An explosive disposition.
Here’s a spontaneous and entirely unexpected piece. Following the attempt present in Murky Lioness, here’s a more developed approach to the same style that leans a little heavier on ink than coloured pencil. It’s an interesting balance. It’s also an interesting way to create this kind of thing. Usually I’d start with strong line work and then apply colour, whereas with these pieces I’m starting with much weaker line work and adding to it as I go along. Working alongside the flow of the pencil.
As such, this technique produces a rather interesting style.
But the technique isn’t without merit elsewhere. I could see this same approach being useful in the creation of more detailed, highly intricate, and ultimately more interesting watercolour paintings. Opening up the potential to approach an even broader range of subject matter. It holds a surprising amount of potential for something done on a whim.
Final Fantasy also has a great number of creatures which suit this style well. Given their earlier, less realistic, more stylised art styles which were almost whimsical in their own way. Not to mention the recently released World of Final Fantasy which will undoubtedly house many creatures great for this style. Bombs are one of the common recurring enemies in the series, featured from as early as Final Fantasy II and mostly staying the same throughout. Except in Final Fantasy XIII where they take on more of a mechanical construction. They even feature as a part time summon with their signature explosive attacks. This particular variation is referenced from Final Fantasy X.
I liked the more mischievous style they had going on. Bombs exist to do one thing and one thing only- self destruct. However, they seem quite harmless from a distance. A floating, likely elemental, easily defeated foe which can’t cause you too much trouble. Until they explode and one of your party members goes down as a result of it. Then you’re always one click away from casting Blizzara on any and all of them that you see. They’re sneaky, though. Some enjoy ice and cold attacks. So you just avoid them all together.
The mechanical approach was a nice touch, too.
As you get the feeling that creatures like this were probably created by someone or something. It’s not like there’s anything else in the natural order of things that exists purely to not exist via self destruction. They almost feel like a weapon of some sort. As perhaps hinted by the early events of Final Fantasy IV.
Honestly, readers must love these posts as they come to see traditional art and leave with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Final Fantasy series. I’ve had a lot of fun with this piece, though. It’s one that I enjoyed creating as it’s not only a subject matter that I love, but it’s a style which is still new and fresh and ready for further refinement. I’m excited by the prospect that even after all of this time I’m still able to find new, interesting, and engaging styles and techniques to pursue. Not too long ago I had started to feel that there wasn’t much left for me to pursue as many of my ideas were falling flat. Now I’m feeling revitalised and ready to explore any number of unknown possibilities.
Have a nice weekend, all!
Art, design, and the like found herein (unless otherwise specified) is drawn and owned by David Wilkshire (also credited as Moggie) from 2006 to present date.
Final Fantasy, Bombs, Moogles, Genji equipment, and all associated trademarks and devices are owned by Square Enix.