Final Fantasy XIII Wallpaper: When Lightning Strikes

Noizi Ito, Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning (FF XIII), Vector Art Wallpaper
Noizi Ito Mangaka Square Enix Studio Final Fantasy XIII Game Lightning (FF XIII) Character Vector Art Source

2560x1600 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

Oh the irony, I made a wall about FFXIII but I haven't played it yet. I saw this scan from Noizi Ito's works, about the main character Lightning for FFXIII. She looked great anime-ish style, so I decided to make a vector out of it.

Character: I vectored the entire image of Lightning. Armed with just the trackpad of my Macbook, I began the arduous task of plotting the paths of the lines. I wanted to try my hand at gradient coloring and I think it went pretty well. I followed the same color and lighting scheme as with Noizi Ito’s work. The most difficult part was plotting the gradients for the hair. Next, I wanted to change the eyes. The scan’s eyes were more “cat-like” and kind of lacked depth. So, I read a lot of tutorials on eyes (kudos to Nysha, I based it mostly on her tutorial). A lot of burning, smudging was done until I was happy with the final result.

Lighting/Background: I think I made an error when I decided to follow the original lighting of Noizi Ito first before deciding the background. When you look at it, it looks like there’re a lot of lights coming from multiple angles. So the background has to coincide with that. I was thinking of a situation wherein this could happen, then I remembered one of the scenes from FFX-2 where the three heroines crashed a concert. So, I made vectors of crisscrossing rails with spotlights of varying colors. I’m happy with how it complements the lighting on the subject.

Well, that’s just about it. This is the first time I've used so much gradients and I like what I see. I’ve just one question to those who’ve been using a pen and tablet. Is it a good decision if I get one, for future works? Thanks. Oh, please feel free to put your comments and critiques. Thanks. BTW, have anyone seen my second signature on the wall?

See link below for the Noizi Ito original

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  1. stellarsky08 May 19, 2010

    wow this is awesome! great job :D Lightning is still hot even even in 2D version. :D

  2. shihao0 May 19, 2010

    God...this is awesome =) great job!

  3. Kitaan Retired Moderator May 19, 2010

    Nice job on the vector, I especially like the face/hair.
    I do think you could've left a few things out, like the yellow on her cape (?)
    and maybe the over blur shadows. Over blurring just makes it loose detail,
    perhaps you could try smudging for a more painting look as Noizi Ito's art usually takes.

    For her type of pose I think an open, sky BG of some sort
    would've been a better choice to go with. Though I do like that you thought
    out of the box and tried something new, pleasantly surprised :3

    Great job overall, you have improved in vectoring.

  4. UmeVa May 19, 2010

    Thanks, thanks.))))))))))))))))))))))

  5. Zackfairx3 May 19, 2010

    Nice job, she looks so cute (: but I think u put 2 much pink in her hair

  6. ABM4EVER12 May 19, 2010

    Nice PIC
    I like the background you chose
    Amazing work, keep it up =DD

  7. HoshinoSora12 May 19, 2010

    on my desk right now! thanks for sharing

  8. bayonetfocus May 22, 2010

    Great Job!

  9. Nubes May 22, 2010

    oh my goddess! what a beautiful piece! grea work! beaaaaaaaaaautiful!

  10. ahmademad2001 Mute Member May 24, 2010

    I really like this wallpaper :D

  11. Hooyaah May 25, 2010

    From a design and composition standpoint I can remark honestly that both show an accomplished artists' skill and knowledge. The subject material is one that stimulates and massages the imagination with beautiful and whimsical imagery. Color is used skillfully also, as the palette is limited to complimentary colors and shades of gray and white, that enhance and sensationalize the overall look and feel of the piece. Finally, the use of a darker background effectively serves to bring the character before us in a way that makes her both real and enhances her expressive visage and countenance. Thank you PaoPorsche for the considerable utilization of skill, time, effort, and planning that most certainly were expended in the creation of this work of art.

  12. vitaamin May 25, 2010

    despite the awkward technical details and slightly unappealing color scheme(she is pastel whereas the background is not), this wall works well. i enjoy the background, it has an amorphous quality that isn't too blurry to be uninteresting. for future walls pay attention to what color combinations you use by looking at photography/scans etc to pick more coherent colors.

    i'm sure as you continue vectoring your technique will improve. for the beginning, i suggest (esp for this wall) to start off with cellshading and move gradually towards more painted looks. painting requires patient layering of colors to create sharp images

    as for pen+tablet i would suggest that you practice a little more with composition before deciding to invest. its only a tool

    i also invite you to join

  13. cacak Jun 18, 2010

    nice pic! thank for sharing

  14. akika Jun 19, 2010

    Another fantastic one yet again~ really doing a great job here!

  15. Johneddy Mute Member Jul 26, 2010

    wow, that's a nice pic, i like it

  16. Tonghuo Aug 15, 2010

    Great Job MAN or GIRL! i luv this wallpaper, especially lightning!

  17. juni0rlie Aug 22, 2010

    i love this one ! ^^ thanks

  18. karagounet76 Banned Member Oct 06, 2010

    nice scan, thank you for sharing it

  19. LiLCruz Nov 11, 2010

    amazing wallpaper thanks.

  20. HaroHaro Dec 04, 2010

    Thanks for sharing, very nice wallpaper

  21. Lyndis Dec 08, 2010

    A great wallpaper, Light is so... Sweet... And tsundere (?)


  22. Kengou12 Dec 14, 2010

    damn... thats pretty awesome

  23. Usagi Dec 28, 2010

    super super thanks for sharing XD

  24. melt123 Jan 14, 2011

    o wow, great artwork! i love lightning, she's awesome! tnks for the lovely wallpaper!

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