Aria Wallpaper: Festa del Boccolo

Kozue Amano, Aria, Akari Mizunashi Wallpaper
Kozue Amano Mangaka Aria Series Akari Mizunashi Character

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

This one was first inspired by this scan >> Roses & Girl, and got further stimulus from the manga chapter it's titled after.

Cleaning up the scan pieces took a while. The original chara image was very grainy, so I spent a lot of time smudging, while trying to keep it from looking...smudge-whored. The bottom edge of each of the roses had to be reconstructed, so lots of copying, rotating and adjustments there. Part of the mountains were reconstructed, too. There were also some color adjustments for the Akari's shadow and the mountains.

The water was done with a plug-in, so that should have been the easy. However, it took me as long to get the waves where I wanted as some people take on entire walls. I am so slow T_T The clouds were taken from various stock photos and compiled to create the sky. Overlaid a texture to enhance the colors...and camouflage the less-than-perfect cleanup. ^_^'

I originally planned a flotilla of roses in the foreground but, after trying a mock-up of that, I went back to my usual mantra of less is more.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

WIDESCREEN and 1280x960 resolutions on my site. Insomnia Works

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  1. fawna-chan Mar 03, 2006

    Hm...it looks okay and the way you smudged her looks good but I would suggesting that maybe you could smudge the roses a bit more and that you add a little more "depth" into the ocean unless that was the way it's supposed to look. ^_^' One thing I really really like is the sky! It looks so so good...:) So calm and relaxing! But of course the rest of the backgrounds also very nice! :D

  2. Chloe Retired Moderator Mar 03, 2006

    The bg is just awesome. Really. Love the color and the texture is awesome. The scan seems a bit too smudgey, but it suits the bg nicely. Excellent job!

  3. GoodnightAndGo Mar 03, 2006

    The background is awesome! I love how you did the clouds and ocean. The ripples look realistic. I also liked how you smudged the character. Telling from the background, It looks as if there's a hint of a breeze and it's really calm. Keep it up! You have a fav from me. ;)

  4. sukie Mar 03, 2006

    wow soo nice! i love the water effects! =D and the far away sky and the scan! i love it!

  5. Raidon Mar 04, 2006

    I really like the ambiance of your wallie... with all the mountains, clouds and water!
    Excellent work!^^

  6. ShrinkNerv4Eva Mar 04, 2006

    it's very pretty. It looks very simple. It's a little strange though how shallow the water at her feet is though. It's understandable, but with no land in sight around her, it seems like she's in the middle of the lake.

  7. nolove Mar 04, 2006

    wow so you really did it blu-san >_<, the water is really great but not the greatest XD. love how you merge the girl to the water sooo much >_<. and the sky, awesome as ur other *__*, love it so much i can never make sky such beautiful as that. so sure this one got my fav, how wonderful >__<

  8. phamthuha Mar 04, 2006

    So nice ^0^ This girl is cute, the sky is soft, the text is so pro >__<! But why the moutain and the building are so sharp and not enough feel of distance? I do believe this wall will be perfect with it ^_^
    But nothing can be perfect ^_^ So sure you got my fav, sweetie >__<! Thank thank you for your hard work *hugs*

  9. euna Retired Moderator Mar 05, 2006

    simple wall, but i luv the clouds <333
    btw, you used a plug in for the waves? O_O
    it looks really good. i can't remember which filter did that. u_u
    you did a pretty good job cleaning the scan - now the whole wall looks a tad grainy! xD it's good that they flow together well. =D
    very calm wall. nice work!

  10. akazookin Mar 05, 2006

    ahhh~~~ i love the ambeince of ur wallie ne blu-san XD
    really calm and peaceful hehe :) love the waves XD XD

    hmm but the alignment of the sea and sky looks weird to me o.O too flat maybe? :) well nevertheless.. it's still a great piece! :D :D


  11. ShiXon Mar 15, 2006

    akari-saann i'm currently reading the manga, it's kind of relaxing xD
    and so is this wallie n___n it has such a nice breeze and with the mix colors of blue and green it just look so fresh =^_^=

  12. amanguiob Mar 16, 2006

    man wish i could do this too, good job.

  13. Abzuseilue Mar 23, 2006

    awesome!, didnt realise it so good effect, the ladys step on the water look very realistic, impressive, and the cloud so real^_~
    anyway can teach me how to make cloud?~~XD

  14. Wiggle7hv Banned Member Mar 31, 2006

    I like it so must your background to make it , but the clouds i think u can fix more better :o
    Thanks to sharing u wall :)

  15. icyrain Apr 15, 2006

    Nice image. It makes me think of summer.

  16. Itachiismyluver Banned Member Apr 19, 2006

    :DI luv this wall! Becuz of u i startin reading Aria! Thx for sharin!>_<

  17. andyloh006 Jul 31, 2006

    ah. cool sia

  18. overbond Mar 11, 2007

    so lovely... aria walls are alsways welcome... ^^

  19. 4Kio Dec 15, 2007

    Well done, i like the atmosphere and the background :)

  20. Lohitaksh Nov 20, 2008

    not quite enchanting as some other pics

  21. chrsto Sep 23, 2009

    really nice

  22. daniticha Jan 04, 2010

    Akari with the roses *_*
    Thanks a lot! Great wall :)

  23. wlsdhr1982 Sep 08, 2010

    I like a Aria series! Thanks for sharing.

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