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Cloud, Aerith and Tifa AU by dapper-owl Cloud, Aerith and Tifa AU by dapper-owl
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.
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EliTigre Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Your style is EPIC. I feel lame 'cause I don't know what more to say.
SaintArtemis Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
These are beautifully done! I really like the military flare of Cloud's outfit, the shoulder decoration( the name escapes me presently) especially.  Aerith's costume is lovely, I don't think a lot of people think about what life was for Aerith down in the slums of Midgar outside of selling flowers and I like how your little sketches on the side show how she could move and probably beat the hell out of someone with her staff. I am in love with Tifa's outfit though, as weird as this may seem, I really like your version of her scar. I feel like many people ignore the fact Tifa was very badly injured at Nibelheim and so I like its inclusion here.
Lethal-chan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just with these pictures and brief synopses I want to read about this world. Or play in it. I love these designs -- they're new and interesting, but still keep the flair of the characters and leaves them readily identifiable.  This is fantastic! 
Kipporah Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tifa is and probably always will be my favorite FF character (besides Terra and Zidane) and I :heart: :heart: :heart: what you've done with her! I think it's way more realistic of how she should've been in the game, it's hard to kick people with a tight skirt on (duh) but the hat adds to her flair and background story. Amazing!
Camille-Strong Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I really like your style. It always intrigued me when I see at with more corners than curve ( that's sadly the best way I can describe). Im not sure if I like Aerith's or Tifa's outfit the most. They're both really unique but it still screams them. But either way they are all amazing
Th3-M4ster Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Hey, I don't think you realize just how good this is.
Hardly anyone changes the clothes and overall design of these iconic characters, but you made them a touch more Victorian/steampunk, giving class, texture and a certain amount of realism. I'm particularly drawn (heh) to Cloud's collar and Tifa's cap. It just makes them more interesting, making me feel like your version of SOLDIER has a more aristocratic flare and Tifa's life closer to the likes of Oliver Twist.

But hey, maybe I'm reading in too deep.

All in all, a fantastic job and thanks for sharing! Are you going to draw the others as well? 
dapper-owl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I love how you're reading into them, it's totally fine!  It's a similar line to what i'm thinking of <3

I hope to do some of the others, I've started Vincent actually :)
AbsolutelyYuki Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are so amazing! I especially love Tifa's designs~ They suit her so well! :D Gosh, I just adore your style~ (Saw these on tumblr first)
halfbreedfox Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are amazing! Your creative ideas and how you executed the designs is just beautiful. I've been wanting to do a FF VII cosplay forever now, but I'm just enthralled with your designs I'll seriously consider them when I get the time. Omigosh what about the colors?!

But I love this. :heart: I look forward to it if you do more.
dapper-owl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I would LOVE to see that! I hope to get some colours down eventually, so hopefully that will be good enough reference to cosplay by <3
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