This is my second submission for the Artist Training Grounds’ week 25 theme: draw a pony inspired by a book. So I decided it was time to ponify something niche. Being a long time Breath of Fire fan, this seemed appropriate. “But Kuroi, Breath of Fire is a video game!” one might say. To which I would respond that this is true, however, Breath of Fire 4 also had a manga made of it. And that just happened to be what caught my eye when I was going through my book shelf.
As Nina has always been my favourite Breath of Fire character, I chose her for the ponification. At first I was a little apprehensive about making her an alicorn, but she’s a magic user AND the wings are iconic. So I eventually had to admit that it just makes sense and that I couldn’t cut one out.
I basically lifted her bangs wholesale from the manga itself. Kept the hairband, but pushed it back a little (it feels… really odd to put one on a pony). Manestyle is a very slightly tweaked version of the rest of her hair. I converted the shawl into something of a large choker, sort of like what Celestia and Luna had, but still cloth and not full on metal jewelry. The cutie mark required a little bit of thought. I pretty much knew I wanted it to be wind magic from the start, but thinking of a good way to represent that was a bit hard. I ended up going with a wand crossed with a small tornado. For her tail I vaguely mimicked her bangs. I tried to mimic them closely at first, but it looked really terrible, so I changed it to what it is now.
Took me roughly 2 hours. 2H-HB-2B trio in my hybrid style.