Rurouni Kenshin Wallpaper: Moonlight

Nobuhiro Watsuki, Studio Gallop, Studio DEEN, Rurouni Kenshin, Aoshi Shinomori Wallpaper
Nobuhiro Watsuki Mangaka Studio Gallop Studio Studio DEEN Studio Rurouni Kenshin Series,OVA Aoshi Shinomori Character

2560x1440 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

Full description in my dA journal. There’s a background-only version here and you can see my original manga reference here.

Let me come straight out and say that I’m not very happy with this wallpaper. The whole process was riddled with mistakes, right from start to end. I also felt that this wallpaper is like a rehash of A Path of My Own Choice, but without introducing anything new or groundbreaking or stuff like that. I’m not too sure if submitting such a wallpaper to MT was the right thing to do…but I don’t know, eventually I just did…should I have refrained from doing so?

I started this wall with only one plan – to have a Shinomori Aoshi wallpaper. Heck I didn’t even know what to title it, hence the cheesy title.
As I stated in my dA journal, since my previous extremely red wallpaper was called “Hidden Red”, maybe I should have called this “Hidden Blue”. ….LAME...

Anyway, I thought that I would create a “clouds surrounding the moon”-esque wallpaper. Delusions of grandeur, come to think about it. I couldn’t do the clouds right and I deleted them over and over and over again, because they kept looking like floating pieces of 鼻塞. I explained what those Mandarin words mean in my journal, but just for fun, go ahead and Google them, and you’ll see what I mean =P

I finally settled by referencing the Kingdom Hearts Re:CoM promotional wallpaper. There are some pointy parts at which I tried to correct, ‘specially those 3 prongs near to Aoshi, which look like they’re gonna impale him, but in the end, all attempts failed, so here it is.

The grass was probably the least problematic. As opposed to my previous wallpaper, I used a fully smudging technique (see MissNysha’s tutorial). I still had a “cheapskate” layer where I forcibly covered some ugly parts but otherwise, I got the grass right on my second attempt.

Finally, Aoshi. I couldn’t paint him right either, for some strange reason. All this while I kept pulling out my Demon Leader wallpaper and wondering how the heck I managed to paint the clouds and Aion to such a high standard, and now I’m struggling like a Magikarp using Splash. I worked very hard, in post processing, to enhance the lights and the shadows because the original paint job came out looking very flat.

Sky + Clouds: 42
Grass: 13
Aoshi: 151 (10 layers of “post-processing”)
Misc: 8

Yep. And credits:
DanLuVisiArt’s brushes
LadyVictoire’s star brushes
BL1nX’s star brushes

I mostly used the Photoshop default soft round brush with pen pressure, as well as a default Photoshop 100px speckle brush. The good thing about this wall was that I learnt how to use the speckle brush to smudge and to blend. The bad thing is…everything else…>.<

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  1. YukariSendou Nov 20, 2013

    This is really Great Wallpaper!
    Thanks for share ^^

  2. Horseradish Nov 20, 2013

    **shameless copying from deviantArt:**

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. SO GO-OOOOOOOOOD~ http://cdn.crushable.com/files/2012/11/charlotte-la-bouff.gif DAT CLOUDS AND DAT STARFIELD. UGH. and the perspective's really, really, really, really nice too!

  3. DepressedYoukai Nov 21, 2013

    Aoshi is one of my favorite characters. This is a great wallpaper. Everything is very nicely done. Forgive the shortness of my comment, but all I have to say is 'Wow!' :3

  4. Alenas Retired Moderator Nov 21, 2013

    Ooh, I'm loving those clouds and the lighting is so gorgeous~ I wish the grass looked less...uniform and stiff but it still looks awesome. Great work, nice to see something from you again! :)

  5. shadowwhuntress Nov 24, 2013

    Wow! It's a Rurouni Kenshin wallie! I really missed this series...
    Anyway, I really love the night color scheme of this wallpaper. The moon, clouds and the stars complement one another well. I also like how you placed Aoshi in here, it's just right.
    The view and angle are really nice.


  6. kyoru-chan Nov 25, 2013

    I like rurouni kenshin a lot . . . and this wallpaper is so cooool ! ! ! but i hink it's better when Aoshi is facing front while looking down :3 . . . but anyway its beautiful <3 . . .

  7. Cirru Dec 02, 2013

    A beautiful depiction of Aoshi Shinomori in this wallpaper. One of my favorite characters from Rurouni Kenshin. He really feels like a lone wolf in this artful scene.

  8. chaba Dec 02, 2013

    OMG I love the sky so much !
    looks so beautiful >____<

  9. ShanaFlare Dec 28, 2013

    Love the dark mysterious environment :D

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