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Saltantem Demens by LukeTheRipper Saltantem Demens by LukeTheRipper
Kefka Palazzo's final boss form (aka "Tower of Kefka") from Final Fantasy VI

"Hee-hee... Nothing beats the sweet music of hundreds of voices screaming in unison! Uwee-hee-hee!" ~ Kefka Palazzo, FFVI


Holy... shit... finally... finished...Too tired for this 
For all those who were unaware, the Final fantasy series happen to have their 30th anniversary this year, and as a huge FF nut that I am, I certainly wasn't gonna let it pass without a proper tribute. There was much brainstorming about whom or what should I draw as said tribute, since there are so many amazing games in the series and so much once could do with them. But then it hit me, Kefka's final form was borh amazingly designed and really fitting my style, the only problem was how big it was, menaing I will have to work extra hard on it ... so then one part of me was super hyped, another part was anxious as hell about the amount of work it will take, and yet another part was pondering just how to make this work... so after some more brainstorming, this was the final result, a 3-part piece on 3 A4 sheets, combined together by the awesome :iconjutawi: to whom I'm super thankful for the help.

In the end, it took roughly 104 hours in total from the very first lines of the first sketch up to the last touch ups on the last piece after scanning. This is now the biggest and most complex work I've made so far, as such I would be extremely thankful if you could spare a few minutes to tell me what you think, I really, REALLY ask you for some feedback, please.

Anyways, I guess there's not much reason to go on a wall-of-text rant about the Clown Prince of FF Crime XD we all know him well and we all know how awesome he is. I really hope I managed to capture that amazing insanity in my picture ^^


Kefka Palazzo (c) Square-Enix
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMG you posted it! Damn dude, your skillz have seriously come a long way! This is amazing! 
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, well, why wouldn't I post it? XD I mean, this is only my biggest and most detailed work yet XD

And thank you for the kind words, I do like to think I'm improving on my art ^^
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BadGuy85 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMGGGOoodness, that's really big and so much details!!! The details had me nearly dizzy! Britney Spears - AaaaahBritney Spears Embarrased OMG

And you have such an amazing and personal, unique style, I can say, without a doubt, i have never seen an style such as this before, although it does remind me of Tattoo's. But really, where do u inspire or base urself to come to such ideas? It's so creative, and different and these "flame-like" design that embraces all of the drawing, is that ur trademark? I think it's really cool!

U've putted soooo much effort into this, so many hours, I would never be able to focus so muuuch~ Gotta have lots of patiece and persistence, and to create, especially, a lot of tallent! I really like this, I didn't knew u artwork, I'll take a look at ur gallery! Congrats for such good job! ~ 

Britney Spears Kisses 
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, thanks a lot, glad you found the art so good ^^
Like I said, I was really inspired and hyped when I worked on it, a good thing it lasted until I was dfone with it, cause normally I'm a lil' bit intimidated by the bigger pieces.

As for the artstyle, yeah, it was mostly based on tribal tattoos, but I kinda sorta made it into my own unique style, which I have been developting and improving for years now, and will keep improving still >3
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JetZero Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
Freaking, sweet, FF6! I don't see this depicted often at all!

104 hours, wow! That must have been very exhausting. I know after spending just 50 or so hours on a piece I never want to see it again. XD

Wonderful forms and styling here, as in all your works. This would make a great poster!

Thanks for sharing with us on DA. Good luck on your future works!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, poster you say? - Saltantem Demens by LuketheRipper: Poster by Hercu-Liz

Well, like I said, the magnitude of work I'd have to spend on it scared me before I even began working on it, but I was very determined to see if I could make it work, hoping it would look good, hoping I could give this game and this character a fitting tribute. Needless to say, I personally love how it turned out.
But yeah, it is a special case that I will not be repeating anytime soon XD

And of course, thank you, glad you like it so much ^^
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JetZero Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017
Ohhhh, that looks so damn good as a wall scroll! :D

Thank you for sharing your tribulations with us here on DA. It appears your toils have been worth it.
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it was really flattering to see someone actually print it and put it on their wall 83
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bezzalair Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017
Huh, so this is a boss from the FFVI game? I haven't played that one. xD;;; Sorry. But this totem boss art looks pretty epic, I might say!
Wow, you timed your piece? 104 hours straight? Dang. That's much longer than my pieces that I work on. You have patience!
There are a lot of lines in this. I'm guessing you didn't use a white gel pen over the black or anything so I can see how this can take a bit longer to do.
Just Wow. It is big. What size paper did you use for this?
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First of all, thank you for your time, your opinion means a lot to me ^^

Well, it's not as much a "totem" as more of a "world tree" kind of thing. The three sections are meant to symbolise hell, earth/humanity and heaven. Square likes all kinds of religious and mythological symbolism ;3

And I wasn't sitting 104 hours straight with this one piece, I did a few shorter drawing sessions and timed those. That, and you are simply better at your work, especially since your artwork takes more work to do, and yet you do it faster |3
And no, I just draw the tribal markings over the sketch with a fineliner/fine-tip and then "color" it, the white lines are a bit thicker to divide the more important pieces, so the whole thing doesn't blur together making it unclear. And given the size and details on this one, had to be extra careful |D
As for the paper, it's on 3 A4 sheets, combined into one pic after scanning.
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shinragod Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
There was no doubt that the final battle with Kefka was among the most unique and memorable final boss battles in the entire series. It was like Square wanted to end the series with a bang and boy did they ever. But as VII proved; they were far from over when it came to ending the series. XD
Some argue that the series fell apart after VI. I for one disagree; but I do agree that VI was one of the series' best installments and Kefka among their best villains and final boss battles. I appreciate the darkness of how you depict this fight as well as how sharp and pointy you make Kefka's nose. Makes him appear more sinister than he already is!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, Kefka's boss form was monumental both in design and gameplay. To be fair, as much as I love VII, I was really disappointed by the final boss. And I'm not talking about Safer Sephiroth, but about the one-on-one between Sephy and Cloud.
Now it's common knowledge that it's more of an interactive cutscene than an actual fight, but back when VII was first released, everyone was hyped about a potential one-on-one duel, which would require a lot of strategy to beat, and were equally disappointed when the fight finished itself. And it's not even something we could have expected, I mean, Squares previous RPGs, FFVI and Chrono Trigger, both had additional final final boss fights (even 2 in CT's case), so if anything, we were expecting a bonus final final boss instead...

