Fullmetal Alchemist Wallpaper: FMA: Grant me Peace of Mind

Hiromu Arakawa, BONES, Fullmetal Alchemist, Alphonse Elric, Edward Elric Wallpaper
Hiromu Arakawa Mangaka BONES Studio Fullmetal Alchemist Series Alphonse Elric Character Edward Elric Character

1600x1200 Wallpaper

Artist Comment

A remake of On Wings of Hope which I feel is the best wallpaper I've made. Even so, there are lots of issues with it that keep glaring at me every time I look at it. For example, the vector isn't properly cut out around Alphonse's cloth, his eyes are too dark, and the Flamel cross is distorted. The color on the character was too blue (I overcompensated the hue/saturation settings.) The featheres were too dark. The bird reflection should have matched the bird shape overhead. The characters are too large and overdominate the wallpaper. The water was too flat. I basically addressed all those problems in this release. (I think I scared Shadow_dude when I was ripping apart my own wallpaper in IRC last night. I am probably my own worst critic, which is why harsh critiques don't generally faze me - I've done worst to myself.)
First, I added in a rocky texture for the two to be standing on; otherwise they're just floating in air. The rocks came from Image*After which is a stock photo resource that w00tazn showed me (thanks muchly!) because StockExchange is down. I redid the clouds from new stocks and redid the water coloration. Reworked the birds, moved them around and have them properly reflected. Feathers have been brightened. More ripples in the water, although I couldn't distort the water surface too much, because then it just looks abstract instead of reflecting. The characters are smaller now, to give a better sense of isolation.
Since I pretty much started from scratch for this wallpaper, even reworking parts of the trace, I decided to give it a new name, which I think more properly reflects the tone of the image: Grant Me Peace of Mind. White birds - doves - have traditionally represented peace, and the two are reaching out to them - but will they ever be able to grasp peace, or will its feathers continue to slip out of their fingers?
Co-release with Biri's Ed wallpaper because we're gonna flood you with FMA! Plus, it's all part of our Bishounen invasion! XD

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  1. biriwilg Retired Moderator Mar 30, 2005

    Behold the bishie invasion! XD Beautiful job Tama, I love the original but this is even more spectacular. The clouds seem to stand out a little bit to me, but not too much. ^^ I love how the birds look, and overall everything is simply perfect. ^_^

  2. kingmakoto718 Mar 30, 2005

    very sharp and nice. i like it very much. u used very good colors. nice job.

  3. wuschel Mar 30, 2005

    Bishounen invasion is great. I hope there will be a lot more hot guys :3 . I know that u want some critic but hell its impossible to critic something that is just perfect like this. But i try, overall the vector of those two is nice and clean ur vector skillz are amazing as always. U choosed the colors and texture of the clouds/water really good it fits with the mood. The only things that bother me are those giant wings from birdies on the bottom of the wall right and left o.O what the hell is that tama? wings from a giant baby bird, scary? XD Yeah well thats the only thing i could find XD that i dont like about the wall but even with that its just feckin perfect. u did a great job *_*

  4. bromithia Retired Moderator Mar 30, 2005

    I love this wallpaper Tama... the texture, the vector, and just about everything else. The birds look perfect with the backround, same with the feathers. It has a heaven feel to it, which I think is great. The reflection is really nice, the ripples look good as well. Overall this is one of my favorites from your work. Keep up the good work!

  5. ded113 Mar 30, 2005

    This was my favorite wall from you. But this... Usually Im not too eager with remakes but you puled it off well and elegantly. This version is much better such a etheral feeling. And I like the title better than the last one. This one deserves a fave!!

  6. moonstaru Mar 30, 2005

    Great wallpaper!!!!!!
    The bg looks nice!!!!!
    I like the clouds and birds!!!!
    Nice job!!!!!+FAV!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!!!

  7. Mordin Mar 30, 2005

    nice texture and bg, the color scheme is very soft, just right for the mood of the wallie. It really show off the bond of the brothers, and I really like the way you do animals especially birds in your some of your wallies, they look alive and very detail. great job Tama, and I am eagerly awaiting for that FMA wallie with the train tracks bg you show last time on IRC. :)

  8. bleachichigo Mar 30, 2005

    edo aru~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    so nice
    such a beautiful wall
    i love u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    definitly gos 2 my fvrt!

  9. LunarRockStar Mar 30, 2005

    beautiful looking wallpaper. I like the colorful blue background you made. looks really cool. =^^= outstanding work. ;)

  10. Susan-chan Mar 30, 2005

    i really like that they are standing in water and how they look up to the sky, which can be seen in the water^^ the birds and feathers look also very nice^^ ( i hope u undersatnd me:D because my english is not too good:D)

  11. UndyingShadow Mar 30, 2005

    this wall is still amazing, and the few touches you add it made it even more amazing. this truly is your greatest wall.

  12. Yina Mar 30, 2005

    wow.. this is a great one O.O I just love everything, the birds the sky and the composition of the two persons.. really excellent job +fav^^

  13. shyxsakura Retired Moderator Mar 30, 2005

    birds rock~<3
    ^-^ plusplus saki wubs the water part .. *-* it looks soo nice and pwetty ..
    <3 it ..

  14. darkwaterbunny Mar 31, 2005

    The colors, *dies from in take*
    So beautiful, and I like this one better, more air-like...
    Love it!

  15. Rex Mar 31, 2005

    Al's eyes r fixed *_*

  16. ayanechan Mar 31, 2005

    how could this get any better o.o you always manage to outdo yourself tama ^________^ great improvents on the wallie *though i thought that the 1st one was already perfect :P*

  17. chibikko Mar 31, 2005

    i agree, this is your best wallpaper so far. i like the reflection very much. i also liked the old version but this one is indeed prettier. i hope you hurry up and make a 1280x1024 resolution for me xD add it to my favorites. visiting the other bishie as well, of course.

  18. euna Retired Moderator Apr 01, 2005

    Tama, you take little things too seriously!
    I doubt anyone picked up those very very small details b4 ^___^
    But, I must say the wall looks stunning as ever before...
    Just awesome! A must fav.

  19. chibi-kyo Apr 01, 2005

    Woah, nice one O_o
    And there are even reflections from the clouds, yay~

  20. markjo Apr 01, 2005

    Better than the previous one - somehow this seems to be much lighter, maybe because of all the birds? As usually, two thumbs up.

  21. heavens-Dragon Apr 01, 2005

    Wowies, always love your vectoring! Awesome work! Your original was really great already but this one looks even better! I love the reflecting waters and the clouds! Very nicely done! Great work! Keep up it!

  22. bluSake Retired Moderator Apr 01, 2005

    LOVE it. Best FMA wallpaper I've seen. Fave thing about it: can easily crop it to fit my widescreen...without losing the atmosphere.

  23. kiri-chan Apr 01, 2005

    I'm looking forward to the bishounen invasion :)
    Beautiful blue sky; I love the texture in it. The vector looks great.

  24. kiri-chan Apr 01, 2005

    I'm looking forward to the bishounen invasion :)
    Beautiful blue sky; I love the texture in it. The vector looks great.

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