FIRST out of a FFVII AC series. I must be masochistic... You can give me suggestions on who you want to see next.
I plan to do most of the boys. xD
Stayed up all night again..
Took FOREVER. Like 7 hrs for the bg, a couple more hrs trying to get the pose right, infinite hours for everything else. OTL Redid the bg from scratch 3 times. I also redid the arm/hand pose 3 times... As you can see, the end result isn't any better, lolol.
Ah yes, there are lighting issues. There are always lighting issues! OTL Sigh. I fail at drawing swords... -.- I like critique but I can't promise I'll change anything. I'll try to do better for the next pic!
Wonderful job here. It's has an interesting composition and and the digital coloring is great. However, there are a few things I'd like to point out. Not to ask you to redo this picture--since you mentioned putting quite a lot of time into it--but things to keep in mind in the next if you do decide to do more pictures like this.
Pose While this is a very dynamic pose, at first glance his left arm didn't quite look right to me. I grabbed a baseball bat and tried to imitate this pose in the mirror a few times, but found I couldn't do so exactly like in this picture. While I understand his body is turned away as he looks at us straight on, his arms don't quite reflect that. Here is the closest I could find to this pose, and you'll see how, while you can still see the topmost arm, it also doesn't stick that close to the body. To make that possible his upper torso would be much more tilted. You have a bit of noodle-arm going on in his left, as shown here when I took it into photoshop and stripped away the knick-knacks so I could get a better look at it. Throw some bones in there and it'll look a lot better. You might want to consider the shoulder and hand as well, as shown in the first link. Maybe the armor covers it up here, but to hold that sword in a firm grip, the shoulder would pull forward more, while the wrist and palm should be under the hilt in order to have a firm grip on it.
Background This.... took me a while to understand. While I recognize the fight they had in a tower in the movie, this left me rather disoriented until I realized how you'd tilted the composition. The tilt of the whole thing gives me the impression that he's falling but he looks like he should be firmly standing on one of those supports in the background. But those supports.... well, they're off doing their own thing. All of them seem to have a different horizon line/vanishing point than the other and it makes for a very confusing read. Try thinking about how the lines can lead the eye to certain points in a picture. I think you could have probably shifted the "T" shaped supports over/down a little and straightened that father back one to frame Cloud's face, leading the viewer to think the emotion on his face is important. Again, until I craned my neck, it was hard to read the buildings in the far background. My mind said look at the skyline, but with all the titled supports on top of the strange angle, it took a bit of studying.
Color Here I'll say I love the color choice. The nice sunset tones play well with the deep blue of his clothes and turns them an interesting shade of purple. I also love how you kept in mind to draw back on how dark everything was the farther back it was. It definitely gives the viewer a sense of foreground and background.
Lighting Again, great job but I feel you could have touched up a few things. Mind you, by this point you were probably nearing the end and eager to finish. To start from the back this time, the clouds behind Cloud suggest his main slight source comes from behind. While I can't say for certain, it looks odd to me to see this huge lit spot on his skirt/buckled waist thing lit from the left of the viewer, whereas there's very little behind him. Perhaps there's an alternate light source that I'm not seeing, but you have fog shading in from that the left direction in the background, so I'm led to believe it's not as bright over there. As for the lights covering his sword, I think you did a great job of adding just enough light along his body wit the exception of his face. Being that close to this other light source, he should have more of a hint of a glow--even his hair and the part under his arm have more of a glow. But overall, it looks fantastic. The shadows are also an important part and I think you did a great job. WHile there could be a few touch ups here and there, I think you have a great sense of their use to really make something pop off the screen, so good job.