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Wand of Fortune Wallpaper: Chained, Heart and Soul

Kagerou Usuba, Idea Factory, Wand of Fortune, Est Rinaudo, Vector Art Wallpaper
Kagerou Usuba Mangaka Idea Factory Studio Wand of Fortune Visual Novel Est Rinaudo Character Vector Art Source

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

Title: Chained, Heart and Soul
Series: Wand of Fortune [Visual Novel]
Character: Est Rinaudo
Layers: 931
Vector:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/kagomehigurashi/wallpapers/20VECTOREst.png

After only see the images for this visual novel I’m crying inside because I can’t play it (don’t know Japanese). I think I’ma start trying to memorize characters so I can at least read… but it’ll still take awhile. *SIGH~* Maybe I’ll get lucky and translators will realize how awesome and much needed translation this VN needs =DDD (hey, a girl can dream! Haha)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/kagomehigurashi/Proboards/VECTORest.gif

So let’s break this wallpaper doooooown~! From Head to toes ;D
1. Hair – I didn’t really do much to this besides gradient overlay. Otherwise the hair is basically the same (with maaaybe a slight color different cuz colors tend to change when vectoring haha)

2. Face – so at this point I realized that the whole wallpaper had a blue tent from (what I assume) is moonlight coming through the window and shinning down on Est. I considered doing “normal” colors and adding a tent afterwards… but decided to just vector color for color and see how it turns out. So even though his skin color is PURPLE it looks alrighty once ya add the shine xD The red marks were actually pretty fun cuz they all have sharp points and turns which makes them easy to vector. Changing the color as the light changes was fun too and made it look even better! ^-^ Yay~!

3. Eyes – I always have fun with these, but Est’s were very… plain (technically, just two solid colors). I understand the effect his eyes are supposed to be (lifeless, not hopeful, given up, semi-dead) so I tried to add a bit of “spice” while keeping with the theme (wouldn’t do to have his eyes look all HAPPY when he’s stuck in CHAINS). Ended up just adding more colors for the color transition… but it made a world of difference! =D

4. Clothes – simple and to the point, I just vectored as I saw. Color might’ve been fixed a bit but basically kept to the original… The letters for his name were a bit of a pain on the “t” to make it look like a “t” but small and following the font style of the other two… annoying! XDDD I did notice the… seemliness near the name, but I’m going to leave them out just because they looked a bit out of place with the rest of the clothes not having any.

5. Arms/Legs – again, stayed with the same color scheme as the face/neck and the same red/shades of red. For the reds, I basically did all the reds then started duplicating layers, adding vector nodes and deleting others so that only the shadow area (if on a shine part) was still vectored and changed the color to shade. Stuff like that made the number of layers I have shoot up (I still stuck with keeping number of layers down… hahahah)

6. Chain – seriously… the chain… uuuuugh! It actually came out really good, but it was time consuming and annoying just cuz I literally did the chains line by line… meaning I have a different vector layer for EACH line of the chains x___X how crazy is that? (toldja I have bad layer management ahah).

7. Dark Shadow – the one ya see around the arms, legs, and chain. Just made it pretty dark and a multiply layer so it is semitransparent, but so dark it might be hard to tell… I dun mind though haha

8. The Background… - yes, this is where I spent majority of my time… the actual vector of Est I finished on 2/5/12 at 4:30am. But, as you can see, it took me a bit more time on the background. (In the BG’s defense, exams and stuff also got in the way pretty badly). Started with some basic lines around circles and the cool pattern in between them and stuff. Did the inner most designs of the circles on the left and went on to finding a font that’d work for those smaller lines that aren’t even readable in the original image. Found a font (credit at bottom) and went right into applying it to those smaller areas which saved me probably a few hours vectoring letters and symbols I couldn’t see… lmao. Then worked on the fire circle’s extra details (top left) before attempting the wind circle (bottom left) and finally just jumping around. *SIGH* basically just a lot of time and work. SOOO WORTH IT, but doesn’t discount the effort and dedication I put into this. Order basically went fire > wind > water > earth for getting done xD Then came the outer most ring with its characters as well. Followed by making the lines/cracks in the floor (with those random darker spots where the floor is chipped or something). Using PSP8 I added texture to the floor and then made the layer transparent so it wasn’t so…striking o__O;; That baaaasically completed the rough version of the wallpaper. Now time to get serious and blend! Haha

