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FFT - Scorch and Wither, O' Ifrit! by RinoaDestiny FFT - Scorch and Wither, O' Ifrit! :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 7 0 FFT - Train Lest Ye Be Idle by RinoaDestiny FFT - Train Lest Ye Be Idle :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 4 0 Your Support (Akira and Mikhail) by RinoaDestiny Your Support (Akira and Mikhail) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Lady of the Contained Light by RinoaDestiny Lady of the Contained Light :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Jedoya Islenth: Sacred Guardian by RinoaDestiny Jedoya Islenth: Sacred Guardian :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Moving On (#14) by RinoaDestiny Moving On (#14) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Grief (#13) by RinoaDestiny Grief (#13) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 What Have They Done? (#12) by RinoaDestiny What Have They Done? (#12) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 The Sacrifice (#11) by RinoaDestiny The Sacrifice (#11) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Of What's to Come (#10) by RinoaDestiny Of What's to Come (#10) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 A Hand for A Brother (#9) by RinoaDestiny A Hand for A Brother (#9) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 1 0 Thus the Battle Turns (#8) by RinoaDestiny Thus the Battle Turns (#8) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 1 0 Battle in the Forest (#7) by RinoaDestiny Battle in the Forest (#7) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 1 0 Stay Down (#6) by RinoaDestiny Stay Down (#6) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 3 0 A Break in the Shadows (#5) by RinoaDestiny A Break in the Shadows (#5) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Directions in the Heat (#4) by RinoaDestiny Directions in the Heat (#4) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0


I made two little cards for a friend by rogner5th I made two little cards for a friend :iconrogner5th:rogner5th 333 22 Modern catholic chapel in Warsaw by GreeGW Modern catholic chapel in Warsaw :icongreegw:GreeGW 399 45 Thriae - Daphnis by puimun Thriae - Daphnis :iconpuimun:puimun 1,278 68 removing blue sketch lines by oomizuao removing blue sketch lines :iconoomizuao:oomizuao 1,013 83 #241 A Song to Narnia by Picolo-kun #241 A Song to Narnia :iconpicolo-kun:Picolo-kun 3,640 199 Searching for new puzzles by rumbl3fishy Searching for new puzzles :iconrumbl3fishy:rumbl3fishy 4,550 469 Summer bikeride by ChristinaMandy Summer bikeride :iconchristinamandy:ChristinaMandy 274 50 Legolas by TurnerMohan Legolas :iconturnermohan:TurnerMohan 122 38 Legolas and Gimli depart by TurnerMohan Legolas and Gimli depart :iconturnermohan:TurnerMohan 646 96 Inizio della Fine by mlauritano Inizio della Fine :iconmlauritano:mlauritano 36 8 DC_Bank Security by Ikaruga DC_Bank Security :iconikaruga:Ikaruga 247 39 Ashley Riot by Melcaia Ashley Riot :iconmelcaia:Melcaia 15 5 the light before we land by sandara the light before we land :iconsandara:sandara 16,129 647 Truth lies just beneath the surface by Sarmati Truth lies just beneath the surface :iconsarmati:Sarmati 1,332 107 Do you remember? by mohn-blume Do you remember? :iconmohn-blume:mohn-blume 475 63 Holmes and Watson by s-u-w-i Holmes and Watson :icons-u-w-i:s-u-w-i 702 59


Cold life in sleeping wood by eswendel Cold life in sleeping wood :iconeswendel:eswendel 1,568 420 I Shall Face Damnation for You by juliedillon I Shall Face Damnation for You :iconjuliedillon:juliedillon 7,918 758 Novel title page by feimo Novel title page :iconfeimo:feimo 6,846 427 The Storyteller by auryn The Storyteller :iconauryn:auryn 299 212


FFT - Scorch and Wither, O' Ifrit!
The moment of awe when you first bring out Ifrit or see the fire djinn being summoned against you during an early battle in Final Fantasy Tactics (Ifrit tends to be one of the first offensive summons obtained by most players). This is not based on any battle map in the game - just me going for the dramatic. I also got some inspiration from the Balrog's appearance in the Lord of the Rings movie, where it just seems to burst out from flame.

Final Fantasy Tactics: Squaresoft/Square-Enix
Character Designs by Akihiko Yoshida
FFT - Train Lest Ye Be Idle
Ah, to return to this fandom! It's been a full seven years since I've returned to Final Fantasy Tactics, and to Ramza and Agrias practice sparring with each other outside of battle. In this case, I've decided to include some incoming pommel-bashing from Agrias towards a watchful Ramza. I loved dealing with the colors of their armor and the general feel of the piece. 

Final Fantasy Tactics - Squaresoft/SquareEnix
Original Character Design by Akihiko Yoshida
Your Support (Akira and Mikhail)
It pained him to look at Akira. So rigid, so unyielding to himself. Two weeks had passed since Eiji's untimely and gruesome death - the funeral was over (they couldn't claim the body) - and Mikhail couldn't recall Akira ever coming to grips with it. No tears, no mention of the nightmares - he could hear Akira's screams in the dark - and no sign that he was ready to talk. Eiji had told him before that Akira had difficulty dealing with loss, but this was hell. He wanted to reach out, to tell him he was here - had been here since the day he fell hard for him - but every line in Akira's body screamed resistance. He was hurting. Anyone with eyes could see that.

Mikhail bit the inside of his lip hard, drawing blood.

He crossed the room and knelt down in front of Akira, trying to maintain eye level with him.

Akira didn't meet his gaze.


It was surreal still, knowing Eiji was gone. The shotgun blasts at close range. Eiji's head gone. Blood everywhere. His lost fingers. The panic. The hysteria kept at bay, as he fought to survive. Everything rushing past in a blur. It didn't feel real, him being here. Alive. Sitting here with Mikhail across from him. Damn Mikhail...he didn't need...didn't want him here. None of this felt real.

