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Speaking with the Stars by Hanafae Speaking with the Stars by Hanafae
:star: PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NO LONGER POSTING FAN ART TO THIS ACCOUNT. Check out my StarsAndOceans account for fan art. :star:

This is Xelha of Baten Kaitos : Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. I :heart: this game so much!

This is my entry for :iconbaten-kaitos-club:'s contest, "choose your favorite Baten Kaitos piece and draw a picture to match it". But the soundtrack is so beautiful, I couldn't pick just one! :O So I listened through both CDs and let the pictures come to my mind. The one I chose is "Speaking with the Stars", which is track 28 of CD2. I saw Xelha becoming the ocean... though I know it doesn't really look like this in the game :D

I don't know how many times I've almost given up on this one. I just couldn't get it to look like what I had in mind. So I decided to screw it all up: the sky, the ocean, everything. And that's when I started liking it more :D

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ValaSedai Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The background creates such a gorgeous vast and cosmic feeling. You did a really great job! :)
And she's probably one of the most authentic and pretty Xelhas I've seen so far. ^^
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you very much! I think I did it in a style that's too much in between realism and non-realism, but I often have that problem :( I'm trying to get rid of it.
But I'm glad you liked the result here, thank you! :hug:
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ValaSedai Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really think the style works quite well so I wouldn't worry too much about it. ^^
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ArienMerimac Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Couleurs :o
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Hanafae Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:dummy:
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Scorp-Hasashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so awesome!!! More people need to know about this game and it's prequel!!!
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Hanafae Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) Yes, it's sad that Baten Kaitos is such an unknown game. It's one the best, most beautiful, and most original games ever :heart:
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MizukiYamato Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XELHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
awsome xD
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Hanafae Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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MizukiYamato Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nine-Roses Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very amazing! I love how it turned out. :aww:
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Hanafae Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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Nine-Roses Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :huggle:
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Blaze7the7Cat Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Well, I may not have won...But at least I'm glad I lost to you.:)
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: :cuddle: Thank you :)
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Blaze7the7Cat Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
:highfive:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
C'est superbe! :wow:
Les couleurs chatoyantes et enchanteresses et surtout ces magnifiques effets sur le ciel! :love:
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci! :glomp: Le ciel est arrivé un peu par accident, et j'ai aimé la base que ça m'a donnée, alors j'en ai rajouté :D Je crois que c'est mon préféré jusqu'à maintenant.
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6-5and5-11 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so well done. I love the lighting technique and the subject. Xelha is so amazing.
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She is! :w00t: She's one of my all-time favorite female video game characters. I'm really glad you like the drawing, thank you! :hug:
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bunnysbud Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Ahhh! I love this game! I still have to find Baten Kaitos: Origins... It is so hard these days... I looked at your profile and I was like: "Ahhh! Its.. Its... What her name again..." *looks at pic* "Xelha!!" Teehee ^.^ But great job, I recognized her instantly even if I could not remember her name and I have not played in years!
This is an absolutely amaxing picture! She is beautiful, it is beautiful. The water and sky, just... Wow :) Wonderful work yet again!
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug: I'm glad to hear you recognized her straight away, it's a compliment! I hadn't played the game in years either, I picked it up again 2-3 weeks ago. That's what happens when I like a game very, very much, and it has a deep impact on me : I usually don't play it again, and keep the memory of it in my heart :) But I missed the Baten Kaitos universe, and I felt like returning to it again. And god do I love this game!

Origins though, probably was the biggest video game disappoint of my life :dead: I didn't even have the patience to actually beat the game (I was almost there though). I just couldn't stand it anymore. I never played it again and never will. It was nice to see what happened in the past before the events of Eternal Wings, but other than that, every bit of this game got on my nerves. It was a HUGE disappointment for me.
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bunnysbud Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
I|t really is wonderful, exactly as I remember her! I stopped playing a bit, because I got annoyed with the final boss, but I finally beat him a while later and I have not played since. There are actually very few games I tend to replay.

