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Thank you~
and sorry for the ultra-late reply, I got to sort too many problems these past few months.
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Net-Wanderer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Apparently I believe there's often preferences that Digital work is more likely selected than traditional due to its more cleaner appearance... It's also since most past contest winners (of contests that aren't restricted to one medium) are digital work and there have been ultra rarely any winners or shortlisted with traditional work, so that probably how that came to be... > . >
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0rgan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Ah..... is a tradition...... grrr
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Net-Wanderer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
D:

Well! :cookie: For all!
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