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Phew, this took a while. But I'm pretty proud of the result and it was super fun to work on!

So this is sort of a HopeRai timeline. From bottom to top we have their summon crystals, fighting as L'Cie, crystallized Cocoon, Valhalla!Lightning, and a shippy moment between Lightning and an adult Hope - perhaps after the events of whole story.

While I don't ship them together in XIII, I do in XIII-2 when Hope is older. I really love their relationship as 'guardian and student' throughout XIII, though. Their relationship in a whole is great, actually. They seem to depend and trust each other a huge amount, and when Hope is older their personalities would blend really well to create a wonderful couple.

Also, they're damn pretty together.

Hope and Lightning are from Final Fantasy XIII | XIII-2
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LightHope1435 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! It's amazing :)
miakon2 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
And... suddenly hope's body turns into child again. I think square enix really wanted to make a infinitely shota at least once :v . But, wow great details (I mean the details of your drawing)
ii-bananamilk-ii Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, this brought tears to my eyes ;A;
This is just amazing
SY-97Satellites Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist
its upsetting cuz Hope was turned into a 14 yr old again in lightning returns.
dbren7872 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one who thought that Hope and Lightning made a good couple. I really like that picture.
MysticalSnow9867 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty >w<
amy2544 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Holy crap. 0_0
genacline1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
How did you know....? Here I thought I was the only person who would go there.... I should have known better.
BSGirl4TW Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Looks perfect!<3
DubstepCat Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dayum ._.
SilverBlue-Neko Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
I really did love this pairing too!!!! I love way you drew it too!!!!!!!
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Beautiful and romantic pic!
Skysaphron Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Lightning!
Kaiya-Arinogata Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Incredible! All of your artwork is incredible!!! :D
RoxyRoxas1313 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Hope had a thing for lightning from the start. I just dont get it why people ship them when he is older. Yea i love them together but lightning knew Hope when he was smaller. Would that not be odd... If Lightning just knew Hope when he was 24 Heck yeah on the train all the way! But she did'nt....
2195Razielim Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yuukiXakira Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow omg this is trully amazing youre should be proud of youreself after making this its a masterpiece :D
i love them trough i would more see vanille end up with hope but that would be impossible.
but now after seeing this they sure seem like a reall nice couple =D
TheMermaidStar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I do have mixed feelings with LightXHope, mostly due to their age difference. But with your art, I think it'd be wonderful if they did end up together!
DNangel-dark Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow thats amazing! :icondragonwant:
GaarasGirl4Everr Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I'm usually really not one for HopexLight but I really do love this, you did such an amazing job as always. I just love the way they both look so much here, fantastic job <3
Avidityy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SDFGHJK i love me some hoperai
KasugaTamaki Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
..... I think I'm going to love your drawings!

It is the third illustration I put in my favorites.... XD.

No... Really, you're amazing!!!
Alexin99 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Wow! It's amazing! ^^
199592 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student
I love Lightning and an adult Hope [link] too :) :) :)
demoncolours Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Love the lighting and the overall look! Great work :)
Damnatiion Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, i love how this looks and to be honest i never thought of these two in this way, i can honestly say i do now. And now i have even more need to finish XIII-2 ;-;
thefish291 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy crap.
I totally ship this now. O_O
Jan200 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW~ This look like perfect for art cover.
catchan2006 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
So pretty!!
Aynslesa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Exactly what I needed to see after finally reaching the conclusion of XIII-2.
Warmfluffykitty Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DebbylovesFF Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Epic over 9000
TheCoffinsUndertaker Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
that is absolutley amazing!
just-a-girl344 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Ohmygawwwwdddd. You make Hope look like such a stud. <333333
LeenaYuki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
LeenaYuki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
LeenaYuki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
[link] It's Awesome ,,,U R Brilliant ..Which program did u use to do it ???
gothdra Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
One of my favorite couples in FFXIII :D I agree with you here. I too don't ship them together in FFXIII (unless if its in a friendship or in a mentor/ apprentice relationship sort of way) Not the other stuff. Hope is way too young for that ( duh 14 years old and is still considered as a child. What are people thinking!?) but when he gets older and finally reach maturity I can totally see them getting together and I'm convinced they would be a wonderful couple ;) their personalities fits and blend perfectly together in my option.

