Kunie Kanbara Wallpaper: Ne me quitte pas

Kunie Kanbara Wallpaper
Kunie Kanbara Mangaka

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

This was my entry for Arete ii... and wohooooo it made the 2nd place! ^_^'
So first of all I'd like to thank Misa for organizing this competition!

There was one scan by Kunie Kanbara that everyone had to use.

The other entries of the competition and opinions of the judges can be found here.

I'd like to say a few things on my submission concerning its intended meaning and inspiration.

When I started working on my entry I felt a bit lost. The movement of the head, that is the scan that we had to use, was quite weird to work with. I started to make sketches and first thing I knew was, that I want the person to look at someone. :) So I made one sketch after the other, for a change I drew everything in Illustrator from the very beginning. I guess that was the most difficult part, to create this body to the head.
Since I love to listen to music while I am working on Illustrator or Photoshop I had Bjoerk's greatest hits dvd running again and again. And in the video "Cocoon" she is being wrapped up by red lines. I love most of Bjoerk's videos, can only recommend you to get this DVD... but the red string inspired me for this wallpaper. So I decided to connect both my characters with such a red string.

Another song that inspired me for the title was "If you go away" by Dusty Springfield.
One part of the lyrics is French and I adore French, so I decided to quote the lines that I am referring to, together with the English translation:

Ne me quitte pas / Don't leave me
Il faut oublier / it 's neccesary to forget
Tout peut s'oublier / everything you need to forget
Qui s'enfuit deja / which is already over
Oublier le temps / forget the times
Des malentendus / of the misunderstandings
Et le temps perdu / the lost time
A savoir comment / to know how
Oublier ces heures / forget the hours
Qui tuaient parfois / which sometimes kill
A coups de pourquoi / the reasons why
Le coeur du bonheur / the heart full of joy

At the moment I am reading lots and lots of comics by female artists. So that was an inspiration again. At this point it was clear to me, that my wallpaper would have romantic content... I decided for the headless 2nd character, showing only part of her body, but she's dressed with a skirt so everyone would connect the body with a girl. The head is not being shown, to express the sometimes hidden feelings of love between women. However I am well aware that the message is quite subtle. The romantic connection is just secretly expressed by the red string...

I played around with colors. But for me the gray together with the red is the only possible way for my intended meaning. If the clothes of the girls are colored as well, the red string gets lost. Same goes for adding background... so I kept it really "simple", to put an emphasize on what I want to express.

Thanks again to Misa and the judges cassandraronald, DREAM, flyindreams, k1ru, mentis, midsummer, saikusa!

And last but not least, thanks to everyone who read these lines! :)


Chosen by MapleRose and kuroimisa

Even though I was the organisor of areteii (pssh, shush :P), this wallpaper definitely deserves a highlight.

The original scan itself was quite easy and hard to work with at the same time: there was only a head (and a cut off head at that), a strange angle looking at something (but undefined), and there weren't many clues in other Kunie scans you'd find in the gallery: they're all the same blank/ one coloured kind of background scans.

This work stands out so much because Regenbogen has chosen to move away from the vibrant colours characteristic of Kunie's art and moved into monochrome phase- the red against the greys, whites and the blacks stand out and sure will leave an impression on you.

Even with the absence of colour, the feeling you get from the original scan is not lost: it's refreshing and inspirational.

What's more, the bodies were drawn completely from scratch and if you haven't even seen the original scan, you wouldn't even be able to tell.

Truly beautiful wallpaper and choc-loads of effort and thought gone into this.

May this inspire you too!

Proposed by MapleRose and highlighted by kuroimisa.

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  1. Saikusa Retired Moderator Aug 01, 2007

    Congratulations on Second Place! I loved the classy, almost art deco feel to it, and the striking use of colour :)

  2. MapleRose Retired Moderator Aug 01, 2007

    I love the colour usage ^__^ and the scan extension, looks seamless. Love the subtle textures and patterns too. congrats on 2nd place! :)

  3. midsummer Aug 01, 2007

    yay! 'grats to you for second place :D

  4. BadMoonDemonHowL Aug 01, 2007

    This is what I consider a real piece of art :)
    Because it really is....
    So much work is obviously put in this, and so many creativity was needed... I'm truly impressed!

