Kino no Tabi Wallpaper: Kino no Tabi: Angel?

Kouhaku Kuroboshi, Kino no Tabi, Kino, Hermes Wallpaper
Kouhaku Kuroboshi Mangaka Kino no Tabi Series Kino Character Hermes Character

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

I was flipping through my Kino artbook in order to grab some scans of Shizu and Riku when I saw this image. Originally the color illustration for the frontispiece in novel 4, the style of most of Kuroboshi's color illustrations for the first 5 novels is an almost vector-style, flat image with bold colors. I liked the flatness which would translate neatly to vectors. Plus, the "all shadows are a single shade of black" reminded me of my Indelible Sin (FMA) wallpaper from a while ago. Add the quirky perspective (I love quirky perspective) of being almost nearly overhead and you have me sold for a wallpaper.
The neat thing about the frontispiece sections of the Kino novels is that they're very short (1-2 pages max) that even someone as illiterate as I in Japanese can translate! (Along with about 3 dictionaries worth of help...) So without further ado, the translation of this chapter:
Country with a Statue -- Angel?
Kino no Tabi, novel 4, chapter 1 (translated by Tama-Neko)
One time, a traveler came to a small country within a valley.
The young traveler came riding a motorrad, looking around amusedly at the abundant, beautiful farmlands and the narrow streets of the historical old-town. Then, they stopped in front of a wooden statue in the plaza.
The statue resembled a simple person, holding a long pole in one hand. Underfoot, there was some sort of unknown animal.
The young traveler asked, "What is that?"
A resident smiled and answered, "This is a statue of an angel that fell from the sky to save this land a long time ago. People were suffering under the twenty-two devils, but with a shake of its stick, it eliminated them and restored this country to peace. Then, it returned to the sky."
"Angel? That fell from the sky? What is that?" the motorrad asked.
"A fairy tale. It's a legend from this country..."

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  1. candy-chan Retired Moderator Sep 17, 2005

    nicey~ great composition
    I like the contrast the black trees make next to the other plain colors. Nice sharp outlines, the very dark shadowing reminds me of american comics for some reason~
    Anyways, it's a very nice work again, tama-san. It's always nice to see Kino walls from you n_n

  2. ganstamonica Sep 17, 2005

    Whoa, really cool wallie,Tama!! This is very nice! I really like how the trees are just black && it looks great with the colors around it. Awesome work! ;)

  3. OracleAngel Retired Moderator Sep 17, 2005

    Its very hard to find really good images of Shizu and Riku but hey at least you pulled the whole design and omposition really well, almost like a memory fade for a fellow traveler. Lovely vectors and sets the emotion really well...Beauitful job as always Tama! :P

  4. Sunira Sep 17, 2005

    As usual, beautiful vectoring work. :) Its an interesting image too, with the statue looking nothing like the token 'angel'. :)

  5. hana-kun Sep 18, 2005

    Tama-Neko's work is always so lovely! And I'm happy that someone is making a bunch of great Kino walls. :)

  6. euna Retired Moderator Sep 18, 2005

    ooh.. another fabulous kino vector wall from tama!
    awww.. kino looks so cute! xD
    anywayz, i luv how you composed this thing.
    looks really nice and the perspective is great too!
    tama's wall always rulz. hai hai. xD
    *fav fav fav~*

  7. markjo Sep 23, 2005

    Somehow very dark, but as always a great composition - looks great on my desktop.

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