We all know and love the ever-bustling city of Tokyo, known for its glowing signs, the infamous fictional Godzilla, and so much more. It’s true—even after countless visits, you just can’t get enough of the out-of-this-world ambiance.
This post was inspired by a Japanese animation series that I—as a child—grew up watching: Naruto. I’m sure almost everyone knows this one. To me, it’s an unforgettable series that taught me things and ideas that are important in life. It’s safe to say that it really impacted and changed my mindset as a growing child.
The fictional figure that you can see above is a Naruto character called Kurama, a nine-tailed fox. It’s derived from Chinese mythology and can be seen/heard in East Asian literature and folklore as well. These creatures can either be bad or good spirits.
I start off by placing a PNG of Kurama from Naruto onto a high definition shot of Shibuya, Tokyo from Flickr.
Then, to add my own twist to the picture, I add transparent layers and redrew the fox onto the Flickr image. This is the part where it took a lot of patience and control, especially since I also had to consider stuff like the angles of the lights. It was very time consuming, but personally, I think the final product is worth it.
What do you think? Take a moment to really look at what’s going on in the picture.
One thought on “The Neon City”
Sa-weet. Great combination of photography and illustration. Consider playing a bit more with color temperature and shadows/highlights to better match the monster with the city. Overall, very strong.