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2-11-12: Sky High Aye-Aye, Mates by Robaato 2-11-12: Sky High Aye-Aye, Mates by Robaato
SatelliteSoda February Draw-A-Day, Day 11: SKIES OF ARCADIA

One of the best RPGs EVER made. Whoever have not witnessed the greatness of this game, you're TOTALLY missing out. I had it on Dreamcast, and it was definitely the best RPG on DC imho. It was lively, charming, and the storyline wasn't as cliché as you'd think. Really like how it switches up mid-game.

TOOLS: SketchbookPro2011/PhotoshopCS4/Cintiq21UX
MUSIC: Eternal Arcadia OST
TIME: 2 Hours (with frequent bathroom interruptions. Ugh.)
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:iconfacklebrick:
FackleBrick Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Heh this is actually giving me vertigo. Aika is such a daredevil. Wonderful pic!
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:iconironmeeze01:
Ironmeeze01 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
ANOTHER ONE OF THE BEST RPGS EVER THEY DONT MAKE EM LIKE THIS NO MORE
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:iconlazulina:
Lazulina Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Seriously my favorite game of all time! I'm so glad you made this.
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:iconsakurasoul:
sakurasoul Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
What a coincidence! [link]
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Snoo2Dee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yes!
this is a perfect artwork =D
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Oh my gosh this is BEAUTIFUL! :la:
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:iconczechbluebear:
CzechBlueBear Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work with light! Me likes :-)
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BlacksitePSU Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you could have put more detail onto the airship. Nothing too excessive, but to help make certain things pop out more, like the on the very right. Overall, I think you did a good job of capturing the sense of adventure within the game. I really like the use of colors and the facial expressions for each character.
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:iconironmeeze01:
Ironmeeze01 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I think that anymore focus on the boat would make it too realistic for the picture and bring too much attention to the boat rather that bringing the idea of the picture together as a whole I think its flawless
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^ I was shooting for small time, as I didn't have much.
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:iconblacksitepsu:
BlacksitePSU Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*the door on the very right.
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:iconj-wiking:
J-Wiking Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I miss this game so much. :c I like this picture very much!
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you do! :)
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Tetra-Triforce Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work! :) This game deserves more love! @_@
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SapphirexBlue Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this game. So much. :3 I played the Gamecube version, and it's one of my all-time favorites.

I like what you did with the perspective and the lighting. The clouds look great, too.
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yup, it's easily high up on the list of my top favorite games as well. :nod:
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:iconjollyjack:
jollyjack Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I heard rumours the studio behind it are making another RPG. One theory is that it's a sequel to Skies.
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:iconoldeenglishvillage:
oldeEnglishvillage Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Oh noooooo don't get my hopes up!!!!!! Skies was and always will be my favorite video game ever. Loved it since '01 since I purchased it :D
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That would be great! It's one of the few JRPGs I wanted a sequel to for a long time. :nod:
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:iconjollyjack:
jollyjack Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
The only JRPG I enjoyed enough to play from start to finish before SOA was Shining Force 2, which was a while back :D
Final Fantasy 12 piqued my interest.....though, I think my enjoyment of that stemmed more from watching Fran slink about than actual gameplay.
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Frannnn--- I gotta draw her one day.
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:icontsuaii:
tsuaii Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional
Oh man, the nostalgia is hitting me again...
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:iconweinberg4:
weinberg4 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Fantastic :omg:
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:iconmc-johnstable:
Mc-Johnstable Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Really really awesome.
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:iconstormysway:
StormysWay Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I have this game for the Gamecube and the best thing to me are the airship fights.
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xxtheartdreamerxx Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I HAVE THIS GAME!!!!!
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Great
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:iconedo-one:
Edo-One Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Hell yeah Dreamcast Love! I still own this one too! Nice job as always!
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:iconlenboogie:
lenboogie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
hands down my favorite rpg of all time played it twice. It's nice to see some good art for this classic. -awesome-
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Di-Sketch Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why must you draw all the best classics and all of my favourite games T^T <3
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Mailus Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
this game was great, but being attacked every 5 seconds could grow annoying in the end...specially once u manage to travel at free will over the skies...sometimes u could get sidetracked, and that would mean like 20 mins or more with a lot of boring repetitive fights

the story was better than grandia 2, but...the fight system made it a bit dull

Besides that, the ilustration is crazy as ever, speacially for less than 2 hours, i made the wc disccount :P
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I personally think every 5 seconds is a bit of an over-exaggeration... Yeah, there were frequent enemy encounters, but it definitely didn't distract from the overall experience; for me, at least, compared to say, Final Fantasy 4. (Now that game pushed every 5 seconds.)

And the actual battle system was not shallow either, the slot system that each character had to add as far as banking a move in and having that limit gave some nice challenges.

All in all, thanks man! :)
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LK-Hemakuruise Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
...Ramirez was an ass as well as Galacian (However his name's spelt). That game gave me one hell of a run for my money.

That aside, Phenomenally done. :)
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Moguryuu Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow ok i think i just started making awful choking noises. its so hard coming across good art of this game and just wow this is GORGEOUS.
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:iconlenboogie:
lenboogie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
*co-sign*
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:icon4dojo:
4dojo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
awesome scene
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:icondestructivenode:
DestructiveNode Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
My favorite game ever! You've done it beautiful justice sir, thank you :D
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manga-man32 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student
Never played, but I love RPGs. I'll have to check it out.
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:iconjejepinheiro:
jejepinheiro Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMFG. I'm dead. ♥
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oOLuccianaOo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
OMG SoA is my favourite game 8D and this work is so awesome!
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:iconsuperhermit:
superhermit Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The sun looks awesome!
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:iconblindeyeinsight:
blindeyeinsight Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
YES! Skies! I miss this game so bad! Poor Dreamcast... :C

If only I could find the re-release for my Gamecube, I'd love to play through this again.
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shadownickmcnick Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
oh wow very nice! a good picture for the greatest RPG ever! XD
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:iconsupermisurino:
SuperMisurino Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
really nice! Love Soa :D
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
The setting of that game was unforgettable. :)
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KonekoRyu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   General Artist
I can't remember where I was in this game. I'll haveta start over. only thing that sucked was flying and the massive amount of random encounters. they even occured while you were turning your ship, which made me get lost quite a few times '_';
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Air-Pirate-Bunny Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice lighting :3 And I agree, Skies of Arcadia is my favorite game ever, sadly not many people know about it D;
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milkfang Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my God, this is gorgeous *_* I love the lighting, and like... AIKA BE CAREFUL HON YOU'RE GONNA FALL D=

Totally agree with everything you said about the game, too. My absolute favorite.
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Lemalas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Writer
I've heard of this game a lot...

I want the GC port, but not only will I miss the original version, but I LOVE the DC's use of the VMU in their games, especially SA2 with Chao Adventure.

Dreamcast had so much going for it...
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rtil Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
be careful aika! love the lighting on this :D
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