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July Wallpaper by endosage July Wallpaper by endosage
This month, the wallpaper was inspired by the astrological signs Leo and Cancer, Julius Caesar, Mark Rothko, and James Turrell.

The main idea behind this is based in the opposing zodiac signs of Cancer and Leo — Water & Fire (which Cancer and Leo are associated with respectively); Blue & Red. As a detail (albeit, a large one), the scenery was chosen specifically to convey the contrast between water and desert in supplement to the other contrasting elements. Cancer is associated with change, specifically change in season. This is implied by the juxtaposition of two skies with the sun in between. Leo is a persistent, stubborn personality, implied with the inclusion of blocky elements. There’s also an aspect of grandeur to this in line with July being named after Julius Caesar, specifically in the way the wallpaper is styled overall — a modern, contemporary look.

For the styling, I specifically chose to reference James Turrell for this wallpaper because his art is based in the media of light. He doesn't just see light as a peripheral element to some other media. To him, light IS the media. To me, Summer (and July in particular) is a time of being blinded by heat and sunlight. That creates a unique environment in which to observe just how crazy nature can be — unrelenting sunlight and heat so strong you can literally see it. James' work is relevant here as he does the same thing with his installations (just without the heat aspect). He however succeeds in producing a feeling whether there's anything around to feel or not. The sun and its position in this piece is a reference to his works which are composed of nothing more than a room and a projector aimed at a corner. James' objective with these pieces is to make you feel more than what's there. To allow your brain to see something that doesn't actually exist. Whether it's to experience the space in a new way, or the projected shape, you're getting more than you're being physically given. In looking at this piece, I feel like I'm actually in a room, and very small. I'm surrounded by mountains and this yellow, formless aura of a sky. The ground is solid, although not really reacting to the environment (the water isn't reflecting the sky, for instance), and the resulting effect is a very surreal experience. The more traditional looking sky appears to be far away, but is interacting with the sun as if it's a part of the local environment. This could be interpreted as a hole in the yellow sky allowing you see another sky through it, echoing James' efforts which convey the same feeling.

That's not the whole story though. I was also inspired by Mark Rothko, although to a much lesser extent. His influences can be seen in the arrangement of color and breaking up of space within the area of the second smaller sky to the blue bar superimposed over the water. This idea of illustrating the landscape as an abstract, but then using the landscape itself as an abstract intrigued me — what if Rothko was a photographer? Might look something like the center section of this wallpaper.

All in all, I hope you enjoy this wallpaper. Whether you're a fan of the fine art aspects, the astrology, the Roman connection, or just like the pretty colors, I thank you for looking :)

Desktop Sizes: 2560x1600, 2560x1440, 1920x1200, 1680x1050, 1600x1200, 1440x900, 1366x768, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1280x800, 1024x768

Mobile Sizes: iPhone, iPad
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:iconlordfiren:
LordFiren Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I want the august one now :)
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endosage Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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Eduardote Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
It is amazing. Thank you for this piece of art work.
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iamthewizard2 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
killed by the typeface...
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nartim Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Man, if this didn't have the typeface, it would probably be my wallpaper all year. Brilliant. 
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slothitarian Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I absolutely love this. Thanks for the new wallpaper!
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Yagerou Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
absolutely amazing!
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precurser Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really really love this. The only issue I have is with the month/year type on it, I am not a huge fan of "calendar" wallpapers because to me they put a date range on the use of the piece. The iPhone and iPad sizes look spectacular btw, I like how the elements in the piece were resized to accommodate them, plus because the month/year isnt on it. ;)
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Linstock Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Wonderful work. 
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gapch12 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Not my cup of tea!
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