Kino no Tabi Wallpaper: Kino no Tabi: The Killing Fields

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

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Artist Comment

Anyways, with that out of the way, here is number 6 in my Kino no Tabi Novel Chapter Illustration series, using artwork from Novel 9, Chapter 8: The Killing Country -- CLEARANCE.
What drives Sigsawa to constantly write about war? Is it his realization that war is the inevitable end to human conflict? Whatever his motivation, Kuroboshi always comes through with some striking illustrations to complement the story, and this chapter was no exception. It is a brutally honest depiction of war, and it reminds me a lot of "Love and Bullets" - but where "Love" was more the death of hope, this image is akin to the birth of despair and anger - a fitting counterpart. This isn't a pleasant image, but there is something incredibly powerful about it. The emotions of the soliders, the starkness of the image - it draws one in to the image, to examine every horrible detail. I tried to keep all the details of the original image, minus some reconstruction in the center where the spine obscured the image. I also kept it truely black and white. Usually I make my noir images near-black and near-white, in order to impart a bit of tone to it, but this image cannot be diluted by color. It must be seen as it is.
What motivates a person to select an image to wall? For me, often times it has to have meaning. An impact. Walling is an expression of art, even if it's a re-expression of somebody else's art, and it's got to have passion in it. Forget long-haired girls in skimpy bikini's surrounded by clouds, planets, wings, feathers, magical lights, trees, grass and butterflies. This is an image that won't leave you easily.
You might argue I walled it because of recent events - certainly the papers have plenty to tell; the continuing conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, the rise of Hamas to political power, the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran, to name a few... the sad thing is, war is always topical, always current. This wallpaper would have been fitting 10 years ago, 50 years ago. Will it be fitting 50 years from now?
...I'd like to hope it won't be.
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  1. Chloe Retired Moderator Mar 07, 2006

    Just saw this on AP, and I was hoping you'd submit it here too!
    Like I said on AP, love the black and white and the message you send out with this wall. Excellent job!

  2. LeeAnn Mar 09, 2006

    woah! woah!

  3. Fran Retired Moderator Mar 12, 2006

    *reads description*
    wooo I'm amused, this is one of the most orginal and hmmm...well...expresive wallies that I've seen here
    I got a question...The thing at the left side are...heads? (sorry I've not imagination >.<)
    This wallie makes me like i've just end watching Elfen Lied, quite hmmm...empty
    This is so beautiful in a strange way...Excellent wallie Tama-san!

  4. animefairy Mar 16, 2006

    Heheh..that was weird! The bg looks very simple, but nicely done! The effects kinda look creppy though! >_< Keep the work up, Tama-Neko!

  5. euna Retired Moderator Mar 17, 2006

    WOW tama. This would have taken you ages. I thought my outlines were driving me insane. xD
    I admire for your supreme vectoring skills. The black and white theme just adds to that impact and it is also highly fitting in relation to what it was like 50 years ago (they had no colour TV - remember? oh yeah, they didn't have TV at all!). A simplistic (but not so simple to create) but an eye-popping wallpaper. Fabulous work as always tama!

  6. OracleAngel Retired Moderator Apr 16, 2006

    Ive always loved black and white illustrations because they are always complicated and detailed to the max and plus it keeps my mind occupied in seeing evrything... no wonder i do my illustrations just like so. but yeah this is one of your best i should say. Awesome work Tama! :P

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