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March 5th by OoAmmyoO March 5th by OoAmmyoO
"Memento mori."

It's the 5th day of March, 00:00AM sharp.
... One moment of silence please.

Thank you.

This is a job that stretched throughout this week, simply because I felt I needed to properly celebrate this date. You can find links to each one of the drawing's steps in the gallery. (If you want a list with more pictures, please ask. I do not mind.)


This is a memento for the characters of Persona 3, in one of the most memorable moment for the players of the game, when the MC dies after offering his/her own soul to protect our world. In the following days he/she continues to live by sheer force of will (often referred as being "very tired" by the game) until the day they promised to meet up with their friends on the roof of the school, when then they finally fell asleep to wake no more. They probably wanted to keep their word until the very the end.

(cut from my own comment below) <
Peace for those who left... Sorrow for those left behind. That was the idea that I wanted to pass with this image... And I also doubt you have noticed... But there are two butterflies left behind: blue, they are standing still over the bodies of the main characters. One on Minato's chest, another on the Minako's back. And for those who are familiar with other games in the series, there is a well known golden butterfly taking them away ...


It took me a while to decide the poses too. I sketched quite a bit around the drawing until I decide them. Ken's, Koromaru's and Akihiko's are my favorites from the ones behind, although I like all of them, of course *giggle. I was also thinking about how to draw the MCs ... It would be good to draw them sad or looking at the ones that they will leave behind, I thought? But then I realized that if there is something that they believe are their friends, they are strong enough and will understand what they both did eventually. So I do not think they departed with sadness. I think the two should be happy with the world they left for those who move on. And that's what I drew.

I do not lie when I say that this was one of the games that made ​​me pause to reflect on my own life. He has a very unique way of dealing with very mature themes such as relationships, future, and death itself. No wonder he got a R18 in some places.

If you like complex games and/or rpgs with a good plot behind it, please go ahead. I recommend games in very, very, very rare cases.

More info about the Persona 3/Persona 3 Portable game: [link]

Thank you so much for reading!
Have a great day, every day.


Tools: 100% done with SAI.

::: BG steps :::
Lineart: [link]
Grayscale: [link]
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thebabana Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
Real talk: the damn tears won't stop...sniff...
Kerena13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
The moment I saw this I just started crying. There were many instances throughout the game that made me cry, but seeing this was like taking all those pieces and compiling them into one big heartrending image. It's so beautiful and sad all at once that it really just puts me at a loss of what to say. This is absolutely gorgeous. 
sofiasa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the moment I saw it, I stared at it for a long time, just to breakdown all the emotions it gave off
its truly a wonderfull piece! :D Just like by others, this is my favorite artwork based on the game and I salute you too, it looks really great!!!
I thank you for creating this artwork! :)
karlsalt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Why is Shinji alive?
builderkid107 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Why not?
Emelikku-san Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This picture is perfect...
Sorael-Ignis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I know it's been said before but this is beautiful. I love that you explained your reasoning for how you drew it, it's always an experience to get behind whatever thoughts behind the creation! It's certainly beautiful and what an amazing touch to have them look so ethereal and...happy. Amazing work, thank you for making it :)
Zerocchi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This really is too much for me... I really am crying right now, not fair ._.
This is such a beautiful work...
OoAmmyoO Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for commenting! (I maaay be copying pasting this from other messages but I want you to know that I mean it hahaha) This is my favorite art in my gallery. I'm hoping to make a new tribute to that day next year, so I hope to see you again, okay? Thank you. ^^ Really.
AdachiAmeFlujo-vamp Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaaaahhhhhuhuhuh......   TTATT   The wounds, they reopen.  

You draw so well too.   ;3;
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