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Lightning Returns: FF XIII Contest

Tue Feb 11, 2014, 11:59 AM

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII allows players to customize its heroine, Lightning, in ways the series never has before. To celebrate, deviantART and Square Enix invite you to design your own customization of Lightning in the first ever contest of its kind! Submit now and show us your skills as a designer and as an artist. "Customization" means changing Lightning's look, body, apparel, weapons, or other accessories and anything else you wish to change on Lightning.

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Get inspired! Watch the trailer and view or select as references the LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII imagery at the link below.

Create your own "customization" of Lightning from LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII. Remember, please limit your work to FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy content only. (Read details on "customization" in Official Rules)

Enter your artwork into the contest by using the SUBMIT ENTRY button below. Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG file and must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height.

  • Original Sketch from FINAL FANTASY character designer Tetsuya Nomura*
  • Custom Xbox 360 console & controller**
  • $1,000 USD
  • Final Fantasy XIII trilogy on Xbox 360 (3 separate copies of Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII)
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII button down collared shirt
    (XL size)
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII logo keychain

*Images shown do not necessarily represent actual prizes.

**If the LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII edition Xbox 360 console is not available in a configuration suitable to the Entrant's country of residence, Sponsor or Square Enix may replace it with a substitute Xbox 360 console or cash equivalent upon its sole discretion.

The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Contest begins at 12:00 AM (PST) on February 11, 2014 and ends at 11:59pm (PST) on February 20, 2014.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of February 11, 2014
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PST) on February 20, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest; Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • The Work is your own original customization of Lightning. "Customization" means changing Lightning's look, body, apparel, weapons, or other accessories and anything else you wish to change on Lightning.
  • The Work may originate in any drawing medium but must be submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file;
  • Your entry must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height;
  • Licensed brushes and textures are acceptable as well as original assets from the Entrant's own work and visual elements from Final Fantasy XIII. Do not include the names of Lightning and/or Final Fantasy in your entry;
  • Entrant may use the material from the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy or the materials provided at the Contest Site but may not use characters that appear only in other Final Fantasy chapters;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully.

The three winners will be selected by FINAL FANTASY main character designer Tetsuya Nomura. Judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Originality of the "customization" of Lightning
  • Overall Impact of the Work
  • Technical and Artistic Skill

Please read the Official Rules for additional judging information.

EACH WINNER WILL APPEAR ONE AT A TIME AND ONE PER DAY ON MARCH 7, 2014; MARCH 8, 2014; AND MARCH 9, 2014 IN HOME PAGE BILLBOARD TAKEOVERS.




DeviantART and Square Enix present the LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Contest! Create your own custom version of Lightning in this first ever contest of its kind! Three grand prize winners will receive an original sketch from FINAL FANTASY character designer Tetsuya Nomura, $1,000 USD, a custom Xbox 360 console and controller, and more! Enter now!
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Linkiux Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
intrresting
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Okayy, spring rolls then... :popcorn:
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Wow!
*would have popcorn but I am not so much into it D: *
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Halonix Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
yep as i see i have definitely did not understood what i was supposed to draw for this contest  .

 ooo well next time , gz to the winners .
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ph081601 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey~everyone~
Even even though my design didn't win,but still fall love in Lighting!
so I decided to share my design to everyone love Lighting ,just like me.


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Everyone could used my design to your artwork for FF13 or LRFF....


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the only rule is asked for put my design ""link"" on your work description.
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Thanks everyone.
and Congrats for these winners.
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Jinsui-Kanjou Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
seriously who won?
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Jinsui-Kanjou Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
seriously who won?
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FROZENVIOLINIST Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
an d who won? XD
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0rgan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Hm.............. And the 50 list?
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moonlight-fox Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners!

