April 11, 2017

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Jesus Ortega

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“Tokyo Storefront” Illustrations by Mateusz Urbanowicz

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  The beauty of the eye being able to catch something beautiful instantaneously is amazing. There are things that actually become unnoticed in our everyday life but if we took the chance to observe it, we would notice the beauty of it. As life becomes more modern and especially in …

 

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The beauty of the eye being able to catch something beautiful instantaneously is amazing. There are things that actually become unnoticed in our everyday life but if we took the chance to observe it, we would notice the beauty of it. As life becomes more modern and especially in the city, other things die out, such as architecture. Cities like NYC and Tokyo are changing rapidly but there is still some traditional architecture in these areas preserved that could still be appreciated just like the Polish artist Mateusz Urbanowicz has done.

While studying animation at Comix Wave Films in Japan, Urbanowicz artist got a chance to explore more details of Japanese architecture.  Urbanowicz noticed how fascinating and unique the buildings were from the overall design, even the smallest detail like displays and signage were noticed. He portrayed old traditional buildings in an interesting way: with rich color, personality, and history. Through the use of watercolor, he captured the most intricate detail of each building. A series of 10 storefronts were designed and also accompanied with his youtube videos that show how his illustrations came to life. See below his storefront illustrations and enjoy:

 

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#01 Yamane meat shop from Nippori district

#02 Tsuruya (former) tailors, now retro variety shop

#03 Kobayashi hair salon from Sanbanchyo district
(left) #04 Chinese food restaurant from around the Takadanobaba district

(right) #05 Miyake bicycle shop based on shops from Kagurazaka and Kichijyouji

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(left) #06 Isetatsu traditional color woodblock print store from Yanaka district

(right) #07 Ootoya meat shop from the Koujimachi district

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(left) #08 Nakashimaya Japanese sake shop from Mejiro district

(right) #09 kitchen Kuku restaurant from Kichijyouji district

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#10 Noike: sushi restaurant from Yanaka district

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