Yoshitaka Amano Wallpaper: a.wa.re

Yoshitaka Amano Wallpaper
Yoshitaka Amano Mangaka

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

EDIT: Per usual, the thumb is poor. I put in too much work for you not to see it full view! XP

Typical >_< I spend an exorbitant amount of time on a wall...& in the end it looks empty. T_T

But moving on: The original idea was to vector an image from the Genji scrolls of the 11th(?) c. However, while Google-ing jpegs for that, I stumbled onto these Yoshitaka Amano illustrations of Genji >> Amano's World, and was struck by their drama and beauty. So I changed my plans and vectored one of those instead XD The original image was of Genji embracing the woman; but, since I only wanted to feature the woman, I inserted a bg with carpet and clouds from another image.

Most of the time spent on this wall was spent on..."guessing" what the flowers in her robe should look like, since my source jpeg isn't exactly hq. The shading on those flowers was then painted in manually. Also brushed in some details: sakura blossoms on the carpet, splatter on her robe; and finished with some overlaid textures.

The calligraphy I extracted from various places: the "Tale of Genji" (right) I got from a restaurant ad, the "dream" (center top) from an educational website, the "Amano Yoshitaka" (left) from the cover of MONO 1. The hiragana (center bottom) I got from a chart; it spells out "a.wa.re," which means, roughly, "pathos." Apparently, the word is used over 1000 times in "The Tale of Genji" T_T I can only hope that I spelt it right.

In the process of vectoring, I neglected many of the stray lines that characterize Amano's work. For instance, the original has some billowing strands of hair, and bluish lips. I don't know if that lowers its quality as a Yoshitaka Amano wall, but I think that it makes more sense as a vector.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

WIDESCREEN and 1280x960 resolutions on my site. Insomnia Works

Aspiring Mafia Plug:
Member: kalicodreamz
Wall: Night and Day [derka circuit II]
Reason: Dramatic. Flair.


Chosen by Sheqel and shyxsakura

BluBluBlu and her lovely LOVELY work of simplicity and subtle tones.
Her original walls are what makes MT so fashionable and hot-- so click on that thumbnail and have a blast.

Proposed by Sheqel and highlighted by shyxsakura.

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  1. shyxsakura Retired Moderator Jan 17, 2006

    i love it's simplicity and hot jumping outness.


    if you ever want to join a site.. >_+ remember what i said.. xD

    >__< anyways, i always do love your walls.. ^-^ it's always so unique and unbelievably hot..

  2. Xerdo Jan 17, 2006


    Absolutely awesome. Favourited, of course.

  3. phamthuha Jan 17, 2006

    ^_^ Don't know why but i love the Simplism in your wallie ^_^ +fav from me >__<

  4. DernierCri Jan 17, 2006

    amazing job there Blu... the Amano wallers/lovers grow in numbers these days.
    you should enter Arete ... the Amano contest that is coming up by Omni.
    +fave... amazing again.

  5. ayaki Jan 17, 2006

    i love ur subtle tones of colors in ur walls.
    ur simplicity rocks...so no worries about the emptiness.
    dunno what else to say..cuz it's just beautiful :D
    great job!~

  6. crapmonster Jan 17, 2006

    i like the use of patterns, and as always...the simplicity of it!

  7. nolove Jan 17, 2006

    im always waiting for ur wallie, bluSake, yep and this is, sooo awesome >__<, always look simple on the first sigh but really hard and stylist wall >__<, just wish i can understand what's the kenji mean >.<
    sure this is one of my top top fav ><

  8. cyd84 Jan 17, 2006

    Great detailed pattern work...a very clean vector
    simple and elegant
    an interesting use of Amano's work

    the different font is a little odd though...but I like the flower stamp

  9. bromithia Retired Moderator Jan 17, 2006

    Love the colors and vector work :D Nice job!

  10. candy-chan Retired Moderator Jan 17, 2006

    agreed with crap, you really know how to use patterns :D
    and damn, this is one of the best walls I've seen in months
    *favs* *saves* *sets as desktop* *stares* *cries*

  11. fawna-chan Jan 18, 2006

    is so good! T_T Has all the patterns and simple yet beautiful! :D
    you're good at the vectoring too...

  12. AkashaNosferatu Jan 18, 2006

    The textures and the patterns really work well together...looks wonderful.

  13. GaiJiN Jan 22, 2006

    Wow, that's as elegant as you can get. Beautiful shapes and patterns. I don't know where you see emptyness here. Add something and ruin it. Fav!

  14. euna Retired Moderator Jan 24, 2006

    i kept forgetting to comment on this wall. ^^"
    anywayz, fabulous wallpaper.
    truly wonderful job with the texture and style.
    everything has been done wonderfully. *fav*

  15. flyindreams Jan 24, 2006

    Oh... stunning xD One of the most beautiful Amano walls I've seen, for sure, and the calligraphy is simply beautiful.

    'Sake your walls simply rock! XD

  16. Lish-chan Nov 04, 2009

    simple but so impressive.
    i can touch the "aware" in this picture

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