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Twelve Kingdoms Wallpaper: MT3 - Semper Sint In Flore

Studio Pierrot, Twelve Kingdoms, Taiki Wallpaper
Studio Pierrot Studio Twelve Kingdoms Series Taiki Character

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

W.A.R Round 2 Collab Winning Entrant from The Underappreciated Warriors. Well done guys we made it :D
Theme: Expectations
Scan: Taiki by stardusted (http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/29724/)
Total number of layers: 285+ (300ish with hidden layers counted)
Members Contribution: Layers & Progression
PSD: 63.6MB

Expectations? We expect to see a clean MT3! MT2 is nowadays pretty much crowded with junk in the recent submissions and not only that, it seems to be an ongoing problem, symbolised by our barbed wire. "Friend-whoring", "ripping" and "spamming" are terms that pop up too often, like a sticker branding the site. The site is now a grounds full of danger and nasty little shocks, which is contributing to a big, crazy and forbidding place.

There are 5 buildings on the side. MT2 is rather congested, and many of the MT peeps are bound by those three labels- and because of them, can't get anywhere.

Hopefully, our group expects a clean and friendly environment into the transition of MT3. Calm, user friendly, and we also expect to hear applause for our stuff in the future.

We'll keep on lookin' forward. Don't fail our expectations, for we stand by "semper sint in flore"- may they, our group and other wallers, forever flourish.

Oh, and if you want, the guy in the middle can be the mods... uhhh after all, they are the ones we are counting on to look out for a better Minitokyo :)

And uh if you people don't really see that kind of expectation, there's the literal one- Taiki in city life, expecting something closer to nature or a sort of spiritual connection with the environment. Expecting something soulful, and much more relaxing than the busy city life.

NOTE: If the top left hand corner is too blinding, lower the monitor brightness thanks.
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Contributor 1: Terra-chan
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Layers: 10
Job: Outline scan
Time Spent: approx 10 hours
Comments: Initially I was supposed to vector the whole piece, color and all, but I didn't think I could maintain the soft gradient of color as well as EvoIIICE9A could, so I decided to make sure that the whole team had a wall aspect to work on (the major areas being scan [lines + color], cityscape, landscape and finishing touches) so I just set the stage with my outline (which looks pretty on it's own, I must say ^_^) and some helpful suggestions to pass on to the next person to keep the file organized and easy to work with as more people pick it up. I'm a bit of a control freak so I figure it's best for me to start things off and leave the rest to everyone else or I may well want to rearrange everything other people have done ^_^; The contribution order was decided by me taking into account people's strengths and interests... and what needed to be done of course. I think Misa is the best to end things off because she's got a really good eye for things that need to be done and fixed up, so she's the best choice to end things with. And that's about all I have to say...

Contributor 2: EvoIIICE9A
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Layers: 44
Job: Colour Outlines
Time Spent: Approx 15 hours
Comments: Thanks to my work in Freehand I have done intricate work like this before through the use of blends. After talking with Terra-chan it was decided that I would take over the colour for the collab (I wanted the city scape but noooo I had to get this :P) Instead of my traditional blending with Freehand and importing into Photoshop I decided to keep to PS and so each layer can be manipulated afterwards if anyone else needed to. 99.9% of the work was done with airbrush, gradients and a few pastel brushes. I also discovered the use of the eraser tool worked so well with making shadows and rough surfaces with the right colour layer underlay specially since it made it blend in with the picture. My only dilemma with it was the hair, after 3 re-do's I couldnt seem to get the hair the way I wanted it. After the 3rd go I had to be satisfied with it since time was running short and just hope like hell Misa will do her best to make it all better.

Contributor 3: Teryon
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Layers: 21
Job: Cityscape on right side of wall
Time Spent: 13 hours
Comments: Well, I do wonder why I was handed this, but of course I step up and take a swing. My previous experience with constructing a city from the Kino No Tabi experiment came in handy here. Nothing traced, its all freehand. It looks a little..well, abstract I suppose, but I wanted more the *feel* of a decayed, old, dirty city than the exact mechanics of one. As usual, brushes are my friend; brickwork, scratches, smoke, ironwork, etc all comprise this one. Multiple gradients stretched and fitted in different ways helped with the lighting. I had problems at first with some buildings looking too..complete. I wanted this to look like it was falling apart, not gleaming and new. Like an old dowager who`s body has just finally gone too far, and is vainly trying to make do. I didnt extend it too far figuring that the grassy/plant/pretty nature field would take up most of the space. I threw in the balcony after realizing the scale difference, betting that the city would look proper once the railing and such were added. So, here`s to hoping Misa works her magic and makes my crap alllll good once more.

