Anymore I tend to find that my base reasons for visiting our FFXIV Lodestone Forums are pretty focused to two specific reasons.
Reason #1 of course being the Dev Tracker, and looking for any clarifications and scraps of official information that our Community Reps are nice enough to put out there. (Thanks guys.. think I’d be far more stir-crazy than I already am if it wasn’t for those official posts!)
Reason #2 is to see view anything new in one specific thread. The thread I’m referring to? why its Nique’s happy fun time thread ~ Super General Discussion started by a fellow Masamunian.. (Masamunite?.. lol). Appropriately named, this threads positive vib and fun nature houses a whole lot of caricature drawings that have been inspired by actual FFXIV community members.
When I sent Niqote a message asking for permission to do this article, I also sent a few questions which they graciously answered! Thanks Niqote! ^^ Q: Have you ever taken classes to draw, or was it just a skill you’ve honed on your own?
Niqote: I have not taken any art classes, for me drawing is a stress relief. I find it soothing to create something from nothing, or at least very minimal things such as clay.
Q: At what age did you start drawing?
Niqote: I think the earliest drawing I recall is from age 9, it is of Koopa Troopa holding onto his go kart for dear life *laughs*. I began by eyeballing images out of game manuals, I liked drawing Kirby in all his different power forms. I remember the characters from Bubble Bobble were ones I learned to draw without needing a reference ^_^
Q: Can we expect to see more art after 2.0?
Niqote: When 2.0 is initially released you can expect a decline in art from me (sorry sorry!) as I explore the new Eorzea with everyone else~! But no matter how busy I get, I will always come back to art. I am really looking forward to taking gorgeous screenshots so that I can ‘Glamour’ them… perhaps I need a better name for it haha. Even though it can take 10 hours for a single 1920×1060 screenshot, I enjoy the results so much that I just want to do more~! Up till now I have only done them for friends, but TOS allowing; I would like to offer them for commission if people are interested ^_^ I enjoy doing the doodles and other hand drawings too, the doodles are very low stress, I do not worry that they are rough, my only concern is that they make people happy when I give them as gifts. As long as people are positive, and keep giving me material to work with, I’ll continue doing them. I’ll offer these for commission too, though they will be very inexpensive since I am used to giving them away for free anyway ^_^
If you get a chance, I highly recommend that you check it out! A compilation of their Lodestone drawings can be found here, however if you like what you see there, I’d suggest you check out the rest of their collection over at Deviantart. /cheers