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I was revisiting Hikaru no Go to study some of Obata sensei's paneling techniques, but I ended up getting so absorbed that I spent two whole days re-reading the manga from start to finish... This was probably my 3rd or 4th time reading it, but the story telling was so good that I still ended up in tears. After that, I was so filled with emotions that I couldn't focus on anything else. "orz I figured that a fan art was the only way to let everything out.

This picture took very minimal planning and wasn't challenging to paint. I was listening to the anime's OST as I was sketching it and was literally crying. I couldn't think at all.

Obviously, Sai was my favourite character of the series... He lives in both Hikaru's Go and my heart. T__T

Tools used: SAI (<--had to use this program for its name) with Wacom Intuos3 tablet
Time taken: ~15 hours
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friedfoo Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
seeing this made me remember the moment he faded away twt
AmbientDays Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? It reminds me of when he first appeared.
friedfoo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I watched the entire anime all over again last month. I cried and then remembered this piece of work.
I still can't let go of the fact hikaru had to grow up and Sai leaving him was part of what he needed to let go to become a great go player T_T
AmbientDays Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm planning to reread the manga, I visited the hikaru no go side of the fanfiction site recently and it made me feel really nostalgic even though the community there is practically dead.I was really upset about the ending too but I wasn't angry at the author for ending things the way she did. I think its just one of the many things that give hikaru no go, its appeal.
friedfoo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've actually read the manga twice (or thrice? I can't remember because I read it a long, long time ago) and I also read some of the fanfictions where sai didn't disappear, or what happened after he did disappear.

Some of them are pretty scary in the sense that hikaru gets kidnapped for his skills in go(…), or goes on for a long time to show him improving until the writer stops writing(…)...
AmbientDays Featured By Owner Edited Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Read it about four times myself, Unfortunately I haven't watched the anime.
Caught in the ladder is actually one of my favorite Hikaru no go fanfics, despite the fact that the end gives me chills... I haven't read the other one before,thanks for giving me that gem! Have you ever read Hikaru no Joe?… It's like Hikaru no go, except for coffee! :love:
I also like Caught in a Thousand Strings… I will warn you that it's really messed up, worse than Caught in a ladder. I haven't really caught up on it recently though...
friedfoo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, well, I've read more but these two I mentioned had gave an impression the rest didn't. I can't really find anything good that gives me the sense of closure, so I haven't haunt that area for a long time.

If I wasn't so bad at 'go' I would probably play it. The only game I don't suck at is Othello/reversi. =_=' I still can't understand how they read ahead in the go matches. Seriously? How... Ah well. It's probably a little like chess.

Ah, it seems like I've read caught in a thousand string too. It hasn't been updated so it's a little sad. Hahaha Coffee Maker hahahaha. Baristaaaaaa. I'll go and read it.
AmbientDays Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, I think I remember a time when fan fiction had a lot more good hikago stories but they deleted a lot.
I'd like to learn go too, but my attention span is too short. I'd love to learn some form of strategy game but...^ Probably. ^-^
I had the same reaction. I remember reading the first paragraph and I nearly died with laughter. Sai, a barista? Pfft. how did it go for you?
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MKGuu Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a huge fan of this series and it made me cry too ! (Even learn how to play go after that ^^)! I'm happy to find here both a great artist and a fan of a serie I love! 
UnbearableME Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
like the hat :)
14iv19 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Sai!! :D
ixWriter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooooah o: So surreal <3
dmkozicka Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully done ! 
Gemini-npu Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
beautiful, really!
Hijirina Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is totally AWESOME!!! :iconexcitedlaplz: :iconexplodelaplz:
Your skills are amazing. :wow:
And what fascinates me the most, is the fact that you used just the same materials that I also have.
And that I probably wouldn't be able to paint such a result as well though. :XD:'''
DilligentHeart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I really love how you colored this piece! And it's nice to know more Hikaru no Go fans are on deviantart! :D
Luffa-Myou Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aw.... Awesome ! *O*
chocobikies Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
oh my so gorgeous~ hikaru no go is one of my favourite animes/manga and it MADE me want to play go. although i was terrible at it, the game itself was excellent! X]
and this pic just reignited that spark that just makes me want to rewatch it for the umpteenth time
e-ien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this drawing is so beautiful.. it makes me sad. i have watched the anime 3 times and cried every time. i wish i could draw like you. very beautiful!
thankyou9527 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Love this manga so much T_T
HK674 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
this brings back memories. hikaru no go was the best thing to happen to all my manga readings.
LeaveItToFate Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SAAAI!!! I didn't even have to read the desc. to know it's him. ♥
I love Hikaru no Go. (Though the manga's on hold cause I can't find volume 7. ._.")
It's so beautiful, everything.
julyie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
T_____T <3
mmmaoh Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
wow this is amazing! i love Sai~ <3 You drew him so well and the colors fit him so much too! Wonderful work! <333
EviZora Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I know... SO SAD!! T__T I love this drawing!!! I love you sai!! :C
tempestofazure Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it, love everything about it. Do you by chance play Go?
mou-s Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thanks. I know the rules, but I'm horrible at playing. lol
I have no time to practice =(
tempestofazure Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
too bad, if u ever decide to join any server like kgs, let me know and we can play
Dexteria Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What a wonderfull Sai! I made one too but i prefer yours :)
kunoichi-sakura05 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
EVERYTHING is just amazing..
loved the hair, face, background, colouring
the list goes on!!
xXJet01Xx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
-Gasp-SAI!Ahhh~!I missed seeing him!He's as pretty as always>/////<~!!Very nice job you did~~!!!
Degikowo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
beautiful, i really have no words
i love the way his hair flows, and the backround, its so amazing!
i can't stop looking at it! its as if my eyes were drawn to it. i love it
konomiya3gou Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
valentine5792 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
this is amazing!
SuperSarcosmic Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
How do you even... @A@"

I love this! It's beautiful. I should really go back and read Hikaru no Go, I haven't finished it yet. Great job!
eltoNNNNNN Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
CylexBoh Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
this is incredible, truely amazing work XD
xkalibolg Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just one word, Amazing OšO
Jadejj Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
It looks almost like a real photo it's so good :star:
strawberrycaramel Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
wow...such incredible detail!!
Hooooon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Digital Artist
oh my room gotta flood with tears bcoz of this drawing...
Yami-Kaira Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
bluevermillion Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a beautiful piece! I love the "windy" atmosphere
fanservice25 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's soooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty :heart: :love:
Conzy94 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
best character ever :heart:
heySnapDragon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
It's a beautifull and expressive work!
Geranger Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
The colour is fascinating! It has a fine, natural feeling of classic Japanese painting. I so like how you match the pale-pink sakura and the silk-blue nightsky!
AestheticHaphazard Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Digital Artist
This is so pretty!
eruphu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wah this was one of the first mangas I read back when I was in in gr 9! Great to see ppl still remember it
cho-zero Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, this is amazing! I love how there's so much movement--the wind blowing the hair, clothes, petals-- amazing! Also love the color palette to this one. Very nice pale pinks and purples.
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