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Melodies of Life

A voice from the past, joining yours and mine.
Adding up the layers of harmony.
And so it goes, on and on.
Melodies of life,
To the sky beyond the flying bird - forever and on.

My entry for the
 CR-FanArt-Contests: Fan Art and Music!

It took me a while to decide what I wanted to draw for this. In the end, I decided I had to draw a scene from a game that's been a huge part of my gaming life: Final Fantasy IX
(Spoilers for anyone who hasn't played the game)

So, this is my re-imagined scene of Garnet/Dagger/(Sarah) with her Mum in their home in Madain Sari. Even though we were never treated to any scenes like this in the game, since Garnet had lost her memory, I always imagined that her mother sang her "Melodies of Life" before going to bed. I like to think that that is the reason why Garnet remembers the song so vividly! This is, without a doubt, my favourite Final Fantasy song; it's simply beautiful, and not surprising that it's used through out the game.

Personal tid-bit: I went out and bought a keyboard JUST so I could learn to play this when the game first came out. Yes, that's how much I love it.

Link to the song (English) :heart:

Tools: PS CS6, Bamboo tablet
Time: approx 6 hours

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TheR3mnanT's avatar
Well this piece is stunning, it really brings joy to my heart to see Garnet at her true home, being a huge fan of FF my whole life and loving FFIX more that many, I always enjoy snippets into possible unseen scenes left to fans to interpret, so awesome piece and thank you for doing it.
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
Thank you so much for your kind comment! FFIX is a really special game for me, and Garnet's story throughout the game is so harrowing; it's nice to imagine her at a happier time! :heart:
TheR3mnanT's avatar
Exactly, the poor girl was burdened with so much in a life that was barely hers
JestersOfTheMoon's avatar
Oh my gosh, I love it-- the art itself is very pretty, and then just the fact that that it's about FFIX makes me happy :) I love that game, and I like to think that Dagger's mom sang that song to her, as well. <3
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
Thank you so much! It's definitely one of my favourite games of all time; I always wished there was a lot more back story to her past (but I guess it makes sense that there isn't); imagining tender moments like this is what I hoped happened!
JestersOfTheMoon's avatar
Same here-- that game holds a special place in my heart. 

Mm, I agree; I always wish there had been more backstory with characters, though, haha. Like Tantalus-- I would've loved more backstory on Blank and Baku and just Tantalus as a whole. On Freya, too, and Beatrix… just everybody. XD Though you're right, that in Garnet's case it almost fits that we know as much as she does, considering the memory problems. 

On another topic, I started browsing your other stuff, too-- jeez! You're in a lot of the same fandoms as me, including Final Fantasy, sprinkled with an unhealthy love of anime… I really love your art style too, and you seem really nice. You've improved a lot in the last year, it seems, so good job on that :) Thank you for the reply, and sorry that I rambled so much, haha. 
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
Oh man, I love Tantalus. I kinda wish they made a FFIX prequel just so they could go into more depth with each character; maybe have game chapters from each character's point of view :la: I'm actually really pleasantly surprised how much you're into an older FF game; I mean, you would have been practically a baby when IX was released! I guess it just goes to show how great the series is (and I love that).

Aww, thank you very much, by the way; that's really nice of you! I'm always trying my best to improve myself (both in my art AND as a person! Haha), so thank you very much for the compliment :) Also, I like when people ramble; I totally ramble about the things I love when people allow it, haha ;)
devoutburrito's avatar
love your concept! and your clor palette gives is a nice home-y feel!
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
Thank you very much! Yeah, it really does feel quite warm in this picture!
Rinoa00Rose's avatar
Whart a cute idea! love it! <3
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passingfancyrae's avatar
It is a beautiful song, and this is a beautiful image.
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
It really is an amazing song; one of the best, no doubt. Thank you so much! :hug:
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
Thank you very much! :)
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Airarrakis's avatar
Good job! Scenes from games that aren't actually depicted in the game are the most imaginative. Melodies of Life is what got me back into piano too! FFIX is my favorite
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
IX has a real special place in my heart because it was the first FF I ever played. ( I was super late to the FF party!) I really like the idea of drawing scenes that may or may not have happened, because there are no expectations of how it should look, you know? It's just great to see how people imagine these events and portray them; you can be as creative as you like! I'd love to be able to do some more :)

Thanks so much for your comment! :hug:
Airarrakis's avatar
Ah really? That's even slightly later than me. FFVII was my first, and people always give me shit for getting on when all the other Americans got on, haha. I put FFIX and FFVII on the same level of awesomeness, both on music and story. Back when I was first starting to draw I painted some FFIX scenes that never happened. It's almost embarassing to look back on them now but that inspiration really helped me improve! I think I'll have to try FFIX fanart again, soon

you're welcome! Cheers from Seattle, USA :)
Mykoto's avatar
Nice job capturing the feel of a Madain Sari bedroom, and of summoner attire, it all feels authentic. Melodies of Life is one of my favorites also ^^
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
Thank you so much! I referenced Eiko's clothing for Garnet's; just changed around the colours a bit! I pretty much love all the indoor environments from IX; they look so warm, cosy and inviting, so that's what I was going for! It really is such a beautiful song :heart:
NycIX's avatar
Wow I really really like how you designed Garnet's mother! This whole piece is just really beautiful, great job! :aww:
LornaKelleherArt's avatar
Thank you! I was trying to go for a beautiful, older version of how I imagine Garnet :nod:

Quistis3pe's avatar
this is a really nice artwork :)
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