Izumi Sakurazawa Wallpaper: Reposeful Afternoon

Izumi Sakurazawa Wallpaper
Izumi Sakurazawa Mangaka

1280x1024 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

Bleh, no more smudge tool for me XD .

After the experiment done in my last wall, I sought to use the techniques on something else. After a bit of advice from ShiNN84 with the smudging tool from my last wall, I decided to go on a spree XD . Lots of brushing, smudging, shading, re-CGing, and you name it was done.

The theme is set around various trees overlooking the sea. The trees are most likely on a hill or a cliff, whatever you preference. Yes, it is possible for pine trees to be by the ocean, it just depends on where you live (I live in Washington state and there are pines everywhere ), so no comments about that. It's my random pine, so there XD .

The girl is enjoying her lovely little meal of fruits in a tree and relaxfully watching the waves crash against the beach. Why she would want to climb in a tree with a glass dish is beyond me, but she is up there non the less. Light is also gently trickling in on the character, as well as little particles and leaves that gently sweep through the background to enhance all the little details that matter.

I kept text to a minimum and only put my signature at the bottom, with my small little "logo" next to it. I felt text would detract from the wall, and many commented last time how text can negatively affected the overall look of the wall.

Had to extend bits of the character and original image a bit, but I feel it all blended smoothly together. The ocean still bothers me ... or at least the waves do. I'm happy with the trees for the most part, but I feel I added to much light in certain parts. There is a bunch of other stuff I could pick away at, but I'll leave the perfectionist side of myself out of this XD .

Overall, I'm very happy with this wall, but I think I'm definately doing an abstract next or at least something that requires less smudging. I don't like smudging XD .

Specs for You:
Time Taken: 8 Hours
Layers: 35 Layers
Created With: Adobe Photoshop
Techniques Used: Re-CGing, CGing, Brushwork Light Effects, Smudging, Shading, etc.
Scan Source: Minitokyo

Aspiring Mafia Plug:
Member: Ikorus
Wall: Guilty Gear
Reason:This wall definately deserves more looking into ... good colors and great use of burst effects. The techy feel and lighting is something that really makes this wall stand out and definately does justice to the scan.

Mmm ... the smell of pine and the ocean XD .

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  1. knightstar3 May 18, 2005

    oooooooh! lovely! ^ - ^ i like the peaceful scenery background! great wall! =)

  2. Xime May 18, 2005

    Is a great wall!! i like it, the girl is very cute....
    Very good work^^!!!

    Take Care.-

  3. AnimeHero May 18, 2005

    i like it the bg she looks peaceful just sitting there in the tree! :D

  4. Yumi-Chan May 18, 2005

    wow @__@ seems like a lot of smudging! I'll never use that much of smudge tool XD lags my computer xD
    Anyways i think it looks good.. although the smudges actually did make the whole thing too blurry..
    at the top right, the leaves dont look like its part of the branches since the branches are kinda sharp at the edges.. doesnt blend with the tree leaves ^^
    well the sky is great ^___^ the ocean seems okay. XD
    good job overall~

  5. shiwei May 18, 2005

    wow... a lovely and peaceful walls... ^^
    i like the background very much. the sea/ocean is great....
    great job, add fav

  6. soujiokita May 18, 2005

    Ooh, pretty. The background looks really clam and the girl looks cute too. Thx for sharing. adding to favs

  7. Barbara May 18, 2005

    Very beautiful scene, the colors are very nice, cute girl. Overall, good wallie, keep it up :)

  8. kara May 18, 2005

    Very nice^^ I really like the sky, sea and beach. But maybe you could stick more leaves on the branches that are sticking out... But still great job!

  9. ShiNN May 18, 2005

    Smudging ain't an easy job, especially if you a mouse ;) (I have a tablet so I have an "advantage" when it comes to use the smudge tool). You did a good job though. Maybe overall the wallpaper is a tad bit blurry (meaning you totally went on a frenzy with smudge tool) and I also see some pixelated areas which suggest that you still used smart blur somehow =/. I'd rather avoid using smart blur at all unless you have to clean a very noisy/grainy scan. Anyway, it looks good. Your wallpapers are surely improving :)

  10. bbls May 18, 2005

    i really luv the overall peacefulness of your wall...and the background is so pretty! you also have a great concept with you chara relaxing on a tree...and i really like the soft colors you used...
    *adds to fave*

  11. Kiako May 18, 2005

    nice wallpaper, the girl is very pretty and the background looks good too.
    keep it up

  12. Ikorus May 19, 2005

    Amazing wallpaper! The clouds look very real. You did an excellent job on the beach as well. The trees are very nicely done too, only I think that maybe you could lessen the smart blur (is it smart blur filter?) on the wallpaper. It's because the background of the sky look very defined while the elements in front don't. Other than that, I think this is a very good wall. The lighting is remarkable. ;)

  13. bucket-shot May 19, 2005

    *giggles* The ocean doesn't bother me (in fact, i think it's very nicely done~<3) - but the perspective does. XD Because the leaves are closer to the 'camera', they should be more in focus than the waves (same could be said for some of the tiny clouds up there). *snatches the blur tool from you* <lol> Still.. you've made a very gentle, relaxing look with it.. *gives the creature reluctantly back... XD on a leash* I love how you blurred over the outline of her right glove (hn.. well, I assmue you did ^_^'). Nice touch, Tanta-san. ;)

  14. kai81220 May 19, 2005

    O_O nice! XD really like the atmosphere of this wall. nice and sunny ^^ clouds are very nice too. the ocean though, seems to end abruptly at the cloud and maybe it should be more gradual extention towards the horizon. awesome job with the trees too. scan choice is nice. even with the strange extreme colored food XD lol nice work tantaga. +fav

  15. euna Retired Moderator May 20, 2005

    cute wall you have there ^^
    the sand and the water and the sky looks stunning... absolutely gorgeous...
    i think the tree seems oddly out of focus (maybe too blurred? but it looks good anyway ^^)
    but beautiful wallpaper. nice work!

  16. crewcifix May 23, 2005

    cute scan. and i love the clouds you have and the specific color you used for your leaves. mmmmmmm.. love that specific shade of green! XD
    However, you may still improve those leaves.. especially the blurred parts. XD It's rather obvious that you are trying to hide something or that it is a stockphoto. If not, then it would have looked that way. However, i love the composition and everything else.+fav

  17. Zero8888 Mute Member Nov 03, 2005

    nice san
    cute wallpaper
    great colour
    keep up the good work

  18. blacklistgenesis Jun 13, 2008

    Nice Color combinationz! I Love it! Domo Arigato!

  19. mjnhl0ve93 Jun 21, 2010

    Thank you for sharring~~~ very beautiful~~~

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