Fullmetal Alchemist Wallpaper: FMA: Guiding Light

Hiromu Arakawa, BONES, Fullmetal Alchemist, Van Hohenheim Wallpaper
Hiromu Arakawa Mangaka BONES Studio Fullmetal Alchemist Series Van Hohenheim Character

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

While working on Sidetracked, a Full Metal Alchemist wallpaper with Alphonse and Roy sitting on some train tracks, I realized the scan I was using wasn't detailed enough and sent me searching for more pictures of Roy to base his uniform on. As I was searching, I found a nice image from AnimePA which was a sketchy image of Ed, Al and Hohemheim. I realized I hadn't seen many walls with Hohemheim, and certainly didn't remember any wallpapers where Hohemheim was the main focus. (No doubt due to the lack of good pictures...) What a waste! I really liked the sketchiness and style of the image with its bold strokes, so I decided to wall him. (This later ended up in another search for reference pics since part of Hohemheim was covered by Ed.) I wanted to go for a more Art Nouveau style for this image since it reminded me of one of my old Wolf's Rain wallpapers. The stained-glass styled sun image is from Clock of the Sun and Moon with some major alterations (a new center, for example, and a wider border).
The rest of the background was created using texture patterns I scanned off of 9 different pattern sheets set at various blending modes. These are from the same scrapbooking booklets as my Spiral "Melody of Logic" wallpaper. Not a single brush was used in the making of this texture!
A bold image for a bold man. The title comes from the fact that Hohemheim is often referred to as "Hikari no Hohemheim" or "Hohemheim of Light" and the fact that he is a guiding prescence (or absence) in the series.
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  1. Mordin Mar 25, 2005

    Nice detail on the bg, the watch pattern mark on your bg is very detail. It is like a form of oil painting, and I really enjoy your little details such as the shape of the pattern. It is in perfect order with each other, very uniform. Very professional wallie as always. great job Tama. :)

  2. suntiger Mar 25, 2005

    I havent been commenting on much of anything, but for this, I absolutely have to.

    I LOVE this wallpaper. Its a nice change from all those scenery, space, and grunge wallpapers that the net seems to be plagued with now days (and I know I certainly dont help by falling victim to those evil scenery walls).

    You matched the image and the background well, color wise, and texture wise. And the fact that you used a rare character that doesnt get attention definately adds to its appeal (in my opinion).

    Overall, Great Job! I dont think you can score higher on my creativity chart.

    (I think the favorites thing is bugged >.<)

  3. Sycia Mar 25, 2005

    Wow..... this is certainly one of the most original FMA wallpapers around... great work! I can tell how much effort went into this...

  4. meteorcloud Mar 25, 2005

    waah ...nice work tama~!
    the colours are great, textures looks nice
    a nice concept and idea=) as usual ^_^
    keep the works =)

  5. UndyingShadow Mar 25, 2005

    wow Tama, thats an amazing vector work, you never cease to amaze with your vector skills. You also did a sweet job on the design and pattern for the bg. sweet wall!

  6. shinorei Mar 27, 2005

    You are a genius,Tama-chan! ^_^ I have always loved your FMA wallies..they are amazing! This wallpaper is really sketchy and also very cool..^_^ I don't know how to describe it well but really, I <3 this! 9/10 for your cool sketchy wallpaper!

  7. kaidou Mar 29, 2005

    It's lovely, reminds me of your Gankutsuou wall and your Elements series. (any chance of seeing more of those, BTW? ^_^)

  8. Athrun Mar 29, 2005

    Looks like a painting at a church or something. XD Those are very cool... especially the ones from the Minish Cap. ...Course, you prolly have no idea what I'm blabbing about. ^ ^; But anyway... it r0x0rz.

  9. markjo Mar 30, 2005

    Something definitely different from the stuff people submit every day. Even though I'd prefer a slightly less vibrant colour, it's still a favourite for me.

  10. anji Mar 31, 2005

    Great and original!
    I really like kind of artistic style wallpaper, it's like watercolours.
    It's true we didn't see a lot of wall with Hohemheim. I'm glad you make one.
    I like the monochrome colors of yellow.
    Overall the composition is beautiful.
    Add it to fav ^_^

  11. Patty-chan Apr 02, 2005

    I like that one... Administrator of Light, indeed XD

  12. CradleOfDeath Apr 05, 2005

    I like this its really cool its got nice blending... but its got this look to it like its stained glass... i dont know but its really cool!

  13. guardianmars Apr 20, 2005

    This is a VERY good wallpaper of Hohopapa. I think the colors you chose are perfect and the background makes him look sort of like one of those stained glass windows in a church which really fits with the title you chose for this.
    So pretty. *_*

  14. goldstrike99 Apr 22, 2005

    Very nice
    excelent piece of work!

  15. Dflowen Apr 25, 2005

    Hey is that Maes Hughes... No. It's Ed and Al's dad? well the Wallpaper is cool. Has that ancient feeling to it.

  16. neonstegosaurus Jan 28, 2009

    Everything works really well together... Thanks for sharing :)

  17. ArianaCh Feb 20, 2010

    its pretty nice! ??? ------------------------------------------

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  18. Warya May 11, 2010

    I like this wallpaper
    thanks for sharing

  19. only002 Aug 01, 2010

    It's pretty good for a second attempt. And yes, I agree, there aren't enough wallpapers of Envy T-T. And he's my favourite character...

  20. flyindreams Aug 27, 2010

    I just finished watching FMA: Brotherhood *-* and had to dig this wall up so I can add some FMA goodness to my desktop. I totally agree that Hohenheim is shamefully underwalled as I indulge in some serious FMA scans digging... and even though I'm centering this wall for widescreen use, it still looks pretty hawt ;D

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