Some Cloud, Aerith and Tifa from the dieslepunk!FF7 Au thang.
I’ve made Cloud look more like an awkward teenager than his beef-cakey self from the previous design, simply because when he joined soldier he was at the tender age of 15 or so and then he was stuck in a tube for 7 years and didn’t really get his normal dietary intake of nutrients and didn’t really… age. Mentally, emotionally, physically…. So he’s a bit on the scrawny side, although he’s been infused with Mako energy…so he’s kind of got a mako-powered super strength going on. These expressions are all from the earlier parts of the story, when he’s still an emo git and hates the world. I figured the one smile in this image is when he’s interacting with Aerith at some point. He also has a more interesting nose than before.
Aerith from the FF7 Au thang. She’s a flower girl, like in the original… and it’s up to you if she’s a flower girl.. or a ‘flower girl’. I only realized after I drew this that her basket was empty in the one image which makes me think she’s had a busy night.... 8| So, Aerith, with a bit more sass, a bit more gypsy-flare and an outfit based off a time period slightly before the diesel era that Cloud and Tifa are dressed in. I always saw her as a relatively emotionally closed off person who was good at reading others and using that to her advantage. What she shows the world is the persona she's established to keep herself safe and to make those around her feel welcome and comforted (like her adoptive mother Elmyra). The voices in her head plus the constant hounding of Shinra corp have left her with a jaded outlook on humans, although she is renewed when she meets Cloud for the first time and once more she feels a small spark of hope for a better future.
Look look I drew tifa too. I think it’s the first time i have EVER drawn her. I decided to go the route of Monk x Terrorist / Rebel for her, because that’s supposedly what she is (with a cover of being a bar owner). In my head she’s pretty much her own bouncer xD You don’t pull shit in 7th heaven. I also pictured her a bit more emotionally hardened from her experiences, having lived through her entire family being slaughtered and then being thrust into the unwelcoming underground of Midgar. I guess she’s probably happiest when she’s punching people. xD Oh and I ditched the mini skirt / belly shirt ensemble for something that more closely resembled her AC outfit (despite the AC outfits being TOTALLY off topic and devoid of any feeling or historical period). I wrote it off in this design as being an old soldier uniform she jacked and modded, or possibly a uniform that AVALANCHE as a group stole from the government.