Hotarubi no Mori e Wallpaper: Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light

Yuki Midorikawa, Hotarubi no Mori e, Gin (Hotarubi no Mori e), Hotaru Takegawa Wallpaper

1920x1200 Wallpaper

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Finally! A new wall!
I have been working on this forever, and it is still far from perfect, but I need to move on from it. >_<

This scene is of Gin and Hotaru. The main (and almost only) characters from one of my favourite oneshots, 'Hotarubi no Mori e', by mangaka Midorikawa Yuki, who is better known for her series 'Natsume Yuujinchou'. It is a very sweet, very sad story. T_T

So, once again it is based on a black and white manga scan - LINK
And also once again, it is a painty/vectory/freehandy muddle. XD
I did my best to extend out the scan into a widescreen wallie, but in the end I'm not sure how successful I was...

And a big hug to MyrrhLynn for her suggestions and feedback. ^_^

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  1. MyrrhLynn Dec 16, 2008

    Waaah I got mentioned! XD *gets back composure* I really like what you di with the original scan. Not only did you recreate the scene, while adding on lots of details (like the moss on the rocks and the delicate water ripples), but you also extended it to the left in a believable manner. The moon in the middle really ties it all together, and the black outlines of trees + grass on the left pull the composition all together. And the tree stump with the moss and other details was a perfect fit to balance out the left side. XD And finally I love the fireflies, they look way better then in the original manga art in my opinion, and I love how they POP on my desktop. Nice job!

  2. Straawbeeryy Dec 16, 2008

    wow. This is really pretty. I admire anyone who does monochrome scans. They`re the scariest ones.
    Love the fireflies. Any thing glowy or sparklie are <3
    I think you did an amazing job at extending the scan. The water is to die for.
    Beautiful job. :]

  3. sailorchiron Dec 16, 2008

    It's really lovely. The water and moon are a little too realistic compared to the style of the characters but that's a minor criticism. Good work!

  4. mamalemon Dec 16, 2008

    far from perfect you said, but this is so pretty :)
    your colouring sense is good

  5. MadoshiKurefu Retired Moderator Dec 16, 2008

    I know this story and it's also one of my favourite oneshots! You did a great wallpaper!

  6. Koboshi93 Dec 16, 2008

    wow natsume *_*
    I love the wall the water is so pretty and the girl...
    you do a wonderful job

  7. Melisandre Dec 16, 2008

    :O Incredible! The bg is gorgeous, so dark, marking the two characters! And the small ligths, lovely. Good work :D

  8. MapleRose Retired Moderator Dec 16, 2008

    yay another wall from you! :D

    I love how you did the moonlight beams and the water, and *stares at that mossy stump in wonder* XD Nice colour job as well, I like the fireflies floating around.

    Did you vector those leaves (and the bamboo) or use a brush? They're so clean :D But I think having both the bamboo and the leaves in the back are so clear kinda messes the perspective a bit, since I think the bamboo is supposed to be in front of the leaves, and there's some distance between the two. Since the focus is more towards the back, maybe blur the bamboo a bit?

  9. vitaamin Dec 16, 2008

    how... did... i not see this ?!?1 (i am watchlisting you now OX)

    anyways i think the bg is really amazing, the bamboo and the trees and the water. even the light and glow behind them is very serene.

    i do wish i could say the same about the characters though i think i would have preferred them to be sharper. or the bg more painty.

    but seriously great job on this overall i would neverrrrrr be able to make something this cool OX

  10. Tifa-chan Dec 16, 2008

    GREAT work!
    Your wall is very beautiful! *___*

  11. Chloe Retired Moderator Dec 17, 2008

    Wow! The vectoring/painting is very VERY well done. I love the water 0_0

  12. FrozenLithograph Dec 19, 2008

    Wow, what excellent work! I loved that story too and it makes me SO HAPPY when I see more walls for shoujo stories I like since they get zero wallpaper lovin' except for really popular/big titles. Wonderful work, I hope you do more! =D

  13. YoruAngel866 Dec 20, 2008

    well lets just say this is really beautiful and i adore the reflection :D

  14. cheng34 Dec 21, 2008

    omg natsume.. thx 4 the pic.. LF> a long tym le..
    he looks nice wif the mask xD

  15. eternallegend Dec 24, 2008

    I like the background and how you integrated them in nicely :D the vector/painting from that manga image is really well done :) the colours suit nicely and the lighting is done well :D lovely wall ^^

  16. Kayote Jul 21, 2009

    Too bad about the quality but the idea was brilliant. Cheers.

  17. jack90 Aug 05, 2009

    excellent excellent excellent

  18. aisswen Mute Member Oct 07, 2010

    It is so beautiful! Thanks for the wallpaper.

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