Contributor 4: kakitsubata
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Layers: 53
Job: Natural landscape with soft feel on left side of wall
Time Spent: approx 8 hours
Comments: I originally intended to just copy a few of the flowers, but then I ended up getting carried away on Illustrator: the symbol spray can is one heck of a tool! [This partly came from me rereading the Chronicles of Narnia: there's this bit in the 5th book "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" where it describes a wonderful white lily field stretching out all around towards the horizons. Gawd I love that book. Err. Sorry for the useless trivia.] Well, I isolated and cleaned up the two flowers in Photoshop, quite an easy job with all the good work from Terra-chan and EvoIIICE9A, and then transformed them into symbols on Illustrator. Spent a few hours spraying and resizing and rotating and then spraying and resizing and rotating the flowers into a convincing flowerfield type object. When that was done, I copied the flowerfield back into Photoshop and then played around for another few hours with duplicate layers of the flowerfield and individual flowers; many many layers involved. I was finally satisfied with it, so I decided to fade the flowers further back with some brushwork to enhance the sense of depth. Masked it too, so as to not affect Misa's work later on. And oh yes, I didn't forget those lovely petals.

Contributor 5: kuroimisa
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Layers: 155ish (not including those I fixed, didn't show, and I kinda lost count)
Job: Finishing touches - Effects, fix-ups and overall quality check and color balancing.
Time Spent: 80 hours (inc. lagging of computer and bludging)
Comments: MT crashed so much I rushed everyone to just do this random plan I wrote up, and everything went on from there, due to panic. Terra-chan was the one who suggested the category and I picked a scan quickly... I wanted to do stuff with originality so I got this last I spose. It was also that MT crash that helped me too. The most anticipated thing apart from w.a.r (which other groups are doing hint: lucky we took another path) would have to be the transition into MT3 IMO. So I looked at the plan and thought "haha! That works!". I did snitch a few ideas here and there (signs on buildings~ courtesy walkure245's doujin entry and Teryon's wall of it) but added in "friend whoring" because that wasn't done before. I changed the cityscape a bit, added my own brushes to it. I threw a gradient into the sky, vectored the clouds to go with the whole clean look, and I shoved the MT2 sign in. Realised it was tough getting different styles to fit, especially when I don't really have one, so I added some abstract effects to the sky and grunged most of what's on screen. The whole spectrum is there more or less. Kudos if you can figure out where the MT2 sign came from... or looks like ;)

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Comments

  1. Keltosh Retired Moderator Oct 17, 2005

    Well ... what can I say, I hope that we will be able to satisfy your expectations. I promise I'll do what I can :D

  2. Gundamvash Oct 17, 2005

    Kudos. I like it.
    The feeling to it is overwhelming.
    Nice work.

  3. Marsup Oct 17, 2005

    Very impressive wallie, really clean work, definitely a fav. I ain't a Photoshop expert but 300+ layers ! OMG ! x_x

  4. Terra-chan Oct 17, 2005

    I seriously love this wall... I did so little on it compared to everyone else o.o

  5. shinsengumi Retired Moderator Oct 17, 2005

    I've always had a special place in my heart for Minitokyo wallpapers, and this one was just done so well. The old maxim says that too many cooks can spoil the broth, but here it looks as if everyone played to their strengths and Misa tied up the loose ends and what came up was far more than the sum of its most excellent parts.

    Great work with the compositioning and the execution, everyone. I love how you put so many disparate elements and somehow got everything to work out so well. I have to echo Keltosh's sentiments in hoping that we can meet your expectations when MT3 does finally roll into production.

    Keep it up! I hope to see more such treats in the future!
    _________________________

    +fav

  6. flyindreams Oct 17, 2005

    . . . Finally it's up! <333

    I'm in semi-shocked mode so I'm just going to leave a completely noobish comment... I just love this wall T_T and the concept behind it...

