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Journal Entry: Mon Feb 16, 2009, 5:58 PM
I am posting a final update here for my sister, whom you know as Hakubaikou.  I had meant to do this sooner, but it's been very difficult for me.  As some of you may have heard, Hakubaikou recently passed away in a car accident.  Her death was instant, and she did not suffer any pain.

My sister loved art, and she loved interacting with everyone on this site, and meeting fellow artists at the conventions.  I remember when she first discovered the online art community.  She didn't have any local friends who were into drawing, and she was just giddy that she could meet so many other artists, right from her room.  And of the people she met, many became good friends, as close to her as any other.  I know for certain that my sister was very happy with her life, especially in recent years, and I thank you all for being a part of it.

As for this gallery, my family is retaining all rights to my sisters artwork, and I kindly ask people not to alter, repost, or publish my sister's artwork in any way.  Her drawings were very personal to her, and she took great care to make them look exactly as she envisioned.  And we ask that you respect her works as they were intended to be seen, here and on her own website. That said, we are leaving the gallery available for anyone to view and enjoy, and any proceeds from print sales will go towards a scholarship fund, set up in her name. (Details will be posted here at a later time.)

A link for those of you who asked about making direct donations to the scholarship fund...…
The exact details are still being worked out.  But the eligible recipients will be women in the USC film school, aspiring to become cinematographers.  (The fund is being organized by some of my sister's closest friends from film school.)


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My artwork is not stock imagery, so please do not treat it as such. ^_^

In a nutshell:
1. Don't alter/edit/mutilate my art.
2. Don't claim it as your own.

The following are fine as long as you don't alter my images. No need to contact me for permission:
  • Downloading my art for your personal viewing pleasure.
  • Using my artwork as your desktop image.
  • Printing out my art for your personal use (like putting it up on the wall of your room.)
  • Displaying my artwork UNALTERED as part of a picture gallery on your site. (It'd be nice if you gave credit.)

I would ask that you please do NOT do the following:
  • Other than re-sizing, please do NOT alter/edit my art. Do not crop it. Do not change the colors. Do not draw on top of it. Do not remove my signature. Do not add text over it.
  • Do NOT use my artwork as part of your website/blog/myspace background or layout design.
  • Do NOT use my artwork for banners, avatars, sigs, and tubes.
  • Do NOT claim my artwork as your own.
  • Do NOT take my art without permission and sell it for profit.

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FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
I was listening to a beautiful Chinese bamboo flute music video on YouTube, and it featured one of these beautiful paintings by your sister. She seemed to have been a great person, and she would be proud of having her art make somewhat of a difference. I hope wherever she is, she will always envision the beauty of both here and afterlife. I offer my deepest condolences for the loss of your sister. I have two sisters, and they are my life. I cannot imagine how I'd live if they were lost from life. I truly hope you and your family have found peace, especially for your sister's memory.
Crash-baby Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Hello HakuBaiku. :(

I loved your art on Deviant Art and on Gaia Online. I wish I contacted you earlier. You were incredibly inspiring to many people.

Seeing your digital artwork inspired me to feel confident enough in buying a tablet, and I am thankful for that. Images like 'Raesha' left me in awe. (Currently I'm studying at university and even picking up clients; of course motivated by what I had seen from you so many years ago.)

I've donated to your scholarship fund. May you continue inspiring other artists. <3

- An artist from Australia.
FreakySnowFlakes Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your sister's art has inspired me.  Thank you for not taking down; I'd have never seen them if you had.  I know you'll probably never even read this with all the comments spamming this inbox . . . but I wanted you to know.  
Lucidstillness Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
She was a fantastic artist and a beautiful person. She will be greatly missed.