  5. peniko Aug 01, 2007

    you made the body yourself o__0
    thats totally cool xD i really love this wallie xD

  6. DREAM Aug 01, 2007

    woah: my first post disappeared into the great beyond. so i shall try again.

    it seems lady misa was kind enough not to put various judges names next to their comments- which is good i say, since i could be in jeopardy of being beaten to death by several pretty ladies. 0_0

    so here's what i said:
    "lovely monochrome wall complemented with beautiful patterns on both ladies and excellent choice of the red string to break up the monotony; would have been ideally served with constant outlines [stroke] on the girls arms and legs specifically, and perhaps a bg with stronger shapes and or a few patterns."

    i neglected to mention there how impressed i was by all your "bodily" additions. originally i wanted to wall the scan myself but couldn't conceive of an acceptable wall.

    congrats on your 2nd place finish Lady Regenbogen. :)

  7. pamkips Aug 01, 2007

    Simple and great :3
    Awesome job, and congrats on second place :3

  8. Fran Retired Moderator Aug 02, 2007

    You should have won....I love your wallpaper..
    It was just...amazing, so insipiring.
    Yesh. You rock for giving her a body.
    Congrats on your 2nd place!

  9. kuroimisa Retired Moderator Aug 02, 2007

    I really liked this entry because I was completely awed with just the idea of having a body @_@ And the colours or absence of it just made this more (how do you say it)... have a stronger impact. I won't dawdle because I've written it already, but <3 <3 This is a very beautiful take on the original scan :)

  10. k1ru Aug 02, 2007

    so it was you! xD

    pssh i'm copying my judging note :
    "Whoa. You make the whole body with that head? Great job! Its not easy to imagine a nice body pose with that head in my opinion, but you do it xD I love the colors, they are black-gray-white (my all time favorite colors) and the red thread Its really nice."
    haha, me likesss~ and congrats on second place! <3

    edit : psssh again xD submit it for UA one color challenge? xD;;

  11. alterlier Aug 03, 2007

    bogen just let me tell you that as everyone else I was pretty much shocked to see the scan with a full body, against that there was no chance, I particularly got interested in your concept about it, I do see and feel as you the romantic content and I enjoy the fact that the colors are the ones showing/expressing everything, the gray as the neutral tone, necessary to make the red of the bond emerge, it is lovely, and just to make it more dramatic I would have taken out the smile on the girl's face but that's nothing against my love for the whole thing.

    congratulations for the inspiration and the wonderful piece and well you know I hope you are doing fine, as I see you are now kind of more active, that's always good, so ciao ciao.

  12. gaara-no-shukaku Aug 03, 2007

    You know what, I prefer this over Naomi's entry. ;)
    I love monochromatic colour, and the red lines create perfect combination. You can actually draw her body, and matched it with the head. That's really inspiring!

  13. moonescape Aug 09, 2007

    Whoa! I must agree with MapleRose I mean that wouldn't be so easy just using a head and only a head inspired this wallpaper. o_o

    This is really wonderful and the colours are monochromatic except for the red lines that really stands out. :o

    I'm still shocked how you drew her body because it matches perfectly like garra said.

    A definate fave a deserves the highlight. ;)

  14. flyindreams Aug 12, 2007

    Man, I've gotten so lazy about commenting -_-;

    Anyhow, this was definitely one of my favorite entries from the contest, not only because of all the work involved in giving the girl a body, which you did seamlessly... but the concept was really great as well :D I must admit the girl on the left didn't strike me as a girl... I immediately thought "guy"; the stockings and the hips probably should've tipped me off, but the skirt still kind of look like shorts to me. Minor quibble. The high usability of this wall as a desktop definitely gets huge kudos from me as well. Nicely done on a highly deserved highlight! Looking forward to seeing more :D

  15. markjo Aug 16, 2007

    Great idea - I'm sure I'd never thought of the image you presented in the wall...

  16. DarthTofu Aug 25, 2007

    Wow, if I didn't see the original scan before I wouldn't have realized there was no body before. ^^
    And the stringy stuff is like, entertaining. *wants to play with it*

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