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zidane portrait by Eyestrain zidane portrait by Eyestrain
A study. Hopefully I will get around to doing another, more interesting composition with him.

Zidane is a refreshing protagonist in the psx final fantasies as he is a reliable leader, friendly and considerate of others, and never hesitates to do whatís right (even if that breaks all kinds of laws). Unlike the brooding pretty boys of the previous two games, people are drawn to Zidane because he welcomes them to get closer to him and knows what to say to encourage his friends in times of crisis and get them on their feet again.
He has his own angst, but when struggling with it, it only reveals that he is still a 16 year old kid and just as lost as everyone else. But itís his willingness to be there, even for total strangers, keep a brave face on, and take whatever action possible that sets him apart.


zidane and final fantasy copyright squaresoft (square enix)
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Ask-Yuffie-Kisagari Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the color pallet you used!
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7marichan7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
of course, I'm agree with you. He does everything he's able to for helping his loved ones ;P very very nice portrait of him
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DeviCaity Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely fantastic and you've captured his personality in his expression perfectly. I love it! Amazing job, I hope you do more FFIX :D
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Thanks! I'd kind of forgotten about it, but someday a Vivi may be in order...
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WhiteFlameHariel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
arcademode here.
I love FFIX and this is amazing.
Great job!
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Hey! Thanks very much! :iconblushplz:
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Epic-ErikaPhobia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow!!

this is so lovely! I can't even muster all the words to describe how much I love it!
you even made him look slightly cheeky with the raised eyebrow! Awesome!
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TitanesqueCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I only recently found out that im not THAT weird for loving FF9 other all games.... Zidane is a fantastic character and you did an astonishing job capturing his facial features.
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thanks so much for saying so! I have also been pleasantly surprised with the number of IX fans :)
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Msbluewords Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So cuteeeeeeeeeeeeee
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
:thanks:
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. Best portrait of the best character ever. :)
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Very glad I could do a character you love justice :)
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theoriginalmistajonz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!
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Killer-Sweet Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student
Nice!
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snake1199 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
i love your work
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Thank you :thanks:
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MarenYou Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Zidane is appealing to me in the same way that Sora (from Kingdom Hearts) is appealing to me: They are both almost entirely driven by their hearts, believing that every person is capable of kindness, and are known for their habit of being quick to forgive. I think a lot of people tend to find these kinds of characters "boring," but in truth, the world is packed with brooding, shallow, bitter, and gloomy people. Those pulled by empathy are rare, indeed.

So why do we always glorify the violent manipulator? We're drowning in 'em everyday.
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
As a teen I definitely liked Squall the best. I thought that his aloofness was cool, and sympathized with his distaste for other people and desire to stay detached and not get involved in other people's nonsense. I liked Cloud too, because he was handsome (I always thought Zidane was a little odd looking).

But as an adult I've learned that if I don't extend a hand, the chance of connecting with someone else is really slim to none, and how much an extended hand and sympathetic companion can mean in hard times. Squall had people falling into his lap left and right and wanting to be with him, but upon replaying the game I couldn't completely understand why. He is reliable (at least for the first half of the game- he becomes an absolutely useless lump around disc 3) and his 'cool appeal' might make others want to crack his shell and get him to open up. But if I had to meet anyone in real life, I would want Zidane around. He's the kind of person who could make you smile and feel like trying again even when everything's gone wrong. That's amazing and I appreciate it a lot more now. It's a pleasure to have him as my window into the beautiful world of FF9.
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D'awww look at that face! Such a cute face, and such a fun game! I never finished it though :I
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I always lose motivation to continue around the end of disc 3 in any of the final fantasies. How far did you get to?
Thanks, I tried to match the in game face, but it's difficult since his proportions are actually kind of awkward. He's a bit of a funny looking kid (but I like that and hope to draw him accurately soon).
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I honestly don't remember, it's been many moons. My brother beat it and I've watched him play when little soooo I don't remember XD

I've never beaten a Final Fantasy game.
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
No worries. If you have fun while you're playing, that's what's important.
I love the ending theme that plays in the credits of most of them though, I recommend listening to it sometime.
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My brother would leave the opening theme of FF7 on while he slept.
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I had the soundtrack back in middle school and would loop the world map theme until I fell asleep :")
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such good music!
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darren9999 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
awesome drawing ps brohoof /)
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Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thanks ' w '
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darren9999 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
your welcome
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