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Gigandas (Feb 20, 2004)
This is for fleeting_memory^^.Cloud standing in front of the Shinra Co.
Gigandas (Feb 20, 2004)
drawn in 2 hours 51 min
RabidMalikFanGirl (Feb 21, 2004)
HOLY ($@)^&!!!
That, my friend, is awesome... And it's only really a face so far ^^ That is very awesome. O.O
evil_cloud (Feb 21, 2004)
It's official now, your my enemy number 1, I was delighted with your realistic pics and now u draw.. u draw cloud (sob)
fleeting_memory (Feb 21, 2004)
hey! coolness-you relaize where you have his hand ending now his sword is going to be tilted upward again right? Just makin sure-cause you were dissapointed last time you drew him in this stance. Haha at least its a lot better than mine-you know you should really throw it away or at least eat the candy cane(or give it to Chris to melt) Skin tone is great so far but the glare on his cheek is very rectangular on the left side-see you tomorrow!
Gigandas (Feb 21, 2004)
drawn in 3 hours 26 min
If it took me this long just for the head....how long will it take to do the rest^^;....?I was amazed anime takes more perfecting than the realistic pics...
EverDream (Feb 21, 2004)
It's funny how you'd figure the simple things would be easier to draw. Turns out that's not quite so. Awesome work here Gigandas. Can't wait to see it finished. ;)
dixielandcutie (Feb 22, 2004)
lookin good g. lovin those eyes.
Gigandas (Feb 22, 2004)
Yeah, ED, I'm really sorry this happened to be right next to your Cloud pic^^;.I didn't realize that yours was the latest drawing on the advanced board at the time, so they kinda ended up one on top of the other.Just thought it might be kinda weird for our audiences to have the same character next to each other so....^^;;;.And yeah, anime is harder than I thought.But I guess now I'm happy that I tried it^^.I have more appreciation for those who can draw them now.
Gigandas (Feb 22, 2004)
drawn in 26 min
Just one quick revision when I noticed it's time to sleep...
fleeting_memory (Feb 23, 2004)
sleep...you? ^^ just messin-you should try doing a self portrait like DBA ~.o this is good-much better than your first attempt at cloud I can't wait to see it done!
DeadlyBlondeArcher (Feb 23, 2004)
I hope that means I don't look like a cartoon, fleeting. lol I have no idea who any of these *anime* characters are, but I like the hair-do on this one :).
Alinnia (Feb 23, 2004)
Hey, Giga! Good start you got there! ... Your method of gettin it down on the canvas there is really neat... almost like a... velvet painting? :D; Hehe.
rosalyn (Feb 23, 2004)
* bows* cloud...... * drools* CLoud......* gets a glaissed stare* CLOUD! YUM! MINE! * grabbs him and runs*
fleeting_memory (Feb 23, 2004)
haha noyou don't look like a cartoon-I'm just trying to give him ideas sinse he says he's always short on them ^^ you're picture was awsome
Kiesume (Feb 24, 2004)
you know who this looks like, 009 from cyborg 009, you dont watch that do you, i recomend you watch it at least once, it is a good anime program. . .
DragonClaw (Feb 24, 2004)
this picture is just making me hate you more lol i love every one of your pictures they all rock !!!! you are deffinatley one of the best on this site!!!!
Gigandas (Feb 26, 2004)
drawn in 3 hours 12 min
Dang....still can't get his left shoulder right....oh well, just a safety save...
fleeting_memory (Feb 26, 2004)
yay you're working on it again! so uh yeah you and *mumbles name* eh? she's older than you you know ~.o just messin-I can't wait to see this finished I like the texture of his shirt so far then yeah I'm going to sleep now...
Gigandas (Feb 27, 2004)
drawn in 1 hour 29 min
Got his arms.....now for all his protective wear(Such as his shoulder bracer,chest plate, gloves,etc.).
Gigandas (Feb 27, 2004)
drawn in 2 hours 32 min
Now for the sword......eh, gonna take a break first though^^;.
Gigandas (Feb 27, 2004)
drawn in 1 hour 37 min
Kay....few touch ups on the outlining and the bg left....
Gigandas (Feb 27, 2004)
drawn in 2 hours
Finally finished...if I see something that needs to be changed, I'll go fix it some other time.But here you go fleeting_memory^^.Hope you like it>v<.
Dainamo (Feb 27, 2004)
o.o
Awesome work man! I am loving the colors, shadows, highlights... looks almost official.
Great job on the background as well. I applaud ya.
davincipoppalag (Feb 27, 2004)
I am not a fan of anime either..but I see enough of it to know this is an excellent draw..your shadings and highlights and details are amazing... (I probably dont like anime because its so hard to draw)
DeadlyBlondeArcher (edited Feb 27, 2004)
I don't know who this is, but I'm gettin out the Fruit Loops and stayin in my P.J.'s to look at this one.. I feel like I'm watching Saturday morning cartoons for real. And it is really Saturday morning, and I am really in my P.J.'s! :) This looks so professional... great job.
EverDream (Feb 28, 2004)
Oh God wow! You did an absolutely awesome job on this Gigandas! :claps: Absolutely beautiful! :gaps: I can't take my eyes off of it! -hint hint- you think you have time for the collab? Send me a memo when you see this. ~Laterz
marcello (Feb 28, 2004)
Pretty cool.

Two huge proportions problems I see, alas, neither of which can really easily be fixed at this point.

One, the sword goes through his hand. If you look at version 6 you see that anything he is holding would have to be horizontal. But you went in and put a sword handle at about 30 degrees, cutting though the hand between his thumb and index finger. I find this pretty obvious, mainly because my eyes jumped straight to it after looking at the picture. Jumping to version 6 just made the cause of the problem clearer.

