"Ever since he was born, I never got to hold him, not even once. You can't call me his mother... That is my sin."
Heh, this image illustrates approximately how floored I imagine Sephiroth would be to learn he had an actual human mother. Of course, if this scene ever actually occured, Lucrecia would most likely have a Masamune in her gut, *especially* if Sephiroth knew what she did to him, but that's beside the point. MUSH AND FLUFF, I SAY.
The first thing to address is that I did NOT draw the flowers myself. They are from stock, and my process for turning them into what you see here was as follows:
1. Obtain photographs of flowers from our very generous stock artists right here on DA.
2. Open in Photoshop and apply the "Glowing Edges" filter.
4. Invert colors. Tada! Line art!
5. Resize as necessary. Arrange in desired pattern.
6. Paint the line art just like I'd paint any other line art.
They were, by the way, a PAIN IN THE ASS. I don't know why I decided to use such a complicated decoration. I spent over a day on the flowers alone! And to be honest I worry that they dominate the piece. I should have used more, smaller flowers, or made them smaller but spread out more if I wasn't lazily trying to cover edges that stop abruptly. And Sephiroth's pants. Because they look horrible.
I had some difficulty deciding on his pose because I had to be careful not to make anything look sexual, lolz. She's holding him to her chest and he's grabbing onto her hip, but this is her child. And those two locations are a tad symbolic, because those hips gave birth to him and a mother's breasts are meant to feed her child, so I wanted to convey that even though these two features of a woman's body are usually sexualized, their primary purpose is to nurture. There is no modesty here between mother and child.
Surprisingly, her hair caused me way more angst than his did, which surprises me only because Sephiroth's hair is sacred. You do not fuck up Sephiroth's hair. You either get it right, or you do not draw Sephiroth. So his hair caused me some decent angst in its own right. But then I spent an hour one night between work and bed just shading her BANGS. I really hate her bangs. But not as much as I evidently hate her necklace, because I forgot to include it again. =X Having a time limit for this one didn't help... Let's say I left it out on purpose because I wanted to downplay the presence of unnatural adornments. Yeah, that's it.
The flowers are carnations, except for the two big ones standing up on the left. I'm not actually sure what they are, but they fit in nicely. =X The carnations were chosen because they're the traditional flower of Mother's Day. In particular, white carnations are supposed to symbolize the purity of a mother's love, while pink carnations have a biblical link with the Virgin Mary's heartache regarding Jesus's death. According to Wikipedia
, anyway. Because the internet is always a reliable source of religion.
- the border[link]
- the "standing" carnation in the back[link]
- the "standing" flower in the front - the one that's not a carnation[link]
- the leftmost bottom carnation[link]
- the big dark carnation[link]
- the rightmost carnation - the "side view" one
And I uh, can't seem to find the credits for that last one, the lighter pink one to the left of the dark one. =X I think I got it from Google... Yes I'm a bad person.
And of course this is my first submission to my FF7 Mother's Day / Father's Day Fan Art Project
! If you missed this one, don't forget that we'll be doing it again for Father's Day on June 21.
I could pick out enough flaws on my own, but I'll enable critiques for this one in case anyone has anything else to point out to me.