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Limited Moon by MoonsongWolf Limited Moon by MoonsongWolf
So there is a story behind this painting...

Long, long ago, someone asked me to draw for them something they had seen in a dream: Nanaki from Final Fantasy VII lying asleep (or passed out, perhaps) on the desert floor, similar to the scene from The Lion King with young Simba after the stampede. At some point during the drawing phase, I lost contact with the commissioner, through no fault of either one of us. They hadn't paid me, and I had only done a small sketch, so no harm was done.

However, for whatever reason, the idea stuck with me. I doodled it from time to time, when I felt like drawing something Nanaki-related. But I never quite got past the lineart stage.

Then, one day two years ago, I decided to test out some crackle medium. But what to do with the crackle paste? Creating a parched, craggy surface came to mind, at which point this old concept surfaced again in my mind. I drew Nanaki, painted the background, and put a flat coat on Red himself... then just stopped and put it away (like so many other things that I've started).

Last night, during a collaborative painting session with *CunningFox, her hubby suggested that we do an art piece of Red XIII. At that point, I fished this partially finished bastard of a painting out of my pile and vowed to complete it. I put the last details on him this evening while waiting on another project to dry.

It's not quite what I had in mind, but at least I finished some version of this. Now, maybe, I can at least stop thinking about it...

I hope.

Medium: Acrylic and crackle medium

Red XIII a.k.a. Nanaki is © SquareEnix
Artwork is © *MoonsongWolf
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:iconelfinha123:
elfinha123 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
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Moomba<3
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:iconblackicekitten9:
blackicekitten9 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014   General Artist
you did a great job! 
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Thank you. :)
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:iconcrimson-wolf2323:
Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome!!!!!love so much 
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Thank you! :)
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:iconcrimson-wolf2323:
Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome 
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:iconeternal-41269:
Eternal-41269 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww Nanaki :)
Love this guy and lovely painting.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Thank you! I love him, too. :)
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:iconginger-love:
Ginger-love Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's amazing !
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Thanks. :)
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:iconginger-love:
Ginger-love Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you welcome^^
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:iconakimune:
Akimune Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it looks quite good and you got amazing painting skills! ♥
I have acrylics myself but always been afraid to use them...q.q
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :) You should give your acrylics a try sometime! I used to hate working with them, but I have started enjoying it with practice (and starting out using a dry time retarder helped a lot, too). 
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I like the story which goes with the beautiful pic. Love crackle paste! I have some on my own here. This picture must feel wonderful when moving your fingers carefully around.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Thanks! Ooh, you should try out your crackle paste. It's a lot of fun to play with! I actually want to give it another try soon... I just need to think of something to do with it. :lol:
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:iconduzloo:
Duzloo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
School and applications first, then art :D
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
This is gorgeous. I love how you did the cracks on the ground, and the highlights - I just love your traditional style. :) You've got some incredible art, and I love seeing all of your newest pieces, even if I sometimes don't get time to comment on them. 
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thank you! I'm really glad that you liked this one. It was fun to play around with the different texture mediums, if nothing else. :D

(And don't worry, I almost never have time to comment myself these days! I have trouble just getting through my messages sometimes. :lol:)
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seraphina-lea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I can hear the music from that LK scene playing in my head when i look at this :'(
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:iconseraphina-lea:
seraphina-lea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
this made tears come to my eyes :'(
just... beautiful
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it, even if it is a bit sad. :)
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Enaxn Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That seriously IS a wicked idea!  I love how some draw-y ideas just.... stick with you like that.  it's kind of maddening but kind of awesome.  Or something. ANYWAY. This is AWESOME!  I always love it when you do Nanaki stuff! I've still got a fair amount of the Nanaki stuff you gave me hanging up in my room!

I love the sort of curled pose in this.  And that WICKED crackly desert ground texture.  With all those lovely little crackles and details. Ahhh.  And I love the shades of red and orange you used for Nanaki.  And then you used the same sort of yellowish color for his highlights that you used for the ground detail as well.  Totally awesome.  I love his whispy fluff too.  And than lovely braid draped over his shoulder. And those wonderful little shots of blue in an otherwise incredibly warm picture. Ahhhh yes perfect.  You make me want to draw this little bastard so much oh my lord. 
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Oh, that's right!! You have some of my Nanaki stuff! I love drawing this magnificent bastard so much. I really hope I'll get the time to do more artwork of him sometime soon. Especially since I recently saw some game footage of his friend/mate Dineh. I want to draw the two of them together sometime.

And YES you absolutely should draw some Nanaki if you ever get the free time (ha!). I'll bet he would look amazing in your style. :D
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
That looks amazing, and sad and lonely...
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Thanks. :) And, yes, I think a little bit lonely..
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ShinranRanger Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Cool
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:iconim-a-tumor:
im-a-tumor Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist
this blows my mind, it's absolutely stunning
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Thanks. :)
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:iconequineemma:
EquineEmma Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist
D: I miss Holly!!!!!!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Aw, are you out in BC? The evil Toronto stole her away. :o
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:iconequineemma:
EquineEmma Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist
I am in BC. I seriously miss her!! She has helped me a lot with my art, and I cant thank her enough :) I miss our walks and rants. She is one of the least judgemental people I know! You can definitely be yourself with Holly :)
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Icedragon300 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Great work :)
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Thanks. :)
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:icondrahgonwolves:
DrahgonWolves Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it's beautiful! I <3 it X'3
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Thank you. :)
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:icondrahgonwolves:
DrahgonWolves Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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:iconicy-joachim:
icy-joachim Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
wow, very nicely done and awww too
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconicy-joachim:
icy-joachim Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
np
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:iconderpykia:
DerpyKia Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
amazingggg!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconscourgra098:
Scourgra098 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
WOW! do you play feelheart? , he game don't work to me.........
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Do you mean Feral Heart? I have it downloaded, but I haven't really played it much. I'm not really that into online games. :)
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Onni-Hitsok Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Nanaki was always my favorite FFVII character. and I really like this painting.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Ditto here, I just adore Nanaki! And, thank you, I'm glad that you liked the painting. :)
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:iconrin226622:
rin226622 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awsome drawing! :D
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you. :)
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:iconrin226622:
rin226622 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome X3
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:iconduskripper:
DuskRipper Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Great drawing.
I love the colors and the atmosphere in it.
Also the shading and the light is wonderful.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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