Just lately I have been getting back in to drawing creatures from the Final Fantasy universe. I love the designs of some of these monsters and I find them entertaining to draw (but they're not nearly as fun if you have to battle against them!) and I took a look at some of the original design works and how the ideas for these creatures came about. My art is one thing that has kept me stimulated recently and has helped me not to think about things that aren't particularly nice.
The first time I saw this guy, I must have been about 13/14 at the time and he really shocked me and made me think "What the hell?!". He was really weird and hard to fight and then when he died, I knew that there was still one more battle to go. That feeling I got when I finally beat this guy was immense and I was smiling for days afterwards.
This drawing was one that took me a long time to do. First I had to convince myself that I could do this, (my confidence had slipped greatly and I had been tracing works, but not uploading them as I was ashamed of myself) a rather massively detailed undertaking, as well as just finding just the right materials to use. I sat, pencils in hand and worked for about 2 hours to produce this thing! Shading, erasing and reshading again and again to get just the right effect. I wanted to capture the weird yet wonderful feeling this creature gave me as well as captureing the imposing presence it has. I was glad I gave this guy a go really.
The second piece (which was a redo of a piece I had previously drawn but was just not content with) was of the creature's second form. "Safer Sephiroth". This thing appeared straight after the first and was actually the harder boss of the two, the name was something that I thought was rather misleading but there we go. It was like a 5 winged Seraphim and it was absolutely magnificent when it descended from the sky and in to the battlefield.
The original (Left) was only on A4 size paper and I don't think I was able to capture just how grand and incredible this thing really was. So I decided to retry drawing him, this time on a larger piece and with a different medium (using black sketching pencil rather than crayola colouring pencils) and I was happily working for over 2 hours again on something that when it was complete, really made me think "WOW!" and really inspired me to keep drawing. The new version (Right) was what I eventually came up with, a more magnificent creature that seemed to have a bigger presence and it seemed all the more impressive with the feathered wings and the flowing hair.
Eventually what I would like to do with these pieces is paint them individually on canvasses and have them as an art installation for the room. I would also like to try and recreate some of the Jenova creatures as well as they were such an integral part of the game. Its a challenge that I believe I am up to.
3 years ago