Anyway Here is my Top 154: moonlight-fox.deviantart.com/j…

Only one out of chosen 154 made it to the top 3 but I still believe everyone who put an effort is already a winner. Great job to all participants!
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fadeddreamss Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
WTF dA .O why don't you just change the "Judging in progress" and officially announce the winners? This looks so amateur... :/ BTW, I knew right from the beginning one of those entries would win XD but I expected at least one of them to be different, because I saw an awesome design that really deserved a prize. Not saying that the others didn't, tho. Everybody did a great job. Congrats to the winners :3
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Ai-Don Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
When there are these contests, I am excited and willing to work my hardest to make a great entry. I always see that digital artwork often wins these kinds of contests so I tried to make one of my entries digital, but I went traditional for my other two entries. It's hard to draw with a mouse. I tried to make original costumes that look beautiful. I wished there was more time with this contest, I definitely rushed with my entries. It's kind of discouraging because you want this win for recognition and for job potentials. 
:( (Sad) 
Please check out my three entries:
Hellfire's Dance: ai-don.deviantart.com/art/Ligh…
Diamond Dust: ai-don.deviantart.com/art/Ligh…
Azrael: ai-don.deviantart.com/art/Ligh…
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MadeInTheHeavens Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have a realy nice style, with a lot of spirit!!:wow::clap:
It's fun to practice with a mouse! After I lost my first tablet, I wasn't draw anything in a digital way. Than last year, to make a favour to a friend, I started to paint with a mouse, and it worked!
It kills the index finger and no pressure-sensitivity, but better than nothing.Nod 
Here, I painted this with mouse. Now I bought a genius mouse-pen, the cheapest way to have a tablet-like interfaceSweating a little... , it's half the price of the smallest bamboo, and still decent. And combined together some freeware painter program like GIMP/MyPaint is a good sollution for beginners, who have financial problems(like me). ;)
As a traditional artist, I recommend you mypaint after you buy a tablet, it's really painter-friendly! :D
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Ai-Don Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thank you, I am right now comparing prices and quality of drawing tablets. So far, wacom bamboo tablets have gotten positive reviews.
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MadeInTheHeavens Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :)
The smallest/cheapest bamboo haven't got any extra, compared to the genius, pressure sensitivity is the same 1024 levels, and the work area is only a slightly bigger!  I don't wanna talk you down from bamboo, this was my personal choice, but I really don't felt like paying double the price for the bamboo name, just because it's more popular. The talent is not in the tablet after all!Meow :3 
The biger bamboo, what I really think is worth the price, those are over 250 euro/dollar ^^;, and I want a Intuos Pro Medium, and that's 440$.
Whatever your choice will be, I wish you a lot of inspiration and time to make it real!;) (Wink) 
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Jvtoon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
My advice is to never ever draw with a mouse! It's just not practical. I suggest you invest in getting yourself a drawing tablet for Photoshop.

Your entries looked great. But with all things, practice and study makes everything better.

And please don't use a mouse okay!  :)
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Ai-Don Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
I know, I am saving up money to buy a tablet, so I was trying to compensate without it. What I do is sketch a drawing, scan it, and color it. Any kinds of tablets you recommend?
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purenai Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can get a wacom bamboo fun. That's what I have.
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Awesome-nee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Where can I find winners?
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YuminiChi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i want see the winners one more time :p
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YuminiChi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congratulations ^^
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Katie-is-Nancy-Drew Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I do have complaints, and I am sad that my entry totally sucked, BUT I'm also happy for the winners. So, congrats to the winners... and now I will go weep in a corner for a while. (or not) I can't help it if I'm still at kind of a beginner right? It's not my fault that the contest entries varied from beginners to professionals rather than making it a fair fight :P Oh well, next time then.
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NikiGracias Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I really believed that thanks to this contest I had the opportunity to become "professional" artist. To write to all people I know: "See? I am a pro now!"
but I worked too much on the design. I was changing parts of the armor until the last day and that slowed me a lot. So I basically didn't finished my entry properly and published it as is in the last 15 min. Of course I can't win, I should not win, because my entry is a WIP. Then I saw that originality of the design was not important. It was like a "bad luck" for me. Effort had no importance at all, only luck. This is wrong! So wrong! So apart from charging with my own grudge, I will quit visual arts for a while, I totally lost my inspiration to draw.

