Features: Aerith and Cloud from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Lyrics: Within Temptation – Our Farewell
About: This was the first and, as far as I am aware and as far as my layout archives go, only layout for ukime.net. The rest that I have saved are for my blog on this domain. In any event, you can see pretty clearly through comparisons to older layouts of this style that I grew a lot but maintained the same affinity for certain styles. Ripped paper edges are much nicer looking now, I think, and text placement is a lot prettier and nicer, as are font choices. Blending is still rather nice although Cloud looks like he has blacked out eyes in one image so that’s kind of creepy, but it fits in a way. I do really love this layout, I’ve often thought about doing something similar for a layout archive but as it stands, I’ve clearly changed my mind. Perhaps in the future.
Features: Sora and Kairi from Kingdom Hearts II
Lyrics: Suga Shikao – Aozora
About: This was the first layout for the first incarnation of Hidama, which was the name of my blog on ukime.net. This remains as one of my all-time favorites for a variety of reasons. I felt very free and happy at this point of my life, although it was short-lived, I was happy. And that translated into this layout, and I felt the lyrics I chose fit with Sokai so well it makes my heart swell. The coloring is really nice, too, a muted purple. Blending is pretty decent, but the text could’ve been done better, but that’s okay. I loved this a lot and I still do.
Features: Riku from Kingdom Hearts
Lyrics: Evanescence – Lies
About: Riku was my favorite KH character at the time, and still remains one of my faves, but I digress. I like this layout. Like, a lot. For once, a nice and gentle usage of brushes rather than putting them everywhere. Also working well with the blending of the images, light use of filters as texture, as well as text, the placement of which is actually really nice. Nice colors, the edges around the header are nice, and it’s the typical web layout design I always use for blogs. I don’t have anything bad to say about it.
We’re Not Alone, We’re One
Features: Aerith from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
About: This is a very nostalgic and sentimental layout for many reasons. It was sort of a throwback to the Aerith layout I’d made on Shibomu.net before, but updated. I think the lyrics are to some Aikawa Nanase song but I could be wrong. Ai no Uta, maybe? I’m not sure. In any case, this was also me continuing to experiment with shapes and designs and it came out rather beautifully. It’s simple and very neat and the text is actually really nice.
Features: Tidus and Yuna from Final Fantasy X
Lyrics: Groove Coverage – Poison
About: Oh, the Groove Coverage cover of Poison, that just brings back so many high school memories. Which I basically poured into this layout. Another Tidus and Yuna layout, slightly grungy, slightly elegant, vibrant blues and greens, decent text placement not unlike the Riku layout. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. It’s more sentimental than anything.
Features: Yuna from Final Fantasy X
Lyrics: Amano Tsukiko – Chou
About: This is very much like my older layouts, lots of surreal, dreamy, blobby blending, gratuitous use of the blur tools and overlay blending mode, etc. But it was inspired by the lyrics I used and oftentimes when that happens, I put little thought into the layout itself and it’s fueled more by inspiration and love for the song than the execution of a completed idea. That said, this wasn’t such a bad layout. Just my usual style.
Features: Kairi from Kingdom Hearts II
Lyrics: Chihiro Onitsuka – Infection
About: Oh, wow, this one was a huge fave. Still is. I’d never done something quite like this before so it was something very new for me and it turned out beautifully. It was simplistic, not much use of filters, just a few images–no blending, very little text, lyrics that meant and still mean the world to me, yeah. I could go on. There are things I would do differently now if I were to remake this, but I love it as it is, truly.