Two, I think his left shoulder comes out too far. If you measure the distance between his neck and the tip of his shoulder, that should make it clear. If you compare it to the other shoulder, it is far out (and that is with taking perspective into account).

The shading and detail is definitely quite pro. And the overall composition aside from those technical problems, works well.

I think the problems happened because you approached it in the same way you would copy a photo (this is my opinion anyway, after watching the animation). What you really need to do is do a concept sketch in the applet with the full body proportions. Then add armor and props afterwards. That way if you realize that the sword looks better at an angle, or the shoulder isn't quite in the right place, you can redraw them quickly without worrying about wasted energy.

Similarly, building the body first, then armor, allows you to figure out how the armor would fit on the person in real life, rather than figuring out where the person fits inside the armor. As you can imagine, it is a bit easier to reshape the armor in reallife than the person.
Gigandas (edited Feb 28, 2004)
Well, the shoulder I'm sure is probably off, but the hand angle was intentional.I know it looks weird, and I was wondering why it looked this way myself but I went right along and did it anyway.If you look at the entire hand, you'll see that it actually does fit at that angle.In fact, here's the reference pic - http://www.gongaga.com/ff7/0cloud.jpg
The eyes I also changed around a bit because the ref pic's eyes are slightly off with one eye being closer to the nose than the other.Anyways, this is to show that the angle of the sword is actually intentional since I usually copy line for line, color for color unless it's something like his eyes in the reference pic.

Edit:Actually, do you mean there is a problem with the shoulder lengths since he's standing with his left shoulder out?Because his hip is turned in this picture, so it's supposed to be one longer than the other.
fleeting_memory (Feb 28, 2004)
I LOVE IT-yay you finally finished! I'm so excited-lol-I should really work on Vivi huh? I'm just so worried I'll screw up that picture cause Blank looks so good aready. You is amazing-draw more! hehe
dixielandcutie (Feb 28, 2004)
ok, g. you rock. and thats all there is to it. so very nice.
-simulacra- (Feb 28, 2004)
Fantastic, the memories of FF7 are just flooding back..great job!
Maiko (Feb 28, 2004)
WOW O__O not THIS is a SEXY Picture O__O
beautiful coloring and lineart
Alinnia (Feb 28, 2004)
Wow >o.O<

I gotta say, this really kicks ass X3 Personally, I don't see much wrong with it. I can tell what ref you used just by looking at the image square 1, so the placement of things in the image aren't really that forgein. You did a superfreakyfantastic job on this X3 You're totally rocking with the applets. The textures are wonderful. Absolutely stunning. The only thing I'd say to do... would be to bring out, say, the face... more... make a dynamic... or add more to the eyes.. make them stick out. You have one /starting/... but it's not too terribly strong... though that may have been your intention :3 Ahwell.
ToraNeko (Feb 28, 2004)
Oh yeah, like a crystal clear blue!! <== Talking to Alinnia

Err, what can I conceivably say that hasn't been adiquitly stated? Well, just about nothing, but I think the arm on the right is a little thin. But I think my favorite part about this is the shading n.n I hate you, that is too cool >.< lol
Gigandas (Feb 28, 2004)
lol, thanks.....I guess ToraNeko XD.
RabidMalikFanGirl (Mar 7, 2004)
As I said in my first comment,
"HOLY ($@)^&!!!
That, my friend, is awesome..."
It's so awesome... Erm... It's awesome. One of my favorite pics...

PS: You DO realize that now you're gonna hafta draw Sephy sometime or another...
Peipera (Mar 10, 2004)
Oh DAMMN! Great picture. And yes, you have to draw Sephy soon or something. *puppy eyes*
Gigandas (Mar 10, 2004)
Sephiroth......hmm.....I'll consider it.But if I end up doing so, it'll probably be a 2D Sephiroth profile pic (like here with Cloud) with a cinematic Jenova up close in the bg.......I dunno, think that would look kinda cool XD...
SaheraNights (Mar 14, 2004)
Dang
maybe you could help me with my Cloud pic it sucks so far..no fikkin face
Dizzie (Apr 17, 2004)
I like big swords 'n' I cannot lie! *dances* Awesomeness. I love your work. *bows summore*
DaggerQuill (May 20, 2004)
...cloud.....pretty....cloud....
kenshin69 (Dec 4, 2004)
wow you do cloud so farking sexy^^!!!!!!
Zack (Dec 5, 2004)
Hey dude. The textures on this are quite fantastic. I like how you managed to get that blurred-distance effect on Shinra HQ. Nice work.
yuohoo (Jan 2, 2005)
COOL! its cloud! from final fantasey! awsome!
brainspiller83 (Jan 6, 2005)
wow, this is pretty amazing! i love the textures in this, looks just like the real thing. nice one
inatyrb (Jan 6, 2005)
Dude! That's awesome! I like it alot!
Agoylis (Jan 6, 2005)
DUUUUDE thats so sweet i give that a A+++++++
Animegirl250 (Apr 28, 2005)
0_0 i think you just did the best picture ever..
DoOp (Mar 25, 2006)
you=god
Zack (Mar 25, 2006)
You know, I should have looked at this before trying to shade and color the guy in my zombie hunter picture. Hm.
marini135 (Apr 14, 2006)
Dis Cloud is Hot
backmagicwoman (Sep 1, 2009)
Where did this person go?..i really like their stuff...
davincipoppalag (Sep 1, 2009)
He pops in from time to time.
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