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First Time in Zeal by Steph-Laberis First Time in Zeal by Steph-Laberis
I can't tell you guys what awesome project this is for just yet, but if you wait till August 11, all will be revealed!

I had always imagined that when the Chrono Crew first arrived in Zeal that there was a moment of respite and celebration; to have come from the harsh dark ages to a temperate, floating paradise (with some of the BEST MUSIC in the whole game!) was surely worth taking time out to enjoy the scenery!

I remember setting my controller down and listening to the music when I first played the game... with a big smile on my face. So here's my tribute to a great game with an even better soundtrack!
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AndyofIndiana Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Meanwhile, in the mind of at least one of these characters.

Inside Out Reaction Icon: Twirling Joy:iconsaysplz:These look like my kind of people.
Sadness - Inside Out:iconsaysplz:Now Joy, don't forget that true happiness requires all emotions.
Joy - Inside Out:iconsaysplz:Good point Sadness, but if I were human, I would probably get along with these people.

Then again, I think Joy would reconsider once she saw what was going to be done regarding Lavos.
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Sukiroz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
great
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erierin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
k
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erierin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
:3
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Patrick-Theater Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is so fucking amazing man!
Can I have your permission to use this illustration for the cover of one of my tracks in my next VideoGame Music Album called "Infection #03", under my VGM solo project called "Pokérus"? www.pokerusvgm.com
I'll be SO happy if you say YES! <3 Please!
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Steph-Laberis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there! Thanks for the kind words and I really appreciate you asking me first! This was originally a poster for the OneUps album, so I need to check with them first if that's OK? I don't think there will be any conflict of interest but I just need to make sure. :)
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KaelerreonS Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me a bit of Rayman Origins, I'm not knocking that, cause I wanna play Chrono Trigger x Rayman.
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Ninplanet123 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student
I love this. I ADORE your style and it certainly favored this picture.
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lbenologa Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha. Love it! Definitely describes my "first time in zeal" as well. ;]
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orinocou Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, I want to hear that Zeal song again now. I enjoyed it a lot, too.
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Steph-Laberis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You'll probably really like this cover of the song then, it's one of my favorites!

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orinocou Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A very chill and yet haunting version of a beautiful song. I really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing!
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Steph-Laberis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No prob! I really dig your ambitious FF comic btw, I confess I have not played through IV but everyone tells me that it's their "Chrono Trigger" in terms of RPGs. I have it on my virtual console, just need time to sit down and play!
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orinocou Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Man, if I had two lifetimes I'd do a Chrono Trigger comic. Is CT your favorite of the old school RPGs?
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Steph-Laberis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It is, beating Secret of Mana by only a hair. I would love to see what you'd do with a CT comic, maybe in your next life ;)
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orinocou Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I listened to more songs from that video game cover band... my favorite was their CT main theme!
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x-Lunairetic-x Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Oh my gosh, I love this so much! They all look so cheerful, and your art style really suits the feel of the game! I adore you nu there with Alfador, too! Just adorable! ♥
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Steph-Laberis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Mega points to you for recognizing Alfador ;)
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seadogz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
ah ^_^ this brings back good memories seeing Zeal, Great job here ^_^ I did the same thing and soaked in the music. I wish we could of explored more on it though. ^^
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Steph-Laberis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A-ha, you mean the island in the northeast corner! I heard a lot of rumors about that place and that it's supposedly unlockable within the code somewheres.
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DarkGreenEyes83 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Ahhh! Nu!
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xMarlex Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Gave a desire to play now!! *---*
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dark-libra84 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
This picture is happy beyond words! lol
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SlargTheGnome Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I sure wish I could live in Zeal...
Before it fell in the ocean that is O_o
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crazyL0cke Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks cool~ ^^
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Mephodi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist
Heh, I hadn't thought about it before, but it certainly does fit that the characters would act just like the players do when they get to this lovely place. With a little extra enthusiasm from Marle =3
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the-eroks Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
wonderful
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the-eroks Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
wonderful
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AKaizen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Artist
I wish I had a purple cat named Alfador. T_T
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Kiwi-chu Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MARLE'S FACE!!! XD XD XD XD
I LOVE this!
I also agree with the music thing. :D
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dcbernman Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
This scene is my argument as to why Square Enix should remake this game.
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NekuThat1DeadKid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
it's so cute and cartoony
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Hikaroo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the style~
Also one of my favourite parts in the game. <3
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aLeoneLiax Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Nice!
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ThuhJesheekuh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I can tell you were inspired by the music, because when I first looked at the picture, the tune started playing in my head. Nice job of capturing that!
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KeyLimeKitten Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Zeal! Such a wonderful place. :3
I really like the style of art you use for this, too. Beautiful work.
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mlsterben Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Best background music ever. :D
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Rogerbacon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Oh, wow, I love it.
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CrookiNari Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Wow, nice!
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Shin-J2K Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Im not gonna lie to you, if I ever arrived Zeal I would react the same way Marle is! ^_^
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purplerubyred Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
This is a lovely piece of work.
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Windy-Chicken Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I love it. The Nu looks funny, but in a good way. And Alfador's on his head! :D

The style works really well with the characters, you pulled it off wonderfully. Great job.
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jennygreenteeth Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I love this so much! Amazing and charming work!
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YoaKeDAX Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
This looks amazing!! Awesome work :)
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womball Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Brilliant style! Reminds me of the 1950's cartoon style. UVA? I don't remember the name of the style though.
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Tioluko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHA,

The whole piece is perfect, but Marle face makes me laught a lot xDD

Incredible^^
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plangkye Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gaaaahhh so cute I love it!
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BandanaBlue Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! I love the game and now I love this picture. The Age of Antiquity (DS version) was the best part of Chrono Trigger.
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sonopants Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Aaah, this is gorgeous! The colours, the textures, everything!
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KJanuary Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Yep... I did the same thing, and still do every time I get to that part of the game. So twisted underneath, but the first glimpse of Zeal is always so beautiful. Your rendition of it is amazing!
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