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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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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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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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*applauds the winners* :)
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Reimon-Master-II Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Cool! 
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