So, through the voting being done, and the winners being announced through this journal: [link]
is time for the winner's time in the spotlight. ^^ Here's the interview for
that speaks of the winning piece in this contest:
Q: What made you think of doing the winning entry in such a manner as to having the lifestream between them, and of why you added the wings in it?
A: Sephiroth and Kirianna both have wings, as I've seen in the references I looked at, and it's symbolic of their personalities, and having the wings on opposite sides is kind of contrasting how different they are, but at the same time, how they are the same. This worked out nicely for me because here they are against eachother, while they are also lovers. I put the lifestream between them to emphasize the idea of them being lovers yet enemies further, because the lifestream is both the giver and taker of life. It can be used for good, such as when Aerith and Zack can communicate through it, but also evil, the way ShinRa tried to. So mainly, I was trying to make Sephiroth and Kirianna evil but good at the same time. And the lifestream is pretty
Though my version if it was much more simplified
Q: What would you describe the experience of doing this piece of artwork as?
A: This artwork was a fun experience for me to do, mainly because it was during a time where I felt a lot of inspiration to draw, and where my art style was changing. It was also fun for me to incorporate meaning into it, but at the same time have fun with my subjects
So I guess I would describe this experience as, motivational, because it inspires me to draw more stuff, and put meaning behind my works.
Q: How were you able to pose the characters in such a manner/did you use any reference for the poses?
A: I tried to get them to kind of be in a pose where they were against eachother, but not quite fighting. Masamune wouldn't fit on the page LOL. I actually didn't use any pose references for this piece, I only used references for hair and clothes. The only reference I used was just a basic picture of Sephiroth that I googled for his clothes, and I used this picture here: [link]
for Kirianna's outfit
The poses just came to me, which is probably why Sephiroth looks kind of awkward, but I'm glad they didn't look too contorted
I fail at poses
Q: What made you choose to make a watercolor base then mix it up with colored pencils?
A: When I used colored pencils before, I always ruined the background, because I found bits of white sticking out from larger areas of colour. I decided I didn't want the background to pop out more than the characters, so I used watercolor pencils to apply almost a wash, and blend into eachother like a gradient. The pencils are easy to use, because I can control where I want a certain color to go, and they're really easy to blend when you apply the colors right. And with the black outline of the characters, the background doesn't take attention away from them
Q: How satisfied were you at the overall look of the image?
A: I was actually pretty happy with how it came out. I really wanted to test out a new style of coloring, and it was around when I made my tutorial
I wasn't really used to drawing men, because I was used to drawing girls all my career
Which I'm trying to improve. But the main thing that made me the most happy about this picture was that Sephiroth didn't come out too feminine looking
And here, with the winning piece, are two other samples of this artist's work:[link]
~A grand image of Kadaj[link]
~A beautiful fanart image
's profile it shows of some good pricing for commissions as well, so go and check them out!