Was Origins really that bad? I would ocasionally find one copy used but I refussed to pay $40 for a gamecube game... Unless I find a really cheap copy, $10 or less, I doubt I will ever play it... What was wrong with it? Was it the story? And did it hve Lyude? I may or may not have totally fell in love with him XD ^.^
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The final battle is quite something. Thank goodness I had Xelha in my party. She did massive, enormous damage when I achieved a light-based 1 to 9 combo with her. That alone probably ate a lot of Malpercio's hit points :D

As for Origins, some people love the game, more than Eternal Wings even. Others don't. I don't. So, it's more of a matter of personal preferences than the game itself being bad I think. I didn't manage to grow fond of the characters, I didn't bond with them like I did with the cast of Eternal Wings. Also, the party remains the same throughout the entire game, and one of the three party members is a "machina" that I never succeeded in liking. Changes were made to the combat system, supposedly because the whole process of managing the decks and fighting with the cards was a burden in Eternal Wings. Combat is still card-based, but changes were made to how you handle the decks and cards, and I didn't like those changes.

I also remember just plain losing patience with the things you had to do in "dungeons" (they're not dungeons per se, but you know, places where you have to fight enemies before you reach the boss). What killed me what the last one before one of the final bosses. I remember you had to fly Sagi through narrow passages and it was very easy to screw up and fail, then you had to start over and try flying him through again. I just thought to myself "f*** it, I've endured this game long enough" and just watched the final boss fights and ending on YouTube ^^"

Lyude is not in the game, he wasn't born yet (Origins takes place 20 years before Eternal Wings). You do learn the truth about the circumstances surrounding his birth though (even though Eternal Wings hinted pretty hard at it, you get to see what happened in Origins). I'm a fan of Lyude's too. He and Gibari are my favorite male characters :)
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bunnysbud Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
I think I loaded everyone up with light stuff... I think I remember Lyude being good in that battle too (biased memories?) But I can see pulling off a 1 to 9 combo doing a boatload of damage! Lyude is deff my fav in that game. He was my desktop for a while, lol! I didn't mind Gibari, but I liked Lyude better. And Lyude had a giant gun... Gibari, if I remember, fought with a paddle XD

I have to admit, Baten Kaitos is the only game I have played with that kind of card battle system, and I kinda liked it. It would be interesting to see how they changed it...

I know I would be likely to be annoyed with something like that after a while too, which would make me stop playing and maybe come back to it or not, lol. I was playing Tales of Symphonia, and I had quickly become addicted to it, I was about 35 hours into it (it promoted 80 hours of gameplay and I tend to take my time) and I was in a dungeon/level thing and there was a door that was supposed to open that I could not get through... I tried guides and stuff too, it was really obnixious. I have not played since, lol, but I should at some point soon, lol!

And... I thought the box looked like it had thesame main character? Whose nsme I can't remember -.-' And I always thought of him as younger than Lyude... Is it his dad or something? o.O
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, Lyude with his light-based cards can deal him a lot of damage too, so you're memory is probably right :) And Gibari indeed fights with a paddle! I really like Gibari's humor and attitude :D And Lyude makes me feel like I want to hug him and tell him "it's ok, everything's gonna be alright"!

Tales of Symphonia is another one of my all-time favorites. You should definitely pick it up again!

As for the character that looks like Lyude, the one you saw is either the younger Almarde ([link]) or Lyude's father Lyuvann ([link]).
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bunnysbud Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Sorry! I was not clear! The one on the cover of the origins I thought looked like Kalas (I could not remember his name XD ). Who is apperntly Sagi, according to the wiki, lol. And I had always thought of Kalas as being younger than Lyude was.

