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FFVIII - Rinoa by lynseylew FFVIII - Rinoa by lynseylew
Just some more FF fanart, this time of Rinoa. I wanted to draw all my favourite female characters from the series, but when I replayed VIII not long back, I actually realised that Rinoa is one of the most annoying characters in the history of gaming, haha. I was obsessed with Squall and Rinoa when I was younger. They were so romantic.

Tifa can be seen here.
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Ayan-Laurel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Gosh this is a beautiful piece the flow of it is so pretty and the colours as well. It's definitely going on my favourites list. Also I am in the minority who like Rinoa ^^

I like that Rinoa argued with Squall mainly because nobody said anything when he was really horrible. The way he treated Quistis was awful and yet everyone was like 'Squall's being a total dick but oh well' and then Rinoa was like 'Hey you're being a complete jerk' and I was like 'I like her' because it's exactly what I would have said. Especially when that guy (sorry I can't remember the first name) but the guy who fights with his fists was freaking out over Balamb Garden being attacked and Squall was just like 'Meh well they could lose, depends on the army' and then again Rinoa was like 'Hey, do you actually enjoy being horrible'.

She acts childish at times (like the meanie comment or fighting with her dad), she's emotional and can be very headstrong and reckless not to mention she's green when it comes to combat. I think Rinoa had romantic ideals of fighting in combat and that sort of thing it's not until the end of disc 1 when stuck in battle alone that she realizes for the first time what it is like to fight a battle you know you cannot win, or face the prospect of dying without expecting anyone to save you.  After that her views on fighting changes throughout disc 2. 

So sue me ^^ but I like that she's a 17 year old who acts like one without any military training probably would when being caught up in something that goes way beyond what she ever intended to be involved in. She just feels believable to me and yeah she gets scared but I would be too if I were in her shoes. So Rinoa can be annoying but I think her flaws are believable for her age and inexperience. I think if I were 17 and got caught up in a situation under strong enough oppression that I decided to join a resistance movement, yet didn't have any formal training that I wouldn't be all that different from her if put in that position. Obviously you would learn over time but she kind of jumps right in. Naturally she's going to screw up, or freeze or make a stupid decision and she does make a lot of mistakes throughout the game but at least other people don't suffer due to her mistakes. I don't know the other FF leads just often feel too perfect to be like us. Rinoa has moments when despite loving the game I thought 'oh gees really'. I also thought the meany comment was really dumb but overall I like Rinoa just fine. 
exdevlin Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I came to the same realization not too long ago. God I loved those two. Soooo romantic right? And then I grew up and realized that all of her lines make her sound like a ditz.
darkrinoahatiri Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I adore you for this ;_;<3
Rinoa never gets enough credit.
nytag Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see you're drawing fan art now, I remember from other artist's comments that you hated it! Looks great. (:
lynseylew Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, I don't HATE fanart. I just don't like artists that don't span out from it.
nytag Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True that, some people SOLELY focus on gets tiresome sometimes!
KrisisFame Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
This is really nice! I love Rinoa! Seeing her in your style is really cool to me.
lynseylew Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got so excited when I saw Rinoa's name and your username in my inbox :D This is awesome, but I agree that Rinoa was pretty annoying. I loved her clothes, but Selphie was far better all round :XD:
lynseylew Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! Selphie was a better fighter aswell. I'd sooner choose Selphie's weak nunchuks over waiting for Rinoa to step forward, pull back her pinwheel, wait for her to aim... etc
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