Moving on, what can I say, you can never please everyone. Some overglorify VII, some hate it with a passion, and same goes for VI, some overglorify it, and some find it FF's lowest point. I personally find VI to be one of the best FF games (along with IX and Tactics), but I have fond memories of almost all other FF games. But yeah, I gotta agree, Kefka sure was a badass villain (maybe except the poison part, I really hated him for that).
As for the darkness, well, as you probably noticed, that's a regular theme in my works XD so when drawing something already as dark and chaotic as Kefka's final form, the darkness just gets multiplied XD
Though yeah, Kefka's nose has gotten a bit more cartoonish, sometimes certain parts get a bit more exaggerated on my drawings, though glad to hear that doesn't look off here XD
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nya-nannu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017   General Artist
Oh my, that is a big piece of art! I've been examining it for a few minutes now but I still keep finding more and more details. WHOA I'm not very familiar with this character, but his final form with wicked men, curvy women and fierce beasts is almost like made for your style. It's a great tribute to the FF series, indeed!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the nice comment ^^

As for the character, his final form has more deeper meaning than most people (even fans) think, for one, the three parts of the "tower" are not just random designs made to look cool, from top to bottom they symbolise hell, purgatory and heaven, also, all those people, beasts, demons, machines and whatnot, that the "tower" is composed of, are all "parts" of Kefka's shattered, twisted mind in one way or another. Both of which are pictured nicely as all the figures share some similarities with the original Kefka to signify this, but also have features to fit the whole hell/purgatory/heaven at the same time, making for one breathtaking design >3

And yeah, dark and detailed stuff like this fits my style all too well, though the magnitude of it is really intimidating, and those 104 hours didn't come out of nowhere, I actually counted the time I spent on this |3

And if you wanna see how it originally looks, check here - i.imgur.com/8hBh7jZ.jpg
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nya-nannu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017   General Artist
Oh, that's so cool! The developers put nice symbolism in that design! The original sprite is breathtaking too. *,*
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, the designs in FF were always awesome, even as 8 or 16 bit sprites, they were really setting the bar high ^^
And likewise, they always put a lot of symbolism into it, making their designs that much better.
That's why it got me so inspired, for such a big project ^^
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imbisibol Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh crap, it's been so long... but I still remember where that quote came from. :tears:

This is so cool! The size of this pic is overwhelming. Must have been hell to work on this thing. Size aside, the amount of detail is staggering. Doubly so with your style. Anyway, congrats on finishing this man! You did awesome! :worship:
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it has indeed been long since I saw you here... erm, I mean... yeah, good ol' times when people actually thought Kefka is awesome because of FFVI and not Diossidia...

But yeah, the pic is massive, like I said, it's the biggest piece I've done so far, but since FFVI is one of my top favourite FFs, and Kefka is among my most favourite FF charas, I just had to draw this. Truth be told, as much as I was scared to attempt something this big, a part of me was really hyped to work on this, the thrill of the challenge I guess XD
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Hercu-Liz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Student
This is absolutely awesome!  The subject matter, the composition, the flow and of course your unique style.  I'll like to print this out and put it up on the wall.  Great work man Hug 
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, now that I would really wanna see XD it's really flattering ^^
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Hercu-Liz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Student
Hey bud, hope all is good your way.  Now you can see how it looks up on the wall :)
Take care man.
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again, many thanks, you have no idea how happy that makes me feel ^^
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOAAA!!!!
This piece looks stunning!!!
So many cool details in there-and such powerfull imagery!!!!
Definately one of your more striking pieces I think!!!!
Really wicked work!!!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Wicked", I really love that word >3
Hehe, yeah, it was a real tough challenge to make this one work, but after a lot of hard work, I must say I'm very happy with the result, so I'm even more happy to hear people like it ^^
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I could tell right away that this took a bit more out of you!!
First off-it was the sheer size of the piece and then all of the cool design elements you added all around the figure!!!
AWESOME work once again man!!!
Deadly stuff!!!!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, it was quote more tjen just "a bit" thos time around XD
Plus, it's not like I "added" anything, merely did my best to include every detail of the pictured character.
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blackorb00 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
>>> Awesome!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks, worked extra hard on this one ^^
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JutaWi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, glad I could help ovo
This piece is probably one of the biggest you did :U
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, yeah, it is hand down the biggest I've done, even the Sonic pic wasn't as challenging |3 but I'd say it was really worth it ^^
The sad part is that I still have 2 more big tribute pics I wanna do |D not as big as this one, but still ^^
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EnmismAnima Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Must be a truly unholy process to finish this one.

Yes...so you did made it out of detail hell. All in awe.
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have no idea |D
I actually fell ill in the meantime, but was super determined to finish this... used up all HP in the end and was completely knocked out when I finished ^^;
And I actually counted the time, so the 104 is not an exaggeration. But I gotta say I really love the end effect, so I guess it was worth it ^^
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