Best wishes to you and your family.
voidrider20 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
I'm terribly sorry to hear about your loss. I'm confident her contribution to art and our world has earned her immortality in the spiritual world. May she rest in peace.
Grauenart Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:pray: rest in peace!!
Aquarior Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconfluttershysadplz: What a talented artist the world has lost! Judging from Hakubaikou's writing she must also have been an extraordinarily charming and humorous person. Those who had the luck of knowing her surely treasure wonderful memories. But since I am not one of those, I am grateful that her work is preserved as well. While we all pass away some day, Hakubaikou created a legacy that has elicited awe and joy in thousand of minds and hearts and will continue to do so in the many years to come. I hope that her family and friends have overcome their grief and remember her happily... :huggle:
Xdeathwingx Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
good bye shinning star for the world will be a sadder place without your art but you will still be in our hearts and thats more then enough to make us happy.
elissis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
oh my.. i never knew this till now.. and it's a great loss.
i loved her battousai pictures, which led me to discover her other beautiful works as well.. how she managed to capture and see things.
and my impression of her was that she was really generous and kind-hearted, coz i remembered that my sister asked her permission to save one of her pictures as a desktop wallpaper, and she was really nice about it too <3
darkdragoncharmer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:c Rest in peace...
ghostx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here I was checking out the journals of people on my watch list to see if they were still active, when I come across this tragic piece of news. Never expected that. My condolences to the family of this talented artist.
MoshYong Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Digital Artist
i don't know her.. but i know she had the same hopes and dreams as all of us artists and they've been cut short. My eyes are tearing up, I hope she is in a better place now.
Acey-J Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Oh, my God...this is the first time I've ever seen her art, and I was instantly inspired...I'm so sorry--I wish you and your family well. :tears:
xxx-Hentai-xxx Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
after the first couple of lines... i was on the verge of tears... my friend linked this to me... so I didn't even know who she was... but it's such a shame that she died... she was such a great artist! :iconsadplz:
Sirika Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010

I loved your RuroKen site. I lurked when I was in high school and watched it grow. The site was amazingly well done, style-wise, and it was so great for you to put on contests and bring the community together. Your art is amazing, but what I admired the most was that you were so involved. A fantastic artist who shares the love? Absolutely wonderful. I regret that I never got out of the lurking stage to tell you how much I appreciated your work-- both artistically and with the community. You made a lurker happy, and I know you made those who submitted equally glad to have a place to go. There's nothing new I can say about you, since I never really knew you, but I can add a number to the group of people who will miss your presence.

ReddScaarr Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know and am just discovering her work. I'm sorry for your loss. I, too know the loss of a sibling and wish you and your family all the best love and support.

AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry for your loss.
I found this gallery through a search and I really love what she created. It's inspiring.
BlizzyStorm Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no!
That is really sad, because i was just found her gallery today
and was looking forward to see more arts from,
but i guess that is not the case..
I hope that she is happy where she is right now.
Rest in peace
tifafenrir09 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
R.I.P, hakubaikou.

Only the good die young. :(
AngelJasiel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rest in peace, see you someday wherever you were
v-kYo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm sorry to hear that.. :(

rest in peace, hakubaikou..
Estheryu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Student General Artist
I just happened across this gallery and its beautiful works today and saw this journal.
I'm sure the world mourns for the passing of this uniquely talented artist who, from the sounds of it, inspired many. As I only just found this gallery, I never got a chance to know her, but I still offer my condolences.
May she Rest In Peace, her soul forever drawing where ever it may reside. :rose:
Eatyourbreakfast Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
aw..well thats real old was your sister?

( my best friends little sister diead 7 weeks ago and she was only 11 years old...)
Noretus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Been away from DA and Gaia so I never found out until just tonight.

Hakubaikou helped me with my drawings and I had nice chats with her about art back in the day.

My condolences, though late they may be.
KitakLaw Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hey - I just discovered your sister's gallery the other day, so I just saw this journal entry now. Even though it is sad to know she's no longer here with us, I thank God that she has a family like yours and a talent like she had.
ZetaAdele Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
God Bless her and may she rest in peace...

