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Darkness of Mana : Secret of Mana fan-art by Deevad Darkness of Mana : Secret of Mana fan-art by Deevad
20 years ago , month for month , was released my favorite video game : 'Secret-of-mana' or 聖剣伝説2 (Seiken Densetsu 2) , a RPG for the SuperNes. So, this artwork is a fan-art to thank all the team for this anniversary. More info about this game : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_o…

But you probably wonder why I wrote 'Darkness of Mana'. Well, I figured some month ago that one of my best dream ever ; "to be art-director at Square Enix" was in fact just a dream and will never met any reality. Despite all my work, ambitions and energy ; I will never be Japanese and I think it's a number #1 start point to work with them :D So, a job as high as Art-director ... Too bad.

So, I really felt the need to add to this artwork my personnal input to 'play the game' and propose a fictive art-direction. Less boring than making a traditionnal fan-art. "Darkness of Mana" could be in my opinion a new version, more dark ; with all the creatures coming back to life in zombie mode, and a Mana trees made only of energy in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world. Cool 3D graphics, good actions and RPG on modern console, wow ... I miss that.

'Secret of mana' is a licensed trademark of Square Enix, and so the result belong to Square Enix and attributed to me for the art. No commercial use can be done without the agreement of Square Enix, so : no poster/print request. But I post the full-res.
Made with Krita
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DannyTalkWithDanny Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional Artist
Great idea, great work. Just. Great. !.
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Kristinapeinture Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Best game ever!! Great work.
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chrs13 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013

Amazing work!

SoM is my alltime favorite. Good times. It was so good back then, new mechanisms, fun to play. And back at the time and at the age the (german) dialogue was even funny :-)

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FabriceW Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wouah, super je like (fab en geek mode)
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Jesterlafou Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Superbe affiche pour un superbe jeu (qui me rend nostalgique) ! félicitation !
J'aime particulièrement ton elfe Love
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never played the original Secret of Mana, but I did play plenty of games claiming to be "like" Secret of Mana (including one for the Amiga at the time), so I certainly can relate to this concept. :) 

I like this poster itself, the characters are remniscent of classical JRPG archetyps as it should be (your style is not quite classical-manga, but there is a certain youthful innocence to the characters that pretty well fit the pixely and cute art-style of the original game). 

If I may offer some critique, it's the text. The font itself works fine, but I can't help but feel like it should be more integrated into a titular page like this. Maybe by making part of the text mildly transparent, have mist flow around it, things like that. As it is, the text feels written on-top of the image rather than being a part of it. 

Anyway, good work, maybe time to start practicing that Japanese ... ;) 
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Griatch
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ghevan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just commenting here also to see if I can drag some extra watchers to my devsite ;p.

As for the illustration, there are some points of critique, but with pieces so emotional I don't feel comfortable doing it. Darkness of mana is a great idea to play homenage to that fantastic game that marked many folks lives! This deviation brings me a lot of good memories and at the same time a bit of sadness (I was the one using Sprite, or popoi =[ ).

Thanks for this!
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leonel-guido Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you crazzy man thanks for this is great!
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GraphixS6 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Got a little lazy with that tree back there :XD:
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I cheated on this one, with a custom brush mask , and drawing angle sensor  xD
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GraphixS6 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheating is the best way to do things. :D
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lordofelemental Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Why not, you can always start a new game company and become number # 1 in France? :sherlock:
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
start a game company = Easy part
become number #1 in France = Harder part
The problem with me and company is ; I don't feel to manage a studio or to be the boss of other poeples. It will be hard to scale up my little freelance studio ; I had more than twice the possibility to open a little studio , or even a mini CG school ; but I'm really not made for all the management of administration and human relations . It will probably comeback with time. 
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lordofelemental Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh so you are not the boss- type... :sherlock:
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe :) yes, I'm more like an 'independent cat' type.cat planet cat planet  
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Gorgriz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
J'avoue que ça me noue la gorge tellement ce dessin est maîtrisé et me rappelle de souvenirs. Secret of Mana... ce jeu... c'est entièrement à cause de lui que je suis devenu un joueur passionné !
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Merci Gorgriz ! On est donc pas mal à avoir été bien impacté par ce jeu dans les années 90 ^ ^ ça me fait plaisir
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Gorgriz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Un jeu inoubliable :)

Dommage que sa suite n'ai jamais eu les honneurs d'une sortie PAL ! J'ai bien la cartouche en jap', mais je ne comprends rien à l'histoire du coup :/
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HannaEckert Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really love that game!
Did you also play "Secret of Evermore"? and "Secret of Mana 2"?
Right now, I'm playing "Legend of Mana" with my girlfriend, that game is on PS1 (yet, it seems kind of a strange game, as if everyone involved with this game was high on drugs).

Nice artwork, I really like his face, how the light kinda rims it.
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Divine stain  ; I'm jealous of you , not for all the game you played ( I finished them all ) and I still hear the background music . Legend of Mana music is one of my favorite disk ever. 
The part I'm jealous is with '  I'm playing [...] with _my girlfriend_ "  ; because mine don't care about video games.  It should feel great to share those sweet worlds with a lover. Have fun ! 
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Amylrun Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
tiens ! le jeu qui a inspiré toute ma vie :D
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Idem  :D   Bon, c'est quand qu'on reprends SquareEnix à la frenchy et qu'on fait du bon RPG  ; genre heuu ; studio "Carré et Nix" ? 
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Amylrun Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ahahaha. bonne idée ! (si un de nous gagne au loto !) :D
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TernadoG Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing man you just rekindled some childhood memories with this. Waaaah!

I wonder if they're going to make a new game for this series?
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  the long saga of franchise games ".... .... of Mana" still exist  ; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana_(se… last product is a iOS/Android card game  2013  . But the art direction changed a little since Secret of Mana. Here I liked also Legend of Mana, and Sword of Mana. And Seiken Densetsu 3 too. 
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Some good effort :clap: like the poses
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thx Boris !
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem
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kot-barbos Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Square Enix is not the same that it was a long ago. Unfortunately.
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are totally right Kot-barbos ; too bad for the "of Mana" series, and most , for the "Final Fantasy series".  FF7 and FF9 <3
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Steven-Powers-SMP Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
"Art is the one's interpretation of life" ...why not enjoy your fantasy as their Art Director (as long as you come back to reality.)
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think I will continue to develop my own universe , yes. Thinking about what would I invent if I was their art-director with a total freedom can be a good motivation ; I'll try. 
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linette-crunch Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Magnifique :clap: Gestion des couleurs/ombres/etc (enfin tout) vraiment impressionnante :clap:

Que de souvenirs :D
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Deevad Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Merci ! 
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