    *semper sint in flore~ sings*

  7. tevi Oct 17, 2005

    <3 Everyone should know how much I lub this! [And if they don't, they'll find out!! Muahaha~] And considering how much time I spent critiquing it, I should lub it! XXD So, won't say much else, because I have very little else to say =p

    - Lots of lub, Tevi

  8. kuroimisa Retired Moderator Oct 18, 2005

    There's nothing for me to say.... we all rock... everyone put so much effort onto this wall, and the result was something quite unexpected.... everyone... everyone put in their part to contribute to make this look as unique as it does today *wipes a tear*

    UA will get stronger :D

    *waves the streamers*

    Kudos all UA warriors!

  9. Ephemeral-Garden Oct 18, 2005

    Owwhhh yeaaahh!!! I've been waiting for this to be posted in Mt so I can flood the replies. ^^

    It's been in my desktop for 2 days now.. what can I say? Awesome? Even this beat my Cloud wall. >.< Hahahhha.

    Okay... now... this is an awesome piece. It's too pretty I really can't say so much. Hehehhe... but all I wanna say that... UA warriors have definitely did soooo hard to make this one up. I'm so proud... I'm so glad too... coz... well... no one has ever tried revolting by using a gallery item. :p ^^

    Now, let us see if this goes way up to the highlighted submissions eh? *Ephie sits down at the corner looking at this wallpaper's progressing its way up and up and up...*

  10. kai81220 Oct 18, 2005

    XD this file is too big for my comp. it takes forever to dl o____O

    eh anyway, the wall is great. fully loaded on symbolism.
    you really get the expectations from the look of the girl cause she looks hopeful, looking into the distance.
    the whole thing has got this feeling of freshness ^^

    beautiful work
    best of luck in collab -- from wallpaper revolution leader kai ^_____^

    EDIT: its a boy?!?!?!?! O_______________O note- change any incorrect references to appropriate wording

  11. kakitsubata Oct 20, 2005

    aiya. it's been up for up for 2 days already! ^^" well. what can i say? really really proud of our group!!! go UA! *joins misa in waving streamers* but wait a moment it's not a highlighted submission? where's everybody? *pouts* nevermind. it's an absolutely wonderful wall and we know it!

  12. Spidey-Matt Oct 20, 2005

    This is really great. So much work has been put in this wallpaper from everyone involved and it shows. It looks fantastic. Everything seems so well planned. The colours go really nicely together, everything is so clean and it is very effective in presenting the message. It is a very original idea ^^. You should all be very proud. ^^
    Thanks for sharing it really is a great wall -Shira.

  13. Regenbogen Oct 21, 2005

    Oh I just saw this wallpaper in Misa's favorites. I read through the whole description... and I am actually out of words... This wallpaper was so much work... but it turned out really good... so the work was definitely worth it!
    Yes it should be a highlighted submission... -_-
    Well of course I am going to add it to my favorites... I love the idea behind it... a wallpaper with meaning behind. Thanks for sharing this wallpaper...!

  14. PAche Oct 21, 2005

    brilliant.breathtaking.awesome.stunning.beautiful.ingenious.superb....there(...) no end!and considering the time and effort...this is really made outta blood.

    the background was artfully done, with something like angular shapes somewhat immersed in it and it blended well with the flowers at the base.those faint squarish designs at the sides fill up some space, subtley making the bg look more filled, less empty.that slow transition of the concentration of angular shapes in the bg from the bottom right corner to the left shows it wasnt done haphazardly and randomly.this is further reinforced by the fact that the shapes doesn't look erased away, or somehow deleted when you didnt need them.it makes it seem like they were put there for a purpose.

    the flowers...did one of you draw it?it looks hand-drawn.or traced.but not cut out and pasted.also because the petals change in one flowing motion from baby pink to baby blue, with some textures on top of them and coloured using a gradient.

    those octagonal shapes also create an effect like the girl was looking at the sun or some light source.essential when lights are concerned but contrantly forgotten XD.

    that abrubt change in colout tone from the right to left...was it meant to look like she was standing near a building?if it was, that's a rather unique way of portraying it...but still great.looks like a cathedral to me, those with the stained glass.

    i think i'm starting to crap.not very interesting commentary is it?on the whole, its very original, has its own character and it all flows.well done :)

    by the way, whats semper sint in flore?

  15. bluSake Retired Moderator Oct 21, 2005

    Love the premise behind this wall XP . & the flowers! When I saw the thumb the first thing I noticed were the flowers. They're magnificent XD . The texturing too: the marbled(?) look is very effective.

