Hisui no Shizuku Wallpaper: Dark Horizon

Yone Kazuki, Idea Factory, Hisui no Shizuku Visual Fan Book, Hisui no Shizuku, Akira Shigemori Wallpaper

1920x1080 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

Happy Birthday Kitten! (again) <3

I don't really do these walls since I am a slowpoke and I need inspiration to even complete a wall. But... Kitten is special and decided to do one. Did this wall for you! :D

The reason I named it 'Dark Horizon' is because I imagined a place with complete darkness with no natural lighting from the sky. I just wanted to make a simple wall. Nothing super amazing. The vector was slowly done in 4-5 days (could of been 1 if I could actually just sit down). The wall has been in progress for about 3 weeks of mainly experimenting. OMFG THE BACKGROUND. That's where I spent 95%+ of my time on. Progress chart doesn't include all the variations I went through. You can see where I was about to give up ;_;. I never played with a wall so much before.

My initial vision was to just have the character fade into a black background. But I found that was too plain and I suck at typography so I couldn't use that to fill space. I went on a sketching spree for a few weeks and decided on the current background. It's suppose to be aged pillars but they look more like gnarled tree trunks since they're roughly painted and warped. Mist was added to the ground to give it a more mysterious feeling. It wasn't super detailed like the clouds in my progress because it would stick out too much.The background was blurred to help give it some distance, blend, and shift focus. Light source isn't in a defined place with a gradient/ray. I wanted to do it so bad because it would make the wall feel more complete. Unfortunately, I couldn't nail it and just scraped.

[Insert wall of text explaining all the lightings and techniques I went through and none of them work since my character was shaded based on having a pure black background void of any light, hope, and made of the nightmares of little children and I didn't feel like going through a whole mess of vector layers to change some of their colors.] *takes a breather*

The background suffers A LOT from gradient banding. I minimized it as much as I can. In PS it's fine but messes up turning into a JPEG. Nothing I can do about it.

Let me know if the wall is too bright/dark/saturated because my new monitor is bright as hell and the coloring is different. The whites are literally pure white. I know this is far from being completely refined. I want to work on it more but I am just so exhausted. Edits may come later if I feel like it.

R.I.P. my old monitor that gave out while working on the wall and delayed the wall's completion.

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  1. MisaSasekage Moderator Nov 18, 2010

    I love it! I love the colors, the way his hair looks and his eyes are very pretty! Awesome job!

  2. Nysha Nov 18, 2010

    Very nice! You know, I'm liking the green lighting in one of those bg concepts. :3

  3. ngakyuklim Nov 18, 2010

    wow. all ur wallpapers are awesome! :D

  4. Alenas Retired Moderator Nov 18, 2010

    Bishie! O:

    Wow, this certainly looks a bit different from your usual style - it's more...I dunno, soft? XD

    Anyway, I really like the choice of BG - all the others looked awesome, too but somehow, this one fits the best. And I LOL'd at the rainbow version, haha. Although I agree with Nysha that the green tones in one of the versions looks yummy, too.

    Nice job on this, I'm sure Kit will love it! :D

  5. Kurorisa Nov 18, 2010

    love the dark atmosphere *and bishie*
    and the light actually doesn't bother it XD
    nice and smooth vector as well :D
    the rainbow ver. is actually kinda funny xD

  6. raku-amatsu Restricted Member Nov 18, 2010

    awsome and dark looking wallpaper keep the good work up

  7. trofikabinet Nov 18, 2010

    What else to say except I'm totally in love with it <333 And on top of that is a yummylicious bishie as well :D
    Love how sharp the colouring looks, it's perfect :3

  8. aIshiRoi Nov 18, 2010

    *___* totally inlove with the lighings and colourings. perfect for teh bishie!
    >////////////< just amazing! instant +fav!

  9. snyp Nov 18, 2010

    Wow this wall's very kewll ! Thx a lot for the share :)

  10. Kitaan Retired Moderator Nov 18, 2010

    Awww...all the pain you went through for little o'l me <3
    That's one sexy bishie, couldn't ask for more. He's in a dark and isolated
    place as well, this is way too similar to the dreams I have XD

    I really like all the BG concepts I saw, they were very nice for the scene
    but this one is great cause it gives out the dark & lonley feeling. Though the little
    lights give some hope :3 Your vectoring is simply flawless, yummy smoothness on the hair.
    Thanks for the gift! <33 It was worth waking up early for :D

  11. lenaelric Nov 18, 2010

    Ohhh I loved it! ~ And that character is pretty hot *-*

  12. Fran Retired Moderator Nov 18, 2010

    Lol, I'm not gonna repeat what everybody said already. Awesome wall is awesome.

    As Nysha and alenas, I'm totally digging the green light version

  13. Warya Nov 18, 2010

    AWESOME :D ty for sharing

  14. Emma93 Banned Member Nov 19, 2010

    wow! awesum! :D
    i love the dark colors and the painting! :) keep it up~

  15. UchihaTaijiya Nov 20, 2010

    This is awesome!
    Thanks for sharing it

  16. lenalee87 Nov 20, 2010

    whoaaa...i really love it!
    great job!
    thanks for sharing~~

  17. DarthTofu Nov 20, 2010

    Wow, this is really gorgeous! :D

  18. Kallena Nov 20, 2010

    Wow, it's so beautiful! Thanks a lot for sharing!

  19. Pulver15 Nov 21, 2010

    Copy from AP:

    When I saw this I immediately set it in my desktop!
    It was love at 1st sight! xDD
    I always love your smooth coloring it looks just amazing!
    Definitely FAV! >D

    *Still stares at it*

  20. Shiciel Nov 21, 2010

    whoa, i love thispic O.O

    thx so much for this^^

  21. JLit Nov 22, 2010

    They are so cool! *____*
    thanks for your sharing)

  22. mascavalera Nov 22, 2010

    wahhhhhhh.... tengkyu ya tas wlpaper nyaaaa
    en skarang aku tau biar dapet credits...
    sayangnya... aku mesti nulis ndiri de,,
    capek banget kan!

  23. AnikHasan Nov 28, 2010

    frekin awesome. thnx 4 sharing

  24. pureblood98 Dec 03, 2010

    AWESOME.. :D so Awesome! it looks like Dark from DN Angel btw.. :D

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