A recent Lightning fan art contest on deviantART was judged by no other than Tetsuya Nomura himself—the famous character designer on Square Enix titles such as the Final Fantasy series. Below are his three favorite submissions which were chosen out of hundreds of fantastic entries. Tetsuya Nomura also discussed his impressions of each piece and you can read his thoughts below.
“With one look I was hooked. The costume itself is sophisticated, and it’s also very well done as an illustration. The background that reminded me of the Japanese flag (Hinomaru) matched well with the piece and was beautiful. As an artist, when I look at different works of art, I think to myself “If it were up to me, I would do it differently,” but that thought didn’t cross my mind once when I saw this picture.”
“Forbidden Gateway” from ArisT0te:
“At first glance it looks like a CG, and it has a level of quality that makes it look like it was captured as a screenshot. While there were many heroic costumes for Lightning, I was drawn to the femininity of this costume and her hairstyle.”
“Lightning – Mythril Scorpion Armour” by randis:
It’s wonderful as an illustration, but in addition to that, the artist drew in both the front and back views, so I felt the artist’s clear intent when they created this piece. The red and blue colour scheme was very beautiful, too.
For a closer look at these awesome Lightning Fan Art pieces, click the gallery below or visit the Lightning fan art contest on deviantART to see all of the entries.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 is available now for Xbox 360 and PS3.