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FFVII AC: Cloud Strife by vtas FFVII AC: Cloud Strife by vtas
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

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FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF x________x

Stayed up all night again.. :iconmiseryplz:

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 :heart: but I can't promise I'll change anything. I'll try to do better for the next pic! :hug:

DETAILS: [link]

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Time: 20 hrs?
Medium: Photoshop CS2
Refs: Clothes: [link] Face & Sword: [link]

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Cloud Strife (c) Square Enix.
This picture (c) =reaper-bunny
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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. ;P
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.
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:iconreven94:
reven94 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wonderful :wow:
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:iconnarual:
Narual Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooow!! Sooo cool~~~!! You've done a good job!!!
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I'm glad you like it!
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:iconjczala:
jczala Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just amazing!!! Great job!
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Aww, thank you! :hug:
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Dragonia27 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Beautiful with great textures. I like the lighting and the details. The only problem I see with the sword is that it seems a little short compared to usual. That's it. Even that isn't that big of a thing. He seems very intense and focused. Great job and thanks for sharing.
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thank you for your detailed comment!
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Dragonia27 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
You're welcome!
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Delicatesilver Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If this isn't amazing then I don't know what is.
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Awww thank you! :hug:
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:icontare-panda08:
tare-panda08 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
.awesome! *A*
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconlimbsforwings:
LimbsforWings Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Artist
I'm at a loss for the right words to describe simply how this KICK'S ASS!!!! They way you captured the character is among the best AC fan art I've seen so far. CONGRATULATIONS!
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Oh wow, thank you so much! <33
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:iconlimbsforwings:
LimbsforWings Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Artist
no problem:D
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:iconreikohattori:
reikohattori Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely GORGEOUS
wonderful job! cloud looks fantastic! :iconcblushplz:
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Oh, thank you! Haha I'm glad you like it!
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dubrider33 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.... im *cry* speechless this is so good.... its just so good!
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
>< thank you! <33
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:iconkiuesque:
Kiuesque Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful and beyond :love: you have captured his character and his wonderful face perfectly! I also love the colour scheme and the connecting blues of his hair, eyes and his sword :squee: you need a llama for your awesomeness!

And... I would suggest Zack, because he's just a sweetie, and Noctis from FF13vs because he's hot and has cool hair :dummy:
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Thank you very much! <3

Ahh I love Zack too *u* And oh Noctis, yes very hot XD
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BakaMoyashi96 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You did really well on the sword - that Fusion sword is like six different pieces, and I don't know how quickly Cloud has to work to put it together during battle, but it must be damn quick. The blue lightning stuff of the Omnislash looks brilliant (haha, in this comment I sound like a huge nerd of FF VII - I'm not, I've not played it yet xD)
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
XDD Thank you! And don't worry haha. You should go play it though! :3
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BakaMoyashi96 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm working on getting the game soon >.< I've seen the walkthrough - it looks so advanced for a 1997 game! (it's a year younger than me, bless.) The plot's really thick and complex as well.
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Yup, it is *u* /actually never finished the game either/ xD But it's good. I always miss it.
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Laineyfantasy Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Wow i love this pic, and yeah i kinda suck at drawing swords as well but i think you did a grea job of the sword :) gotta love Cloud
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Thank you!
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:iconlaineyfantasy:
Laineyfantasy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Your very welcome :)
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
The they should totally hire you!
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Lol! XDDD Thank you for the support XD
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generis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Very well done!! I love the subtle shades of blue on his outfit and hair, and the background is well done and pulls the scene nicely together :D

I feel your pain, I totally suck at swords... any weaponry, really. But, PFFFFT, his sword here looks FINE! :D
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vtas Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Awww thank you! I'm glad you like the bg & the sword XD I had a lot of trouble with them, haha
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Sonicbandicoot Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, how beautiful! You did an amazing job! Colors are great too, looks so very epic! >W<
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Ahh thank you! :hug: I'm glad you like the colors ^__^
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Sonicbandicoot Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student General Artist
you're welcome XD
totally, they totally blow my mind away XDD
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xellasmetallium Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Amazing *-*!!!!!!
and the sword is cool ^^!
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Thanks! I'm glad the sword turned out okay to you! ^^
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angelmermaid Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student General Artist
*droooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool*
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
LOL!
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angelmermaid Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student General Artist
^^
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SeikoVanM Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student
O___________O amazing....
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thank you ^^
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AnimeWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Student General Artist
:la: oohhh! CLOUD!! Totally and completely AMAZING!! :la:
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thank you! ^_^
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xxRadiantDawnxx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Amazing!
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thanks!
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diskfire Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
EPICNESS!
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vtas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
:la:
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Chibilightofhope Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
really nicely done!
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vtas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thank you ^^
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