Apart from all that, what I want to say to people who complain about the professionals who entered the contest:
1st: You cant avoid professionals to enter the contest when there is an important monetary prize. The uncle of a 13 years old could draw the entry.

2nd: Try to become professional too! But it will be hard to achieve!  Such is the system, G+ and FB too. You could draw your own Mona Lisa and get 20+ but that one that published a selfie in bikini will get for her sketches 200+.  Think well if it worth to draw hard and sacrifice your dignity for years until people slowly, very slowly begin to consider you professional. If you have any other talent apart from drawing, go and explore it! keep drawing for pleasure.

to people who argue about traditional vs digital:
there are some traditional art that beats digital one, go and look at the pieces made using air brushes, or drawings of 50 inches. I personally would prefer to do traditional paintings but it is cheaper and cleaner to use a tablet. I sometimes browse the artistic filters in PS just to enjoy that traditional art touch of the drawing. something that hardly could be achieved with PS, the real-life brush is adding beauty in a natural way to the painting. and still I don't think a chimpanzee can draw a masterpiece using PS. Talent still matters. maybe you could complain about people using 3D posing programs. They don't have to know nothing bout shadows and anatomy or perspective....
(and yes it is easier using a program, you have not instant undo in traditional art)
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nathanroe880 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
What? You're upset because you didn't win?
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NikiGracias Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
yep! It's a normal human reaction. Are you never getting upset?
Maybe was not cool to complain about it in public, but getting upset is very normal reaction. I would delete my comment if there was a way to do it.
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traithorz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is there a winners already? where is the list?
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kicky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to the jaw dropping entries :)
I entered the contest knowing I have very slim chances to win, and because contest help me push my limits. I kept giving myself that hope though I might just win haha
I am kind of jealous to be honest :P mostly because I'll probably never be able to come up with such art. It is impressive what they did in such a short time, pro or not.

People saying 13 years old didn't have a chance, well I am 28 and didn't stand a chance too XD

Well for what it is worth, I think we've all outdone ourselves from the entries I've seen, some brilliant ideas out there.
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liark2z Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, when the Tomb raider reborn contest was over and lost I thought there will be never again another chance to make a work for Square Enix, and now it came this one about final fantasy and even if we lost we hope there will be others contests and chances like this one in the future and for sure we will get better than we are now.

sorry my english sucks xD
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kicky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, but as we get better, they get better too :lmao:
nah well as long as you draw with passion, I guess that is what matters most :)

your english is fine lol don't worry English isn't my native language either.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Where are the winners? I can't see any information :(
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kicky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
scroll down a bit, a lot of people have posted them :P
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   Digital Artist
I've seen it afterwards, but I mean - where is the official announcement? BTW, I don't see any banners on dA. Unless it was only 7,8 & 9th.
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kicky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know, I don't see it too lol Supposed to show up in the main page.
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Eeren Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners! :rose:

The "judging in progress" banner makes me want to believe that maybe you'll also show us the 50 semi-finalists! *O*
That would be amazing! I really hope you will! ^^

By the way, guys, this was my entry, check it out if you want!
[CONTEST] Royal Fencer Garment by Eeren  
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Jvtoon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Here was my entry! LOL! sta.sh/01g8zstr1iva
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uomie Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist
It's normal! :w00t!:

Congratulations for the winners... it was fun to join... really. :iconcblushplz:

I have to do my best next time. :D :iconhappyskipplz:
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kicky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vanille is cool :3
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uomie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist
YEAH
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Amritha-I Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to all those who won. Amazing work, really.
All three winning entries are epic! :D
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Jakuu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Congratulation to the winners :)
Also gonna quickly leave my 2 cents again.

Pros vs non-pros: It just so happens pros have more skill, so they have a higher chance of winning. If you wanted the judges to throw a bone to the amateur artists, that's wishful thinking on your part. They were under no obligation to do so.

Digital vs traditional: Irrelevant actually. They picked the best looking art, which just happened to be digital. 

Nomura rumors: Based on my knowledge of the situation, there has been no official word on whether Nomura actually judged the artworks. So all this 'he did' or 'he did not' stuff is purely speculation. Little point in getting all worked up over rumors.

