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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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applejackbestpony Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
What symbols?
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
There are Gran Pulse alphabet symbols on her clothes.
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applejackbestpony Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Oh i didn't see those stupid me i took my glasses off when i was looking at it
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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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Your comment is much appreciated; I'm very happy to hear that! Honestly I didn't think my style would do well and I wanted to paint differently from how I did, but unfortunately (or fortunately!) I can't paint in that kind of 3D game look.
Hooray for long flowy scarf-like clothing! :dummy:
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Rina-ran Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually had a small "argument" of sorts with a friend when this contest was going on. She told me I should enter, and I told her "No." which she then pushed as to why and my reply was "Because, to win these types of contests you have to have a painted style. I do line art anime, which doesn't impress anyone nowadays." And for the next several minutes she tried to convince me of otherwise and "Join for the heck of it." which annoyed me because I didn't want to waste my time and she didn't seem to understand where I was coming from.

You seem to be the only one who got pass to prove my mindset wrong. And honestly, it's a very impressive entry that I enjoy looking at.
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angryinferno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
This looks great!
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Thank you!
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Syhlfia Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
beautifull
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Sayuki-hime Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I love this outfit! (: the color of the scarf amg :love:
I would have really like to see the entire outfit ;u;
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Thank you! I think I may draw her again in a different picture.
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denebtenoh Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
ooooh... so sweet and sexy!!
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Thank you!
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denebtenoh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
anytime!
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Kaizux Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful. I love it so much. :D
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Thank you!
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diskfire Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Epic! :D
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AVO-GSY Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why am i seeing FANTASTIC ANIME!!!!
what program did you use?
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TsukiAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Artist
She's so pretty~~~~!!
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Zumea Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice
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jmaur82 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
that scarf =-O
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Anyami Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
This is really beautiful :) good luck in the contest
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ZaXo-KenIchi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great design! I really like that you took the time to base the design on the series, rather than just doing something random :)
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Thank you! I thought it would make a better tribute to the series if the art looked like it was distinctly from the FFXIII world (or at least attempted to). With my style, no one would be able to tell it were Lightning otherwise. I was on the verge of doing an unrelated design before I settled on this, though! :)
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ZaXo-KenIchi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well your decisions payed off. I've looked carefully through all of the other entries (in order to size up my rather strong competition, lol), and I honestly wouldn't be the least bit surprised if you were one of the winners.
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FatalTal Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing design, i wish you luck in the contest! ^^
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Thank you for your support! ^^
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DarkRavenStudios Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love the design used in this and you've created Lightning even more beautiful~ :heart: ^-^
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Thank you!
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DarkRavenStudios Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome~ ^-^
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AozuAkazu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Looks amazing! All the best for the contest!
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Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Thank you!
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