I’m ending the month with this Mai HiME wallpaper, one on which I’ve been working on for almost two weeks. Yes, I’m that lazy.

Yet another scan that I’ve done two times. Well, the first time I had finished only Mai and Natsuki, but it was still a pain. Damned HD crashes…

Well, the title should be more something like “Negima!?”, but I prefer the original version. Anyway, here I am :) It’s been a month, huh? April has been a busy month, because I found a “job” that occupied me for the bigger part of it; hence the lack of posts. I had started a wallpaper about Xenoglossia, but it’s been put on hold since I discovered this wonderful game called Mass Effect. I was very reluctant to play it at first, for two reasons: 1, I thought you could only play as the idiot-looking guy on the cover, and 2, I’m not a fan of SCI-FI, not to mention shooter, games. But I had reached the point where, as entrancing and awesome as it is, even Dragon Age was starting to bore me, so I decided to give it a try.

I’ll summarize in one word: hooked. The gameplay, the story, the characters, the graphics… wow. Too bad the second wasn’t as good as the first. Now I can’t wait for the third part.

I did this scan because I started reading the manga a while back (after having put it on hold for years) and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it; I was afraid that, it being an ecchi and harem series, I would have been tired of it pretty early, and instead I find myself totally captured and eager to know what happens next. Now I’m stuck at the last chapter, and alas the wait starts :(

Hello World! Today’s my best friend’s birthday, so let me start with a big Happy Birthday, Fil!

Now, on to the main topic: Midori Style. What is it? I don’t know, I did it only because I liked the illustration.  It was a bit hard at first, because the contours where teeny, tiny things (you can see that especially in the hair and the fringes). And then again with brushing the shadings, but that was only because I wasn’t used to it; in the end I had lots of fun.

The art didn’t include all the wallpaper, but it made up only half of it, so I had to improvise the other half – which I’m afraid is painfully obvious since I’m not that good with abstract forms. Overall it’s quite pleasing, though, IMHO.

The sleeping beauties make another appearance – it seems all they do is sleep lol. Their activities must tire them a lot ;) I’m slowly starting to vector again, but it’ll be a while before I go back to my usual rhythms, mostly because anime still don’t capture me much at the moment and I don’t find the inspiration to start something. Hence my preference for the oldies.

Game-wise, I discovered that addicting thing that is Harvest Moon. Not only the original for the SNES, but also HM: Rune Factory for the Nintendo DS. Boy, did I spend days on that! The second series, unfortunately, is not capturing me as much as the first.

I tried something different here: instead of the outlines being completely black, I used a lighter shade. I’m not really sure why; maybe I wanted to soften them because of the calm atmosphere. Fact is, I didn’t want them black.

Today I come back with a wallpaper done out of a screenshot (not the best source there is, but this is one I’ve wanted to do for a while). This is a scene that has always struck me as beautiful and clearly telling of the relationship between Natsuki and Shizuru. The one they’re at is a very important place for Natsuki, both haunting and peaceful, and one she usually goes to when she wants to be alone or to think. The fact that she brought Shizuru there with her shows the trust she feels towards her, and how comfortable she is in her presence. Plus, I love that they had to go there by bike – lots of hugging time ;)

As usual, I vectored the figures and repainted the background – though I admit to being unable to do the bike as it should have been, instead putting together a couple of quick brushes and trying to shade it as best as I could. Which is not much, I’m afraid. So, yeah, I’m not really fond of how that came out, but thankfully it’s not the main subject.

Oh, before I forget: it’s my birthday today :D

Wow, what is this? A post? About time. I lost enthusiasm for a while; haven’t seriously watched an anime since almost october (I sparsely watched a few series, but we’re talking 2 or 3 in four months), and that also affected any wallpaper I might have started. I even have one unfinished wall.

While I put anime aside (something I noticed I always do at the end of the year) I discovered a new interesting game, Dragon Age: Origins. I’ve never played rpgs like that, since I was used to series like Final Fantasy, Tales of [whatever you want], Seiken Densetsu etc. etc.. It took me a while to adapt to the new commands (and the use of the mouse), but once I finally got the hang of it, I was hooked. I’ve already finished it once (with the bad end), and now I’m replaying it. They really put a lot of work into the background of the story and characters; at first it stank of LotR ripoff, but I got over that thought fast.

Anyway, I post a wallpaper about Carneval della Luce della Luna, a series [game?] I know nothing about.

I didn’t do much beside cleaning the crease in the middle of the picture. Funny thing is, I had already done it years ago, but thanks to a HD crash I lost it, so this is the second time I’ve done the same image. I wanted to start with something easy, to slowly re-acquaint myself with the work.

This is a wallpaper that I started even before the Blood+ one, and didn’t complete until yesterday. I was a bit uncomfortable with the background being an original ancient Japanese painting, and it took me this long to get over it and simply post it. As for the anime, I’ve never watched it and barely heard of it, but the illustration of this gorgeous woman drew me in (what a surprise), so I gave it a try – the vectoring I mean, not the watching of the series.

I made two versions of this wallpaper, because I couldn’t decide which was better.

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