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A Japanese Garden by hkhhiem A Japanese Garden by hkhhiem
A small traditional Japanese garden, complete with a red wooden bridge, an Ukimido-esque pavilion, a small house, Mt. Fuji in the distance and of course, lots of cherry blossom.
This was one of my experiments with outdoor lighting (haven't drawn anything outdoor before :v) and a small case study on Japanese architecture in preparation for another in-progress artwork. 

Technical titbits
Software used: Blender for modeling and rendering; SpeedTree Cinema for vegetation; Substance Painter for PBR maps and Aurora HDR for final color grading.
>20 million polygons in total, not counting particle hair.
>3900MB of VRAM and 24.5 hours were needed to render this at 5K (5120x2880) on a GTX 1060.
Total project size: 8.45GB (RIP optimisation)

The Mt. Fuji in the distance is actually a flat backdrop extracted from "Mt. Fuji over Lake Shoji" by the amazing Yuga Kirita, who was courteous enough to upload it for everyone in its 5K glory. Visit him here:

P.S. the girl on the bridge is Blanc from Neptunia, you might have guessed. She took me almost three days to model and texture from scratch, yet I changed my aim from a character artwork to a landscape one halfway through the project and now she's just a small part of the final image :(. I do plan to render an up-close portrait someday though.
P.P.S. I changed my old angular watermark, which had been in use in my other photography sites for a long time, to this Asian stamp-like one for DeviantArt :D.
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fev-rocks Featured By Owner 1 day ago
A very beautiful and exquisite scene. I once tried to make a Japanese scene, with a  Princess, Dragon and Temple. If I had made this lovely creation, I would be well pleased, with the time and effort I put in. I love the red bridge going over the stream. And, I like the mountain in the background. And, the little houses complement the pretty colours of the trees. Also, love the Lilly pads on the water. And, the lit lanterns are a nice touch, too. Excellent lighting of the whole scene and great attention to detail. Well done!
PSK-Photo Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful, beautiful, full of details, I love it!
amorph2012 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
This is very very beautiful :D
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no words… :) (Smile)
JAFNOVA Featured By Owner Edited Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer

Reminds me of my other home, Yokohama, Japan. :)
hkhhiem Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Student Digital Artist
It's a true honor to have somebody who actually lives in Japan to be able to relate to my artwork!
JAFNOVA Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Mt. Fuji-san Photo 6 by JAFNOVA   You are very much welcome. :)

 I'm very flattered by your words, thank you.

Yet, I have not lived in Japan for about three years now, even though I am trying to get back there.  

I'm currently back in the United States.
sbeamers Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Interface Designer
Antique-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
8.45 GB? Gigabytes? Yeesh, Photoshop was getting slow when my PSD reached 50 MB lol I'm sure it couldn't handle this. Anyways looks great!
hkhhiem Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliment! Actually, the 8.45GB project consists of raw models, textures, references and many other software-specific project files that were used in the process of rendering out the final image, which in its OpenEXR format only weighs 180MB or so :)
Naughty-b-Nature Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You gave it the right mood... I think it´s brilliant!

Too bad I can´t enlarge it, I would drown in all the lovely details you put in there... Heart Heart 
hkhhiem Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D There is a 5K PNG version available for download in the deviant link, so feel free to enlarge it!
GGDrawsStuff Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly gorgeous! I thought it was real at first!!
TLadyJessica Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
I totally love and adore this image... utterly beautiful and quite serene. Reminds me both of my trips to Japan back during my teen years and my more recent trips to a certain park that I love to frequent where they have gorgeous Asian-themed gardens such as this. This was easily a must-fave for me! Keep up the fantastic work. *Smiles* :)
hkhhiem Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I'm so glad to hear how you loved my artwork! To be honest, I have never come to Japan nor have directly witnessed any Japanese architecture before. All the references I had were just Google images, so I'm rather surprised that I had managed to embed it with a Japanese identity that others can feel and relate to. Thank you so much for your encouragement!
nuyoukai Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this was an actual photograph! Nice work!
puglous Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018
Rural Japan is so beautiful.
TheArcArtist Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely gorgeous!
RioFluttershy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018
This is so gorgeous!  I thought that this was a real Japanese garden :D
Christianer3 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018
I like Japanese Garden
Kyouken0w0 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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