Kino no Tabi Wallpaper: Kino: Testing the Waters

Kouhaku Kuroboshi, Kino no Tabi, Kino, Vector Art Wallpaper
Kouhaku Kuroboshi Mangaka Kino no Tabi Series Kino Character Vector Art Source

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

I have decided to create a new term to describe my work: vexture, or a textured vector, which can be used to describe a fair number of my works.
This vexture features Kino from Kino no Tabi. (Stop groaning! I'm obsessed and I admit it!) The image comes from a picture of the Japanese rerelease DVDS; I believe this is disc 5 of 6. The original image was about 200x300 pixels large but I just absolutely love the pose and the disc itself won't be released until until the 16th, and I don't have enough money to buy all the Japanese discs as imports. So I had to make do. Thankfully, vectors resize beautifully.
Since the original has her standing in a pool of water, so does this wallpaper. Clouds and birds were off a variety of stocks from Stock Exchange. I especially like the bird stock, which came from an image named "People of the Sky". Fits so perfectly with the bird imagery that's present in the series itself. Otherwise I distort-filtered up some water and added lots and lots of texture. The idea was to give it an old canvas painted feeling that I've put on a bunch of my other Kino walls.

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  1. MESIAS Feb 04, 2005

    Excelent wall! i like that water-colour effect and the character design. This must go to my favorites!

  2. juanicths Feb 04, 2005


    do u have a tut on doing textured vectors? in the midst of my first vactor.... still not quite used to illustrator... oh well...

    thanks for another kino wall!

  3. crapmonster Feb 04, 2005

    haah ooo nice! it looks like a painting!! hehe another addition to my favs!!!

  4. sammo Retired Moderator Feb 04, 2005

    rofl...vexture, that's a great word to coin XD it fits the style of this wall perfectly, great job :)

  5. evasion Feb 04, 2005

    ooooo, very cool ^_^ I like the various effects you did with the wall :D

  6. bucket-shot Feb 04, 2005

    Ahh~ you even get your own word! XD That's why you have rips <lol> (apart from the fact that there are fools in this world, of course).

    Nice image, indeed. :) She looks cheeky... an almost foreign expression, as far as previous piccies go. XD And very shapely. Ahh~ thanks for sharing it with us. :) Beautiful painted look, too. I love that canvas-texture overlay. *hats off to another fine job*

  7. Rex Feb 04, 2005

    u should trademark that word...lol

    good job on the vector trace, and i got to admit.......i love that pose too :P

  8. Saikusa Retired Moderator Feb 04, 2005

    My God! I love that canvas texture! It's fantastic! Really bright & fresh... with a sneaky, sly, cheeky pose! :D Nice work on your 'vexture' ;)

  9. Sandy Feb 04, 2005

    I love your "vexture"! It's really well done and used here. If I didn't know 98% of your works were vectors I wouldn't have known this one was also one of them. ^^; Good job!

  10. MadWiz Feb 04, 2005

    o.O what you did was really good! the "vexture" is terrific =p
    the colours match greatly and all ^^ a fav from me!~

  11. Angstbunny Feb 04, 2005

    Its so interesting and different. I love the textured style and look forward to seeing more things like this from you.

  12. KorganoS Feb 04, 2005

    vexture.. lol I hereby witness the birth of a new wallpapering art standard XD
    Congrats on making this superb wallpaper, Tama! ;)
    Keep it up!!

  13. jackalx66 Feb 04, 2005

    at last u made it~
    i see the wip on IRC :D
    and i woah~ xD
    new category xD
    nice like always
    thx for ur effort and share it in here

  14. candy-chan Retired Moderator Feb 04, 2005

    oh my nice vexture :D
    kino looks quite different from the usual artwork, she's much more feminine here.
    nyaa I just loooooooove the textures here, I think im going to marry that wallpaper ;_;
    and the colors.. :3 teal is the pwn-ness

  15. StarCentury Feb 04, 2005

    LOL Wow! Vexturing! ^_^' I'll bet that will be the new style for 2005, Tama-san! XD Very, very unique canvas-style wall, I never seen anything quite like it! :D The scan is so cool and the BG is well designed cleverly I might add! The birds are a nice addition, give off some depth on the wall! You should make a patent for this new type of style! i'll support your "Vexturing" 100%! XD

  16. UndyingShadow Feb 04, 2005

    I like this new vexture idea Tama! It looks like a painting! Beautiful colors and great scan! nice job!

  17. calisqo Feb 04, 2005

    interesting wall as usual ^^>
    like the texture ^^.

    good work, thanks for sharin ^^

  18. Mordin Feb 05, 2005

    Nice texture, and it reminds me of those watermark-like painting. The concept and the excutation of it was very good, I want to see what other wall you can do with this style. A darker look might also be good. good job.

  19. SirMackerel Feb 10, 2005

    This new style that you're trying seems to have been a success. The water color effect is dazzling. (btw, I checked out that link, and that new young Kino picture on DVD 2 is just.... O_O)

  20. Xion3 Feb 26, 2005

    Another amazing creation here. I got linked to this page from your other wallpaper, 'Kino: On a Wing and a Prayer'. They are both equally great. I definitely like the colours for this one, and the background composition is great too. No complaints here, as it would go great with my turquoise Windows theme. ^^

  21. Ceridwen May 04, 2005

    Beautiful wallpaper
    I really like the texture's inlaying. Colors are very pleasant
    I find kino's pose great too ^^ (pretty buttocks :p )

  22. Evanrued May 21, 2005

    You know Tama, the texture you did makes it look like the entire wall IS underwater ^^; or at least thats how it looks to me. Excellent vexture XD I really like this one alot. Its up there with all the others I cant decide upon which to place on the desktop x_x . Love it!

  23. Matsukaze Jun 08, 2005

    Great work. Congratulations!!!
    I like this anime and the wallpaper is amazing

  24. Zefie Jul 28, 2005

    this wall looks awesome ^_^ it's like painting ! really like the colours of this wall, they are so calm. kino's pose is nice, there isn't many wallies where you can see character from back. water looks dreamy and flying birds are great details :D wonderful work and thank you for sharing !

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