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Neuromancer - Chiba

Just a quick concept painting for a Visual Developement project based on the city of Chiba (Japan) in Neuromancer, by William Gibson.

Worked up from an image taken from Google maps, with the Street View mode.
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I remember I was looking at a car in a craigs mullins painting at the time, it was much better, haha :D. Wish I could find it.
jpachl's avatar
As a Gibson fan, I have to admit: This picture meets the atmosphere of Chiba better than I could in my dreams!
PHATandy's avatar
Check out my newer one, I think I did it even better!
Jeffromelun's avatar
Nice, you send dreams buddy!
PHATandy's avatar
Thanks, glad they're not nightmares.
Hello PHATandy, I am currently doing doctoral research in urban studies on the representation and image of the cyberpunk city. Can you tell more broadly about your creative process? How do you work and how to re-imagine the space of the city from Gibson novel? What about conventional or innovative drawing techniques in your work? Any data is important to me and I will give due credit. Also I would love to show your work in my research if I have your permission. Your work seems important to be researched, discussed and disseminated. Sincerely, M. Mr. Jorge Octavio Ocaranza (my email:

Hola PHATandy, actualmente estoy haciendo una investigación doctoral de estudios urbanos, sobre representación e imagen de la ciudad cyberpunk. ¿Podrías contarme más ampliamente acerca de tu proceso creativo? ¿cómo trabajas y como re-imaginas el espacio de la ciudad a partir de la novela de Gibson? ¿qué técnicas de dibujo convencionales e innovadoras utilizas? Cualquier dato es para mí importante y daré los créditos debidos. También me gustaría mucho poder mostrar tu trabajo en mi investigación si tengo tu autorización. Tu trabajo me parece importante de ser investigado, comentado y difundido. Cordialmente, M. Arq. Jorge Octavio Ocaranza (mi correo:
Hi :) (Smile) I really love your artwork here. I'm curating a blog themed around cyperpunk for a postgrad project and would like to link your image to my blog. The conditions of the project are that all media must adhere to strict copyright, so I would love it if you could give me permission to use the image. I will be able to link back to your deviantart profile and will credit you as the artist. Cheers. Tim
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Provided its non-profit, go for it. A link back would be great.
A link to the blog would be interesting too, would love to see what its about.
Reading Neuromancer is going to be sooo different after seeing this. It really makes the whole character and atmosphere of Chiba City come to life. awesome work, man! :)
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Thanks man,
I need to come back to this stuff, its been such a long time. I'd love to have another crack at developing this world some more.
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I represent the staff of SekaiMusicNetwork, we are a new network which has just opened in the Japanese community, we're music promoters.
we've saw your gallery and we find it beautiful,we would like to have them on our network like background for the songs.
can we use your artworks in some of our videos in exchange for a sponsorship on our part? :D
thank you

-stegox,SekaiMusicNetwork staff
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Hi Stegox
I'd rather you didn't thank you. Neuromancer isn't my property and I wouldn't want people using it for anything.
Sorry. but thanks for asking.
stegox's avatar
Hi,sorry again for the trouble, could you tell us (if you know) who is the present owner of the artwork?
thank you

-stegox, SekaiMusicNetwork staff
PHATandy's avatar
Well I'm the owner of the artwork,
It's just that's its based on a book, Neuromancer by William Gibson.
So I feel like its not right for it to be used like that, since its based on another's ideas, not my own.
ScannerArtly's avatar
Hi, :)

Can I use this image of yours showing your credits? Please watch my offer to see your benefits ang warranties, and let me know :)

PHATandy's avatar
I'd rather you didn't, the concept is technically not mine since it is based on W Gibsons novel.
Thanks for asking though.
ScannerArtly's avatar
Ok, Thank you anyway my friend. :)
razor2244's avatar
Hey, can you link me on Google Maps this place? :D
PHATandy's avatar
hehe I wish, I dont think I could find it if I tried.
CaptainDavyJones's avatar

I love this novel!
PHATandy's avatar
Thanks! Me too!
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war777's avatar
Amazing work... but isn't the sky of Chiba post to be a gray static color?
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