Simon fulfils his Final Fantasy

A TALENTED Woking artist was thrilled when he scooped top slot in a national competition this month.

Simon Cole, who is 35 and a keen computer gamer, lives in Goldsworth Park, and this was the first time he had ever entered an art contest.

HAVE-A-GO HERO - Simon's a bit arty, so he thought he'd make a submission to the competition 'just for practice'

HAVE-A-GO HERO – Simon’s a bit arty, so he thought he’d make a submission to the competition ‘just for practice’

The Final Fantasy design competition was set up on the game’s website to celebrate its first year of success online.

Simon explained: “ The contest was put up and, as I’ve always been keen at art and drawing and had recently got an art tablet for my computer, I thought I’d just have a go for the practice.”

Simon had to produce a piece of artwork that depicted the characters and story from one of four Final Fantasy categories or ‘worlds’. He chose Life in Eorzea.

He added: “But I only had a week to do it in – and I work full time as a web designer. It took me two or three days to complete and I stayed up until about 4am to finish it.”

Out of hundreds of entries into the first UK Final Fantasy London Fan-Fest: 2014 artwork contest, 10 digital designs from each category were chosen by the game’s producers.

The 40 pictures were then printed and mounted for a public exhibition in two galleries at the first Final Fantasy convention in the centre of London.

At the end of the convention, the producers picked the winners – and Simon’s came first. He said: “I felt ecstatic. I have always had an interest in art and design, but I didn’t expect to win it.”

Simon’s fabulous artwork was printed and signed by the producer, assistant producer, director, creator and sound creator of the popular game.

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