The stars whisper across time
The secret of life hidden within.
Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI, drawn on the basis of Yoshitaka Amano's character design sketches.
Playing Final Fantasy games has been an important source of inspiration for me since my time in jr. high school thirteen years ago. I started with FFVIII, then continued on to FFVII and VI before moving on to IX, X and X2.
My dream to know enough Japanese to play the original, untranslated games was finally realized last summer, when I played FFVI on a SNES emulator. Terra's story touches me deeply, for some reason. She was born with the gift of magic - half a mythical beast, half human, but she was forced to wear a slave crown that causes amnesia and to fight with the empire's magical technology, until - someone comes and takes the crown off and she starts regaining her memory.
In this image, Terra is still wearing a slave crown, surrounded by a mythical structure symbolizing the existential feeling of the Earth being surrounded by fathomless deep space. She has not yet completely awakened, but the light of the stars is already whispering to her - and the little helping spirit familiar from the FF series - a Moogle, is attending to her. Flowing from the middle of the lotuses and stirring the water, are the sacred forces of nature. Behind her is one of the spherical surveillance machines from Amano's designs - overgrown with vines, symbolizing the forces of modernity, forever unable to deal with some things.
This is the very first piece of fanart that I've ever drawn, and I was happy to start with something that has really moved me.
Terra's theme orchestrated, with Japanese romanized lyrics and translation: [link]
If you think the design of this picture looks familiar, in fact I used an older picture of mine called "Biosphere" as the basis - it also dealt with basically the same sort of feeling. [link]
P.S. I hope the scan looks okay, all images seem to look odd on this particular library computer that I used for scanning.
Done with pencils and mechanical pencil / A4
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