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Hakubaikou has left us forever

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 17, 2009, 1:59 PM

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Loss of a Friend

You were always two steps ahead of me
And I was happy to follow
But now your footprints have vanished before me
For you now walk where I cannot

Now I stand where your path ends
And as I look forward I wonder
Is this where you wanted to go
Or were you planning to go much further

In my heart I know I will head toward the horizon
As I'm sure you planned to do
I will carry your memory with me forever
And I will walk where you could not

I am pretty sure that every Kenshin fan on dA knows Hakubaikou.
:iconhakubaikou: . for her amazing Kenshin fan art, her fan site, and the annual Kenshin contest. I am sure a large percentage of fantasy art lovers know her as well for her breathtaking landscapes and fantasy characters painted in her gallery... so I am sure that a great many of us will feel the same sadness I feel to learn of her death.

She died in a car crash Jan 27, 2009. We are told it was instant and that she felt no pain... no, it is us who feel the pain.

Haku was an inspiration to me for so many reasons. When I first got on dA, I was just an anime fan artist... but Haku showed me that I could take my skills further by drawing realism that still looked like the anime, and because of her beautiful fanart, I was inspired to do the same. Then she started doing other, non-fanart related works, which showed me again that there is more to dA than sharing the love of existing anime. I started working on my own original stuff in part because of her example, and in a way, Manic-goose may not have been with out her. Her annual contests showed me that by doing something every year, it can get big, I hold my coloring contests because I wanted to give colorists something like what Haku gave Kenshin fan artists. In a lot of ways, she inspired me to become the artist I am today, and now she is gone from this world forever. The saddest thing is that I know that I will never have the chance to tell her how much her work helped me to grow now. I was always too embarrassed to tell her so, but now I wish I had, because now I will never have another chance to.


Ten Commandments of Photoshop!
inspired by ghostcharmer.deviantart.com/jo…
I.  Thou shalt use no other program before it, for photoshop is thy lord and savior
II. Thou shalt not abuse the wicked filters, for they are the temptation that leads to darkness.
III. Thou shalt not dodge or burn in vain, learn their way and use them sparingly
IV. Remember thy backgrounds, and keep them layered, for they can be used again
V. Thou shalt honor the custom brushes, and make thine own, for the brush is thy savior, the way and the light.
VI. Thou shalt not kill thy mouse when thou doth receive thy tablet for the first time
VII. Thou shalt  not use a resolution less than 300, lest thy work look unrefined
IIX. Thou shalt not paint over a stock photo and call it thine own work.
IX. If thou must smudge, keep thy tool weak, for a strong tool will read every imperfection in thy stroke
X. Thou shalt not covet another's creations and tools, keep to thy practice and thy faith, for it will lead you to greatness

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Here are the images for the contest winners features. ^__^ I hope everyone enjoys them.

To see the results of the contest, follow this link --> manic-goose.deviantart.com/jou…
To go to the contest page, and to see the results of the popular voting, go here --> manic-goose.deviantart.com/jou…

By :iconkanogt:   Kitsune colored 2 by kanogt    kamijo mspaint finished XD by kanogt  
By :iconleahck:   Manic-goose's Contest 1 by LeahCK   :thumb104427640:
By :icondagothsorceress:   Kitsune-fromManic-Goose by DagothSorceress    Will-W.I.T.C.H.2 by DagothSorceress  
By :icongaffle327:   Kitsune Colored by gaffle327    Under Appreciated by gaffle327
By :iconblackdelphin:   Kitsune Sakura Master Revealed by BlackDelphin    Clockwork by BlackDelphin  
By :iconhinatasecretjounin:   Surprise hug by Hinatasecretjounin    Lelia by Hinatasecretjounin
By :iconi-lina:   A Surpise Hug by i-Lina   Stars by i-Lina  
By :iconzarkidtk:   Heated in first snow by zarkidtk   Swan princess Lino-print BandW by zarkidtk
By :iconmiburo: Surprise Hug in Color by Miburo    Watching My Back by Miburo
By :iconcoffeelover:   Surprise Hug by coffeelover    Kitsune by coffeelover    Just Try... by coffeelover    Sweet Lullaby by coffeelover    Modern Day Monster by coffeelover    Twilight by coffeelover
By :iconromanticfae:   kitsune by RomanticFae    just try it by RomanticFae    Cyborg Angel Assassin by RomanticFae   Graceful Blossums by RomanticFae

Please take your time to look at all of these, the artist really put a lot into my contest and I wan them to get as much out of it as they can. Thanx for stopping by. ^__^

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Click on the link below to see a list of my friends:
:hug: My Friends

Click on the link below to see a list of AMAZINGLY GOOD ARTISTS:
:omfg: AMAZING artists

Click on the link below to see more RK artists:
:heart: Rurouni Kenshin Artists

Click on the link below to see the clubs I am in:
:star: Clubs
  • Listening to: Jason Mraz
  • Reading: 3 Among the Wolves
  • Watching: Amazing Grace
  • Playing: with my new tablet and my camera
  • Eating: Chocolate
  • Drinking: Italian Soda
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:iconkartoonkween:
KartoonKween Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Oh... oh my god.
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I think that sums up about how everyone felt perfectly. :sad:
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:iconladybattousai:
ladybattousai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Wow, I had no idea. I hope that she is happy wherever she is now. The world has lost a great person.
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I think that she is in a better place, but it is still sad. That is why I'm posting the news in a deviation, because a lot of people don't look at journal entries and news postings, this was the best way to tell everyone.
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:iconladybattousai:
ladybattousai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Yeah, I don't pay too much attention to journal entries except for their titles and that's why yours struck me.

