Karneval Wallpaper: Outside [Looking In]

Touya Mikanagi, Karneval, Gareki Wallpaper
Touya Mikanagi Mangaka Karneval Series Gareki Character

1920x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

...I swear, this is the last wall for a while. >__>

I've been so productive this month I feel like a wallpaper spammer, lol but this was practically finished and then Winter Wonderland and collab with Trofi came so it was pushed into the background. Yesterday, I finally finished it and got rid of another WIP in my folder.

I wanted to make something simple and minimalistic for a change, I needed a break from all the scenic, detailed stuff I've been making lately. This scan has been on my wishlist for a while now because I love Karneval and Gareki is one of my favorite characters in the series; also, his pose and overall mood of the scan was what drew me to it the most.

The title (and text in the wall) probably comes from a song (or a few songs) since I've heard it somewhere but I didn't bother looking them up because I didn't use songs for the text but something that came to me naturally when I looked at the scan. I also changed the position of Gareki's eye - in the original, he was looking at you but I changed it so he's staring out the window now. I didn't want to use the stairs so I added a cushion for his foot and one of those sheep beings from another scan.

Basically, this describes me and how I feel many times - I feel like I'm here, in this world, but at the same time, so alienated from everything else - it's like I'm here, but always on the outside, looking out the window and into some other, better world where there are no wars, hunger, hatred, sadness and all the bad things that surround us nowadays and I keep staring out/in and wishing I could be there and out of this world. So yeah, this is something of a personal piece. :3

That's it; hope you like it and feedback is, as always, welcome.

Original scan (Gareki): Here.
Original scan (sheep): Here.

Brushes/textures/patterns used (c) Starwalt and KeReN-R from dA.



Also uploaded a textless version. More resolutions and textless versions at Prismatic Realm.


chamber-of-kings dark-wallies celestial-luminesse simple-ism

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  1. SamB Feb 04, 2012

    I really love your work, the graphic composition is great! Added on my favs!

  2. Painter Feb 04, 2012

    Very interesting and unusual composiyion :)
    Real Outsider :O

  3. trofikabinet Feb 04, 2012

    I saw this on PR and I loved it there already <3
    I really like how minimalistic the wall is, it really gives a feeling of solitude.
    Again, you did a great job with it.

  4. MisaSasekage Moderator Feb 04, 2012

    The wall is simple, but simple is sometimes the better way to go, as is the case here.^^ The wall looks nice and since there's not too much going on it's doesn't take away from the character and gives off a feeling of solitude that you were going for with the use of the song lyrics; which is also a nice touch to the wall. Gareki is vectored well, his hair looks nice. I also like the addition of the flower petals, they are another very nice touch. And the sky outside the window gives the wall some nice color and brightness. Really great work yet again Lena-chan <3

  5. fireflywishes Retired Moderator Feb 04, 2012

    Love Karneval artwork (but couldn't get into the story for whatever reason). Love the simplistic nature of it. ^_^

  6. Tina18 Feb 04, 2012

    Gareki! WOMAN ilu!
    I love minimalism. Also, those lyrics are in one of my favorite songs from The Butterfly Effect - 7Days.

    So there's like 3 of my most loved things composing this wall. /OverflowingwithJoy

    p.s. you still got to work on the text thou, /pats. like the placement is good but not the best font, and I think only 2 colours would've sufficed.

  7. srsn Feb 05, 2012

    I was waiting for this wallpaper ever since you showed the scan to me.
    I like the minimalistic feel in this wallpaper - doesn't clutter with my icons seeing that I already have 3-4 columns of icons in my desktop.

    [quite=alenas]...I swear, this is the last wall for a while. >__>

    I've been so productive this month I feel like a wallpaper spammer

    I doubt it'll be your last wall for a while. I was actually gonna say that you're like a wall spammer hahaha

  8. Nysha Feb 05, 2012

    Lulz you liar, saying you're only going to make collabs from now on. >D Muahaha what do we have here...again!

    I really like the more minimal approach here and the yummy textures/pattern on the walls. :3 I think overall it's well done, I only wish the clouds had another layer of gray for shadows to give them some more depth, like in the scan. :)

  9. NarinaInoe Feb 05, 2012

    Love the minimalistic of this wallpaper Great Job !

  10. rosu Feb 05, 2012

    Yes, the simpleness is great for this wall. +

  11. DragonBlood Feb 05, 2012

    It's very simple but cool! It's very well done! Great work!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Tanis-Rune Feb 05, 2012

    This minimal style let the beauty of the subject shine. Love it ! Thanks for sharing

  13. Aiira Feb 05, 2012

    A simple wall, but it catches anyone's attention.
    Two Words
    Simple & Amazing <3

  14. lisz Feb 07, 2012

    Haha, I've wanted to see this scan walled for the longest time XD
    And I wanted to wall a window too.
    So you have fulfilled both 8d

    Love the softness and glowy-ness, but I feel like the pitch black background kinda detracts from it. Like Nysha said, maybe use some grays or a light red brown? I would have preferred a lighter atmosphere, less dark and more melancholic/wistful?, but that's just me, and this works perfectly with what you are trying to convey.

    Nice job with the sky (my favorite~) and the little edits. And I want the stuffed sheep.

  15. MikuMasterX Feb 07, 2012

    What the heck? Another wallpaper? ?__?
    Great as usual. Nice to see something simplistic. Good work!

  16. jns Feb 09, 2012

    I really like grunge feel and the contrast between light/dark
    Plus 1 for Karneval, beautiful art even though I still keep saying to myself I'll read it sometime soon
    Any chance of a textless version?

  17. alterlier Feb 26, 2012

    I wish the text, all of it, could be a lot, lot, smaller, it kinda draws the attention towards... other than that, it's a damn sexy wall.

  18. Fran Retired Moderator Mar 08, 2012

    Ah, alien-ale ;__;
    I feel like crap but idk, I think this needs to be polished, it's like midground between simplism and scenic lol. And yeah, like everybody said, the text needs either to be gone or smaller, like alterlier said. The textless one is pretty superior.
    The lighting might need to be brighter, and even add some small particles of dust.
    I also think the petals look a bit flat.
    But aside that, painting is perfect as usual /forever jealous.

  19. NikkiG24 Oct 19, 2012

    rlly great! :D luv it! ^^

  20. Monu-chan Retired Moderator Aug 26, 2014

    Well....what to say...
    Ummmm... I LOVE IT! and that's the reason i used this wallpaper for my userpage header!
    SUGOI work! especially those Sakura petals!

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