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Melodies of Life by LornaKelleherArt Melodies of Life by LornaKelleherArt
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 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
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.
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
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:
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TheR3mnanT Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Exactly, the poor girl was burdened with so much in a life that was barely hers
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JestersOfTheMoon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
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!
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JestersOfTheMoon Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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. 
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
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 ;)
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devoutburrito Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
love your concept! and your clor palette gives is a nice home-y feel!
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Thank you very much! Yeah, it really does feel quite warm in this picture!
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Rinoa00Rose Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Whart a cute idea! love it! <3
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Thank you so much!
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passingfancyrae Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
It is a beautiful song, and this is a beautiful image.
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
It really is an amazing song; one of the best, no doubt. Thank you so much! :hug:
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Nice :)
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Thank you very much! :)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Your welcome :D
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Airarrakis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
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
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
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:
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Airarrakis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
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 :)
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Mykoto Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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 ^^
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
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:
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NycIX Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I really really like how you designed Garnet's mother! This whole piece is just really beautiful, great job! :aww:
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Thank you! I was trying to go for a beautiful, older version of how I imagine Garnet :nod:

:hug:
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Quistis3pe Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
this is a really nice artwork :)
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Quistis3pe Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
dont mention it :aww: good luck with the contest :)
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
:heart:
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Jucabro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't help but think that this scene is taking place in Daguerreo.  I KNOW IT ISN'T, (it's in Madain Sari, like you said) BUT THE SCENERY IS SO DANG SIMILAR. Lol  Fantastic work!!
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Haha, that's true! I think a lot of the places in IX look pretty similar; I guess they really wanted that old medieval type atmosphere throughout the game. I'll probably draw another FFIX picture again soon, because it's just so pretty :heart:

Also, thank you so much! 
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Jucabro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read somewhere that Hironobu Sakaguchi wanted FFIX to bring all the elements the other games had back to the original, so I think the medieval theme was an absolute given.  Oh, speaking of which!  You should totally try drawing Ipsen's Castle, that place is so memorable it'll hit everyone whose played FFIX right in the nostalgia!  x)  Yes, FFIX is a wonderful game.  Definitely my favorite of the FF series. :heart:

:D
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Oh my, you know, Ispen's Castle would be an amazing picture if I could pull it off. Thank you so much for the idea :hug:
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Jucabro Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's this "if" business?  The best part about unfinished concept art is that the fan gets to decide how the rest of t looks, and Square Enix can't complain about it.  I think you'd probably be the first person to pull off a full image of Ipsen's castle outside of SE.  :3

Anytime, I'm chuck-full of ideas, so lemme know if you want any.  :>
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Haha, I guess you make a true point. I'm really excited now; I definitely want to draw it. :la:

Yes, I'll definitely come to you again if I need some ideas! :hug:
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Jucabro Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah  I'm so honored, thank you!!
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LoonyBoB Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Excellent idea, excellent work. :)
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Thank you very much! :)
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TempaDragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Love the feeling it gives, reminds me of a buncha emotions i used to have. :3
I'd comment earlier but i couldn't sorry about it ^_^. 
Good job though ;o sends out emotions.
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LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Aww, thank you so much! Yeah, it's a very emotive song; so perfect for the game and everything that Garnet had to suffer through.
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