@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [Recs] [personal profile] justira: 3 fic recs, 2 art recs (FFVI, FFVIII, FFIX, FFX, FFT)

Okay guys! There has been a LOT of woe in my journal lately! Sorry about that. I try not to leak all over the place. To offset all of the woe-ing, here are happy things!

DOINK! Final Fantasy Exchange is finally gearing up, and signups are open! WOOOO! Read all about the goings-on at one of our news comms, [community profile] ff_exchange or [livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange. FFEX has been lucky enough to have some amazing people producing incredible gifts under its aegis. SO. Time for a long-overdue mini rec-post!

[Art] FFVI - Gotta make a good impression! (Gau, Sabin, Terra) by [livejournal.com profile] safety_caesars
Rating | Warnings: G, spoilers for an optional mini-scene in the game
Notes: FFEX 2009 Phoenix Down — Gau and Sabin brotherly love, Terra should be there too!

Squee: The expressions. THE EXPRESSIONS. Are perfect. I just. I have no other words for them. This artist also has a knack for making Amano's costumes actually look like people could live in them; in this particular case, Sabin's rather blingy and delicate tank top actually looks manly. Also amazing: Sabin actually looks like his brother here; I flailed about that so hard in my comment. Terra looks so sweet and young in just the right way, and Gau, beyond having an absolutely priceless expression, somehow looks hot. WHAT.

[Fic] FFVIII - Small Things (Squall/Rinoa) by [livejournal.com profile] invocations
Rating | Warnings: G, no spoilers
Notes: FFEX 2007 Moogle Fluff — ...Squall/Rinoa romance. >.> 670 words
Summary: Just a small moment in which Squall takes itty-bitty steps forward.

Squee: The characterization here is just so spot on! It's short and sweet and the narration so fittingly, amazingly Squall. This strikes just the right note of Squall/Rinoa for me: sweet in a rounabout kind of way, Squall taking small steps outside himself, imperfect and grumpy and just right.

[Art] FFIX - Pub Night (Zidane, Freya, Blank, Steiner, Beatrix) by [livejournal.com profile] sonopants
Rating | Warnings: G, possibly super minor spoilers but not really?
Notes: FFEX 2009 Gift for [livejournal.com profile] roughhandssAnything from IX. Zidane, mm. Freya, mm. Blank!!!mm. Steiner/Beatrix is hot too.

Squee: This is in watercolours. Amazing, vibrant watercolours! Everyone's expressions are so awesome here, and this artist's style together with the watercolours feels so right for FFIX. Everyone looks lively and full of (fun) emotion. The interactions between all the characters is just great, too, and I will never, ever stop laughing at how badly Zidane is losing here. Hearts forever and a half.

[Fic] FFX - Shades of Red (Braska, Auron) by [livejournal.com profile] marmaladecat
Rating | Warnings: PG, some spoilers for the game's backstory
Notes: FFEX 2007 Gift for [livejournal.com profile] owlmooseAuron with Braska and/or Kinoc, pre-pilgrimage. Gen preferred, subtext okay. 1,029 words
Summary: It's the strangest things that stand out.

Squee: Oh, oh gosh, this fic is just so beautifully sad. I love the relationships here, Auron's protectiveness. The red theme is wonderfully worked in, and just, everything about this story is so effective and lovely. So few words, so much feeling and affect; scenes and moments chosen so well. It's short, but it's heartbreaking, and it hits my FFX backstory buttons so, so hard.

[Fic] FFT - Antipyretic (Agrias, Ramza, Mustadio, Beowulf, Alma, Reis, Lavian. Beowulf/Reis) by [livejournal.com profile] ovo_lexa
Rating | Warnings: PG13, party spoilers plus vague general spoilers
Notes: FFEX 2009 Gift for [livejournal.com profile] mithrigil"Fear and loathing with job classes." Take that as you will. 2,266 words
Summary: There are two ways of getting ahead: the slow, safe way that takes a lifetime to master and the fast, dangerous way that takes others’ lives.

Squee: My meta-loving heart just about died when I read this. Job class/crystal meta! In FFT! I AM NOT SURE I COULD BE MORE THRILLED. This also hits my "voices in your head" kink so hard (one of the reasons I love summons and summoning meta so much). Basically I could roll in the meta here all day. The punchline is heartbreaking and amazing, the disoriented and desperate air so good. Deliciously, deliciously creepy.