  16. kuroimisa Retired Moderator Oct 22, 2005

    Quote by PAchebrilliant.breathtaking.awesome.stunning.beautiful.ingenious.su(...) no end!and considering the time and effort...this is really made outta blood.
    the background was artfully done, with something like angular shapes somewhat immersed in it and it blended well with the flowers at the base.those faint squarish designs at the sides fill up some space, subtley making the bg look more filled, less empty.that slow transition of the concentration of angular shapes in the bg from the bottom right corner to the left shows it wasnt done haphazardly and randomly.this is further reinforced by the fact that the shapes doesn't look erased away, or somehow deleted when you didnt need them.it makes it seem like they were put there for a purpose.
    the flowers...did one of you draw it?it looks hand-drawn.or traced.but not cut out and pasted.also because the petals change in one flowing motion from baby pink to baby blue, with some textures on top of them and coloured using a gradient.
    those octagonal shapes also create an effect like the girl was looking at the sun or some light source.essential when lights are concerned but contrantly forgotten XD.
    that abrubt change in colout tone from the right to left...was it meant to look like she was standing near a building?if it was, that's a rather unique way of portraying it...but still great.looks like a cathedral to me, those with the stained glass.
    i think i'm starting to crap.not very interesting commentary is it?on the whole, its very original, has its own character and it all flows.well done :)
    by the way, whats semper sint in flore?

    Lol, most of the stuff you commented on was the stuff I did on the wall, so I decided to answer some of your questions XP

    The background with the abstract shapes was actually a symmetrical flower I did freehand. I resized and rotated it and placed them everywhere to create a "fresh" feel. That was what was the feeling- the left being fresh whereas the right being cluttered.

    The flowers were done one by one by kakitsubata in her description, but I put the gradient (the pink and blue) on top and changed the blending mode so you could see through the colour. The flowers came from the original scan, because the scan was vectored. Kakitsubata then used the flower from the vector and resized them etc. So the texture was from the brushes I slapped on with the colour.

    Those hexagons in the sky were actually another way of doing a lens flare. That is where the sun is and I decided to occupy some space. And filter lens flares look awful.

    The buildings were just skyscrapers... lol... it was probably the brushes that made them look like they were reflecting light... never realised they would look like cathedrals...

    And lastly, semper sint in flore - may they forever flourish.

    PS: you could have read the description more closely ;)
    pps: I never thought anyone would actually notice the lens flare I shoved in.

    **just posting this in here in case if someone has the same questions**

    Oh yeah, it's a boy...not a girl... so read descripts man...

    WOOHOO!! MOST coordinated legion OF w.a.r!

  17. SakuraCorazonn Banned Member Oct 26, 2005

    Nice job. I love the color and texture ^^

    and the pic merge perfect with the background ^^

    Sak

  18. jpanamaneechot1 Oct 27, 2005

    Kyaaa Taiki! OMG, this BG is so excellent that I have no words. *_* Your composition is so unique and beautiful. I just set it as my desktop BG - thank you so much for sharing it with us! =D

  19. Kinkosami Oct 27, 2005

    Wow, what a pretty wallpaper! Very nice work, I like it a lot. +fav

  20. Onime-no-kyo Nov 06, 2005

    WOW, amazing! the ammount of work put into this wallpaper is astounishing!, 300+ layers, WOW, crazy! I made a whole webpage layout and didnt make it to the 300 layers, with one single wallpapers, youve break the limit, 300+ layers, I am mesmerized. GREAT, GREAT work!

  21. Xayu Dec 23, 2005

    The idea is spectacular, and I can say much the same for the product.
    This is certainly a well-done teamwork. I couldn't say anything more.
    The looks of the wallpaper is very elegant, uplifting, and the colors match well. The concept is beautiful itself.
    Congratulations on the splendid wallpaper.

  22. ShiXon Mar 18, 2006

    simply an amazing piece i must say with the outlines and other elements in this wall.
    love the texture and the colors, everything blends well and just brings everything together, beautiful.
    i possibly can not pass a chance to fave this artwork (:

  23. UchihaTaijiya May 22, 2006

    Just gorgeous!
    And I really love Taiki.
    ^^ Thanks for sharing!

  24. Rpgraccoon Oct 27, 2006

    What a beautiful wall. Great Job!

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