I’ve been stuck in the house for a while and since this year marks 20 years since the release of the PSOne and almost 20 years since the western release of Final Fantasy VII I decided to do a tribute image. And by tribute image I mean draw the majority of the important characters from the game:
Apparently I have become something of a masochist during my time away from TAY. This thing probably took two weeks to draw and another to color. Below are all the different steps I took:
1) This was the initial thumbnail. I did this just to get the composition to flow the way I wanted it to. As you can see, there are a few elements that didn’t make it into the final sketch like Meteor and things like that.
2) For the final sketch I actually did a bunch of separate full detail drawings and pieced them together in photoshop. I did this because I tend to forget details when I do big drawings and by doing all the details I wouldn’t run into and weird gaps when it came time to color.
3) The line art. Normally I do fairly thick lines for my comics but for this drawing I did the lines very thin so the color would pop more.
4) I always do the background first to set the lighting and tones for when I start coloring. The finished product always looks better and more coherent when I work that way.
5) I’m not much of a digital painter, but I am working on it.
6) I like to add a layer of soft color so the full tones look richer. I like cel shading, but without those tones things always look too flat to me.
7) Next I go through and add to layers of cel shading and a soft highlight layer
For the finished part I add all the affects like texture, glowing, etc.
I do plan on selling this piece, and it will be first available at the Denver anime convention Nan Desu Kan in September. I’m not sure yet if I’ll have it as a print or as a fabric wall scroll. I’m waiting for some quotes. If you like this work you can see more of my stuff on my Deviant Art page and learn more about my projects on my site Bwillett Comics. You can also contact me via my ConTAYct Page