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I think after this no one is going to belive me when I say that I'm (hopefully) not insane and actually really lazy and have hard time focusing on stuff... but yeah this is what ate my past three months! It's for super open and SUPER FUN school assignment, which was about making a huge illustration big enough to be printed at 1x3 meters (rougly 3,3x10 feet). So I went for aaaaall the details ever.

I was hoping to get even more details there and I'm still a bit sad about not having them but even with this it got finished mostly because I ran out of time rather than actually finishing it ;; I went through technical problems hell with this too including my new laptop deciding to stop working and taking ages to fix, so I'm really glad this got "finished" before it spontaneously combusted or something.

The city is from my story project Fisher that I hope to draw as a comic one day, Narya, the blondie on the left, is the main guy there! I basically abused this to get more ideas on the paper about how the city and mostly Tall Houses part of it looks like, though I'm not sure about how close I'm gonna stick to this.

I wanted to have a cat counting minigame here too but there's way too many cats that are tiny or behind windows and it's kinda hard to see sometimes in the internet size so it probably wouldn't make sense and I didn't even count them myself to be honest :c I wish I could share a bigger version of this because the detailssss and because this is only about 20% size, but you know, freely sharing high res images on the internet isn't exactly safe ;;

Pencil sketch/lineart wips: kinixuki.tumblr.com/post/13527…
Details from 50% zoom: kinixuki.tumblr.com/post/13850…

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Given 2016-12-27
Tall Houses by kinixuki ( Suggested by cosmicbound and Featured by lovelessdevotions )
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TheTyler101 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
A single house fire would be goddamned ruinous.
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Student
I read glorious instead of ruinous at first but yes. It would be. To be fair they probably pay good attention to fires so when something does happen the entire community works on putting that out asap but if it gets out of control... then it was nice knowing these neighbourhoods.
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Xortac Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018
This illustration is awesome.  If you haven't heard of him before, I recommend you check out an artist named Ikeda Manabu, I think you would like his work. 
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Student
Thank you! And I haven't aaaaa, his work is insane, thanks for showing me!
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:iconchrisofnowhere:
ChrisOfNowhere Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
Do you / or anyone know a fantasy book with scenerys like this?
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Student
I'm not sure about scenery exactly like this, at least for fantasy books (always gonna recommend Nihei Tsutomu's stuff even though it's sci-fi manga, Abara and Biomega are probably the closest), the books I can think of now that might come fairly close depending on how you imagine the setting are the Bas-Lag novels by China Miéville, Veniss Underground by Jeff VanderMeer, maaaaybe Shadowrun novels, I haven't read any but the universe is cool and setting like this would fit. Urban fantasy, weird fiction or some cyberpunk stuff in general are probably your best bet, I haven't been that great at finding any new books to read recently so I only have a few names ._.
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ChrisOfNowhere Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
I'm going to check out these! Thank you!
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DarthShmoogy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
God, how I would hate working for the maintenance department of this city...
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Student
I think they're pretty understaffed in this area actually so it's more of a community project D: The rest of the city is a bit better, or at least you won't fall who knows how many meters when you slip.
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DarthShmoogy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I call depressing realism.
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:icongierek76:
Gierek76 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Awsome!
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Student
Thanks!
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:iconninetailedtoad:
NineTailedToad Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017
Wow this is just amazing. I am getting an ancient yet also a futuristic vibe at the same time.  
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Student
Thank you! I'm very comfortable with it having that kind of vibe haha.
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:iconmortusk:
Mortusk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The amount of details is just incredible!
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Student
Thanks!
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:iconwhimsicalblue:
WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding work and scene..!!
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Student
Thanks!
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:iconwhimsicalblue:
WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome anytime!!
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:iconjeremy-falchi:
Jeremy-FALCHI Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
WTF !!!! :o (Eek)
Incredible illustration.
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Student
Thanks!
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Jeremy-FALCHI-X Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
WTF !!!! :o
Incredible illustration.
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FoohFooh Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
Ok i Don't know what to say. This artwork is all I love. Perspective is awesome, color are perfect, and so many details.. i think i'm gonna watch this drawing until tomorrow. It inspires me so much, and i wanna work harder to get this result someday. Great job !
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Student
Thank you so much, hearing stuff like this makes me super happy ;v;
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:iconhowaboutsam:
HowaboutSam Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome perspective!
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Student
Thank you <3
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liltInexsorcell Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Im speechless this is just pure awesomness
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Student
Thanks!
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:iconilnegear:
ILNeGeAr Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!! Now I want to live here :)
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Student
Thanks! It comes with a chance of becoming a food of a ghostly live eating monster for free <3
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M-Hanzo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Okay I'm sorry, but I seriously can't wrap my head around this goddamn drawing. I've had 13+ years avid experience in drawing with all types of mediums (including digital), and I could never EVER do something like this. In fact, I can hardly comprehend how ANYONE can draw this from scratch. For a drawing with such UNIMAGINABLE detail, the perspective is not only brilliantly accurate, but complex in nature, and the light composition perfectly distinguishes where each 'giant clump' of buildings lie in relation to one other, and the fore/background. Every aspect of this drawing is complicated, unique, and executed perfectly. Only someone with decades of experience or insane talent could make this composition work. 

So that brings me to this: would you do me the greatest honor of answering a couple of questions that are driving me insane about this picture?? I, a potato, would be thrilled to drink in art-knowledge from the master! 

