Final Fantasy 7: the perfect Cloud Strife fan artwork that we drew ourselves

Final Fantasy 7: the best Cloud Strife fan art that we drew ourselves

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is out at present. Who isn’t within the temper to revisit a basic?

In celebration of the discharge, the Polygon workers took on a problem: to attract Cloud Strife’s blue eyes and blonde hair. Polygon Draws host Jenna Stoeber was “worried about the human figure” — notably the workers’s means to completely seize Cloud’s well-known determine — however all of us did fairly dang nicely.

But who was the perfect? There have to be a winner! Please tell us after thoughtfully contemplating every artist’s assertion as nicely. If you’ll be able to’t get sufficient of our illustrious artwork, please see Polygon Draws Sonic (yikes) and Tom Nook.

Nicole Carpenter

“Cloud Strife might be the one Final Fantasy 7 Remake character I may choose of out a lineup of Final Fantasy characters. Even that, although, just isn’t a given … except he’s holding the big knife. The most placing factor about Cloud is his knife, so I selected to focus my efforts there. The pink marks are the blood of Cloud Strife’s enemies — and sure, it’s actual blood.” [Ed. word: It’s paint.]

Owen Good

“Having never played a Final Fantasy game (ducks rotten vegetables) the only minds-eye concept of Cloud Strife that I have is his low-poly version, with the square eyes and Naruto hair. Oh and that ridiculously large Buster sword on his back.” — Owen, age 46

Chelsea Stark

“Even if Cloud has gotten a gorgeous glow-up within the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, there’s something in regards to the chilly, useless fish stare from the unique I can’t get out of my head. Also I actually thought he and Sora went shoe procuring on the identical place. My b.”

Emily Heller

“I’ve never played a Final Fantasy but I knew two things about Cloud Strife: spiky hair, big sword. However, I’m also terrible at drawing, so I don’t know that my lack of FF7 knowledge was a hinderance here. My husband’s review was, “it looks like he’s doing a murder on himself” and so now I can’t unsee that. I did my greatest.”

Clayton Ashley

“ I haven’t performed Final Fantasy 7 and haven’t even actually performed a Final Fantasy recreation, however I do know Cloud has 1. a giant sword and 2. a giant hair. The relaxation I crammed in with belts.”

Julia Lee

“I had a standing to uphold by drawing this precisely. I wanted to show that I’m the author at Polygon dot com with probably the most Final Fantasy 7 mind worms. I haven’t considered anything since getting Final Fantasy 7 Remake in my talons, and I gained’t take into consideration anything for at the very least one other 4 months.”

Susana Polo

“My initial goal was to draw a very small Cloud with as big a sword as possible. This was immediately ruined the moment I drew his face a normal size. I was committed. For obvious reasons of ease, I decided to attempt to replicate blocky original cut-scene Cloud. This Cloud is easier to draw, though less familiar to me than the Cloud in Hercules’ arena in the original Kingdom Hearts. I couldn’t really remember his clothing. I guess I thought he wears a V-neck. I considered adding some superfluous belts or zippers but eventually went with this simplified look, plus a buster sword as big as could be fit on the page. If I’m proud of anything it’s the absolute himbo expression on his face, which I understand is in character.”

Ryan Gilliam

“I’ve spent the past two weeks staring at a Cloud’s beautifully rendered face and sweater tank top. So I decided to throw all of that out the window and create my own monstrosity. I’d like to say I captured the beauty of the original version from 1997, to give myself some slack. But truly … Sephiroth would not want this sad Cloud. Only I want this sad Cloud. And I hope that’s enough for him; he’s enough for me.”

Russ Frushtick

“I’ve always been pretty bad at drawing human feet. Thankfully I found a loophole: Chocobo feet.”

Ross Miller

Illustration: Ross Miller/Polygon

“I’ve had an OG low-poly depend Cloud behind my shoulder in Zoom all week, so fortunately I had some concept of what to do right here. One giant spike in a sea of smaller spikes? Check. Weirdly giant wrists? Sure why not. Baggy pants harking back to dangerous 90s fads? That… which may really come from my reminiscence of idea artwork again once I was a child. Oh! The sword is large! And extra importantly, Cloud having a wrestle with the sword means I don’t have to attract eyes. I keep in mind he has ‘mako eyes’ however… what the hell is the colour of Mako?”

Karen Han

“I know vaguely what Cloud’s face looks like but remember nothing else about him besides his sleeveless turtleneck, having a shoulder thing, and a giant sword. Hence, ‘Folks …’”

Charlie Hall

“I was hoping this week for an attack helicopter, perhaps the Kiowa from DCS World. Alas. I know Cloud has hair, and a body of some kind. Also a face. Attempts were made. But his iconic element is the sword. I’ve drawn many swords in my life, but never once have I drawn them on a pad of paper won by selling Girl Scout Cookies or with this many colored pencils. I’d like to thank my 10-year-old for the last-minute assist there. I used an Altoids tin — the same one I keep my voice recorder and microphone in — as a ruler.”

Simone de Rochefort

“I really like Final Fantasy 7 rather a lot, however I went into this problem with low vanity, figuring out that human our bodies are merely past my creative talents. I didn’t assume it could possibly be potential to decrease my expectations additional, however as I put pen to paper I spotted I couldn’t keep in mind what Cloud’s hair seems to be like. You know, Cloud’s well-known fucking hair. His most distinct attribute. The one function that might make a minimalist Cloud appear like Cloud Fucking Strife. What route does the hair go? What form is it, past that iconic spike?? I really feel like a kind of individuals who noticed the ‘imagine an apple’ twitter meme who found in that second that they will’t visualize objects. I CAN VISUALIZE OBJECTS. I’M A VERY VISUAL PERSON.”

Patrick Gill

“I began drawing Cloud and realized he form of has Calvin hair so I went from there. I haven’t performed Final Fantasy 7, so I simply needed to make an informed guess as to which idea Calvin Cloud would favor to derisively micturate upon.”

Petrana Radulovic

“The solely body of reference I’ve for Cloud is the very fact my youthful brother main-ed him in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U for a bit. All I knew was intense anime hair and obscure brooding perspective. And tank high? I feel there’s a tank high. Also very a lot channeling 2008 Deviant Art.”

Brian Gilbert

“I can’t believe I thought there were three holes in the sword. What a rookie mistake.”

Cass Marshall

“Proud of cloud from Smash for getting his own game.”

James Bareham

“Big sword, bigger pants.”

Matt Patches

“I’ve not performed Final Fantasy 7 Remake, nor have I really performed Final Fantasy 7. My neighbor had a PlayStation, and I watched possibly a couple of hours of largely incomprehensible gameplay. I feel I bought baked as soon as and watched Final Fantasy: Advent Children as soon as. The level is: I do know the hair, I do know the colour purple, I do know the enormous sword (however I ran out of room to make it actually large) and I knew Final Fantasy includes chocobos. I bought all of it in there for this piece.”

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