Princess Mononoke Wallpaper: War - Princess Mononoke

Studio Ghibli, Princess Mononoke, Ashitaka, Moro, San Wallpaper
Studio Ghibli Studio Princess Mononoke Series,OVA Ashitaka Character Moro Character San Character

1280x960 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

So I was just looking around the Scan Gallery at AnimePaper and came across these two for Princess Mononoke.

Scan 1
Scan 2

The placement of the two and the angle were just so similar that I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Plus that empty space in front of the wolf was just begging to be filled.

The problem with compilation is that if you put a lot of work into it and get it right, no one believes that you even did anything. I'm still glad it came out as well as it did though there still are some things that could be improved upon. I really don't see many shots of both Ashitaka and Mononoke being bad@ss together so I wanted to accomplish that with this piece. Yes Ashitaka is supposed to be the "peace maker" and everything but... well... yeah, call it a moment of weakness on my part.

While I didn't vectorize the image, I did completely repaint San, Ashitiaka, the deer, and wolf since the scans were rather messy. I also re-inked Ashitaka since I had to shrink him down and intensified all the shadows on him to fit the surrounding environment. Then I painted him a normal arm, a few more arrows, and his scar.

The fire was made completely by me and was certainly the most enjoyable part of this endeavor. I had never done fire before so it was a new challenge. I was really trying to capture a "moment in time" with this, thus the blur effect to give everything more movement. So many walls nowadays are just some character standing wistfully in front of a pretty sky or design (though I have no problem with those). I wanted to really give more action to this piece.

I had planned on making a longer title but... I dunno... personally, I don't think it needs more. War is such a short word but it signifies so much. Love, hate, anger, pain, death, fear, freedom, oppression, desire for peace. So many feelings that can be expressed by a simple, three letter word. I was worried that the text would really flatten the depth of the image but I think it worked out fine. I made it small because in a way I wanted to signify how the word itself can not seriously emote the horrors that arise from it. We take the concept of war so lightly at times; in text books, video games, movies, and the daily newspaper. I wanted to bring that concept forth as well.

Went for the widescreen effect again because Miyazaki is just that epic. Truth be told, I worked on this piece and didn't attempt to crop it to a wall resolution until finishing. I couldn't bring myself to nearly cutting the thing in half to abide by the necessary wallpaper sizes. So instead I gave it the movie appeal. I had half the mind of just putting it up at Widescreen 1920x1200 but decided that it would then be unusable by a majority of the populace on AP. I'm afraid I don't know how to post up more than one resolution on here (I tried checking the AP Guide but found nothing). If someone has any pointers on how to do it, I'd be happy to post up a widescreen version. My apologies.

It's a very intense image so I can understand why it might not be considered good "wallpaper material" seeing as it might be rather busy on your desktop. Nonetheless, I did enjoy making this piece and am glad that I finished it. Please tell me what you think if you have a moment. :)

...and I apologize for the long post ><


Chosen by LordWe and candy-chan

this is yet another proof that you do not need to vector to get a high quality wallpaper. The recreation of the scene is done seamlessly with a great attention to detail. Make sure your desktop doesn't miss this epic wallpaper!

Proposed by LordWe and highlighted by candy-chan.

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  1. fluke Feb 07, 2007

    I downloaded this over at AP as soon as I saw it. It is seriously one of the BEST wallpapers I have ever seen. You wouldn't be able to distinguish this from a cell from the animation (except that this is better!), the two scans you found work flawlessly together. I love the fire you added to it, it's incredible. I also LOOOVE the letterbox format you chose to present it in, this is truly a beautiful piece of artwork you have created, in fact it's already on my desktop (although, I have a 1920x1080 screen...but I didn't crop this I left it as is, in all it's glory xDD). Absolutely great work here!

  2. boojitsu Feb 07, 2007

    love the work. My only critique would be to make the two pics (of san and ashitaka) to be more like the BG boars in that they are "moving" so should have signs of movement similar to the boars. just a thought. Thanks for sharing this ! Very cool :)


  3. Strike-Force Feb 07, 2007

    O wow, this wall is incredible ! I'm so amazed by it, the clarity and the combination of the two scans along with the extra effects you added, it's a perfect work of art. It is one of the best walls I've ever seen ! Simply outstanding work!
    Keep it up.

  4. windyroller Feb 07, 2007

    Oh, very nicely done. Bravo for joining the two pics together so well. :D

  5. DevilJo Feb 07, 2007

    Its really nice, you did a great job! ^^ You join both scans together perfectly and it fits.