And I dunno, I never grew that fond of Gibari, personally, but I get attached to characters, and I dunno, I liked Lyude better XD

I would totally hug Lyude :D *fangirl glomps Lyude* Teehee ^.^

I am thinking I should start Tales again, or maybe try and get through that door, but I have to set my Wii back up. I just got an bo 360 and am playing Sacred 2 currently :D It is an awesome, open-ended rpg. I love it.
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kiesu Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY SHIT MY JAW DROPPED THAT'S AMAZING D:
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thank you! :tighthug: :glomp: I'm glad you like it!
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Yukkabelle Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
Again, a great piece :aww: The background is awesome :love:

And good luck with the contest. I hope you will be the winner :heart:
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci beaucoup, c'est gentil! :tighthug:
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mkh278 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
niceee =3 good luck with the contest~
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :glomp:
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mkh278 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
no problems and thanks for the hug =3
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TarodZ Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Impressive.
THe ocean,the stars,and the colors.
Everything.
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME.
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you so much! :la: :hug: I'm really glad you like it!
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NayaaseBeleguii Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Filmographer
O____O This is beautiful
*Faint*
I believe we have a Winner ^-^
Awesome work! nice everithing! instant Fave!! Woo!
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, the contest isn't over yet, don't declare me a winner just yet :D
Thank you so much for your kind comment! :hug:
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Possumato Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
...And there goes my last piece of hope of winning that contest D8
Gorgeous... Simply gorgeous *instant fave*
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, the contest isn't over yet, don't give up hope! :D
Thank you very much, I'm really glad you like it! :hug:
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Possumato Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Weel then let's see what are the contest results x3
And no problem :D
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Romaniya Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Woooow! I´m so jealous of your colouring!! Ecspecially the face and hair! Amazing job! I didnt´know you could draw this good.
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug: I'm really glad you like it!
I had stopped drawing for a few years, for diverse reasons, but I started drawing again last Fall :)
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Romaniya Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Well you sure made an impressive piece! I saw you dropping on *Devillady her page often, but I didn't know you could draw this good. I'm so jealous of your colouring skills. I am a beginner when it comes to colouring; it's very hard for me. But yours looks fantastic! *absorbs your colouring skills* LOL!
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again! :aww: And I hope I still have some coloring skills left when you're done absorbing it, haha! :D I used to be a traditional artist, working with soft pastels and coloring pencils. So when I started drawing again and made the move to digital, I tried to find a way to color that felt as close as possible to me as how I used to color manually. After experimenting around in Photoshop I found two brushes that I use with the smudge tool and that make it feel similar to how I used to color. I apply color loosely, then I smudge the shades together using pastel medium tip and watercolor 1. This drawing was entirely made this way, except for the sky, which was a result of me giving up on it, deciding to screw it all up for fun, and applying a motion blur on the stars I had made.

I first got to know *Devillady when she drew Richter (of Tales of Symphonia), whom I'm a fan of. And there isn't all that much fanart of him, so I started watching her, and we're also both fans of Gibari's :)
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Romaniya Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I actually almost never colour anything. Not digital and not traditional. My stronger point is lineart ---> [link] and I mostly hire people to colour for me, which is extremely expensive. My gallery is full of thousands of euros spend on colouring, so I really want to learn it myself and I'm practising. The thing is that I also suck when it comes to computers and don't know how photoshop works very well -_-

I'm still on this level when it comes to colouring myself. I ecspecially can't colour hair --> [link]

Oh, Tales of Symphonia! :D :icondevillady: and I always play it together with 2 players. (we're sisters).
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You do have a talent for lineart. And your coloring is coming along good! All I can suggest is to watch and learn :) Read/watch tutorials, pay attention to how artists applied their colors, and try to mix it all up and come up with something that feels comfortable for you. That's what I did when I made the move to digital. Experiment around in Photoshop, too. Time spent experimenting is never wasted :) Sure it takes time, but it pays off in the end.

Ah, so she is your sister! :D It's great you two get to play games together!
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Romaniya Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
I'll try. Thanks for the tips. I'll start colouring some of my art now.
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Devillady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Amazing colors!! Awesome job!

I don't know if I'll be able to make it with the deadline so close!
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Hanafae Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :glomp: I saw you managed to make it in time. I cut mine short a little, I wanted to draw her wings too, but I thought that if I started that, it would take too long before I'd be done :D
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