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In the LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Contest, we asked you to create a complete customization of Lightning in a first-of-its-kind challenge. The three winners were selected by none other than Final Fantasy legend, Tetsuya Nomura. Not only did the winners get their art displayed in a billboard on the deviantART homepage, but they will also receive $1,000 USD, a LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII customized Xbox360, an assortment of memorabilia associated with the game, and a signed original sketch from main character designer, Tetsuya Nomura. We would like to congratulate our winners and thank everyone who participated in this contest.

TETSUYA NOMURA’S COMMENTS

At first glance it looks like a CG, and it has a level of quality that makes it look like it was captured as a screenshot. While there were many heroic costumes for Lightning, I was drawn to the femininity of this costume and her hairstyle.

TETSUYA NOMURA’S COMMENTS

With one look I was hooked. The costume itself is sophisticated, and it's also very well done as an illustration. The background that reminded me of the Japanese flag (Hinomaru) matched well with the piece and was beautiful. As an artist, when I look at different works of art, I think to myself "If it were up to me, I would do it differently," but that thought didn't cross my mind once when I saw this picture.

TETSUYA NOMURA’S COMMENTS

It's wonderful as an illustration, but in addition to that, the artist drew in both the front and back views, so I felt the artist's clear intent when they created this piece. The red and blue color scheme was very beautiful, too.




In the LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Contest, we asked you to create a customization of Lightning in a unique challenge. The three winners were selected by Final Fantasy legend, Tetsuya Nomura. The winning entries were featured on the deviantART homepage, and each winner will also receive $1,000 USD, an original sketch from Tetsuya Nomura and more. See who took home the prizes!
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:iconbamiji:
Bamiji Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Great Designs, especially Forbidden Gateway
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PorcelainSkinnedDoll Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
What was the purpose of this contest anyways? I think personally it's dumb if he isn't going to use them as dlcs in LR. -.-
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:iconcrystalliana:
Crystalliana Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe you should have read the main article to know the purpose, Sherlock.
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:iconporcelainskinneddoll:
No duh, idiot. I know how to read. I'm stating there was no real useful purpose other than a prize. How about you shut your mouth.
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:iconcrystalliana:
Crystalliana Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course there's no useful purpose in a contest, other than a prize and improving your abilities; especially since depending on the type of contest you can learn a new style. I'm typing, not talking, so use proper abbreviations; anyways, I'll leave you there probably you lost anyways.
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Bamiji Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
That should have also been a prize
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:iconporcelainskinneddoll:
Yes. Even though some of the winners really weren't that great as others I've seen.
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MadeItMyself101 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
wow! :D
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novadragon1000 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
congrats , these look great....
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zieLarc Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
FANTASTIC!!
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Novice97 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
WOOOOOOO 
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NehanNoNiji Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
congratulation! :dance:
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Psychotic-Love Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
[Dies from heart attacks at the awesomeness]
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FallenTesla Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
great job to the winners =) they all look fantastic! also I really like the fact they have a blurb on why they were chosen.
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ThetaSigmaIV Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
*applauds the winners* :)
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Reimon-Master-II Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Cool! 
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Rocxann123 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Writer
Amazing work. 
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imperiom Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing.
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AnezCiel91 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Congratulations for the winners, hopefully this motivates me to be better in the work, and ... I wait all the armor of the contest winners in the Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns,, :)

to Tetsuya Nomura, who doesn't get lost original sketches from you? hahahaha: v
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm really curious to know what the original sketches are that Tetsuya Nomura will do for the winners. :la: Does anything think it'll be a request from the winners, or perhaps a sketch of their Lighting design?
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JamieWardley Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful contest with sooo many entries, all were awesome ^^
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MirrorTree Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of the entries were lovely asdfghjhfdsasdfgh nice to see so much art eeeeeeee
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CH3Karma Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   General Artist
Congratulations to not just all the winners, but to all that participated as well, for the amount of great artwork makes me wonder who has the tougher job, the artist or the judges.  Good job everyone as there all winners by participation.
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Shirousa69 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Wow, so one of the winner is already a Final Fantasy superfan??Sherlock Holmes  
And have an interview with SE, that lucky bastard!! Popcorn 
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Karaouq Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congrats XD :D
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Gyzra Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well done to the winners, these are amazing, the second one is my favourite though, it works so well as a single image design.
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Aiko-Hirocho Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
:clap:
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TheTowerOfJoy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad that Randis won. He does us all so many favors with all of his amazing FF fanart. 8]
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leinwizard Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!! you guys really deserve the prizes! They're all awesome! :iconblushplz:
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners!
Guess like I'll have to work a little harder next time... :)
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Etr0sKnight Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Congratulations to the winners! They definitely deserved it *_* All of these fit very well with Lightning as a character and I wish they were added to the game.... I would buy them in a heartbeat! 
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Arsiekdhol Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
congrats winners!! they looks all amazing and AWESOME!
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XYZexal Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Couldn't the winner's designs be added to the game as DLC for free? I mean it would look awesome if it was in the game.
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9999DamagePoints Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think It is going to be in the game, but almost sure, not for free
it's square-enix we're talking about, after all xDD
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metaknightswordx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Grants for da winners :congrats: 
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9999DamagePoints Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well............ ok, congrats and all, but I can't hepl but to think there where better (and above all, much more original) designs amongs the semi-finalist 
Just my opinion
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zieLarc Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
same thought as mine.. i saw several artworks more amazing then this and i thought "Oh, it`ll be the winner!" but yeah.. 
and it`s kinda confusing. the contest title is costumes design contest, but most of entries are wallpaper/action scene.. o.O hmmm
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TwistedStori Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
They look good. But yea, not very original. I do like the first one. It stands out from the other two but there certainly were better entry's. Im disappointed in the winners. To be honest, I was expecting to be blown away. They're all just kinda "meh" in my opinion. But congrats to the winners. They must be so excited ^^
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TwistedStori Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Also, the 3rd one has the word "Lighting" in the Title. I thought that was against the rules. O.o
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zieLarc Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
yes agree with you. if the third winner against the basic rule, then no need to forbid participants using "lightning" in the title 
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mercury-xx Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe the rules applied to the art itself. :) 
I agree with you though. The first place winner did very well but the other two, I wasn't really drawn to. Ah well.

Congrats to all winners and participants! :D
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SoraIsMyHomeboy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree. While the artwork itself is well-done from a technical standpoint, none of them really look like Lightning....the first one is pretty close, but I don't like the ponytail. It doesn't fit her personality or work with her look.

Oh well. Someone had to win, right?
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Ferions Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i agree with you: it was a new design contest, not a fan art contest,
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9999DamagePoints Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Je XD thanks
nice to hear I'm not the only one who thinks that 
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EclairFaDa26 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations for the winner ! :D
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CenixNova Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, congrats fans. The prices are awesome! :typerhappy:
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LitCanvas Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats to all the winners! OMGG TETSUYA NOMURA ACTUALLY PICKED THESE TOOO <3333 FF
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SeraphicWingSigma Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to all winners!
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Rune33 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
That's Like Awesome To Final Fantasy Fans Having The Man Behind It's Creation Personally Do That. Now Nomura Remake Final Fantasy VII!
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LoneWolfKyle Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Final fantasy 15.... when is it going to come out.... Congrats to the winners and their awesome work
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