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The Polygon staff tried to draw Final Fantasy’s Cloud Strife from memory


Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake is out as we speak. Who isn’t within the temper to revisit a basic?

In celebration of the discharge, the Polygon workers took on a problem: to attract Cloud Strife’s blue eyes and blonde hair. Polygon Attracts host Jenna Stoeber was “anxious concerning the human determine” — notably the workers’s skill to completely seize Cloud’s well-known determine — however all of us did fairly dang nicely.

However who was the perfect? There should be a winner! Please tell us after thoughtfully contemplating every artist’s assertion as nicely. In case you can’t get sufficient of our illustrious artwork, please see Polygon Attracts Sonic (yikes) and Tom Nook.

Nicole Carpenter

“Cloud Strife might be the one Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake character I might choose of out a lineup of Ultimate Fantasy characters. Even that, although, isn’t a given … until he’s holding the big knife. Probably the most putting factor about Cloud is his knife, so I selected to focus my efforts there. The purple marks are the blood of Cloud Strife’s enemies — and sure, it’s actual blood.” [Ed. be aware: It’s paint.]

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Owen Good

“Having by no means performed a Ultimate Fantasy recreation (geese rotten greens) the one minds-eye idea of Cloud Strife that I’ve is his low-poly model, with the sq. eyes and Naruto hair. Oh and that ridiculously massive Buster sword on his again.” — Owen, age 46

Chelsea Stark

“Even when Cloud has gotten a phenomenal glow-up within the Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake, there’s something concerning the chilly, lifeless fish stare from the unique I can’t get out of my head. Additionally I actually thought he and Sora went shoe procuring on the identical place. My b.”

Emily Heller

“I’ve by no means performed a Ultimate Fantasy however I knew two issues about Cloud Strife: spiky hair, large sword. Nonetheless, I’m additionally horrible at drawing, so I don’t know that my lack of FF7 information was a hinderance right here. My husband’s assessment was, “it seems like he’s doing a homicide on himself” and so now I can’t unsee that. I did my greatest.”

Clayton Ashley

“ I haven’t performed Ultimate Fantasy 7 and haven’t even actually performed a Ultimate Fantasy recreation, however I do know Cloud has 1. a giant sword and a pair of. a giant hair. The remainder I stuffed in with belts.”

Julia Lee

“I had a standing to uphold by drawing this precisely. I wanted to show that I’m the author at Polygon dot com with essentially the most Ultimate Fantasy 7 mind worms. I haven’t thought of the rest since getting Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake in my talons, and I received’t take into consideration the rest for no less than one other 4 months.”

Susana Polo

“My preliminary purpose was to attract a really small Cloud with as large a sword as doable. This was instantly ruined the second I drew his face a traditional measurement. I used to be dedicated. For apparent causes of ease, I made a decision to try to duplicate blocky authentic cut-scene Cloud. This Cloud is simpler to attract, although much less acquainted to me than the Cloud in Hercules’ area within the authentic Kingdom Hearts. I couldn’t actually keep in mind his clothes. I assume I assumed he wears a V-neck. I thought of including some superfluous belts or zippers however finally went with this simplified look, plus a buster sword as large as may very well be match on the web page. If I’m pleased with something it’s absolutely the himbo expression on his face, which I perceive is in character.”

Ryan Gilliam

“I’ve spent the previous two weeks looking at a Cloud’s fantastically rendered face and sweater tank high. So I made a decision to throw all of that out the window and create my very own monstrosity. I’d wish to say I captured the fantastic thing about the unique model from 1997, to provide myself some slack. However really … Sephiroth wouldn’t need this unhappy Cloud. Solely I would like this unhappy Cloud. And I hope that’s sufficient for him; he’s sufficient for me.”

Russ Frushtick

“I’ve all the time been fairly dangerous at drawing human ft. Fortunately I discovered a loophole: Chocobo ft.”

Ross Miller

Illustration: Ross Miller/Polygon

“I’ve had an OG low-poly depend Cloud behind my shoulder in Zoom all week, so fortunately I had some thought of what to do right here. One massive spike in a sea of smaller spikes? Test. Weirdly massive wrists? Positive why not. Dishevelled pants harking back to dangerous 90s fads? That… that may really come from my reminiscence of idea artwork again once I was a child. Oh! The sword is large! And extra importantly, Cloud having a battle with the sword means I don’t have to attract eyes. I keep in mind he has ‘mako eyes’ however… what the hell is the colour of Mako?”

Karen Han

“I do know vaguely what Cloud’s face seems like however keep in mind nothing else about him moreover his sleeveless turtleneck, having a shoulder factor, and an enormous sword. Therefore, ‘People …’”

Santorini Corridor

“I hoped this week for an assault helicopter, maybe the Kiowa from DCS World. Alas. I do know Cloud has hair, and a physique of some type. Additionally a face. Makes an attempt had been made. However his iconic ingredient is the sword. I’ve drawn many swords in my life, however by no means as soon as have I drawn them on a pad of paper received by promoting Woman Scout Cookies or with this many coloured pencils. I’d wish to thank my 10-year-old for the last-minute help there. I used an Altoids tin — the identical one I hold my voice recorder and microphone in — as a ruler.”

Simone De Rochefort

“I really like Ultimate Fantasy 7 lots, however I went into this problem with low shallowness, realizing that human our bodies are merely past my creative skills. I didn’t suppose it may very well be doable to decrease my expectations additional, however as I put pen to paper I noticed I couldn’t keep in mind what Cloud’s hair seems like. You already know, Cloud’s well-known fucking hair. His most distinct attribute. The one characteristic that will make a minimalist Cloud appear like Cloud Fucking Strife. What course does the hair go? What form is it, past that iconic spike?? I really feel like a kind of individuals who noticed the ‘think about an apple’ twitter meme who found in that second that they will’t visualize objects. I CAN VISUALIZE OBJECTS. I’M A VERY VISUAL PERSON.”

Patrick Gill

“I began drawing Cloud and realized he type of has Calvin hair so I went from there. I haven’t performed Ultimate Fantasy 7, so I simply needed to make an informed guess as to which idea Calvin Cloud would like to derisively micturate upon.”

Petrana Radulovic

“The one body of reference i’ve for cloud is the actual fact my youthful brother most important’d him in SSB for Wii U for a bit. All i knew was intense anime hair and imprecise brooding perspective. and tank high? I feel there’s a tank high. Additionally very a lot channeling 2008 Deviant Artwork.”

Brian Gilbert

“I can’t imagine I assumed there have been three holes within the sword. What a rookie mistake.”

Cass Marshall

“Pleased with cloud from Smash for getting his personal recreation.”

James Bareham

“Large sword, larger pants.”

Matt Patches

“I’ve not performed Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake, nor have I really performed Ultimate Fantasy 7. My neighbor had a PlayStation, and I watched possibly just a few hours of principally incomprehensible gameplay. I feel I acquired baked as soon as and watched Ultimate Fantasy: Creation Kids as soon as. The purpose is: I do know the hair, I do know the colour purple, I do know the enormous sword (however I ran out of room to make it really big) and I knew Ultimate Fantasy includes chocobos. I acquired all of it in there for this piece.”

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