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A wallpaper from Ged no Senki/Tales from Earthsea, the latest Ghibli film. I found the scan of the dragon and wanted to wall it, because dragons are one of my favorite mythical creatures (blending my fascination with flying with my fascination with snakes, I think.) At first this was a really boring Mage Summons Magic In Field of Grass At Nighttime With Dragon and was utterly craptacular. Remembering that a recent issue of Computer Arts Showcase magazine had a tutorial on engraving, I decided to try and use that technique to create the feeling of old-style maps, where "DRAGONS BE HERE" inhabit murky mountaintops. It must have taken me 20 tries to get the sceneric into a decent looking engraving. While searching for some pretty scrollwork to place the text in I found a great stock of an actual scroll that I leveraged into the wallpaper as well, so it really does feel like a 1500s map. (I did manage to find some lovely scrollwork stock, by the way. It was on a map of Wisconsin. Go fig.)

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Name:
Welcoming the Dragon
Series:
Ged no Senki
Date:
6/5/06
Characters:
Ged, Dragon
Source:
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