Nardack Wallpaper: The Color of Magic

Nardack, Contest Entry, Minitokyo Wallpaper
Nardack Mangaka Contest Entry Source Minitokyo Source

1920x1080 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

This was my entry for the 1st round of MT Knockout 2014. It was supposed to be a retro wall so no vectoring was allowed. We could only paint, use brushes, textures, etc. I wanted to do something like the old school walls where the waller would take an image of a pretty girl, paste a pair of angel/demon/fairy wings behind her back, and add some light, sparkles or stars around her to create a feel of magic.

I chose this scan because I really loved the girl. I cropped and cleaned her. The cleaning itself took very long since I also decided to erase the globe and the chain, and had to redraw the missing parts of her dress. When I was done with the cleaning, I simply searched for a scan with an angel whose wings would suit the girl. I decided for this one. Again, I cropped the wings and repainted the outline. I also cropped the feathers from this scan and placed them in the girl's hands to make it look like she's created them with magic. I added a magical seal from the set of Arcane Circles Brushes by Obsidian Dawn.

Purple is my favorite color and I've always associated it with magic. I always imagined spells and potions to be either green or purple. For this wall, I chose purple and borrowed the background color palette from this image. At first, I wanted to repaint it but then I just painted over it and blurred it with a lot of filters to get a purple and blue gradient. I used pretty much all of the beautiful Cloud brushes by JavierZhX, which I had downloaded long ago but they are rather small so I just smudged and blurred them. The clouds are supposed to be in the distance anyway so I thought that's okay. I changed the color of the girl's dress to match it with the background.

Lastly, as I didn't want to have such an empty space in the BG, I cropped and reconstructed the castle from this scan. I pasted it among the cloud brushes to get a dreamy enchanted castle floating in the sky. The castle is blue and fits the color palette perfectly, and could be a home of the angel or some god whom she serves.

So to sum it up, I wanted to make a magical wall featuring a pretty angel, so I tried to choose elements that would support the idea and tried my best to bring them all together somehow. Hope you'll like this. Favs and comments are always appreciated.

Reblog here on tumblr. Don't repost. Thanks.
I mean don't repost on tumblr. I'm almost 100% sure someone will repost this on Zerochan or similar websites. It'll be a miracle if that doesn't happen.

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  1. DragonBlood Sep 15, 2014

    This looks so cute! Love the purple! you did good my friend! :D

  2. myri-chan Sep 16, 2014

    Wonderful ! i love it ! very good job Elisa :) nice choice of color

  3. BurnedToast Sep 16, 2014

    I was kinda close -3-
    anyways, awesome wall Elisa and nice colors

  4. Angi Retired Moderator Sep 16, 2014

    I like lolita, purple, wings, clouds, moon... waah I loved this entry xD

  5. Huesin Moderator Sep 18, 2014

    wow that's a cute angel, and that feather looks like the most powerful feather o.o
    Nice wallie Elisa-chan

  6. Valuna Retired Moderator Sep 21, 2014

    Wahahaha...Nardack deserves some more loving. Great choice of scan and you even edited it quite a lot at that. I don't see anything wrong with the execution itself. Very classy aswell. Clouds are very standard to use (you don't see bad clouds often!). So there isn't anything special from that. The castle is really nice...maybe you should have pulled some sky city structure a bit more throughout the scene. I do think if you turned it to a 45° angle, it would be much more dynamic and interesting to see. Otherwise, good job ^^

  7. Alpha1 Nov 22, 2014

    Nice colors and really like the transparent wings, really good ; ).

  8. jakuro Apr 11, 2016

    Vectoring that dress must have been a blast, I'm jealous <3<3 Gorgeous.

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