I know she lived in L.A. If she was buried rather than cremated, I'd like to visit her and give her my respects.
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I would too... though I have no clue where it would be and it would be a ways away for me. You live in that area?
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:iconladybattousai:
ladybattousai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Riverside County which is about an hour from L.A.
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Ah, I guess it would be close to you.
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:iconladybattousai:
ladybattousai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
So, do you think her sister would be willing to let someone pay respects?
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I think if you asked in a nice way, probably... if she is anything like Haku
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:iconthe-vampire-danchan:
The-Vampire-Danchan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I can't believe it, I feel so sad it just doesn't seem real :(
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I know, at first I was trying to tell myself that it is a joke, and that she is just staging her death to see how people would react, but that would be mean spirited and Haku was never mean spirited...
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:iconthe-vampire-danchan:
The-Vampire-Danchan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
I thought that too. It would be a very cruel thing to do and there would be no reason to do it either :(
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Yeah, unfortunately.
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:icondaimyoshi:
DaimyoShi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I sorry to hear that, a moment of silence is in order then.
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Thank you so much
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:icondaimyoshi:
DaimyoShi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome
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:iconraven207b:
Raven207b Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sorry to hear, Duckkie! She was a wonderful artist...I had some of her work in my favourites, too. :cling:
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
:hug: Thank you. I think we will all miss seeing more of her art, I always got excited when I saw her posting something new, wondering what it might be.
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:iconraven207b:
Raven207b Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely! Her work was very unique.
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:iconkenxkao:
KenxKao Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
She will be missed. :cry:
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:iconcheesefreeak:
cheesefreeak Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Student Digital Artist
GIMP FTW!! :headbang:
nice features anyway
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Thank you very much.
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:iconcheesefreeak:
cheesefreeak Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconkamiruchan015:
Kamiruchan015 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
love the commandments XD
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Why thank you. ^__^ I tried to matched them up as best I could with the real ones
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:iconkamiruchan015:
Kamiruchan015 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Filmographer
it was epic win XD
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
^__^
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:iconamie689:
amie689 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, alas I only use Corel Painter (have photoshop but never learned how to use) but I agree with most except the first - obviously :D
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Well, then change photoshop to painter and you cna use the same ones. ^__^ I was going for something that people would agree with and made sense.
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:iconamie689:
amie689 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It definitely makes sense and I would say a lot people would agree with it. Certainly has a commandments feel to it :)
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
I tried.
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:iconamie689:
amie689 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wanted to enter, but real-life don't permit- didn't finish my attempt. Would like to vote but now I'm down with a flu, I can't sit through to judge, they're all awesome anyway, so I'm glad its not my headache.

Can't wait to see who wins, though :D
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Sorry it didn't work out. If you ever do finish the picture, let me know so I can see it at least. Hope you feel better soon.
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:iconamie689:
amie689 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I got better, but didn't finish your picture cos I got distracted repainting my previous pic [link] very happy about it :dance:
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
For some reason, the link didn't work. Could you try again?
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:iconamie689:
amie689 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The internet's horrible today, [link] hope this works.
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
This worked. It is beautiful.
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:iconamie689:
amie689 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :D. the original was the first piece I posted on DA. I just cleaned it up~ almost entirely.
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
I saw. It was a wonderful reworking of it. So much more in it, more detail, color, and therefore feeling
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:iconanimeotaku4444:
AnimeOtaku4444 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Cool contest. I wish I was any good at art. :D
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Thank you. You going to try and enter?
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:iconanimeotaku4444:
AnimeOtaku4444 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
No, my sisters were the ones who inherited that sort of talent. I just write good essays. ^.^
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Oh, I see. Well writing is a great skill as well. Don't belittle that.
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:iconanimeotaku4444:
AnimeOtaku4444 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
True. I just wish I had the talent to express my heart in as visual a way as artists can. Writing is an amazing ability it's true, but it reaches so few people. To be universal, it has to be translated. It's so slow... it doesn't effect people the moment they lay eyes on it. It feels like it's inadequate sometimes. *sighs*
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
I understand that, but there is so much more that you can do with writing... You can tell stories with pictures yes, but you can't get as in depth into the characters thoughts without writing and all that... all the best and most impacting things over history were written, not drawn, so think about that... :shrug: or just keep wishing you were an artist.
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:iconanimeotaku4444:
AnimeOtaku4444 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I guess. :)
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:iconwilpedlil:
Wilpedlil Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
This sounds very interesting...When I have my tablet back again I will think about entering this contest (would be my first time XD).
Cheers!
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:iconparanoid-duckkie:
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
I hope you do. ^__^
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:iconelle-h:
Elle-H Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008   Digital Artist
Gah, coloring stuff! I love coloring stuff! *jumps on this*

You know, even if this wasn't a competition it'd still be amazing... because we just got permission to color something you drew.

And you draw awsome. :salute:
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