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EDIT 12/12/2010
Changed a little more -- increased saturation and color vibrancy, scaled back the light glares a little. Now it's a happy middle-ground between the original and first revision.

EDIT 12/11/2010
I revisited the piece to bring it up to a higher level of finish. At the end of one of :iconomar-dogan:'s stream sessions, he gave his personal thoughts on what would make this piece much better, and I took most of his advice in this massive edit. Most notably, the awkward pipe has been changed to not appear as though it's pulling escher-esque perspective, and other composition-changing elements have been added. Increased ambient occlusion shading, and a push for a more exaggerated atmosphere to really get the original feeling I wanted across.

The original un-revisited version is now in the links below, listed as Step 5. Feel free to compare :)
(I realize some of you will probably still like the old one more, but, I dunno, I think these were some worthwhile changes.)

For those who read descriptions: a special sneak peak at my next perspective piece: [link] (about 40 mins work there)


Depicts the small road in back of Maia's apartment building, (to the right,) and Aricee itself visible in the far distance behind the fences. Fun fact: the end of the street down there ends with a staircase going down. It leads here: [link]

This particular image was an exercise in background making. That is, to make a background similar in quality to what you see in animated movies. (Hence why Maia is NOT shaded here, just as you'd expect in a 2D animation.) I experimented with a new system of brushes and color swatches I created for painting convincing foliage quickly. It seems to work pretty well, so far :) The city visible in the back was created with a simple underlay of random scattered texture from another brush, then painting incredibly simple shapes of color sticking up from it. Behind the fences, there was no need to go crazy with detail back there.

Initial Inspiration: [link]
1 (30 mins) - [link]
2 (3~4 hours) - [link]
3 (5~6 hours) - [link]
4 (7~8 hours) - [link]
5 (Original Finish) - [link]

Photoshop CS5, Cintiq 12WX, & my imagination.
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cwillett Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019
Great work!!
roquehernandez Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
Wow, amazing and beautiful enviornment. Good job.
Salvador74j Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
very good work.
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You probably love drawing stuff that look real
firmanosaurus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
first time i've seen, I instantly like it, AWESOME!!
Greyflame Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I forget if I commented on this piece originally, but I feel the need to fanboy over it now. One of my favorite works. I have as the wallpaper on my phone and like showing it off to people, haha. Looking forward to when I can direct them to the comic it's associated with!
choupi78 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
amazing O_O
Erikku8 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Powzin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Guy, i love - really!, love this character! She is real for me! Awesome work!
SplinteredKnighT Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
v. nice
stealthyninja21 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
woah, i love it
iwai Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional
verry nice!
Loungedy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
awesome work!
retrocoiled Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
hey, i liked the movie "5cm per second" very much. seeing your skill in creating atmosphere, i get really much reminded of that movie! good work, keep on going!
MerinkArt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Can you make a tutorial of the background making technique you used?
JPremier Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
amazing job
moorkasaur Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you drive a car through those streets?... i wonder
And i really like your style and what and how you do it ))
fox-orian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This street is a one-way, only one car width wide. It's a short street behind the building, something more of an alley almost.
moorkasaur Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hm it definately was true in the original photo )) but i think your piece is alot more interesting!!! id like to live.. or at least to make a visit to such a place in such wonderful weather )))
SpoonLord23 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
What is the word written in pink on what looks to be a store in the background?
fox-orian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's the fictional language used in Synthesis.
It looks like this: [link]

I'm not sure what it says either, though hahah. It's almost always arbitrary.
wvsntelur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
wow. i could quickly feel the coolness in that place. i love your lightings.
roboto56 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
man persistence pays off XD i was going through this guys favs (he had 364 pages btw) anyways i had reached the 330s and i saw this pictureXD and now i have a new artist whose pictures excite me indeed:3 keep up the good work plox?
mitsuracer85 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A few questions..
1. How did you make the chainlink fence?
2. Do you use a perspective grid over the picture to keep everything in proper perspective?
3. Do you use the pen tool to make most of your straight lines?
tarkuss Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Nice. Very anime. It reminds me of the better sort of anime, like Ghibli stuff, where the backgrounds are so lush and real that you wish you could jump into the screen and go exploring.
MieLROmero Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
I love is!
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Ilopissa Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student Artist
Liek, rly much. :orange:
Daydreamerdreaming Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
ageshero Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
This picture is so fantastic, it just blows my mind, lol.
Ellealamer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
It seems just so real, even if there's a cartoon girl. The atmosphere is wonderful!
Tech-Weaver Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Not technique but this little nostalgic atmosphere is what makes your illustration working. It almost feels like there was still something to discover in life, that you can still be a boundless traveler in mass culture world. Oh well I lost it. An old anime Air, and its atmosphere should help solving my blabering.
Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
This reminds me of something, but I just can't put my finger on it.
MagiKAsH Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Oh ma God this is awesome O_O
ExileFlash Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love it! D:!
x3 FAV!!!
Adept-eX Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Man, you're a total inspiration to me. I love your urban environments, those are so detailed and your sense of the composition is perfect ;o;
What nice atmosphere you created in this pic. I can fell the coolness of a shady alley in a hot day.

I'm totally favin' it :+fav:=D
rhinomonkey289 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing work :D

Out of curiousity, what was your original resolution?
yezzzsir Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
See what you mean about the pipe. I think the revisions are better, well done!
cucomaluco Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh, that's more than fine! it's exquisite!
guitecarla Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
waa love the place! *.* looks like she is at my city ^^"

great art! love the details and light and color xD it would be used in a movie =)
portuguesemutt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors, shapes, and shadow.
Cute character. You got damn good tallent
powerner Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
I love your colors! :)
PoulNyrup Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
This is an outstanding piece. :-)
lennan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I like the shading on this piece a lot, it really does add to the atmosphere especially when compared to the other versions.
Anton42 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
I like the original, but I like this one much better. It has a more "sunlight" feel to it, and lost most of the vector-like hard edges, which gives it a more "touchable" impression. Great work!
Need-Cow-Now Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Wow this is really really REALLY amazing! Great job!
Sincay Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love it! Somehow I thought Pokemon upon first glance. xD
noxfoxArts Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It looks really great, the atmosphere given by the lighting is very peaceful and attractive. Also such a background would totally fit in an animated movie, that would be really cool to see Maia animated :)
Miyazu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Snapfoo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Wow, and it seemed like your stuff couldn't get much better. Unlike `NEOkeitaro, I feel the change in pipes does help. The old way seemed to break the illusion of space to me every time I focused on the lower half.
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