Akira Mikazuki Wallpaper: Lost In Winter Wonderland

Akira Mikazuki, Kanon, Makoto Sawatari, Piro, Contest Winner Wallpaper
Akira Mikazuki Mangaka Kanon Series,Visual Novel Makoto Sawatari Character Piro Character Contest Winner Source

1920x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

Gah, I managed to finish this on time....well, hopefully. X__x

This is my entry for the MTM WINTRY WONDERLAND 2011-2012 contest and I'm so glad it's finally done. I wanted to give up two days ago because I've been busy with some things in real life and haven't touched this wall AT ALL but I pushed myself forward and now it's finally done.

I wanted to add the snowman somewhere in the picture but I don't really have much time for it so I guess/hope the scarf is enough. The background was made from scratch and I nearly died working on it. I've never really tried painting mountains (unless you count those retarded-looking hills I did a few times) so this was quite a challenge. I tried looking at some photos and images and they still don't really look much like snowy mountains I had in mind, but meh, I'll practice some more. The cottage and pine trees were fun to make, as well as the girl but that snow also nearly made me pull my hair out. In the end, I added some subtle textures/brushes, played with gradients and stuff and that was that.

I'm sorry I didn't have more time/motivation to polish this better - the lighting could've been refined some more and the shadows suck but this will have to do for now. ._.
The title is also very original, I know. >_>;

Brushes used here made by KeReN-R and Adonihs on dA.
Original scan: HERE.

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  1. SnickerdoodleNinja Retired Moderator Jan 31, 2012

    Wow, love the painting on the girl, the sky, and the mountains! The slight blurriness of the trees makes it a little hard for my eyes to focus comfortably, but that could be something with my eyes more than anything else, so who knows. Anyways, lovely work!

  2. MisaSasekage Moderator Jan 31, 2012

    Ahh, another nice wallpaper from you Lena-chan <3 The background is very nice, I like the snow. The girl is pretty; her hair and eyes look nice, her eyes are also very clear. I love the coat and scarf she's wearing! Even the belt looks awesome! (I wish I had her outfit; no seriously I want her entire outfit, it's just awesome XD) The flower on her hat is cute and a very nice touch. Also I LOVE all the purple in her entire outfit; it's my favorite color <3 Even the feather, the soft looking inside and the ends of her scarf on the right side look good here and they are just more cute added touches you did to her outfit overall that make me love it even more. And also the kitten she's holding is cute, it's fur looks soft. <3 If you could push her down just a little bit so her hair isn't touching the top of the wall that would be great, but it's a very minor issue. Beautiful work! <3

  3. espada001 Jan 31, 2012

    Did you do it on purpose, I mean to wait to the last moment and submit your art? Cool, it's like when the hero shows up in the last moment(sorry in this case heroine ).
    All that aside it seems that you have some time to spare i mean amazing wall in this short amount of time.
    About the wall, the character is well done and the bg is a great but i think there is too much awesome(got you there didn't I)
    no i kid i really like the wall gongrats and i hope you win

  4. srsn Feb 01, 2012

    WTH!? Another wall from you!? RL occupied me big time >.>"
    Lineartless hair again *____* Nice! I like the coat of the girl as well as the Kitty and the featherish thing at the scarf. Also the trees!

    Even though the BG is minimal, it still gives off a calm and cool feeling.
    Good Luck in the contest!

    I'm actually late for Winter Wonderland... oh well hahahaha

  5. Nysha Feb 01, 2012

    Wat you finished so fast! Mmmm yummy golden and purple glowy colors. :3 Very nice and soft and subtle. Still wished you could have made the kitten cuter though. D: Hahaha. Also this is minor, but her hat touches the top of the wall very tangent-like - you can nudge her down a tad to fix this. :)

  6. EevaLeena Feb 01, 2012

    It's beautiful! I love the light reflection on her side, and the background just.. WOW me! It's perfect >__<

  7. pandemonium91 Retired Moderator Feb 01, 2012

    Snow + cats = WIN in my book.
    I like the lighting a lot, it looks very soft and warm; makes me wonder what more you could've done to it by polishing it XD And the fact that you made the background from scratch is...wow. Though the cabin looks kind of...boxy? Don't know how to describe it better. Maybe some smaller wood panels would've looked more realistic but I feel your pain about pushing yourself to finish ;_;
    Either way, beautiful work!

  8. minamiyukihimenonaka Feb 01, 2012

    Simple but clean! And WTF..background from the scratch...!? Doing these mountain, pines, clouds, warm sunlight from scratch must be crazy..but in the end you're finished doing these stuff, polishing isn't longer needed.


  9. flyindreams Feb 01, 2012

    Ditto everyone else's nice comments... I love the lighting/glow in your walls... must attempt one of these days :D

  10. MikuMasterX Feb 01, 2012

    Lolololol... in your last wall you said "Ill only be submitting collabs from now on"... then the next week you release another wall. XD

    Nah its awesome. Love the lighting on it. Seems really peaceful!

    I spy a Kitty there too! <3

  11. Fran Retired Moderator Feb 02, 2012

    It doesn't have a snowman ;___; but the kitty makes it up for that xD

  12. Kitaan Retired Moderator Feb 02, 2012

    I was looking for a nice winter wall for my desktop this year, came a little late but it's here! XD
    I love the character, and yes the kitty is just perfect for the scene! The snow looks very warm
    and reminds me of a great time in my childhood where winter was actually winter and snow covered
    the yucky streets of my hometown. The vectoring is flawless and the sunlight on her is just the perfect
    touch it needed - I would love for it to be more intense but other than that it's just gorgeous.

  13. Princess-Sophitia Feb 02, 2012

    It's got a kitty in it! <3

    I love it ^_^

  14. DragonBlood Feb 03, 2012

    Lovely work! It gives a warm feeling and it's awesome. I love the background! Thanks for sharing!

  15. trofikabinet Feb 04, 2012

    Gah, I thought I've commented on this one *facepalm*
    You're already done with it and I've gotta say it looks awesome.
    I'm so in love with the lightning, it really gives a warm feeling. The cabin could have more details because it looks weird compared to the rest of the wall but it's just a minor thing.
    I'm using it as my desktop now <3

  16. Animezealot5140 Restricted Member Feb 05, 2012

    kawaii neko~ Love this wall with the lighting. It looks warm and simple. X-D
    Thank you for the hard work. +fav.

  17. Gablogarb Feb 05, 2012

    this is a beautiful wall >< really magical! it's wonderful! ^^ thanks and congratulations!

  18. darkkrisna Feb 07, 2012

    really has a 'lost' feeling in the scenery ,beautifull is best way to describe rest of them from the girl and the snow really fit ecah other make wintry became more powerfull with the tree

  19. Tannhauser Feb 21, 2012

    absolutely beautiful, simple and clean
    nice work

  20. Mt-Maigetsu Administrator Mar 26, 2012

    Even though it's a winter scene, somehow Mai-chan doesn't feel cold at all when looking at your wallie, alenas! The lighting just makes the snow seem so warm and inviting!

    She imagines herself inside the cabin with a hot cup of cocoa, while playing with that supa kawaii kitten! XD

    Omedetou on your second place win in Wintry Wonderland II! <3 <3 <3

  21. Cirru Sep 27, 2013

    Such a beautiful scene with the snow covered pine trees, mountains, and hills. Cute baby cat, too.

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