Hey everyone, sorry it's been a super long time since I've updated my journal. Ever since getting married, working at the studio, holding private training lessons, I haven't had the time to do any DA stuff. So I thought I would take a moment and update some things. Unfortunately commissions will have to be put on hold for now because I simply don't have the time to put into them. I really wish I could continue because I was drawing some fun characters, but for now it's what needs to be done. So sorry to those that may have been wanting to ask me. Maybe once my schedule free's up I'll be able to go back to them. One thing I did want to start doing is writing my thoughts on characters and stories from various mediums here in the journal section. Just as a way for me to get my thoughts out there and maybe some of you will agree with me or disagree. They won't be rants, rather stories or characters that inspire me and my work. So please check back for those. Well since I'm here, here's an example...
One of my favorite games has got to be Final Fantasy 10 on the PS2; mainly because of the characters. The main character Tidus was different than the other FF leads, like the mellow dramatic Squall from Final Fantasy 8 for example. He was a character you enjoyed playing as and enjoyed watching; light hearted but with a strong spirit and will power, naive but calm tempered, and just had an all around positive uplifting attitude. Always had a smile on his face. Take his lead partner Yuna; very soft spoken, talented but humble, dedicated. She didn't have a serious personality but she was a bit on the reserved side. When you put those 2 together for their adventure through the game, Tidus's personality helps Yuna break out of her shell and basically learn how to enjoy life. A powerful moment, at least for me, between the two of them is when Tidus hears the news about his dad's connection to Sin and gets depressed. Yuna then becomes the one to teach him to stay positive, and all he needs to do is smile and laugh. The roles reversed and seeing the two of them laughing out loud was a much needed break from the Sin drama, for them and me the player.
(spoiler warning!!) The one part that made me drop my jaw to the floor was near the end when Tidus learns the truth about who he really is, and how he didn't want to leave Yuna. After beating the final boss, and seeing that cut scene where she tries to embrace him but falls down brought a tear to my eye. I remember thinking, "what jerks, how could they do that to poor Yuna? She just made this long ass pilgrimage, knowing full well that completing it would mean her death. They brought in Tidus as a way of supporting her and giving her exactly what she needed in a companion, teaching her how to be brave yet possitive. They of course fall in love, and the moment she's free and able to be with him they take him away from her." oh man and my heart still breaks thinking about her at the end of that dock whistling for him, hoping to hear him respond. Luckily though they reunited in the sequel so all's well that ends well. The story itself is a little complicated but the heart and soul of FFX was the relationship between Yuna and Tidus, one of my favorite video game couples.
So that's just an example of the kind of thoughts I want to share about other characters that I like. So please stay tuned for my next character analysis and thanks for your support!