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Background: 4 Shibuya Stages

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I started my boards before the clarification/revision of the WEWY contest, so I went with the premise of playable stage concepts for the game. I used 4 real Shibuya locations that I didn't see in game screen shots and made sure the designs had hallmarks of WEWY style like distorted perspective and 1/2 or 2/3 screen playable area.

This is the first time I've ever done environ concepts and I had lots of fun. I wish I'd had time to bring more than one to a completed concept stage. Wished I'd spent more time in Shibuya than I did, because I obviously missed out on seeing some amazing architecture first-hand.

EDIT: Holy hell, Batman! Thanks to the judges and Square for choosing this as one of the ten finalist pieces. Major kudos to everyone who entered! Keep drawing and take a little time to make a critique/comment on a few pieces that didn't place. :D If you note me with a link to your entry, I'll send a little critique love your way.
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tomytieneblas74's avatar
Nice, I like the environment . :)
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MysteryEzekude's avatar
Wow! This is incredible! You're really on the right track here! Keep this up and you'll become a great background designer.
mistershogi's avatar
ummm..expert mode :on
fanficbug's avatar
Hey, gratz Mirana. :D I know I'm a bit late to the party, but I just wanted to throw some love your way. Have you mentioned it in the girl's forum? *Goes to check*
mirana's avatar
No...I'm glad you guys are getting use outta the gal forum, but I was always a little weird by the idea (not that there is one, but that it's "secret"). Anyhoo, thanks for the comment. :)
sirkrozz's avatar
*sets pride aside* Congrats. You came with a fine background design.
Nice work Mirana

(BTW I am Lindsays Roomie and she told me about the final 10 XD)

Also, I have been playing this game and it's awesome, your art feels like it should have been in the game.
mirana's avatar
Which roomie? :D

I had to do so much research about the game to do the backgrounds right, that I knew I'd have to buy the game if I didn't win it. Guess that's the point of the contest anyway. ;)
sukisuiss's avatar
simply awesome art
cinismemoriae's avatar
Wow, it's amazing and it's your first time! You sure have talent :D

It really deserves a place in the top ten, congrats!
booyakadude's avatar
wow amazing major kudos to you, i wish i was this good :-/
Nadasulaki's avatar
Well deserved, great concept art, you deserve the win bask man, BASK!!
pinku's avatar
Ooooh, I recognize most of those places! Really makes me nostalgic for Tokyo~ :heart: Nice to see someone tackling something a little less character-based. : D
mirana's avatar
Yah, unfortunately I only went to the Meiji Shrine, Ota Museum and a little bit of Harajuku...and none of those areas were in the scope of the game's playing area (or style) in Shibuya. Ah well, at least now I know where all the awesome architecture is for next time. :)
pinku's avatar
Ooh, I haven't heard of the Ota Museum, is it in the same area as Harajuku/Meiji Shrine, etc? What kind of exhibits are there?
mirana's avatar
It's about a couple blocks away from the Meiji and the major Harajuku station there. It's a smallish (well, compared to the National or the Edo) museum of Ukiyo-e prints and scroll work.
UtakoYeow's avatar
congratulations with being in the finals
darkmistwolf's avatar
good job on being in the finals!!
emilyhann's avatar
These are really great! Congrats!!!!
XxMarylinxX's avatar
Wow, congrats for being in the top ten!:D
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