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LR Contest - Angel of Valhalla by Nyanfood LR Contest - Angel of Valhalla by Nyanfood

Well, this totally didn't just take forever. I'm happy with the end results but I still feel slightly unsatisfied about the even distribution of space in this picture. Hopefully it's visually interesting enough with all the details.

This is a garb based off of the Angel of Valhalla questline in the game. I didn't design a weapon this time because I thought it would make the overall image too busy. It's not like we were given a lot of space. I would have liked to, though. Wish me luck!



All of the armor carry chocobo inspiration:

The neckguard is shaped like the harness plate on chocobo beaks.

Next to that, the scarf brooch is a two-faced illusion. When viewed with one mindset, it looks like a chocobo at full-frontal view. With another mindset, it looks like a chocobo at 1/4 view. Her pauldron (shoulder armor) is meant o look like a chocobo head, using a blue-green gem for the eye. There are two layers. Both of these items are designed to convey two-part chocobo motions. One is switching from looking forward to looking to the side in alertness of new sensory information. The other symbolizes bobbing of the head.

Her shield is decorated with feather and wing motifs. An artificial tassel hangs, imitating the tassle feathers on either sides of a chocobo's head. Just above that on the outermost layer of the shield is an oval-like linchpin cover. That's an interpretation of what is known as a Gysal Seed, a seed that grows Gysal Greens, an item choobos eat in the game.

Both sleeves are tougher on the outside and flexible on the inside. This is for chocobo riding, particularly when you go through woods and branches try to scratch your clothes. This will help the sleeves keep longer.

The plates down her right side are based off of chocobo beaks and decorated with feather patterns.

Her inner dress as well as her leggings bear silver feather and wing patterns.

The left leg's shin brace is a chocobo head above a set of flapping wings.


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:iconfullforcesoldier:
FullFORCESoldier Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
O.O SWEEEEEEEEEEET JOB!
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
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FullFORCESoldier Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'd bet you'll win that contest.
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Digital Artist
I lost it though. ; v; It was hosted and ended months ago.
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FullFORCESoldier Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. Sorry.

...I should see that winner's piece. What kind of piece can top this?

*edit*
Ah, I see. mmm... The hair on that one is very neat, but, honestly, I think this is better than the other two posted as winners besides Forbidden Gateway. Oh well. I am no expert.
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mew318 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
this is very beautiful~ all the details and thought you put into this design really make it all the better :D
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much. 8D
It's really fun to think about the meaning of a picture while drawing it. It's like a form of meditation. XD
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peppermint-petty Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student General Artist
It's perfect, really thank you for making this.
And I'm sorry, but I'm just too lazy for a proper citique^^
There isn't anything to criticize anyway~
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Minidarkcalibur89 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Sweet !
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9999DamagePoints Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
With all sincerity: You sould be one of the winners

I mean: the quality of your drawing is more than just "ok" and is much more original than any of the three winners
the three of them are horribly generic-looking, I really dont know what was Nomura thinking.........

Really: Congratulations! yours is great =)
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. o vo~ I feel like industry leaders in different countries end up having a lot of standards. It's one of the reasons that League has super sexed up female characters despite a lot of feedback for otherwise --- because League is too popular in Korea and China where the opinions are very different. I heard from a Korean classmate once that some Korean boys will tell girls who are a bit chubby to not wear short skirts so they don't have to show off their ugly thighs.
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9999DamagePoints Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
what a scumbags! _ as if they have any right to say that!
I think a lot of asians are ridiculously obsessed with weight, me? I actually like girls a little chubby, I dont see it as something ugly at all

And I am amazed at how people dont realise that concept designer in videogames specially are selling them the motherfucking same same same characters over and over and over again
not only in girl's body pytes, but also in clothes/armours an all

I think thats one of the reasons that sagas like shin megami tensei , for example are so good and have so many fans despite they dont publicise themselves as much as square-enix
they create characters whin more inique looks and personality
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   Digital Artist
To be honest, I'm really the type that prefers to be a bit weight-obsessed. It's just who I am. That's really a big difference between East-Asia and the US. To be honest, women in East Asia are still facing oppression in ways that don't exist in the US. A lot is expected of girls over there. I would know since I was born in China and immigrated at age 7. Everything I ever hear for every day of my life growing up is "she's so fat" or "oh, how chubby." I'm used to it. for me, that's a way of life.

Fans look for different things and different fanbases have different wants and needs. I feel like Square Enix's focus is still primarily Japan. It's a good thing they have a global market, but that's because of how many fans they've built overseas. In the end, they probably don't mind focusing on primarily Japan because it is their home.
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VideoGameMercenary Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If they ever have a poll for which contest entry could be future DLC, this gets my vote! :D I love the design and the symbolism you had is incredible. The spacing is very well done and I like that you threw in those circles
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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SilverCrono Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You got semi-finalist!! Great job! I knew you had a shot at winning. This was really amazing.
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Digital Artist
:glomp:
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AlNiCo-ism Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Semi finalist congrats
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Digital Artist
And to you as well. o vo -brofist-
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AlNiCo-ism Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
was fun throwing a pic against urs in a contest like this ^^

we should do this from time to time.. XD... (too often will kill me so not too often)
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Digital Artist
>8D A battlefield is fun when no one gets hurt. Hohohoho~
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AlNiCo-ism Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i thought u r the type that says: it isn't working if it doesn't hurt XD
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Digital Artist
The feeling, I mean. It's pretty much impossible to hurt me emotionally sooooo I'm just worrying about the other non-masochists out there. = u=

(Make me hurt next time, okay?)

