Magic Knight Rayearth Wallpaper: Rayearth: A Prayer for Cephiro

CLAMP, Magic Knight Rayearth, Guru Clef Wallpaper
CLAMP Mangaka Magic Knight Rayearth Series,OVA Guru Clef Character

1920x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

I was re-reading my Rayearth manga and this image of Guru Clef really struck me. His supplicant posture with the ribbons of his staff swirling around him really spoke volumes about his despair without ever needing a clear view of his face. So, I decided to wall it. (Besides, there's not a lot of walls featuring just Clef.) This was really an exercise in coloring a manga scan, something I haven't done in years, and I really had fun experimenting with the smudge tool to get the soft folds in the cloth to stand out. The background is based on the original scan, showing the destruction of Cephiro with rocks flying out. This scene in the manga has Clef asking himself, "Is this world (Cephiro) truely beautiful?" and even though his world is crumbling apart around him, he cannot find it in his heart to pray for Cephiro's one hope of salvation, for the burden of that salvation is too high a price to pay. To keep that tone I kept the wall very dark and used some textures to add a hint of grunge. Unfortunately the darkness also obscures the work I did on breaking up the floor. Oh well.
Dedicated to Flyindreams and Crapmonster, because I really, really had tons of fun last Wednesday.
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Chosen by shyxsakura and euna

Proposed by shyxsakura and highlighted by euna.

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  1. Elves Apr 03, 2006

    That is a really nice coloring job of the manga scan. Nice flowing colors in the robe. A suggestion if you would like to lighten things up a bit: You could always add some rays of light that are brighter than the overall glow/light from the staff and have one focus on his face. I don't think I've seen an anime yet that has just one solid brightness of a weapon/staff glow. :) It'd vary the wall a little more, too. It's also got a lot of purple...urm, that would be a personal preference, but I'd like to see a little more differentiation between the shadows and the purple/darkness. Maybe add some browns and darker shades of other complimentary colors. You're right that the pose is very nice and serene, and does make great walling material. I really like the floor cracking, even though it is in the dark ;) , but that looks cool. Good work overall.

  2. euna Retired Moderator Apr 03, 2006

    Wow... now that's what I call magic! XD
    Very nice job on colouring the manga scan tama. It's flawless - I thought it was a scan. Wonderful job with smudging as well.
    I quite like the simple concept of the wall. It's quite stricking at first sight.
    The use of purple colour is also well chosen - I think it makes it more magical ^^
    Very nice wall as always tama *fav*

  3. LeeAnn Apr 03, 2006

    i cant say much.....
    the color is incredibly fascinating!
    the darkness that sorrounds him is....uummmm.... cant say it! just so nice!

  4. MadoshiKurefu Retired Moderator Apr 03, 2006

    I can't believe it! Someone made a great wallpaper of my favourite character Clef! O.O Thank you! *loves you*

  5. crapmonster Apr 04, 2006

    ahah thanks for the dedication, deifnitely was nice meeting you too. hopefully we can possibly do other meetups in the future.
    and as always, awesome job on the walling! its fairly simple but i like how the vector job actually sorta looks drawn cause of the texture.

  6. flyindreams Apr 04, 2006

    *points to crap's post* :) I wonder if I can wander down to Cali again this summer... oooh x3

    I still want to beat myself over the head whenever I remember actually bring a digital camera but completely forgetting to take pictures. *gives crap another couple of kicks for remembering but not saying anything* And yes, lovely wall as always. I just love the purple tones and the dramatic lighting... beautiful :D

  7. animefairy Apr 04, 2006

    AMazingly beautiful art! >_< The purple really catches my eyes, even if I am not a big fan of purple. uch cool abstract effects and good awesome colors! adding to favs* Keep the work up, Tama-neko! ^_^

  8. kaisui1tatsu Apr 05, 2006

    Very nice! I love the layout! I remember a scene like this in the manga. Great job and thanks for sharing!

  9. IzumiChan Apr 06, 2006

    I've read this part of the manga, and it impressed me as well ^_^
    I love Clef! *_*
    And I love this wallie as well! *__*
    Actually, I think that the floor is a little too dark... even if that's the point, a little more of brightness wouldn't hurt it :)
    Your colouring rocks *_*
    Wonderful job! :D

  10. Dream24 Apr 06, 2006

    You did an excellent job vectoring and colouring the picture. I love how it feels like Clef is surrounded by darkness and the light is struggling to keep the darkness away. The actual wallpaper looks much more gorgeous and stood out a lot more than the thumbnail did. Excellenting job on the lighting of Clef's staff. Love this wallpaper. YOu did an excellent job on it! Hope to see more work from you!

  11. Amru-chan Apr 06, 2006

    Very nice picture XD. Fav from me XD

  12. Itachiismyluver Banned Member Apr 09, 2006

    my fav! Its soo hard lookin 4 good Rayearth walls but urs is like...wow!
    my fav!

  13. markjo Apr 09, 2006

    You managed to obtain a really interesting quality because of colouring the manga scan. Plus, your work on light / darkness here accentuated the drama of the situation - a great work!

  14. pheniox87 Apr 10, 2006

    this is an awsome pic i think ill add it to my favorites

  15. ArtificialRaindrop Apr 10, 2006

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I'm so glad someone finally made a wall of Clef! :D You did an awesome job of coloring and cleaning up the scan, too. I love it! ^-^

  16. K1R31 Apr 13, 2006

    GREAT ! I can't say it ! I'm speechless ! The darkness, the pure light from his staff, background, the swirl around him, and many more... were so gorgeous. I will add it to my fav. Thx for sharing anyway ^_^

  17. Bodhi Apr 13, 2006

    very nice ighting...

  18. djKANA Apr 16, 2006

    the lighting shot looks really elegant, and i think its kind of stylish in that shattering glow. very nice!

  19. yue_hikaru Apr 18, 2006

    That is one hell of a job you've done. you've coloured it just fine in my opinion.

  20. KieraAnn Jul 16, 2006

    *jaw wide open* That is just freaken awesome...

  21. sidherequiem Feb 20, 2007

    Its really great to see a Clef inspired wallpaper. Very lovely. The coloring of the scan is suburbed, it looks like an originaly colored scan. The focal point of the light is a nice touch though I think the outer edges bleed too quickly into darkness, not that Im complaining because it still looks great!

  22. moonlightdreamer Jun 16, 2007

    oh wow clef cool there are so few of him I am happy to find one!

  23. cheng34 Dec 19, 2008

    is this CLAMP's anime?
    luv this pic, thx 4 sharing~

  24. jiop Sep 29, 2009

    what a incredible use of color! really fascinating.thank!

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