So I was going through my DeviantArt gallery, deleting stuff. I've had this account since I was 14, and most of it doesn't feel really representative anymore. That wouldn't be a problem, if deviantart didn't suggest people who see my current works also should see thing I posted 11 years ago. It's just not a good way of presenting yourself. Anyway - I came across an old wallpaper I'd made of Kuja from Final Fantasy IX, with his final quote: "At last, I realized what it means to live. I guess I was too late". I struck a chord within myself, and felt like I had to make a new tribute to my favourite character from FF.
This is really not how Zidane and Kuja's last moments looked like, and I used a lot of artistic freedom. I removed his chest piece to make Kuja seem more vulnerable and human (though you wouldn't think he needed less clothes...) and obviously adjusted the setting to be more expressive than the original scenario. That is the beauty of being able to draw though - making how you experience something into a real thing.
Furthermore, I thought to myself several times that I couldn't finish this. I was really beating myself up getting Zidane's expression right for an hour, and I think some of that still shows (it's a bit more messy than I'd like). I was also wondering to myself whether the scene seemed too romantic, but I really couldn't care less. Different people will see different things. I'm trying to portray brotherly love, relief, and sadness.
Anyways, that's a lot of text! I hope you enjoy!