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Wanderer of Time by Kuume Wanderer of Time by Kuume
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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gax5ob… Relm's theme from the game also resonates with this picture: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXsMxl…

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. kuume.deviantart.com/gallery/#…

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

More of my pencil work:

Heart of a Firebird by Kuume Prepare your Heart by Kuume the Noose by Kuume Hidden Creatures by Kuume
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JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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Kuume Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm happy you like it. :heart: Your stuff is awesome as well!
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Lokki-Kuutamo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Normally I'm not into fan art, but now I have to make exception :D Final Fantasys (especially IV, VI - IX) were my very favorites, and great inspiration for me too. Terra was one of the great characters! Also your way to draw her is quite unique. It's not just some picture during the game reproduced, but it is a art piece, and very nice one too :) Love it!
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Kuume Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for the great comment! :D Ah yes, I wanted to make a piece of fanart that would be as dynamic as Amano's original designs, in which the world of Final Fantasies seems to be in constant dreamlike, associative movement, elaborating on old themes in such thoroughly organic way. :D I am so glad you like it!
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Lokki-Kuutamo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sure :D You succeeded very well, I have to say. Those art pieces were special ones in history of Final Fantasy consept arts and you respected that style very well.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional
nice job
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Kuume Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :D
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offermoord Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
fantastic work!
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Kuume Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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transe Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   General Artist
This drawing seems darker than your other drawings, although Terra looks serene. I really like how you illustrated the water, it seems that the lotuses influence it, not the other way around. I have to say that it always takes time to discover all the elements in your drawings, they're so complex :aww:
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