Original Wallpaper: Es war einmal...

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Es war einmal vor langer langer Zeit...
Once upon a Time...

I tried to imitate the style of an old fairytale book I read when I was little. Actually I forgot whether it was an European fairytale book or "Tales of the thousand and one nights"... ... Nyaa, doesn't matter cuz I really liked the illustration in the book.

It took me like 4 hours to finish the outlines and another 5 hours to colour with PS.
I didn't listen to any music and ate one croissant. (It was a big one though.)


Chosen by candy-chan and Saikusa

This is bursting with originality & dedication! The seed of inspiration being the desire to re-create the look of a fairytale book has grown and blosssomed into this charming wallpaper.

Although it has more of an Oriental appearance than European with it's angular patterned design in the corner, trailing plants, phoenix-esque magical bird and swirling clouds. However, there is no question regarding the talent it took to create this. The use of light colours to create the line work instead of the usual severe black has added to the magical atmosphere, and the subtle use of texture created that feeling of old thick paper on which an old story would have been printed.

It's a beautiful slice of imagination that has been professionally brought to life... and will be a tough act to follow! We look forward to seeing what other magical artworks you can create!

Proposed by candy-chan and highlighted by Saikusa.

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  1. ShiXon Apr 02, 2007

    cool! the gradient colors are just like.. wow! xD
    I think they all just blend well, and they look fantastic :D

  2. pamkips Apr 02, 2007

    Amazingly original :D
    it's so ack!- I just can't explain it :D

  3. FallenAngelZoicyte Apr 03, 2007

    looks amazing! i love the clouds and whole thing is awesome!

  4. fawna-chan Apr 03, 2007

    Looks more asian than european to me. :)
    But I love how everything works together and I love the clouds! XD

  5. Chloe Retired Moderator Apr 03, 2007

    Oooh, a croissant!
    Love the colors and the girl's outfit is awesome (I want it!) Excellent job!

  6. starrliteangel Apr 03, 2007

    I seriously.....dont know....how you do it XD

    its amazing! the colors are beautiful and everything is drawn so well. I think the pheonix could do with a bit more neck (lol, it just looks like its missing a neck) but ahhh im not complaining! XD XD XD

    are you an art major by any chance? or a manga artist?...*suspicious look*

  7. Elves Apr 03, 2007

    Sweet. I don't quite get why the girl's hair is overexposed on the top of her head; makes the defining boarders of each element hard to define and my eye isn't very happy about that. ^_^' Other than to give more contrast between her hair and the bird's wing I'm not sure why her hair color fades here. I love the colors/gradients you've used throughout the piece - they really make the wall feel like it's dated though it's made through modern technology. XD Very cool bird - great job making swooping feathers. Nice work!

  8. acid-awakening Apr 03, 2007

    since amazing is overused, along with excellent and a whole bunch of other words... I'll give an "plain" oppinion.

    I like the simplistic "style" but I just think your glow and fade in the character drags the wall down a bit

  9. Sinever Apr 03, 2007

    I really like the concept of your wall
    & its looking amazing
    well done

  10. schwindelmagier Apr 03, 2007

    *blood spilling*
    You drew this? O.o....HOW COOL, WONDERFUL, AMAZING and the whole theme is nive too. It really transfers the atmosphere of an fairy tale called "thousand and one nights"
    Superb job, keep it up - +fav

  11. joemighty16 Apr 03, 2007

    Very nice indeed! Thanks for posting!

  12. sailorchiron Apr 03, 2007

    amazingly beautifu.

  13. Narikoneko Apr 03, 2007

    Oh look! Yina did it again... Please write a tutorial "How to make an amazing wonderful super cool wallpaper a la Yina" XD lol. It's fantastic, the colors, the outlines, the concept, the art, everything. And when I found out it's original art I was like... OMG. T_T +fav of course ~

  14. Tinbad Apr 03, 2007

    Absolutely wonderful use of color and design :D

  15. SakuraShirayuki Apr 03, 2007

    woot sieht cool aus <333
    mal was anderes und interessantes chu! XD

  16. sailorcapuccino Apr 03, 2007

    Wow ! So cool ! I love this wallpaper, so colorfull ! congratulations for the great job !

  17. sayuritchan Apr 03, 2007

    It looks awesome!
    +++ fav!
    Bye... :)

  18. Kyelor Apr 04, 2007

    Like a silk screen painting! Very stylish and professional look.

  19. rachtsume Apr 04, 2007

    this is really nice, love the bright colours!

  20. moonescape Apr 04, 2007

    This was just beautiful! I just loved how you drew the phoenix and the character in here. I especially fell in love with the phoenix though. I have a soft spot when it comes to birds. XD

    The gradient you used for the drawings were good. Very attracting and effective. I still have yet to learn how to do that. >.< Well this is a nice way to make it have a fairytale concept. It's nice! Everything was fit into place. Definately adding this as favs!

  21. enchantment Apr 04, 2007

    wow, i love the idea on how you tried to create it like a story book :D i love the background with the clouds and the gradient is really nicely used and the background is nice and simple :) i love the designs in the corner and around the bottom :) and the phoenix is really lovely :) lovely wall~^^

  22. eternallegend Apr 04, 2007

    i like the wonderful oriental look from the textures and the nice colour scheme helps portray your idea really well :D i like the nice idea and the way everything has been portrayed with the really nice design :) i like the nice stylish look and the lovely designs you used :D i like how everything fits together nicely :) wonderful wall ^^

  23. soryane Apr 04, 2007

    kawai ^^ thanks for sharing !

  24. ReBeKiCHii Apr 04, 2007

    OMG so preeeeety! (> <) the textures and colours are perfect! you've done a beautiful job!

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