Out Of Over 4,000+ Fan Art Lightnings, Tetsuya Nomura Liked These Three The Most

By Spencer . March 11, 2014 . 2:03am

As a tie-in for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix and deviantART asked fans to create their own take on the Final Fantasy heroine. Tetsuya Nomura who created Lightning judged the contest and selected these three designs out of 4,655 total submissions.



Wilhelmina from KarmaLizzard was one of the winning entries.

“With one look I was hooked. The costume itself is sophisticated, and it’s also very well done as an illustration. The background that reminded me of the Japanese flag (Hinomaru) matched well with the piece and was beautiful.  As an artist, when I look at different works of art, I think to myself ‘If it were up to me, I would do it differently,’ but that thought didn’t cross my mind once when I saw this picture,” Nomura commented.



Forbidden Gateway by ArisT0te was another winning entry.

“At first glance it looks like a CG, and it has a level of quality that makes it look like it was captured as a screenshot.  While there were many heroic costumes for Lightning, I was drawn to the femininity of this costume and her hairstyle,” said Nomura.



Last, but certainly not least is Lightning – Mythril Scorpion Armor by randis.

“It’s wonderful as an illustration, but in addition to that, the artist drew in both the front and back views, so I felt the artist’s clear intent when they created this piece. The red and blue color scheme was very beautiful, too,” Nomura lauded.

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  • deadMastershiro

    The first pic is my favorite.

    • Paulette

      I like the first better than Nomura’s designs ! It’s both more feminine & sexy !

    • Ric Vazquez

      Agreed, screw the mona lisa XD

  • heero2001

    I wish the pictures were a bit bigger. The thing that bothers me as a fan of Lightning is that non of the pictures really look like Lightning. I am an art dummy, but if Tetsuya says they are great then they must be.

    • notentirelythere

      You can click on them from the mobile site to quickly get the full-size images.

  • Somber

    All three are perfections! My personal fave is Wilhelmina from KarmaLizzard one.

    I must be hard for Nomura to choose. Almost every deviations are very well-doned.

  • natchu96

    They . . . all technically had belts on them didn’t they

  • Loli Summoner

    Wow the first and last one are sick!

  • notentirelythere

    Awwgeez, I love his words of appreciation for each piece. I’m getting second hand pride for dese peeps! And a little second hand flustered. Nomura-tan…

  • Zer0faith
    • Altin


  • Herok♞

    Those were all pretty awesome, glad to see the fandom can do really nice things when they aren’t at each others throats for enjoying different games.

  • Armane

    I like the first one, even if it doesn’t look much like Lightning. The other two just look like a concept render and concept art for more Lightning Returns DLC costumes; I guess they must have captured something of the SquEnix spirit, but as fan art of Lightning they leave much to be desired.

    • Maybe you liked it BECAUSE it doesn’t look much like Lightning.

  • colorblindnightmare

    Wow. Those are great!

  • easter

    For all the FF13 and Lightning hate, I really adore her design, even if she as a character is…ehhh.

    • kaotron

      yeah, I thought she looked cool at first too(at least before they did the whole X-2 dress up thing again) too bad she was the main character for a horrible game trilogy…

  • Those 3 are pretty beautiful, and well deserving to get picked. Congrats to the artists. Forbidden Gateway & Mythril Scorpion are my favorites, then comes Wilhelmina.

  • maruhadapurpurine

    The link for the third one isn’t working. It says “page not found”.

    Edit: Clicking on the image works, but it doesn’t link for the page of the artist who made it.

  • Unlimax

    Looking at the the 3rd pic …




    • FF15 fans?? How can you be a fan of a game that’s not even out yet?

  • Sylveria Shini

    Has he seen the porn of her? A lot of that is really good to. Its basically the only positive FF13 has brought to the table.

  • Yan Zhao

    Now make those real costumes and give it to us as DLC.

    • new_tradition

      Seriously, I hope that’s why this contest was held. It makes me hopeful they’ll consider creating more DLC garbs in the future. There’s so many better “throwback” costumes they could’ve used for Lightning then what they put out >3>

  • DRIG

    first one looks like blade and soul inspired

  • Twilight Odin

    Wilhelmina by Karma is my favourite.

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