BASICALLY everyone should come play so amazing work like this keeps happening! SO MUCH LOVE TO ALL OF YOU! <3
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: Do not list please XD

Daily Doodle: Ahaha I am totally giving myself ulcers out of stress and worrying about my story that I have now given to my betas and oh my god I am going to throw up a lot. SO I am taking all of my nerves out on Zidane >.>
Backdated 2 hours
Time: 5 mins?

Daily Doodle: Zidane has ulcers )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIX] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Blank/Zidane (PG13)

Daily Doodle: Look! It is not a cat-goat or any other sort of animal! ... unless monkey-tailed scoundrels count >.>

Uh... not much to say? I ship Zidane/Garnet super hard, but come on, Blank/Zidane is... not very resistible. Also, FFIX proportions can bite me.

Rated PG13 for makeouts and incipient disrobing.

Time: cripes I don't even know. 3 hours? Way too long. Got absorbed.


Daily Doodle: FFIX - Blank/Zidane )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIX] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Amarant doodle (Amarant) (G)

Daily Doodle: Today ended very badly. Sorry the doodle is cursory; it's all I got today.
Time: 7 mins

Daily Doodle: FFIX - Amarant (G) )
@[livejournal.com profile] ff_press: [FFIX] [livejournal.com profile] justira: Beatrix doodle (Beatrix) (G)

Daily Doodle: Wowwww guys I was not feeling it today! Beatrix deserved a cool action pose and general awesomeness but apparently all I had in me today was a portrait/bust without even arms. Well. At least I drew something! PS: The FFIX style is hard to do =(
Time: 30 mins. A slow day, apparently!

Daily Doodle: Beatrix from FFIX )

Title: Monkey Around
Fandom: Final Fantasy IX
Characters/Pairings: Garnet and Zidane
Rating: G!
Notes: I drew this to for [livejournal.com profile] wheatear for submitting her FANTASTIC Quina drabble to last week's [livejournal.com profile] ff_100 theme, FFIX: The roads we walk. I said I'd draw something for everyone who entered, and so this is the first of those. She asked for "Zidane monkeying around". To me, anything involving his tail counts, so I hope this is okay ^^;

I am REALLY proud of this one. It was also done entirely in tablet, and I'm just ecstatic that my tablet control seems to be improving so much. I also managed to not completely mangle a fairly unusual pose for Zidane. The hands and feet I'm especially proud of, and Garnet's hair. I'm (as always) less proud of the fabric, but at least it's not awful! There's still plenty of flaws, but overall I'm extremely pleased with my progress =D

Full-size image under cut! )

This is the slightly sketchy version. A cleaner version is up on [ deviantArt ]. I just couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I have both up in different places ^^;

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Title: A Light of Truer Blue
Fandom: FFIX
Characters/Pairings: Vivi and Zidane
Rating: G
Words: 138/300 (134 fic + 162 canon = 300)
Spoilers: Through end of game
Crit/Feedback: Both are very welcome =)
Notes: Written for FFIX:"The roads we walk" challenge at [livejournal.com profile] ff_100This drabble uses the entirety of what I believe to be Vivi's narration from the very end of the game. I really wanted to set this up as a kind of dialogue, though -- more specifically, as if Zidane was reading a note Vivi left and thinking about it as he read -- so this seemed necessary. I hope this is okay! More in my notes below.

A Light of Truer Blue )

Notes )

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Title: Reach
Fandom: Final Fantasy IX
Characters: Vivi and Zidane
Rating: so G it hurts
Notes: I drew this to promote the current challenge at [livejournal.com profile] ff_100, which is FFIX: The roads we walk (psst! if you're into FFIX at all SUBMIT DRABLES FOR THE CHALLENGE!). I was initially just going to draw dZidane by himself, but I decided that was boring and decided to try and draw him interacting with someone. Seeing as my own drabble submission for the challenge was going to involve Zidane and Vivi, I started sketching and came up with some line art I thought was good enough to colour.

This was done entirely in tablet, and I'm actually extremely proud of how much my tablet line art has improved. I went for a very simple colouring job this time, but I really like this concept and plan to come back someday to clean up the line art, colour it properly, and do this idea justice.

I've never drawn either of these guys before. I tried a lot of new things here, including flat colours and coloured lines. It was very fun!

Full-size image under cut! Warning: It is BIG! )

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