Planetes Wallpaper: PlanetES: Lost in Space

Sunrise (Studio), Planetes, Hachirota Hoshino Wallpaper
Sunrise (Studio) Studio Planetes Series Hachirota Hoshino Character

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

I made this wallpaper with one purpose in mind: to get some practical use with the gradient mesh tool. I've been using Illustrator since version 5 and never found the courage to try it out, for although it is very powerful (really great vector artists can acheive near photo-quality images with it) it is very complex and hard to control.
In order to force myself to learn, I picked out a PlanetES image because it had lots of soft color changes and gradients, and began experimenting.
Along the way I learned a lot that didn't work well and a few things that did. And here is the result. As a crash course in mesh tool, it's not bad. All the gradients in this trace are done using mesh, even in instances were a simple linear/radial gradient would have sufficed.
The Earth image is from NASA's website. I was so not going to trace that. Google Image Search for the win.
I know nothing about PlanetES; I chose the scan because it was on my hard drive, and I thought the concept of the image as a reflection was interesting. To that extent I did not add in the portion of Hachimaki's back, instead having the image a pure reflection, so that it's almost like it's your reflection - you are floating up to dock at a space station, or something like that (like I said, no idea what PlanetES is about, although I wouldn't mind watching it if I ever had time.)
As for the title, well, it's the name of a popular tv show. Why not.
Additional resolutions will be uploaded in the near future to DA! Desktop Anime


Chosen by jasmine and shyxsakura

This comment was written by Candy-Chan, thanks <3

Tama-Neko, the vector cat has introduced a revolutionnary new feature to her already marvelous vectors: the notorious mesh tool. With it she was able to bring and a professionnal touch to the wallpaper and something that is often missing in vectors, depth. She meticulously payed attention to details and it shows. this is truly a good example of how an already talented and experienced waller can till learn new techniques and improve his or her work.

Proposed by jasmine and highlighted by shyxsakura.

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  1. crapmonster Feb 06, 2006

    this is seriously amazing tama, not only is the vectoring well done but that gradient work really adds a strong touch to this. it looks so sleek and professional i cant believe it. also, the fact you did a planetes wall deserves merit in itself, its such a welldone show that i find is way underappreciated...

  2. tAtEkAnE Feb 06, 2006

    very nicely done
    now i wanna try illustrator @_@.....maybe after 5 years xD
    anyway lovely job tama

  3. candy-chan Retired Moderator Feb 06, 2006

    i hate you this is marvelous

  4. ayaki Feb 06, 2006

    wee~ i never use Illustrator myself too @_@ but this looks good.
    amazing details..the shadings look great.
    this is way awesome for u just to try it out.
    i'll say keep it up!~ really great job indeed.

  5. bromithia Retired Moderator Feb 06, 2006

    Wow, your vectoring is just amazing... I love it to death. :) Its so clean and well done, you inspire me to vector. Great job!

  6. euna Retired Moderator Feb 07, 2006

    whoa. look at the vector.
    now i wanna learn the gradient mesh tool (don't even know what it does xD)
    it's awesome and super fantastically (is it even a word? O_o) done.
    looks fabulous. *fav*

  7. animefairy Feb 09, 2006

    Whoa, very simple and interesting wall!

  8. riku-chan Feb 09, 2006

    I have never seen PlanetES before, but for a vector, I would have to say extremely stunning. ^^ Shows what you can do once you have skill.. XD Realistic all in all. <3

  9. WWLAOS Feb 10, 2006

    Woah...terrific. I don't know what to say about it, I just love it. The solar panneling...thing...looks fantastic. Great job with the colors and the reflective look. The color variations in the suit and helmet look great and the reflection of the earth up in the right-hand corner looks great. Looking at the scan you took it from...wow. You did a very nice job making it not look like the scan. :)

    Thanks for putting all that work into this and uploading it for us to enjoy. Truly a great wallpaper.

  10. Shadu Feb 12, 2006

    Awesome! I'm so glad someone showed some love toward the Planetes series! I've only read the manga, but it was one of my favorites. I think you did an excellent job. I love the angle of reflection. It's like a 3 part picture: space, the laptop, and the astronaught (spelling?). Great job. ^_~

  11. Aplos Feb 15, 2006

    That is simply amazing! The metal equipment with the hinge or what, looks especially good!

  12. rainXtokyo Feb 20, 2006

    Hey, i've been using this wall for about a week N' this wall stays ultamate. hope to see more space related wallz in the future! :)

  13. annakee May 11, 2006

    simply wonderful. I like "PlanetEs" and you vector is amazing; looks so good.

  14. zeonutrio Sep 24, 2010

    Very good job with this wp, thanks for sharing.

  15. Sakata-san Mar 13, 2011

    Planets, i never heard abuot this series. A great job with the wall.

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