First Tak. Now Eiji. All his friends dying before him. He didn't even ask why. He never got the answers. Why should he?

A solid presence on his shoulder. It was strong and warm. He could feel the heat of Mikhail's hand through the thin fabric of his shirt. He felt numb. Cold. Hollow. So much blood and Eiji's body falling sideways. How it haunted his dreams, caused him to wake up in hysterics at night on the verge of sobbing. A weakness. His father's cutting voice mocking him even now. A weakness. He was an assassin. People died in this line of work. People died all the time.

It should have been him. Eiji, he was sure, would've dealt with it better.

It didn't turn out that way. 

Eiji was gone. He was still here. And it wasn't fair, even knowing that life handed him a bad set of cards.

Mikhail was very close to him. He could feel the concern, the worry, the anxiety in how tight the grip on his shoulder was. He didn't need to look to know the expression chiseled on his face. Because he knew Mikhail and loved Mikhail and didn't ever want to lose him. 

A horrific thought. Without realizing it, his right hand - what was left of it - clutched at Mikhail's sleeve like a lifeline.

"Akira?" A soft voice. "It's okay. I'm here."

He opened his mouth but he'd no words to say. Nothing at all. Just an overwhelming ache that he couldn't describe.


Drawn in pencil. Color overlay in Photoshop to match the color of the sketchbook paper, which got lost in the scanning process. 
Lady of the Contained Light
An old female character design that I suddenly remembered and had to try painting. She is the keeper of a jar of golden light which can bestow abundance and good things to those whom she discerns needs it.

This is a re-design, as I completely forgot her old design and instead went with the Greco-Roman influences that I constantly surround myself with now. Her hairstyle is influenced by the Roman Vestal Virgins' hairstyle, and the jar is closer to an amphorae than an usual jar. The bottom of the jar is actually more pointed, like the amphorae found in Roman ships for transport.

I got to use my new Finetec Gold paints for this one, and they are glorious! So lovely and shiny! It really brings home the magic of the jar's contents that I always had in mind.
Jedoya Islenth: Sacred Guardian
Having gained some watercolor skills, I'm currently trying to keep the skill level and also continue to progress with technique. This was painted in a sketchbook my aunt gifted me (perfect for simple watercolors). This is a very old character from 1999, which I've neglected for a while. The last time I drew this character was in 2006, so I decided to give him another shot.

Jedoya Islenth is a sacred guardian, taught to be a warrior monk of sorts with a very high focus on celibacy, scriptural study, and devotion to keeping the ways of worship pure. He's not an enforcer of religious rules or practice, but rather he looks out for keeping the balance as a whole. Since balance is always threatened, Jedoya also has been taught the ways of swordsmanship in order to protect and guard others and his own life. This is particularly useful when his elder half-brother Rasneth, not content with his firstborn rights of inheritance, decides that he covets what Jedoya has and opposes him. 

Jedoya's design was initially based on Persian dress and weaponry. A decade later, this still holds true. His sword is a shamshir (now known more as a scimitar). Also carried on his back is the holy writ (of which I believe I might just make up or skew heavily towards Zoroastrianism). Either way, he is one of my more interesting and colorful characters, so I'm happy to give him an upgraded design, if a bit late in the making.

Painted with Sakura Koi and Winsor & Newton watercolors.
The moment as a storyteller/writer/artist when your character astonishes you with a major reveal -

Me (while puzzling out this particular main character): So, why did you become an assassin, Akira?

Akira Ishikawa: Because Tak died.

Me (internal thought is boggled): Wait - *That* Takeshi?

Akira: Takeshi Ogawa, who else?

Me: I did not see that coming. But why did you -?

Akira: He died and I wasn't there to protect him, and it's his old man's fault. I wanted to kill him for what he did to him.

Me: Did you? Was that your first kill?

Akira: No. The old man cheated us. Got drunk and fell into the river.

Me: So, you were bros with Tak and Eiji?

Akira: Yeah, I was. With Tak before he killed himself. Still am with Eiji.

Me: How'd he take it? Tak's suicide, I mean.

Akira: He was busy. Couldn't even go to the funeral or talk to Ryuichi. I was angry at him, too.

Me: So you became an assassin after that?

Akira: Anger was the only thing I knew. I didn't want people like his old man alive. So I did what I could.

Me: Are you regretting it now?

Akira: I don't know. That's not something I can answer right now.
  • Listening to: Hotel Dusk/Last Window
  • Reading: Icelandic Sagas
  • Drinking: Ice water


Ann Koo
United States
Favourite genre of music: VGM, techno, goa trance, Celtic, orchestral
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams, Man Ray
Favourite style of art: Classical, Russian Constructivism, Art Nouveau
MP3 player of choice: Using CD player now
Wallpaper of choice: FFT PSP edition wallpapers. More Yoshida is good.
Favourite cartoon character: Reki (Haibane Renmei), Ichise (Texhnolyze), Killy (BLAME!), Zouichi Kanoe (Biomega)
Personal Quote: Can I roll a D20?


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SzarySmok Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice gallery:)
RinoaDestiny Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Thank you very much, SzarySmok. =)
SzarySmok Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
samuraiprose Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Hey! You still use this? Had a question for you.
RinoaDestiny Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Yes, I still use DA. What's your question, samuraiprose?
samuraiprose Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Got Facebook? Was hoping to add you; I've got the other GMBers on and I chat with them from time to time.
RinoaDestiny Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Yep, I'm on Facebook.

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SnazzyTiger Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I just have to say, kool picture up top
RinoaDestiny Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thank you. Been experimenting a lot this year. =)
SnazzyTiger Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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