Kaleido Star Wallpaper: Blood, Milk And Sky

Gonzo, Kaleido Star, Layla Hamilton, Vector Art Wallpaper
Gonzo Studio Kaleido Star Series Layla Hamilton Character Vector Art Source

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

OK, I got talked into submitting this... I didn't want to at first because I think it's not one of my best and stuff... But I'll let the viewers decide that. For the contest at Dark Wallies.

I must be losing my mind, really. This and my last wallpaper have been dark and gloomy, but I promise that's going to change. It's not really my style, I usually like brighter and happier images :) I wanted to illustrate White Zombie's song really badly, so I went through my collection of screencaps from various anime series and came across this creepy image of Layla during her performance in the "Salome in Vegas" show. By the way, this is the illustration for the "Miss September Mix" version, which is slower and more sinister than the original song.

The theme is "dark wallpaper, inside or outside scenery, with blood". Why blood? I suck at making blood >_< Plus I think most bloody walls are emo *runs away from emo people* I don't know why, but I find blood unappealing. I mean, anyone can make a bloody wall if they want to, there's not much to it ._. Enough with the ranting and let's get to the technical stuff!

I originally vectored the Layla screenshot a few months ago (don't remember exactly WHEN but it was ages ago!), using only raster layers. I wasn't happy with it because it looked crappy so I vectored it again, this time using shape layers (easier to manipulate). I do find vectoring with shape layers easier than vectoring with stroke path; even though it's more time-consuming, the results are better (I've picked up this method since a week or so). At first I was going to put some lyrics from the song on her skin with different fonts, but it didn't look good so it got the big 'delete'.
The curtain is made by me alone! *is proud of silly-looking curtain* The texture is from DA! Desktop Anime and the wallpaper pattern is from Colorfilter.

That's all there is to this wall. Oh, and the blobs in the sky are clouds. And that big white ball is the Moon. And yeah, Layla looks less creepy because she isn't looking at you XD (not like in the screenshot!) I hope you like it, please drop a line if you do/don't! Opinions are greatly appreciated

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  1. YoruAngel866 May 23, 2008

    ooooooooh i was really confused when i saw brighter red version and i was getting ready to turn it down,but now i saw black version.
    since black is contrast of other bright colors i'll accept it as entry
    wallpaper overall is interesting, and blood is interesting...i think you did great job

  2. christabel92 May 23, 2008

    Interesting wall...but I think it needs more details...it's too plain...
    The curtain looks cool... :D

  3. dslassey May 24, 2008

    Very interesting style of vector. I like how it looks like it was cut out from pieces of paper and stuff.
    Nice job, Pande! I don't get why you didn't want to submit it. ^^

  4. temarigenius May 24, 2008

    Wow cool! *_*
    And no outline :D
    I also agree with Dev ^ It's really great, why didn't you want to submit it?

  5. Illusion85 May 29, 2008

    Hmm how come this is in the Kaleido Star section? ^^;;

  6. IzumiChan May 31, 2008

    Great naming sense, Pande-san~ loved the title~ :D
    Layla really looks scary, zomg~ I wonder how the wallie would be if she kept looking at us, lol~ XD
    Cool idea making her hair into blood~ I too find it unappelaing, I can't use it on art at all~ xDDD
    Great color combo, it's really moody~ but don't say you've lost your mind, lol~ XD XD
    Cool job!~ >w<

  7. CosmoStar Jun 07, 2008

    This looks great! The colours, the impact! Just great!
    And Layla looking evil is great also! ^^
    The glance Layla gives in the screenshot is pure evil, I think you'd make a version of her with tha also! *__*

  8. luizcarlo Feb 02, 2009

    q diabolica esta esa imagen .... :D

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