Since my mom and dad didn't really like that me and my brother loved playing video games, we didn't have a lot of consoles growing up. I bought my Playstation in October of 1999, together with Final Fantasy VII and Wild ARMs. You could say that Final Fantasy VII was the first classic JRPG that I ever played.
This drawing was made on November 11th 1999. I was reading the Swedish game magazine SuperPLAY, and they showed this picture of Cloud (though smaller and in color), drawn by the amazing Tetsuya Nomura. I wanted to learn how to draw like him so badly, so again, I used that small image in the magazine as a reference. NO TRACING!
I am still to this day very proud of this, even though his right leg looks a little too slanted, and the sword is a bit off. The older me is jealous of the younger me, who spent time on details.
Done with pencil, time, perhaps 4 hours? I remember being exhausted after I had finished.