Vague rules: Yeah, I suppose I'll grant you this one. Sucks if you tripped over a technicality, though I don't think it would've made too much difference in the results. Seems like the judges were judging based largely on skill, so unless you feel you can out-skill the current winners, it wouldn't have helped you to have known anyway.

In any case, though it's not really my place, I thank you for your efforts. Even if you feel like maybe the officials aren't acknowledging your time, work and/or concerns, there are many people here (including myself) that do realise the effort you put into your submission and will support you on that basis.
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Skull-Ghost Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'd give you a jar of cookies if I could. Well said, and I absolutely agree with you.

There are always going to be someone more skilled than others. Wishing for a fair fight is like wishing for a blue, rainbow farting, unicorn to come dropping out of the sky. It's not gonna happen. I still remember the UIL Texas state competitions back in the high school years. I played the trumpet, and that competition....just showed me how much I needed to practice. I managed to beat a lot of the other competitors, most of whom had 2-3 years more experience than me (I was a freshman) because I practiced a lot, but there were some that were pro level good. I mean, they were freaking good. They beat the stuffing out of me. :'| Would it be fair to say that, because they're more skilled than others, that they can't participate in the competition? No. They had every right to compete just as much as me. I just didn't practice as much as them. Competitions are just that: the best win. They're not a pity-party contest.

I do agree that the rules were pretty vague though. They should have made some effort to clean it up and make it clear. 
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Jakuu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
And I'd totally take the cookies if I could lol.

But yeah, that's just the nature of competitions. 

And I understand why many are upset about the rules. Even if they didn't have a good chance at winning anyway, specific guidelines would've meant they'd have been better equipped for the competition. Not being able to perform to the best of your ability due to a technicality is indeed disappointing. Even if they didn't win, knowing they gave it their best shot would've made the loss easier to accept.
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yourmomsaname Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yourmomsaname.deviantart.com/a…

Well, here's my entry. c: It was fun to participate! Everyone had lovely entries <3
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Snowstorm102 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Congrats to the winners! Your art was great!!! ^0^
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MadeInTheHeavens Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, a lot of people shared their entries here, so let me in!!! Please check it!:iconbegplz:
madeintheheavens.deviantart.co…
madeintheheavens.deviantart.co…
To tell the truth, I probably not participate, if I realize sooner, this contest is not an exclusive competition for amateurs like me! Ashamed
I enjoyed to making my entries, but it's such a vaste of time and effort, if others barely can see it...
The contes rules are also fooled me too, duhh!!OMG!  :| (Blank Stare) CURSE YOU!
Congrats for the winners, they deserve the attention!
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cacchang Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Digital Artist
The amount of negative comments about this contest doesn't surprise me. DA has always been very crap about how their contests are worded, so if you want to enter a future contest, I highly suggest you hound the contest page itself so that another mod will actually go through the effort of wording out the contest to be more specific about the rules so you know EXACTLY what it's telling you to do. I remember a long time ago when they had an okami contest, the rules were incredibly vague, and in the end I think more than half of the entries didn't fallow those same vague rules, and it got one hell of a backlash. The contest ended up disappearing into oblivion after that, lol!

Congrats to the winners though!. I'm wondering though if they made a list or page specifically to showcase the entries that made it into the top 50.
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KaikoSensei Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congrats to the winners!!! (^^)
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NeoSlashott Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats to all three winners  :)    I guess I still wont regret that I joined the contest.


Anyways, what if there are such things as consolation prices to all non winning entries (only to be fair to all contestants, even though we couldnt win 3 winning prizes) just to make lots and lots of costumes for the each future updates?  So that way more and more from our contest costume designs means more variety.   :D

Just what-ifs...   xD  heheheh
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NickNightshade Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So.... pretty safe to assume they're never announcing the winners, right?
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Skull-Ghost Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
They already did. 

arist0te.deviantart.com/art/Fo…
karmalizzard.deviantart.com/ar…
randis.deviantart.com/art/Ligh…

Sorry, for some weird reason thumbs wouldn't show up. :c
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