Remembering a Classic Through the Eyes of a High Schooler

In 1998. a friend of mine managed to get his paws on Breath of Fire 3.  I think it was Mike, but I am not sure.  I do not remember much about the game, except that it was jam packed with things to do to keep you busy.  I played it through to the end and was impressed.  The battle system was classic and the characters were memorable.

Even though the game was fun, it introduced me to a different side of myself.
Even though the game was fun, it introduced me to a different side of myself.

The most memorable thing about this game was that it gave me images to draw from the instruction booklet.  No, not tracing them, but just glimpsing and drawing, shading and rubbing.  I was destined to be a master of the pencil.  I spent many an hour pumping out artwork for a lot of games when I was sitting in Mrs. Bass’s class learning history.  I managed to get my notes done and study, makes As, and draw quite the collection of Breath of Fire 3 art.

I don’t really remember the characters from the game, but my favorite character by all means was Garr, followed closely by Rei.  These two were polar opposites.  Garr was this huge burly gargoyle thing, a real powerhouse…

This image was a shading nightmare, but I love it.
This image was a shading nightmare, but I love it.

and Rei was this rogue-like vagabond who was quick on the attack with his daggers…

Maphesto - Rei
He looks like a tiger, he has daggers..he was a bad ass and he was also really fun to draw.

There was Teepo who is another fast paced fighter…

Maphesto - Teepo
Pretty plain drawing, but I liked it. His face was a bit flawed.

There was also a princess in the game.  I think she was kind of spoiled, but I am not sure.

Maphesto - Nina
She was not very fun to draw and her face was difficult. Also, I was no good at the female form back in the day.

Opposite of Nina is Momo, the scientist/nerd type…

Maphesto - Momo
Absolutely one of my favorite drawings. I screwed up her gun thing, but I was very proud of her outfit.

Momo has a little robot companion named Honey…

She is a little lopsided...
She is a little lopsided…

A mutant onion named Peco…(That’s right, a mutant ONION)

Maphesto - Peco
Not a very good drawing, but he was not a very good character either…

Oh, yeah, let’s not forget Ryu, the main character…

He was actually the first Breath of Fire 3 character I drew.
He was actually the first Breath of Fire 3 character I drew.

When I started drawing Ryu, I was faced with some challenges.  It was a well drawn image and I was redrawing it, making it my own, trying to match it.  That style of drawing was fun for me and I loved it.  It gave instruction manual artwork a more authentic feel.  The fact that I managed to hang on to these images is amazing.  I hope you enjoy!

 

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