Aria Wallpaper: ...memories of the past...

Kozue Amano, Aria, Akari Mizunashi, Aria Shachou, Alicia Florence Wallpaper
Kozue Amano Mangaka Aria Series Akari Mizunashi Character Aria Shachou Character Alicia Florence Character

1280x960 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

It`s been some time since I`ve last made a wallpaper... Well, this one`s inspired by few things. First was my trip to Italy, three years ago, including Venice. Needless to say, I`ve fell for this city the same moment I arrived there :) Second source of inspiration was the music of Martyn Bennett, a talented and innovative Scottish musician who has passed away in January 2005. The title of my wall comes from one of the songs entitled ''Why'' of his last album ''Grit'' (I really recommend it to all of you, wonderful stuff), in which a man remembers the old times and says "...now as I look inside those walls, it brings me back memories of the past...". The track has a unique mood, with the water stream flowing in the background and the skirl of bagpipes quietly coming from the distance. And the last thing that gave me inspiration was of course Aria the Animation series. I saw only first three episodes but was delighted by the atmosphere and kinda surprised that someone from Japan got interested in Venice. Even though it`s 300 years ahead, it`s still Venice, hehe ^_^

Now for the technical stuff ;P
As always in my newer works, I`ve used Photoshop CS2. It`s my first wall, where I`ve used the idea of photographs laying on a surface. Here for the surface I decided that it will be the beach with the water gently washing ashore. To design the sand background I`ve used Digital Anarchy Backdrop Designer. The water at the bottom of the pic is taken from a different photo. Then, I took few Aria scans, resized them a bit, burned the edges with Alien Skin Xenofex 2 Burnt Edges tool and added various effects from I.C. Net Software Photo Aging Kit. Well, those are memories so the photos must look old, even though they aren`t black and white ;P Next, I`ve made the text on the wallpaper look as if it was written on the sand which is already slightly blurred by the water. And the last thing was the colour enhancement using KPT Equalizer because the whole thing looked too dull :P That`s it! Phew, that`s some pretty long description I did there XD Enjoy, comment and fav if you like my work.

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  1. Sandra Jun 19, 2006

    Kawaii ! You're improving your skills :)) Still need a lot of work (like me if i want to be perfect like others) bout...I'll ad this to fav :) Keep it up.

    A Po Polskiemu : Wporzo wporzo :D Dajesz wiecej tapet ziooom :D

  2. TSPhoenix Jun 23, 2006

    That is very nice, however the font you chose wasn't the best, and putting the writing on an angle didn't work so well. The colours and the overall balance of the image is great.

    I'd absolutely love to see a version of this with no text, or at least improved text.

  3. icetee Jun 01, 2009

    This sentence on this pic is very nice. It does good and it's so calmy. (sorry, Ich kann nicht so gut englisch. Hoffe man hat verstanden, was ich meine -_-)

  4. lastwizand Jul 02, 2009

    I like the wallpaper~
    thake for sharing

  5. daniticha Jan 04, 2010

    Alicia and Akari, they're so cute >.<
    Thanks for your great wall!

  6. wlsdhr1982 Sep 08, 2010

    I like a Aria series! Thanks for sharing.

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