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Uploaded: October 10, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: March 26, 2010
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Well before I submit my last character from The Jungle Book, I figured I would give those eyes a break from all the cartoon characters that have submitted recently and treat you guys to something more tantalizing. This drawing took me a total of seven hours (No Joke). I chose a scene right from the movie and implanted a pose in my head to make him look like a solider again. What I first did was go down to my parlor to watch FF7 until the perfect scene came to me. I then chose my pose and went straight to my room to do a rough sketch of how he was gonna look and to make sure that the pose and position was accurate. So having said all that, right now I am about to show you a lesson on how to draw one of my all time favorite characters since I was a kid. You are about to learn "how to draw Cloud Strife", from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. I had such a wicked time on this tutorial. As you know he is the main character of the Final Fantasy VII game and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie. Now the best way to describe Cloud is to tell you a bit about his background and about the person he used to be. He is said to be anywhere between eighteen to twenty one years old. He has spiky blond hair (which is known as his trademark), and blue eyes that has a certain vibrancy to them which is mainly because of his ex association with SOLDIER. Some describe these types of eyes as “Mako Eyes” because they are a sign of that person being submerged into the condensed version of Lifestream. The only known people to have been exposed to the Lifestream are those in SOLDIER. These people have prolonged exposure to “mako” which is said to be similar to radioactive materials. Cloud was at one time part of the elite Shin-Ra task force which is also known as SOLDIER. Now this elite force is made up of a team of men that have been biologically enhanced by Mako. Some of these individuals are Cloud Strife, Zack Fair (Clouds good friend), and Sephiroth. There are also more men that have been enhanced as well, but we will leave that blank for now. Now Cloud is also equipped with dark colored clothes. On his left shoulder he displays a metal pauldron (which is the wolf like head that resembles a door knocker). His main weapon is his Buster Sword which he took from Zach Fair after they had their last conversation before he died right in front of Cloud’s eyes. Cloud uses the over sized sword as his main weapon and he also drives a Fenrir Motorcycle. Cloud often suffers from pain due to the disease he carries called Geostigma which he contracted when Professor Hojo injected Cloud with Sephiroth's cells which exposed him to Mako. The story has so much to it, it is an epic tale that was started back in the 80’s before Cloud was ever involved. I love the game and I also love both Final Fantasy movies. In this tutorial I will show you how to draw Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children step by step. I hope you like this lesson all my sweat and hard work went into it. Maybe next time I will show you how to draw Reno, who knows. Well have fun folks.

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How to Draw Cloud Strife

how to draw cloud strife from final fantasy vii advent children step 1

STEP 1.

Okay before we start this first step, i should tell you that this may be hard for some of you that are attempting lesson. You will start by drawing out the head shape and add the facial guidelines. Next add the shape of his chin and make an indentation for his mouth. You will then make the guidelining shape of his torso as well as the shoulder circles. Now the torso shape should resemble a rib cage. The next thing to do is add the remaining limb guidelines as well as the line for his Buster Sword.
 
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STEP 2.

As you can see you will start sketching out his hair style as well as the shape of his right and left arm, hands and waist. You will then make the Buster Sword look more big and bold as shown. Then begin the sketching of his legs or pants as well as his collar. Look at his face, you will see that you will start sketching in his features as well.
 
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STEP 3.

Now that you have completed steps one and two, you will now move onto these next two steps. But first start this third step by sketching the rest of the shape of Clouds spiky looking hair as well as his nose and lips or mouth. Next detail and define his collar and then sketch in more detail to both arms and hands.Start shaping out the bottom of his waist as well as his pants or legs. You will need to draw a flowing line for his cape like coat that he wears that is swaying to the bottom right.
 
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STEP 4.

Detailing and defining is key. That is what you will start to do in this step. The first thing you will do is start sketching in the detailing lines on the blade of the Buster Sword and the base. Next start sketching in the definition in his hair as well as detailing the inside of his ear. Begin drawing out the image of his vest or coat by adding the sword straps that go across his chest and then the shoulder part of his outfit. There is a red ribbon that Cloud wears in his left arm, sketch that in as well. SO what do you think so far? I know a bit complex, but your doing fine so keep going. You will end this step by drawing in the begining detail on his pants and long coat flap as seen to the lower right hand side.
 
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STEP 5.

Yay! your almost done. Are you excited or what? Take the time to detail Clouds face to make sure he keeps his handsome quality. You will then add more definition to his spiky hair and then to the blade of his sword. Next detail the handle of the sword and then his arms and hands as well. Finish drawing the remaining lines on the straps and buckles and then start the lining for the emblem that he wears on his left shoulder. You will end this step by detailing the pants and lower portion of his coat.
 
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STEP 6.

Well this is the last drawing step and what you will take your time doing is detailing his outfit as well as the metal pauldron or wolf head on his left shoulder. After you have finished sketching in all the detailing sketching lines, you will start to erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
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STEP 7.

And this is it you are done. All that time and you are finished. Did you have fun or what? Well i hope you learned something new with this drawing lesson on how to draw Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII:Advent Children step by step. I will be back in a moment with more so stay tuned.