She was deeply loved here by follers and her art was fantastic. May we all remember her legacy.
Per-edhil Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
wow...i just have no words to say....your art was beautiful and every time i saw one of your pieces i could see how much love and work was put into them...
my thoughts with you and your family

ang3ll Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
... :/ Damn... I just... cannot believe it...
I'm sorry...
Artcandie Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
I never really talked with her much, but her work inspires my every time i look at it! She seemed like such a Kind individual! You and your family have my sympathy!
SilverShadowess Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh my god...
Rest in peace.

We will remember you.
HitokiriHimura Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
I only just found out (have no clue why this journal never made it to my message centre) from a RuroKen fanfic's author's note.

My condolences to the family. She was such a great artist. May she rest in peace... :cries:
animangaboy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
So deeply sadly crushed when I read her update......sorry what had happened to her.

I think I like the gallery full of beauty artworks....even though I never know her. I understand your pain as well becuase my twin sister died while she was born. Hope all of family will remember in great memories~~
JennLong Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow... this happened back in Feb and I didn't find out til now in April? I must be oblivious or something. R.I.P. Hakubaikou. The work you left us with is not only inspirational, but truly amazing.
typhlosion Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
This is horrible. I just don't understand it, not yet.

I talked to her only once, but enough to understand she was a nice, helpful, and selfless person.

I donated to the fund, in hopes that it will let others with her talent reach the same happiness that all of this gave her.
stewii Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Student
The--Shining--Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
:( rest in peace hakubaiku... ♥ im so sorry for your loss :upset:
alethiaX Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
So sad to hear this news. There is so much talent and heart preserved in this gallery ... thank you for leaving it up for us to admire.
GunKata Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe this- it was HakuBaiku's art that led me to transition from the gaia art gallery to deviantart when I was about fourteen. I always found her art amazing and beautiful. To stumble back to her page a few years later and find this... and only a few weeks ago. I'm glad her sister posted the news- I've always wanted someone to do something similar if anything happened to me. Deviantart and the rest of the world has lost something irreplaceable.
Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Oh my god, I feel so awful... she was planning to do some of one of my stories in manga, and I got really angry when she never posted it... Now I feel like a horrible person... *headdesk*
Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Oh my god, I feel so awful... she was planning to do some of one of my stories in manga, and I got really angry when she never posted it... Now I feel like a horrible person... *headdesk*
ReyahRayno Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are not a horrible person. You didn't know. I don't know much about her but from I've read from the comments she was a very kind and forgiving person. I don't think she'd want you to think you're a terrible person. I hope this helped a bit.

:heart: Rest in peace. :heart:

BOONJAGGA Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh wow, I'm very sorry to hear. It is very benevolent of you to do so.
Kaotika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009   Photographer
:tears: My condolences
:heart: Rest in Peace :heart:
ariodante28 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
I was stunned when I read this post,and I know that everyone here on DA will really, really miss her. Even if you didn't know her it was easy to tell that she was an exceptional, courteous person as well as an outstanding artist.
My condolences to her family, and may she rest in peace.
TheWindWraith Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
I wish I had found your sister before now, I only recently heard of her through a note about her passing through this community - she was a talented and very well loved member here and her absence will be missed. I'm so very very sorry for your loss and like the others, offer my deepest sympathy to you and your kin on her passing. She certainly passed her deep love of art and probably a fair bit of her talent in the form of suggestions and help on to others working towards the same type of art. At least in that way she will carry on with her art, albeit in a different way. If I weren't already in school and strapped for cash at the moment I would help with the scholarship - but once I finish school, I will try to pop by and donate then! Possibly before if all goes well this year.

HugMonster341 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest in Peace. You will be missed.
Aqua-Lily Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
I am deeply sorry . This girl,she really and truly had a real talent on her shoulders. Condolences to the family with this tragic loss. I am truly sorry,I really am. However, no amount of text can really show it. :(
littleshireling Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
My condolences. I'm only coming across her gallery now, and I wish I'd found her page sooner. She was a fantastic artist and it seems she was much loved and will be remembered.

Rest in peace.
memod Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional
That's sad news :hmm: I just read about this on someone else's page and immediately remembered her pictures....She will be missed =(

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