Hakkenden Wallpaper: Hakkenden: Mountain's Red Leaves

Hakkenden Wallpaper
Hakkenden Series

1920x1200 Wallpaper

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mountain's red leaves
the setting sun returns
to the sky
-- Kobayashi Issa
This is my entry to Paint-o-Rama's Feudal Japan contest.
I found the scan to be interesting in composition - the simplicity in the trees framing a round bridge with a geisha made a not-so-typical scenic setting, plus the orange-y autumn colors were quite refreshing. This wallpaper was basically extended in Illustrator, repainted (twice - once for watercolor and once for blending) in Painter, and then post-production was completed in Photoshop. You can see the details in my step-wise tutorial.
I found the haiku with Google - originally I was looking for one by Basho, but I found an excellent resource for Issa haiku that was even sorted by seasons - perfect for finding a fitting fall poem for the setting.
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  1. euna Retired Moderator Nov 26, 2006

    First post! Yay! And even before candy! >_<
    I love it. It's got the "Tama-trademark" textures and beautifully painted trees~
    The sunset is lovely. You've used lovely colour combinations. It looks great <3

  2. candy-chan Retired Moderator Nov 26, 2006

    YAY! First finished entry! You deserve a jar of cookies and this:
    ( I love how this spams your wall page)

  3. inREVERIEforever Nov 26, 2006

    It's a very beautiful wallpaper. I love the colors and the way you painted. :)

  4. Chloe Retired Moderator Nov 26, 2006

    Very very cool. The colors are awesome and I dunno why, but I love the sun. It's awesome.
    Great job on making the scan wider. The text seems to stand out a bit much, but other than that, nicely done!

  5. eternallegend Nov 26, 2006

    everything looks nicely done and the colour scheme looks lovely :D i like the way everything is portrayed and how it represents your theme well :) nice wall ^^

  6. enchantment Nov 26, 2006

    wow, the scenery looks really nice :) i love the idea and it looks really nice :D nice wall~^^

  7. shiningdays Nov 26, 2006

    sexy man what

    faboo, lady <3.

  8. Kiako Nov 26, 2006

    nice wallpaper, so the scene and the colours are very good

  9. MapleRose Retired Moderator Nov 26, 2006

    ooh nice painting, the textures almost makes it look like those wall scroll paintings :)

  10. N9e1 Nov 27, 2006

    What a beautiful and artistic wallie! :D I love the water-colour effect~~~
    Great job! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. Fran Retired Moderator Nov 27, 2006

    Beautiful, the painting is awesome
    The colors are definitely a smart choice i love how you expanded the scan, really well done
    Definitely a fav

  12. alterlier Dec 01, 2006

    that photo is just wrong >_<
    the colors are very attracting, indeed, the whole painting idea is really calling my attention even if I'm still trying to figure how can I improve...
    anyway the extension and the quality work (that actually beats the scan in all terms) is pretty remarkable...ne I'll go now to cry...

  13. shadowVII Dec 03, 2006

    pretty! that's so cool! nice work, i love it!

  14. seval Dec 08, 2006

    Very beautiful :) Great colors!

  15. markjo Dec 12, 2006

    Lovely - the colours set a very sentimental mood while looking at the wallpaper. Oh, and I think this is the first time I've seen a bridge used like this in a wallpaper :) .

  16. animefairy Dec 18, 2006

    OMG! That wall is so pretty and looks so delicate! I love the bg! ^^ *adding to favs*

  17. WhiteBlud Banned Member Dec 26, 2006

    Ooh,I like the colors!Love your gallery!

  18. WWLAOS Jun 07, 2007

    I adore the colors you used and how they add depth to the layered tree lines. The landscape beneath the bridge is an interesting effect...love the hazy/misty appearance. Also love the placement of the haiku, it looks great. Another beautiful wallpaper.

  19. email938 Jan 30, 2009

    OMG. I really like the sunset.

  20. mkforema May 29, 2009

    This is an awesome picture! Good job! :)

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  22. mkforema Nov 27, 2009

    Awesome pic! I love it! ^_^

  23. Faelnirv Mar 28, 2010

    .. .love the colors..the scenery is very beautiful. ..

  24. bella-ella Apr 14, 2010

    This wallpaper seems to light and carefree. It's relaxing just to look at it. I love it. *faves*

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