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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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FullFORCESoldier Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
FullFORCESoldier Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'd bet you'll win that contest.
Nyanfood Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Digital Artist
I lost it though. ; v; It was hosted and ended months ago.
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?

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.
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
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
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~
Minidarkcalibur89 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Sweet !
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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