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    You've got an amazing sense of perspective in all of these. That, in addition to your freehand line quality take these drawing from being architectural studies into being their own little organisms. Bacteria everywhere rejoice.
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    thanks all, for the comments. its appreciated.

    mikecorriero: im not the dude your talking of i think. would appreciate to see the other guys work if you can dig it up.

    was playing around with warping the final ill and ended up making a tribute to ootomo. i guess last saterdays anniversary of the hiroshima bombing also lingered in my head.

    tensai

    edit - looking for missing files to attach.
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    thought id share these crops as well to give an idea of the detail. these are not 100% views though.

    also i didnt really comment on the comments before so:

    DSillustration - love your work. well, thats an understatement.

    acorn - thanks, when i did the HK alley the colors were the thing that kept on bugging me. glad you like them in the end.

    Badger - the environment thread is crazy. some of the guys in there are amazing.

    Polonoid - did nobody tell you? like Santa, God doesnt exist.

    MIKECORRIERO - we talked. thanks again.

    clogik - i think your images truly capture the essence of the city.

    thanks! exactly what im trying to do. im really not after just adding detail. but i am trying to amplify what fascinates me about the city. crazy detail is part of that though.

    i did my masters here in tokyo (architecture). came here six years ago.
    we used to have to draw buildings very accurately from life. almost like visual reports of how they were designed/built. then we had to draw the scenes from different viewpoints etc. great perspective and line confidence exercises.

    with what im after here thats not possible. with this amount of detail and the time i already spent on these illustrations i shoot a lot of reference and compile, erase, add, trace, flip, freehand, exaggerate, and make up anything i want. like in matte painting: doesnt matter what you use, as long as you get the shot.

    i draw a lot from life when im in the train. doing quick sketching of the sleeping peeps around me. i guess to compensate for the elaborate planning etc of the more elaborate city work.


    mayshing - ???

    Books - cheers man, your right, often the city seems like this kind of emergent system. i want to do so many more but i need some time.. i hope to start another one soon.

    anyway here some crops:
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    tensai


    check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)

    check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)



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    Whaaat???

    You're insane man!! A totally inconcievable amount of detail! You must love your city!
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    21st century propaganda

    im a little hesitant about this one. i dont want to write a whole book here but this illustration does require some explanation.

    this is for an idea competition for rethinking the function of this never finished hotel in north korea. the competition was all about how cool this hotel looked and how it resembled all these futuristic designs from movies etc.

    now i love futuristic shit but me and my friend thought that was a bit inapropriate given the context of hunger, mind-control and prison camps in the DPRK.

    so we decided to work together on this and propose a new use for the hotel that would provide energy and food for the people. at least that way the wasteful structure would be used for something good. in short the idea is to rebuilt the structure into a huge solar chimney, and clad the facades with parabolic solar troughs that together provide energy. coincidentally, the base of the solar chimney, called the solar collector, creates conditions almost ideal for growing rice.

    the idea was that this would then be a functional monument, not just an awe-inspiring (or scary) one. but a machine that produces electricity and food. this True Juche Tower as we called it, could then be symbol of a more general political change and experimentation. a bit like what Deng Xiaoping and the old Special Economic Zones are doing for China right now.

    the image im posting below accompanies the main diagrams,text and explanations of the concept and is there to illustrate the idea and set the mood. its a collage combined with matte painting techniques. used historic images and own shot ref (almost all the buildings were shot during bright daylight) had to do a lot of relighting etc.

    we tried to get a 21st century version of the old propaganda paintings going.

    (just to be super clear - we made this propaganda image for our idea of reform and to advertize the idea that this kind reform, altough not ideal, at least seems to be a better direction than continue the destructive course this dictatorship is on now.

    this is a politically charged project - i would love however to get some feedback on the art. )

    the image shows from left to right:
    myth of creation of korea; myth of creation/divinity of kim il sung; occupation by japan; napalm bombings by the U.S (more napalm was dropped on korea than on vietnam); victims of kim's regime, hunger, korean prison camps; national/military parades; the new true juche tower with farm, kids eating; peeps dancing; neo pyongyang lit by the energy of the functional monument, prospering by the redeemed regime. its all in a highly symbolic propaganda way of course. oh yeah lil' kim (female rapper) is in there as well.

    any comments/critiques greatly appreciated!
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    check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)

    check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)



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    JUST AWESOME! I like it a lot, sooo many detailsO_O
    More Plz!!
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    Alot of it looks like the Pompidou center in Paris. Maybe check it out for some inspiration.

    I like the colours, especially the blue ones and the orange ones, and wondered if you might do some pictures that are lit in both orange and blue? I think you could do some great stuff with 2 colours.
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    GunTrouver - thanks, im working on more of course...

    curtisfell - i know centre pompidou, im originally an architect.. i hadnt thought about that building for any of these, but i see where youre coming from.

    no crits on the succes/disaster of the propaganda reinvention? would love to hear what works, what doesnt as it is so different from what i have done before.. composition? colors?

    here is the original sketch:

    edit - looking for un linked image to attach to post.

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    cool stuff... so much quick detail. thanks for sharing

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    love your first piece (the green blue cityscape)! your meticulous detailing is extraordinary! just love how the city seems to be swaying with the wind currents... excellent stuff!
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    oozing neons

    continuing my attempts to capture what i like when i walk in the city..

    going for a bit simpler stuff and wanted to do some brighter colors. i really dont mind if it gets more graphic and less realistic..

    comments and crits appreciated.

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    check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)

    check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)



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    Nice ones, m8.
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    cheers MrozekArt.

    now anybody care to hook me up with some crits?

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