Toward the Terra Wallpaper: [Tears for Japan] Tears for Terra

Nobuteru Yuuki, Tokyo Kids, Toward the Terra, Jomy Marquis Shin, Physis Wallpaper
Nobuteru Yuuki Mangaka Tokyo Kids Studio Toward the Terra Series Jomy Marquis Shin Character Physis Character

2560x1600 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

I started this wallpaper over a year ago, having finished the character artwork trace fairly quickly. It then sat on my hard drive for many months as I never got around to completing the Art Nouveau-styled frame for it.
Then, last week the Northeastern Japan earthquake and tsunami struck. This disaster hit a lot closer to home for me than most other disasters, as I had recently moved back to the US after spending a year in Tokyo. During that time I had met many people, coworkers and friends, who are thankfully doing well, but are now coping with the immediate (and probably long-term) aftermath.
I wanted to show my support for Japan, so I looked through my work-in-progress folder and found this. It was oddly fitting, seeing Jomy and Physis mourning for a home they never had, while many Japanese mourn for a home that is lost.
Using the motif of tears, I made a new frame for the wall. I couldn't find a nice planetary view of Japan from NASA's site, so I settled for one of the Pacific Ocean in general, although obscured by clouds it's hard to tell what's down there. The typography was custom drawn in Illustrator based off of the Art Nouveau font Isadora. A bit of texture for the old-school lithographic feel, and this wall is finally complete.
I drew the frame for a widescreen (1920x1200) screen, so the 4x3 and 5x4 resolutions look pretty terrible. I couldn't figure out a fast way to reframe the image and still get this launched in a timely manner. I may revisit the other resolutions at a later point in time.

----- Fundraiser results -----
Thanks to everyone who downloaded here and at Animepaper. A total of $163 (I rounded) was donated to Save the Children Federation.

----- Original fundraiser below -----
To further show my support, and in the same vein as various ___ for Japan initiatives, I would also like do a little fundraising. For every download of this wallpaper at Minitokyo and Animepaper between now and March 25, I will donate $0.25 towards Japanese relief efforts via Save the Children, up to a maximum of $500. I will also apply for gift-matching, so your download will actually contribute $0.50 towards relief efforts. The money will be donated on March 26, and I will update this description on that date listing the final donation amount.
Ganbare, Nippon.

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  1. fireflywishes Retired Moderator Mar 20, 2011

    A great thing you're doing here Tama. I wish you all the best on your fundraising. *downloads*

    btw-- I absolutely love the font that you used in your wall!

  2. SnickerdoodleNinja Retired Moderator Mar 20, 2011

    What an awesome and kind thing to do! :)

    As for the wall itself, I must say I really like the frame around the characters and text.

  3. Sherillas Mar 20, 2011

    That's a very admirable thing you're doing. I think you did an exceptional job of putting/crafting a really interesting wallpaper. It's faultless!

  4. flyindreams Mar 20, 2011

    Wonderful wall as always Tama (art nouveau love), and your fundraising effort is tremendous! I've downloaded in both comms. More people need to see this, the news coming out of Japan is still grim and communities there will need all the help they can get.

  5. Fran Retired Moderator Mar 20, 2011

    insta fav for art nouveau+amazing efforts to help Japan.
    I'm in love with the text.

  6. mytruecolor Mar 20, 2011

    awesome! it looks like an original scan .really good job you did there!

  7. SamB Mar 20, 2011

    I like your art nouveau wallpaper... added on my favs.

  8. srsn Mar 21, 2011

    wow... art noveue... I haven't seen that style in a while!

  9. chibimisao Mar 21, 2011

    Already commented and downloaded on AP. So i'll just download from here too. Hope this gets more downloads soon. Japan really needs all the help they can get right now.

  10. Gladis Mar 22, 2011

    Definitely amazing colors
    Phantasmal! Awesome wallpaper!
    I like the style you used

  11. ismiy Mar 22, 2011

    This wall is beautiful! I like the way you framed it; perhaps that's what caught my eye. but the reason behind releasing it touches my heart. Thanks for sharing and your idea for Japan support.

  12. sjade1 Mar 22, 2011

    *downloads* I'm glad you're safe! Definitely a fitting theme for Japan's earthquake situation.

  13. mireya2 Mar 22, 2011

    Congratulations. Very kind and human. God bless you. By the way, beautifull wall

  14. MapleRose Retired Moderator Nov 04, 2011

    I love the border and framing, and beautiful vector as always :)

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