Shining Tears Wallpaper: New Beginning

Tony Taka, Shining Tears, Xion (Shining Tears), Ryuna Wallpaper
Tony Taka Mangaka Shining Tears Game Xion (Shining Tears) Character Ryuna Character

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Hello everybody! I wanted to make something ever since the new year, but I couldn't think of anything, until I came across this Tony Taka scan. I was thinking of something that would suggest a new start, since the new years allows us all to restart from scratch (in a way). Yea, it's a bit late for this, but hey, better late than never!

The character scan and BG scan were pretty different in style, so I worked a lot with filtering, hue/saturation and levels to match the background with the scan. To add a greater sense of depth/perception, I tried to create a sense of focus by using blur effects to the farther reaches of the environment. Also, I added mist over the lake, and some flowing down the valley, to give the effect that it is just past morning. As for the difficulties, I would say it was the extraction of the char scan, especially getting rid of the dust at the bottom of the scan and making it un-noticeable that I removed it. Then there were a few parts at the top right corner of the background that were dirty and needed some patch-work to make it look less like a scan and more like a background. All in all, I think I did a pretty job in mending the two images together considering the scans had different art styles.

Personally, I really like how it all turned out, though I couldn't have done it without Lordwe, Sailorchin, and most of all SOUL-BLADE. I couldn't have gotten this far without your help! I appreciate the input and feedback you provided and all the constant support :D Give yourselves a pat on the back, or I'll pat it for you :)

So for the technical parts:

Time: approx 6-7 hours
layers: 8 layers (I don't really like working in big number of layers, but I should probably start doing it
Tools: Photoshop CS2 - air brush, eraser, smudge/blur, various filters, levels, saturation/hue, healing brush/patching, stamping...I think there might be more, I don't remember ^_^'
Background scan from MT - Princess Mononoke (couldn't find it again in the misc scans section; thanks for whoever scanned it!):

Character Scans - Tony Taka (from web, there's another version on MT w/o the white border and more saturated):

Please post your comments! Most of all, enjoy this wallpaper!

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  1. Sinever Jan 14, 2007

    nice bg
    fits well with the scan
    good job

  2. drastikhate Jan 14, 2007

    I have full screened it and the BG blends in so smoothly without error. it deserves to be in the elite gallery.

  3. Animezealot5140 Restricted Member Jan 14, 2007

    Pretty wallie....
    Luv the bg very much! :)
    +fav. AriGTou gOzaimaSU! XD
    Keep up yr good job! :D ;)

  4. SOUL-BLADE Jan 14, 2007

    I know the work you put into it...and the results speak for themselves. How can I not fav it! Great job!

  5. eternallegend Jan 14, 2007

    i like the nice background scenery however it seems a bit too real compared to them but it could just be the way im looking at it [hope i didnt offend you ^_^'] i like the nice atmosphere created and the title is really interesting XD nice wall ^^

  6. Anason Jan 15, 2007

    Nice wallie :D

  7. ZyLixe Jan 15, 2007

    Nice work there... I like it... It's great and I understand the hardship you've done with the art... (It's not easy making a simple one, so what MORE? right... still, keep up with the good work there. And I hope that you get a good year to start it off... ^^

  8. Onehmongboi Jan 16, 2007

    Super nice...

  9. drastikhate Jan 16, 2007

    This has become a fav wallpaper to be used on my bro's macbook. thx

  10. FallenAngelZoicyte Jan 18, 2007

    i love tony taka's work. the bg is beautiful. they fit into it very well.

  11. EternaLumination Jan 19, 2007

    thanks for all the appreciative comments. If only the moderators appreciated this enough too, to go to elite ^_^

  12. miffedplatypus Feb 01, 2007

    nice job! i really like it! ^_^

  13. xiaodick Feb 01, 2007

    the bg and scan blended so well it looked like a scan..

  14. sukumei Feb 09, 2007

    lol nice. Rofl you didnt work tony taka...
    he/she is going into more eechi worl although it is nice.

    Alright lets get down to business. You wanted a rating/crtique on your art? I havent done it for quite some time (MT poeple need some rest too you know).

    For me, I've seen many versions of this made by different people but yours by far is the best i've seen as in an earthly form whereas others have the scan placed in clouds, mist.... so on. wait WTF the scan looks like Hime Mononoke. The quality and the style look like those of the Ghibli studio. Oh well it was a good anime. But im sorry to say that the background doesnt not suit the picture much although the foreground: grass, ground, misty does. Its just that there is no indication in the scan that they care about the town behind them, rather they are looking onwards, forwards.
    But I guess that It can comply to your title 'A new beginnning' as in the sense they are leaving town and starting something new.
    As for quality, excellent job. I have seen this scan many times and it has awesome quality. You did the background good also.
    Well, lets see... i give my ratings out of 10. So you would have to have scored a:
    8.75/10. Great work Enternal.
    ~ Sukumei san/kun whatever

  15. npoe Dec 21, 2007

    Great work, thanks for sharing. You did an awesome job matching colors.

  16. stepupparty Feb 20, 2010

    Oh, it is lovely. It looks sooo nice... The butterflies are beautiful and so is that thing she is holding (is it a keychain or a bracelet with a star?). Very nice. Good Job. :) Oh also, her eyes look really pretty and I'm adding it to my favorites.

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