When it comes to the picture and amounts of work you have put in it I have just one word: Amazing :O

The use of the colours, the shading, the crystals at the bottom followed by Hope and Lightning how they were depicted in the original game, watching their back out for each other, showing their strong bond for each other. Then we go up, past cocoon all the way up to an older Lightning and Hope at the top and you can just see the love and care shared between them :3

Your picture tell a story. Their story and I love that in a picture. As I have found in most of your pictures.

Well done and keep up the good work. I would love to see you improve even more from what you are capable of already doing ;)

PS: And I think you just got another watcher :3
Rueme Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks for the awesome comments!
HectorConCarne Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work!!!!
ChronicleArtist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes I don't approve of them in XIII but XIII-2 is a whole nother story!
SoraHiyashi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student General Artist
This is AMAZING :D even if i dislike this couple, this shall be added to my faves :)
ShadowMeowth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's just a thought of mine, but I've always seen Light and Hope as the "reflection" of Leon (yeah, Kingdom Hearts influenced [?]) and Rinoa. Funny thing is that Light would be Leon (cold-mannered, trained as a soldier, gunblade wielder) and Hope would be Rinoa (compassionate, sometimes stubborn and naive, the only one non-experienced in fighting among his companions, a boomerang as their weapon of choice). Furthermore, the whole cast of XIII is somewhat inspired on VIII's, at least in their weapon-usage (Lightning - Leon, Snow - Zell, Sazh - Irvine, Hope - Rinoa, Vanille - Quistis, Fang - Selphie). You know what kind of relationship Leon and Rinoa have, don't you? x)

Well, after all this stupid guessing... I FREAKING LOVE IT! Hope&Light's just too PERFECT! And I think it's even kind of canonical. C'mon, both XIII and XIII-2 are plenty of "light" and "hope" references. Countless times in XIII-2! And I remember Vanille saying in the ending of XIII: "We held the light of hope inside our hearts, and achieved the impossible". And, in XIII-2, even though it'd be impossible, we have Hope older than Light. And they want me to not thinking Hope&Light is canon? HA HA HA! [?] >D

Your drawing is amazing. I love the crystallized Cocoon, it's just so beautiful. Hope and Light as l'Cie look badass and awesome and asdfghjklkjhgfdh. [?] <3 And as adults... Wah. WAH. WAAAAAH! *Fangirl squee* [?] *w*
Rocketfist14 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I think you should swap Vanille and Fang, cause Vanille/Selphie = Hyper-happy team.

Fang/Quistis = wisdom/mature/teacher like team.

Everything else I agree with ya
ShadowMeowth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're swapped in personality, you're right. But in their weapon of choice, Vanille and Quistis are more similar (Binding Rod - Whip), and the same applies to Fang and Selphie (Bladed Lance - Nunchaku). Anyways, their characters match perfectly. x)

I'm far from being the perfect Final Fantasy fan, though... I've only played the ones for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, I've no PlayStation. xDU
Rocketfist14 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
If you were a hardcore gamer like the rest of the guys, we go online looking for emulators that runs classic gaming.
ShadowMeowth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what I'd like to do, but right now I have exams and all that stuff! And it's harder to do since MegaUpload and other webs closed. But I'll play these games, no matter what! I'LL CONTROL HOPE AND LIGHT SOONER OR LATER! [?] :iconhappymanplz:
Edjy-Moon Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Amazing !!!
Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooo It's so pretty! *A* This looks amazing! 8D Very nicely done! X3
KKBatoretto Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is amazing! I don' really agree with the lightxhope thing I think she is more of a elder sister to him someone that he can turn to when his mother died but that doesn't take the beauty away from this picture! good job!
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