  6. LordWe Feb 07, 2007

    Holy crap, at first I thought this was a scan! It really does look like something right out of the movie. It's amazing how much effort you put into this. I only wish it were a bit larger >_< This is very impressive and really captures the intensity of battle. I look forward to more excellent wallpapers from you.

  7. markjo Feb 08, 2007

    Excellent wallpaper - very dynamic, unique in composition and flawlessly executed.

  8. Devilet Feb 10, 2007

    Always liked that movie ... It's nice to see someone using a more simplier technique, yet did it right.
    Very high quality piece, the scan look like they were always together.
    Great job!

  9. ReBeKiCHii Feb 10, 2007

    Wow! i've alwayz loved ghibli work and Princess Mononoke was one of my favourites! XD you've done a great job in the fire, joining the two scans together and the blurry action impact! You've made a beautiful wallpaper! keep up the great work! XD

  10. BlueAngel17 Feb 10, 2007

    Woot, highlighted both on AP and MT, this wall does really deserve it! I like the "rush" effect that you made, especially the fire, good job on it! princess mononoke does seem like in need for wonderful wallpapers like what you did. ^^

  11. terra85 Feb 10, 2007

    it look so good! i love Princess Mononoke and this is so far the best wallpaper i have ever seen~ thanks~

  12. Narikoneko Feb 10, 2007

    Wow O_O this wallpaper is one of the best wallpapers I've EVER seen. The colors, the feeling that they're really moving... this wallpaper sends shivers down my spine. Definitely a fav, I'm in shock, there are very few walls that really impress me, and this one surely did. Good work ^_^

  13. euna Retired Moderator Feb 11, 2007

    Very nice work. The two scans have been flawlessly put together and the blurs themselves have been very well produced. It's great. Nice work there :)

  14. anji Feb 11, 2007

    I'm glad to see a really nice new Mononoke Hime wallpaper. This movie is not enough wall XD
    I've read your description and it's great that you took the time to explain all your process. I like that.
    You created a great movie scene. I love action scene. I don't have anything to add ;)

  15. Elves Feb 11, 2007

    Awesomely cool. I agree very much that your wall has a feeling of movement frozen in time. You've used the blur effect beautifully, though I would have to say that I wish Ashitaka's face was as crisp (in focus) as Mononoke's - it makes his elk seem to be where the main focus is instead of on him. There's also the one boar smack-dab between the two humans in the background which is crisp as well. I think that you may want to extend the blur to this boar as well, just to keep it consistent. To me it seems like the focus is on the two humans, so it's weird to see the one boar in crisp "focus." Besides those two cents worth: You executed the use of a blur technique very well, so no qualms with it's application. :)
    And all I have to say about putting two separate scans together into one? Kudos. Kudos. Kudos. They blend awesomely together Yes, I believe you, but still, you repainted Ashitaka's arm!? @_@ And put these two completely different scans together seamlessly?! Naw. I don't believe you. ;) But you really did. Wow. I even recognized the scanned images and didn't think a thing of them when I was looking at your masterpiece of a wallpaper. So a very good job done goes to you. Thanks for all the work!
    Btw, it was interesting to read your "long" description, so don't worry that people don't read them, but I think that there is a paragraph near the bottom that you meant to direct just to AP, so you may want to remove it from MT. ;)

  16. whimura Feb 16, 2007


    The only thing that I can say without repeat anything someone already said above is Im simply speachless. Directly to my Favorites. Thanks for sharing this work us.

  17. pengi-san Feb 17, 2007

    Completely awesome. You can't even tell they were two separate images to begin with. And you're right about how if you do the job well people don't think you did anything at all. It's the curse of this business. :) Very well done. I am somewhat disappointed you don't have any more submissions for me to download... ;)

  18. epherlite Mar 04, 2007

    This is truly a master blend, I think you really achieved what you set out to do. It looks like an unused movie still, that it was animated together. You've done a fantastic job on this.

  19. Spoo Mar 15, 2007


  20. babysaki Mar 15, 2007

    i love the movie. its soo cool so as this pic :)

  21. damion12 Aug 26, 2009

    Cool. Now this is wat I am talking about. This pic is the greatest.

  22. PHLovr Jul 04, 2010

    To fight along side the one u care, thts SOOOOO awesum

  23. nguclear Sep 05, 2010

    Flawless! This is a really good wall

  24. Daiya-san Dec 24, 2010

    i like this!
    thx for upload!

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