1) Where did you even start off? Like, where in this drawing did you begin to draw? Foreground, middle-ground, right-to-left...?

2) How did you layer the details of the drawing? (In terms of perspective-- like if part of one building was behind another). When I attempt stuff like this, I always get mixed up in all the detail, and lose track of what even goes where. Do you have a technique for keeping such phenomenal details (in this case, the buildings) so organized and apparent? Did you have some really detailed drawing plan before you started sketching? 

3) What progress did you make by the end of each month spent drawing this picture? Like, did you finish the linework by month 1, coloring by second, etc?

4) What parts of the buildings in this drawing were created with point-perspective, as opposed to free-handed? (Like, did you do the basic building shapes using point-perspective, while you just freehanded the windows/tiny details?)

5) How did you achieve the "downward-pointed" perspective? Because this drawing appears to be 3-point perspective (2 perspective points on the horizon line, the third down below). How do you know where to place the reference lines for the "third point" of perspective, when it's clearly way out of frame? Did you guess at it? That's what I do, but it never turns out this well. Q_Q

I honestly could go on for another 8 or 9 questions (literally) but this comment is already super long and I don't want to overwhelm you (if you end up being so kind as to answer at least 1 of my questions!!). If you made it this far, thank you so much for taking the time to read this. :3 And of course, thank you so much for drawing this amazing masterpiece I can oggle over! XD
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kinixuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student
Oh wow this is the longest comment I've ever got but fear not, this fellow potato will try to asnwer all your questions! I'll try to describe the process because it could make more sense that way instead of answering your questions one by one. I started with thumbnails to figure out the composition, they were pretty loose and took several tries to figure out what I want, the final one looked like this - sta.sh/09zdw95d64x .I got papers big enough to fit into school a3 scanner, then taped them together because they were too small by themselves, got a ruler and made a 2 point perspective grid. It looked beautiful.

Then I did a reaaaaally loose and light redraw of what I had on the thumbnail, gathered all the reference images I had saved and all my artbooks with similar things (like the Tekkonkinkreet one and a super handy book full photos of old japanese streets) and just started filling from left to right, with the far background being the last. I'm not sure if I ever had actual grid for 3 point perspective, I figured out pretty soon that I want a 4 point one and freehanded the potato circles for that, if you put an actual 4 point perspective grid over this you would see how off it is xD I drew the big shapes (mostly cubes) in one area first, filled in details, then moved onto the next, mostly going foreground to backgroud in those local areas. I think the far towers in the background on the left side were made as last from that side but I still drew everything there before moving right onto the next paper. I tried to get there as many details as I could but to still have the things recognizable and have enough space for coloring, so I guess that did the detail limiting, I remember complaining a lot about the papers being too small for me to get the details I want there. Here's an early wip with perspective grid still visible on the right - twitter.com/kinixuki/status/66… , I think the description here has links to some more. Most of the sketch took about two weeks, than the lines (yeah I basically drew it twice) took another week.

Then I spent about three days (mostly evenings) after a break just playing with the colors and keeping them super rough, at the end of it it looked like this - twitter.com/kinixuki/status/68… . Then the cleaning/detailing took the rest of the time, I think 2-3 weeks but I'm honestly not sure. I still went left->right->far background and did two rounds - under and on the top of the lines, color picked a lot from places with similar camera distance to keep the values okay (can't say I've been 100% successful with that) and hoped that neither my hands or the laptop would explode :>

You can ask anything you'd like if you have more questions, just my process in general is super chaotic so I'm not sure if I can explain that in a way that makes sense xD
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M-Hanzo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, thank you so much! XD You just made me so happy! 

I'm definitely leaving this one in my notifications box for a while! ;) (Wink) I've always wanted to draw something as detailed as you did in this buildings drawing, but never knew where to even begin! This helps me so much!! I know a lot of people can't really be bothered with answering questions, so I'm supremely grateful to you! Thanks again! XD Your process, while complex, actually makes sense in a really cool way! You're such a skilled artist it's insane!!

Thanks again for giving me such amazing advice, master! <:'D I read every single tiny bit!
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:iconjm-i2:
JM-i2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Holy sht ! That's impressive !!
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student
Thanks!
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:iconetherkyu:
EtherKyu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
I really like the perspective in this.
The vanishing points in this one are very well done, so it really feels like looking in multiple directions at once.

Oh and the amount of details is vast.
A little masterpiece.
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Student
Thank you ;v;
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:iconbennerjacobs:
bennerjacobs Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Breathtaking and inspiring.
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student
Thanks!
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donaldc15 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
how do you even get started doing something like that
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kinixuki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student
You get papers just big enough to fit into scanner. Then tape them together because they aren't big enough. Then you open like 100000 references and start drawing : D
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AlexSpaceman Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
Super detailed image. Love this style!
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student
Thanks!
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AcidDBJazz0 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
The details in this is amazing, great work. I don't think I would have able to finish this, it would've probably take me even longer.
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student
Thank you <3
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:iconragnaveldt:
ragnaveldt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...just how much time you spend making all those details??

I reaallllyyy love it!!
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Student
Forever x2. Thank you C:
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:iconchrisrolls44:
chrisrolls44 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
Really nice, love the amount of small details in the scene, the amount of time you must have invested really shows.
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:iconkinixuki:
kinixuki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Student
Thanks!
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:iconzorbonaut:
Zorbonaut Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
It looks like you spent more time on this drawing than I do in a year.
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