This year marks the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, to celebrate Square Enix will be releasing the Stormblood expansion for Final Fantasy XIV on June 20th and Final Fantasy XII will be released in all its high-definition glory on July 11th. Now is a good time to take a retrospective look at the series and the inspiration it provides to some of its biggest fans.
There aren’t many games which capture the imagination the way a Final Fantasy game can. The colorful character designs, fully realized worlds, and legendary musical scores have all combined to create one of the most beloved game franchises in the world as well as one of the most successful, shipping over 115 million units since 1987 (sourced from redbull.com). Fifteen numbered entries and countless spin-offs mean everyone at some point or another will have seen or played a Final Fantasy game, be it from the prehistoric days of the NES to the PS4 and iPhone.
Before I played a Final Fantasy game it was the art work which most drew me in, the cover art is so unique and cryptic for each entry in the series, only upon playing the game can you really understand the true meaning behind the official logo. The ending to Final Fantasy XV being the most recent example.
Whether playing the games or watching trailers, Final Fantasy games are almost living pieces of art. Growing up, no game had better graphics than a Final Fantasy game, and the CGI cut scenes could never be bettered, even to this day. The iconic imagery of the villainous Sephiroth or Yuna and Tidus holding each other in Macalania woods are two examples of the breath-taking art work created by the games artists, but it’s the fan art which really gives you a better grasp of the inspiration these games, characters and worlds can provide to those creative and talented enough to produce them.
What is Fan Art?
Fan art, or fanart, are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (generally visual media such as comics, film, television shows, or video games) and derived from a series character or other aspect of that work. (source Wikipedia)
Although the term technically means ‘amateur’ the art works created are anything but. The community that creates, from whatever media inspires them, is one of the most important parts of fan expression today. Square Enix’s should be proud of the community that has embraced the franchise and has created so many inspiring and amazing works. Fan art can be split primarily into 2 types: traditional art; such as drawings and paintings or digital art; created through computer art programs such as Photoshop, Painter, etc..
Final Fantasy Art
Now lets take a look at some of the fantastic Final Fantasy art, There are some truly talented artists out there and this list could go on forever. This is just a small sample of the great works that have been created by fans, for more please check out Deviant Art and the user names below for more from the respective artists.
Hand Drawn and Colored Works From dagga19.
Amazing piece of 2 beloved characters combining the original polygon character designs with the updated models.
Hand Drawn, Pencil by Idasho17.
Kadaj from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Works by Xieryth.
Shed a tear for Lunafreya of Final Fantasy XV
Stylistic Color from Kenwys
Prompto, nuff said
Landscapes, side and main characters, protagonists and antagonists have all been celebrated at one time or another by different artists and in diffrent art styles. Fan Art is one of the most flattering forms of expression and fan appreciation, with Final Fantasy one of the most inspirational sources. 30 years have gone by and lets hope for 30 more.
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