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At The Crossroads
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Published: September 22, 2016
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I haven’t been posting much lately because I am traveling/working in Japan at the moment! :D I’m still working with my team to make Fisheye Placebo and the new Knite, but at the same time exploring new techniques and a new country.

I was inspired by Makoto Shinkai’s beautiful work, and how he uses photography as a base for his paintings. So for this one, my bf took a photo of a crossroad in Japan which I was able to use as a base to paint over. I’m still fine tuning this technique and I’ll make a tutorial for it in the future :D

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FireSong-49135's avatar
EEEEEEEPPP!!! I saw this picture on HDSoundi’s Tokyo Rain! I’m so happy to have found this and that you’re in DeviantArt!!
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tokyo-lover2Hobbyist Writer
another painting on a real picture why?
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i hv seen this place before
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roo-fanHobbyist Photographer
Such a great mix between urbanity and nature.
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goldenlucario1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you draw the whole picture by heart? Or did you copy it from an existing photograph? Because it looks extremely realistic, like pretty much flawless!
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roadragebunnyProfessional Photographer
I know exactly where this is in tokyo ;) between shibuya and shinjuku 
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Is like Hell or Heaven?
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MZRAnimationHobbyist Filmographer
Between the Dystopia and Utopia
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SarcasticJesterCatHobbyist General Artist
which one is which?
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Oh my God the images make me so homesick.  You really capture the place well.  (I have family and have lived in Tohoku, which is the area of the world I call home.)  And I also have friends and family in and around Tokyo area.  I really miss Japan, hope to move back in a year or two--hopefully for good.  I hate being away, and these pictures really feel like...well...  they capture the feeling of being home so perfectly.
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I think the orange on the left represents Hell and the blue on the right represents Heaven, also, this image reminds me of Children Who Chase Lost Voices
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SarcasticJesterCatHobbyist General Artist
too bad the one on the left represents hell... I rather like cities
Darkcontrol225's avatar
So the girl it really good I can not draw like that. Well not yet.. But I am amazed at the back round and all the colors that are put in to this one picture. This is amazing. Its also a lot of work. 
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Breathing0PinesHobbyist Artist
For some reason, it never crossed my mind to say this, but I found your work a few days ago and I'm completely in love with your style! I love your use of colours, scenery and find your overall atmospheres incredibly enjoyable. Are there any tips you can give me for the production of backgrounds? I seem to have trouble with making the line-art of the background match the line-art of the character.
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StellarStylusHobbyist General Artist
I was just about to say, this reminded me of the movie “your name.” (which I had recently watched and enjoyed), and then, BOOM, you drop Makoto Shinkai’s name. Awesome!
And I just love your art in general!  Especially for the wild range of color, as well as the perspective in pieces like this one!
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ThepenguinrapistHobbyist Writer
This looks like something out of Mamoru Hosoda's works. From The Boy and the Beast to The Girl Who Leaped Through Time, this reminds me much of his inspirations and work. It's still amazing though in its own right. The grass-coated rail lines, lush green tones, and ivy growing over every metal pole and structure. It looks like something straight out of a fantasy, as though some other world lay on the other side of the tracks. It possesses a charm that makes magic out of the mundane. I love it! 
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RatRacer290Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love how you play with the warm and cold colours.
I don't think many artists could pull this off.

May I ask why you flipped colour scheme for the bridges?
On the left it is all reds and yellows and the right green and blues.
Is there any aesthetic reason why you chose to make the bridges the exception or is this symbolic?

My current theory is that they are running in parallel to cross roads thus adopting their respective colour scheme.(thus symbolic)
However, I have a feeling that there is also a more technical reasoning behind this decision.
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