Kuja: “… I don’t deserve to live after all what I’ve done. I’m useless to this world.”
Zidane: “No one’s useless… You helped us escape, remember?”
Kuja: “After you guys beat me, I had nothing left… nothing more to lose. Then, I finally realised what it means to live… I guess I was too late.”
Final Fantasy IX was probably the most formative Final Fantasy-game I played when I was younger. It was Fantasy with beautiful cities to explore and continents to discover. It was colourful, cheerful but also very sad when it wanted to be. It asked a lot of good questions about life and death and the Chocobo minigame was super awesome. Also, it had the Tantalus-theater group. I love acting so that made me very happy. *cue Tantalus-theme song*
Zidane - what can I say about this guy that hasn’t already been said. I love that he’s a happy and easy-going dude. Darn charming, supportive and hilarious - he’s the kind of guy you can hang out with. And perform in theater plays with. How cool is that?!
Kuja - he made Ultima totally badass again (also, sexy). I mean, it had the power to destroy planets and pretty much ends any battle within seconds. But apart from that, Kuja was a really well written villain… no spoilers so I will not elaborate but damn, son.
Bottom line is that I really, really love FFIX.
About the painting process: I listened to the complete OST for days on end (one of my all time favourites) and it got me thinking about the game again. I drew the sketch with pencil and then traced it onto Arches watercolour paper. And then I totally used Gouache instead of watercolours! (Rebel) Painting the roots was very meditative. And got a little out of hand, seeing as it does not look like that in-game. But I have to admit that I don’t care all that much.
Painting blood on Kuja did not make me happy…