Also, I'm thinking of changing my icon soon. You wanna be my icon buddy again? Doing chibis I think. 8D
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AlNiCo-ism Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mental invulnerability?  No worries, I will try harder next time ^^

Oh?  making new icon? Sure XD, your chibis are cute ^^  make me a buddy icon too XD

And hey, after this... you can finally use your contest entry as prints XD~
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Yay~ o vo~

Do you have a character you'd like for the buddy icon?
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GreyRadian Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   General Artist
You got into the semi finals at least!! :love:
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Q uQ I'm sad you weren't there. I think your entry was better than quite a few of the semifinalists. >_< Let's meet again on the next battlefield. :hug:
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GreyRadian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   General Artist
Haha yeah I was disappointed tbh XD Yeah hope there'll be another contest that I find suitable for me again :D
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SparklyCrystal Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CONGRATZ ON GETTING INTO THE SEMI-FINALS!!!! :iconglompplz:
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Clampy-TFA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing design !!!
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
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Aeixel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is still one of my favorite entries, I think you should have won. c: (Congratulations on making it into the semi-finals, though!) Lovely design, the way you incorporated chocobos into the armor is really interesting!
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
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tsukimiin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey! Too bad you didn't win :( but still congrats you made it to the semi-finals and nomura looked at your artwork *^* 
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mpz28427 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
nice :) (Smile) Love Clap 
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ZimmyRose Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome O.O
That is just spectacular
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. o vo
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KasaLaurend Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I looked all the contest entries through and yours is one of the best. I would choose your work. I hope you win. Good Luck!
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KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooow, this is absolutely incredible! Loving all the details on the armor! :iconslashshine:
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow awesome job on this! It's really good! 
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naochiko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DNSBSHSDHSJD--_!!!
FIRST OF ALL---AAGHDSGD THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL I CAN'T EVEN---AHH LIGHTNING AHHHH---
GOMEN FOR MY TYPOS IN ADVANCE_-AND MY ALL CAPS SPAM--//CAN'T CONTAIN MY FEELS FROM YOUR TALENT AND BEAUTIFUL ART---:iconholdfeelsplz:

UWAAHHH THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PAINTING STYLE!!! AND HER OUTFIT AMGG--I'M GAWKING AT ALL THE INTRICATE DETAILS WOW WOW---:iconshibeplz::iconshibeplz::iconshibeplz::iconshibeplz::iconshibeplz::iconshibeplz:
MUCH PRO--VERY WOW---DETAILED VERY---
AGHHH I---GORGEOUS!!!! I LOVE HOW THE MUTED COLOR PALETTE AND THEN HER PINK HAIR REALLY STANDS OUT!
I ALSO LOVE THE CONCEPT OF HER WINGED OUTFIT---HNGGG SHE LOOKS SO COOL AND BADASS---:iconwantplz::iconwantplz::iconwantplz::iconwantplz:

I ADORE YOUR COLORING AND PAINTING STYLE AHHH---SO PRO--HNNGG IF YOU DON'T GET A PLACE IN THE CONTEST I'M GONNA--CRY--DBS :icontearplz::icontearplz::icontearplz::icontearplz:
AND THAT MAGIC CIRCLE WOW---!!!! HNGGG IT'S VERY FINAL FANTASY-ISH---JUST PERFECT!!!

HNGGG GOMEN FOR MY INCOHERENT SPAM---IT'S JUST_-MY FEELS----:iconfluffuplz::iconfluffuplz::iconfluffuplz::iconfluffuplz::iconfluffuplz::iconfluffuplz::iconfluffuplz::iconfluffuplz:
OVERALL THIS PICTURE IS JUST SO COOL AHHH----THANK YOU FOR GRACING MY EYES WITH YOUR ART---////
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014   Digital Artist
YOU EVEN BROUGHT DOGE I FEEL SO VIP AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN IF I DON'T PLACE YOU'LL CRY? YOU'RE ALREADY CRYING--- HERE PLEASE WIPE YOUR FEELS ON THIS HANDKERCHIEF SO I CAN SAVE THEM IN A SPECIAL BOX I MADE IN SECRET WHILE CHANTING YOUR NAME EVERY TIME I PUT IN A NAIL-- did I say that outloud?

TIME TO SPAM MORE OF YOUR PICTURES WITH COMMENTS NOW!
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fsuharja Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I like your design :D have the winner of the contest announced?
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Rules say March 7-9 I think.
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Ainere Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I really love the concept you created including the background!
Also the idea to include the chocobo in the neckguard is very well thought out!!!
Very inspiring<3<3
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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KURIZKURIZniKALAI Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow lovely piece ... oh my goodness the  detail works are freaking neat ... good luck  :)
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:iconnyanfood:
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
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DARKKIASTUDIOScomics Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A lot of great detail! :)
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
:la: Othanks. o wo
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