Final Fantasy XIII trilogy art director Isamu Kamikokuryou was married this week, with some of his colleagues at Square Enix there to celebrate the occasion. His recent oil painting of Lightning and the Luxerion cityscape was seen during the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event, but Kamikokuryou drew a new portrait (the third image below) of the Final Fantasy heroine to auction off at his wedding (which went for 15000 yen). Lightning was originally designed by Final Fantasy series character designer Tetsuya Nomura.
Kamikokuryou is best known in the Final Fantasy-verse for some of the sweeping artworks from Final Fantasy XII and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. For Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, each of the four continents that comprise Nova Chrysalia (formerly Novus Partus) vary wildly from ecclectic Parisian architecture to vast middle-Eastern-themed wastes — for which Kamikokuryou is responsible for creating and overseeing their artistic interpretations into a video game.
In the video accompanying this post from the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event, Kamikokuryou paints a picture of what players will expect when they set foot into Nova Chrysalia. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will release this Fall for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.