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Oerba Lightning by Nobu-Hazel Oerba Lightning by Nobu-Hazel
The design is based on Vanille's and Fang's designs from FFXIII, with some African and Indian influence. Oerba was a very impressive part of Final Fantasy XIII. I remember I particularly liked the lighting and the sky in that town. The view from the bridge at the end of the road is quite something. Oh, and I can't forget the music. Dust to Dust is one of my favorite tracks.
The symbols say "Oerba Lightning" in the Gran Pulse alphabet.


In truth, I just wanted to draw hair flips, but Lightning didn't have enough hair to flip. So I went for clothing flips after flipping Lightning's hair as best I could. What better clothes to flip than robes and long furry accessories? =w=
I'm not very satisfied with some areas and I wish I could work on this for longer, but it's time to move on. It was a great learning experience though!

Thank you to Square Enix and DA for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Thank you to my studiomates and workmates, especially to Rena who keeps reminding me about the contest, even now. ;w;
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Nightambush Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! :o (Eek)  You did an awesome job ^^ That would be awesome to see Lightning in the full outfit of this :)
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Graycorra Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Out of all of them this is the one that stood out the most to me.
You often see Lightening in really flashy battle attire. But this almost has a rememberance to the past and almost Lightening's own style.
I also love the long scarf because it just seems so free floating, the fur was a nice touch and i like the way it looks on Lightening. 
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Thank you for your kind comment. It encourages me to try harder.
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Graycorra Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
You're very welcome.
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ayah8610 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Artist
awesome, I would love to know how u did this
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catdaddy121 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
i love it
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IsAsecreT Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
number one in my top 5, its just beautiful and she gives this peaceful and light aura feel. I imagine her as an air-bender, maybe a dagger there somewhere. Kind of reminds me of a shaolin warrior. I'd be cool to see her touch the air like if she'd walk on it and kind of simulate flying. love to see a full drawing including her sexy bare legs.  ^.^
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Thank you so much for your comment. I'm very honored. ^^
I think a dagger would fit well with her design, too! I want to draw another picture using this design again when I have the time.
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IsAsecreT Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
go for it ^.^
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Rina-ran Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Of all the finalists, this was the only one that stood out to me. Simply because your style is so much different from every single other one. Proves that you don't need some perfect painted look to get some recognition.

Really like this one (I'm also a sucker for long flowy scarf-like clothing)
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