Sunday, June 29, 2008

I'd Know You Anywhere

Here's my latest and greatest Maria-Sama ga Miteru wallpaper ;) They are completely vector (except for the blur in the blue sky I had to do in Photoshop), done in Illustrator CS1, based on a promotional image for one of the Marimite OVAs (the 3rd one). The sky was originally for an ARIA wallpaper I was working on but decided was fail and the fun patterns/brushes in the orange one are from This took me about 5 hours - 2 for Sachiko & the panda, two for the backgrounds, and another for resizing them all (so much easier in PS but to preserve the colors I have to resize them manually in Illustrator).

(you can so tell I am making these on a Mac due to my designing to the left. Sorry Windows fans...)

Sky version:
Wide: 1920x12001680x10501440x8001280x800
Standard: 1600x12001280x9601152x8641024x768

Vector version:
Wide: 1920x12001680x10501440x9001280x800
Standard: 1600x12001280x9601152x8641024x768

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Battery/Fuel panel session 5

Wow, two nice days in a row! I so hate painting in my room - it has horrible light, so every day that is sunny and not too windy I am outdoors working on this thing.

Normally I would do all the details last but there need to be sticks and grass in front of the chrome dash panel so I have to finish that before I continue on. Still more to do on it - there needs to be highlights around the "battery" and "fuel" letters, with shadows and highlights within the letters themselves, as well as river sludge and other green and rusting things. Still, fun. About 4 hours work today.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Revolutionary Girl Utena wallpaper

Done completely in Illustrator CS1. This is based on two different official Revolutionary Girl Utena cell art pieces that I liked, one from the anime series and the other from the film, so there are elements from the different costumes combined. This was a really free-form piece in that I had the idea to do the characters more in silhouette but ended up having fun trying out different color combos for everything (complimentary red & greens, reversing the characters' colors, etc) but here's how it ended up. I might do a silhouette version sometime.

Widescreen: 1920x12001680x10501280x800
Standard: 1600x12001280x9601152x8641024x768

Funny that I generally don't care for pinks at all but here I go making these fan art wallpapers that have pink palates. Go figure. ;)

Battery/Fuel progress, session 3

Been awhile since I last worked on this. Gotta be more prolific! I have no idea how accurate this photo is in terms of color, but it probably doesn't matter since the final won't look much like this at all, especially if you compare it to all the progress my Generator/Compressor painting went through.

Basically all I have done is continue to block and fill in areas with their next "main" layers of color. Worked on darkening the shadows and putting in a base for the moss. It is amazing how much green is actually in the original photo from all the river muck and things growing on the car. I am trying to keep it warmer than the photo and not so sludgy. Luckily I have a hard time painting in subdued colors ;) so we'll see where this takes me.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Just a doodle. I had started from the center with no goal in mind, just to make fun shapes. Tacked on a tail, head, and mane at the end. I kind of like the direction the tail went; I may use it later for something.