9. Blending Everything – this wasn’t hard and only took about two hours to do, actually. That surprised me, but it turned out for the best. Though I worry I might’ve overdone it… I think it looks much better. My favorite part of the blending is actually the shine on his face and how it both softens his face and makes it look like it’s light (as it should be) glowing on his face =D Basically I blended everything except lines and his eyes… I’m was unsure how I wanted to do the eyes, but I decided to leave them raw especially since you can’t even really tell they’re just layer on layer. I moved the texture up so that it was on top of all the runes (I realized if I made the runes transparent, the overlap parts would standout). Oh I also just adore how the chain turned out once it was blended. Honestly, besides the face, I think it’s the best blend ^-^

10. Last Touches – So for the finishing touches, I clarified and then highlight/shadow enhanced the wallpaper in PSP8. The turnout was rather nice if I do say so myself ^__^ hehe

Credits:
Original Scan UPDATED
(Note: I just realized that a newer, larger version of the scan I used had been posted and that was the one I had originally linked. It wasn't, however, the image I'd used. The new link takes you to the image I did use. Sorry)
AA-Hansika. Font – dafont.com
Photoshop CS3
Paintshop Pro 8[/b]

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Comments

  1. back07 Feb 09, 2012

    wow...
    great wallpaper...
    :D

    first i look on it and think that was Jellal from Fairy Tail but i was wrong after i read the tag..
    hahaha..
    :D

  2. srsn Feb 09, 2012

    Quote by riho88rihoAfter only see the images for this visual novel I’m crying inside because I can’t play it (don’t know Japanese). I think I’ma start trying to memorize characters so I can at least read… but it’ll still take awhile. *SIGH~* Maybe I’ll get lucky and translators will realize how awesome and much needed translation this VN needs =DDD (hey, a girl can dream! Haha)

    LOL I'm playing Japanese Visual Novel and hopefully Wand of Fortune will be next coz I'm finishing 2 Jap VNs at the moment. I agree we need more Jap translators for otome games coz most translated visual novels are eroge games >.>" But don't fret, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan in English will be out this February 14th

    Ok Comment on to the wallpaper.
    First of all nice proper description. I mean it's broken down into the last detailed information. xD
    The vectoring is very simple - base, shadows and highlights. Well I'm not a fan of those types as I always want to find variations even if it just composed of 3 sets of coloring like some shadows should be darker in some parts. I'm not saying that it is not good, Actually I find it an improvement as compared to your previous walls.

    The eyes kinda bugged me, because it kinda lacks detail. I mean when I saw the original scan - yes, it's simple but there are some eyelashes parts when in your wall you just made it in one big curve when there should be like 2, and also there are some white shines in it too. Sorry for nagging so much about the eyes, because I learned that eyes are one of the most important aspect of a wallpaper since they give life to the character andI always end up spending 2-3 days finishing it when walling.

    Overall this is a improvement compared to your other wallpapers. Keep it up!

  3. ScatteredMemory Feb 10, 2012

    He looks like a lil doll in this pic. Good stuff

  4. skynight Feb 11, 2012

    GOOD! Work I know now I can't do that.

  5. Seele21 Feb 13, 2012

    I love the atmosphere you gave to this wallpaper :D it's soft and bright at the same time! great job! keep it up! ;)

  6. angelxxuan Feb 13, 2012

    I just can't decide which I like more, the wallpaper or the vector. the crispness of them both are outstanding. chains are rather hard to draw but I find you did a flawless job on them both (vector, wallpaper) I seriously like the detail to this piece, the hopeless plea for help is what sucked me in to comment on it. nicely done

  7. xxGirl Feb 25, 2012

    i really love this wall it's an amazing job

  8. B-BRabbit Mar 18, 2012

    Hes so cute and innocent looking I want to justhug him and take him home

  9. Jana89 Jan 03, 2014

    This should be one of the top ten wallies on this site!

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