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Back in Sector 07

By Cabycab
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Every couple of years, I'm struck by Final Fantasy VII nostalgia fever. *boum started a (fourth, fifth?) game a two or three weeks ago and just watching the opening sequence made me itch to draw fanart.

And then, a thought struck me. The only "character/thing" I've never been able to draw was Midgar. When I was a teen and playing this game for the first time, I was just astonished by the universe; it was my first exposure to RPGs, to cyberpunk, to anime, everything. I remember my brain overloading on backgrounds in Midgar and thinking there was no way I could EVER draw these scenes. But having now mastered the art of confusing cluttered landscapes, I just had to give it a go. The colouring is full of holes and mistakes but I guess it's part of my style now. Yup, I master the lazy style.

I kinda have mixed feelings with the result though. I guess I could've done at least five different versions with different methods and colours but I had to stop at one point. I think the colours don't do the lineart justice but without colours, all the depth is gone. Plus, I really wanted to try give the scene an eerie radioactive Mako smog and just go crazy with the junk you find along the way in the Slums. This is kinda why I put little emphasis on the characters. I did doodle almost all of them though and I'll post it on my blog soon.

Anyhoo, this is inspired from the scene when Cloud and Aeris go back to Sector 7 after AVALANCHE blows up reactor 5. I guess it'd be all over the news and I really liked the giant TV screen in one of the screens of the game.

I can honestly say I'm no gamer, far less an RPG fan. But without this perticular game at this perticular time in my youth, I'd probably wouldn't even draw right now. So it deserved a worthy hommage :D


Ink, dry brush, Photoshop. Simple two point perspective if anyone cares.
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Rin-Uzuki's avatar
Love the lighting, perspective and details on this! Beautiful homage.
Soap-Committee's avatar
They put so much character into Midgar's backgrounds and the mess that was Sector 7 - you've captured that and the mood wonderfully, and with your own flair.  I really love this!
FalconerB's avatar
Absolutely love it!
Ali-Kitty's avatar
So awesome. Love how it looks just like a scene from the game. I'm not sure, but it kinda looks like Aeris has only one materia equipped to her staff, and the other slot is empty - sorry if I'm wrong, but it's kinda cool if it's right. XD
Cabycab's avatar
She has a blue and a green one equipped! I'm glad you like the picture!
kimikana's avatar
This is really great! You really succeeded on capturing the character of Midgar. :D Also I love your style for the characters. This is a very cool illustration. It really pops.
cigar-blues's avatar
Your attention to detail in backgrounds suits Midgar very much :)
butima-Faye's avatar
Really lovely colours and composition.
EveofAbyss's avatar
Awesome. Great style. The sketchiness makes for a really gritty, dingy atmosphere. Love it.
Rinoaxyzriana's avatar
WOOW!!this is GREAT! You have made ​​very well the atmosphere ! :)
Liz-AAA's avatar
Oh Nice work :D
EliBohan's avatar
Cooooolll. I like how you simplified how Cloud looks (mostly the eyes), but still pulled off a complex picture.
patilla's avatar
buen trabajo, el anime ha sido punto de partida para muchos
zsebgomb's avatar
I'm not really one for nostalgia, but this image really brings back that "kinder-cyberpunk" feel which Midgar had when I first played FF7 some 10-11 years ago, without all the shiny anime hype that became associated with this game in later years. Thanks for making me remember this small piece of memory!
Cabycab's avatar
That's really what I was going for, that's why I made the characters so unimportant. There's enough airbrushed portraits of the protagonists in the world, not enough of the amazing locations!
Lilly-Lamb's avatar
This looks great! My favorite part of FFVII was the beginning where you get to explore Midgar! (gotta love the gritty blade runner-esque cityscapes :heart:)
OorusevenFiibaa7777's avatar
I love that this looks like a panel from a comic~ Gorgeous!
le-mouton's avatar
Ouh, je suis passée à côté de celui-ci dans mes devwatchs !! Heureusement qu'après ton dernier post, je suis venue voir ta galerie... FF7 est aussi LE rpg qui m'a marquée à sa sortie et il reste mon jeu préféré auquel j'aime bien rejouer de temps en temps. Ca fait plaisir de découvrir un fanart qui met en avant l'ambiance de Midgar :love: Ainsi que Cloud et Aeris !! Coup de coeur pour les couleurs et la perspective.
Superbe fanart !! :+fav:
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