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Gate-A4 by fox-orian Gate-A4 by fox-orian
Maia *Tomiokajiro style!

Background painted in Photoshop, Maia drawn in SAI.

Notes about background: The grand majority of the scene (including the wear on the foundation concrete to the building,) was painted with the "Broad Tip 2" brush in my brush set, (row 4, brush 6,) and contains no sampled textures. The speckles came from spray/spatter brushes I have. The rest was a standard round opacity brush.

Hahah, no the background is not a repainted photo, but rather based on an area in the Boston Marine Industrial Park I explored last summer while I worked at Neoscape. See the warehouse on streetview here: [link]
I remember walking around this area when it was overcast a while after it had rained. The light was so flat and diffuse, the building's blue awnings were a brilliant blue color that just doesn't seem happen in direct sunlight.

EDIT: 6/1/2013
I removed the text from the building. I think it was one detail too much. I like it more this way.
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:iconizaakshoelaces:
IzaakShoelaces Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no way thats all hand painted?!
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:icondeco-kun:
Deco-kun Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The amount of detail on the background is making me speechless!
Fantastic!! Instant fave!
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:iconyezzzsir:
yezzzsir Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
lol had to zoom in thought it was a photo. Great job!
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:iconiiixandap:
IIIXandaP Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just awwwwwwwwwwesome.
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:iconnicholasxcato:
nicholasxcato Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So glad i found you on Deviant art! I came accross your youtube channel some years ago. Im working on a manga now and your half toning and scanned manga effect tuts are just what i was looking for! Thanks for the help and I cant wait to see more fron Synthesis :)
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Zwiebel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Um, wow, gotta admit I did think that the warehouse was a manipulated photo at first.  Though as a security professional I gotta shake my head at whoever put up those cameras, especially after having looked at the google maps link.  They left like 20 doors uncovered, plus if trucks park on either side of the camera you wont be able to see anything! Lol, still, this is awesome work!
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:icongiromcalica:
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THE DETAILS! IT'S LIKE I'M ACTUALLY THERE!
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:iconaxel-redfield:
aXel-Redfield Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
dayuuuuuuuuuuuuum , i thought BG is a photo!!
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:iconcarabarts:
CarabARTS Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow the lighting looks so real!
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:iconltcolonelbob:
LtColonelBob Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I have to say I really love your background art. I can't wait to see what amazing BGs you do for Synthesis!
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:iconmonkey226:
monkey226 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
You always have such amazing backgrounds, is there a particular city you draw inspiration from?
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Check out the description :D
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:iconmonkey226:
monkey226 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Well, I'm blind.
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it's alright man XD
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:iconneokeitaro:
NEOkeitaro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Damn, still love your backgrounds... Hope things are going well for you :)
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:iconcarthegian:
Carthegian Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Tomiokajiro style! Yeah I definitely got that.. :) 

Always like the texture like this, so urban and so realistic!
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:iconartabstraction:
ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My god your work always amazes me. *stares for hours*
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:iconcandykitttygoesmeow:
CandyKitttyGoesMeow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You have blown my mind...this doesn't even seem like a drawing but it is. I bow to you :iconbowplz:
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:iconpixelpandaa:
PixelPandaa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I thought this was a photo.

This crazy beautiful.
I'm blown away.
Amazing.
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:iconofidian:
Ofidian Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Yet another reminder of your growing mastery of background painting. I'm glad I saw it!
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:iconkillcow:
Killcow Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
wow it's amazing !
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:iconal-so:
Al-So Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I thought for sure this was painted over a picture. Impressive.
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:iconfebble:
Febble Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
You are probably one of the biggest influences I have. Then in this picture, it smacks me in the face with a "Get off your ass". I never want to show off any of my work because it's never what it is in my head, but then I see some of your work and it makes me want to reach a level where I like my art. Every time I see your my desktop background (which is currently 'Now Arriving'), it reminds me that it'll take a lot of hard work, but it'll be worth it. Don't mean to sound like a sop, but thank you for being an inspiration!
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:iconsilnaur:
Silnaur Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I was so sure it was a photo!
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:iconjo-mei:
Jo-Mei Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love the style!!!
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:iconel0calvin:
el0calvin Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I thought U made a character on real Background picture ~.~""
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:iconsmashbrudda:
Smashbrudda Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Nice work.

NOW GET GET BACK TO WORK

naa jks. take it easy, keep it up! good technique
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is some AMAZING paint work in the background. In fact, the background is so well done it makes the character look pasted in.
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:icondana-redde:
dana-redde Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seriously rad, dude :D
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:iconroachguts:
Roachguts Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
You have such an immense grasp of light and shadow, i'm consistently being blown away by your work!!
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:iconabigbat:
abigbat Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, this is gorgeous! Great work buddy.
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:icontherealari:
therealari Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Amazing!!
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:iconmultiversecafe:
MultiverseCafe Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Looks real. WOW.
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:iconragecndy:
ragecndy Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow! It looks like bakemonogatari's backgrounds
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:iconhandsomeape:
handsomeape Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Amazing!!!
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:iconlennan:
lennan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
You certainly fooled me with that background!
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:iconbonvallet:
Bonvallet Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I thought this was a photo. Wow. Incredible colour, shading, perspective, and natural composition. Phenomenal.
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:icondimaar:
Dimaar Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That background looks super realistic!
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:iconpimphand:
pimphand Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man I thought that background was from a photo at first. Nice job.
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:iconjorgemarquez:
JorgeMarquez Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
damn! I thought it was a photography when I saw the thumbnail :D amazing work
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:iconkalinascope:
kalinascope Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Amazing work on the background and I love the colours!
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:iconalagremm:
Alagremm Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Somehow I am reminded of Breaking Bad.

Still, brilliant, background looks like a photograph!
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:iconainn-o:
ainn-o Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
amazing!
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:iconbamm9:
bamm9 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student
your bgs are too real! I thought you just placed maia on a photo! the words on the building are great too xD
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:icondieman:
Dieman Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I keep thinking this is a photograph...
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:iconalgenpfleger:
algenpfleger Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good fucking job man, very nice. Any reference for this? Looks pretty damn good
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:iconmeken:
Meken Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that realistic light is the coolest ever, I have no idea how it's done but I hope to figure it out someday!
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:iconhellhoundx666:
HellHoundx666 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Interface Designer
This is pretty incredible. There are so few details that aren't photo-realistic. Did you use any photographs for color sampling?
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:iconkomikino:
Komikino Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's not a photograph??? Awesome job!
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:iconcarsist:
Carsist Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
this . . . . . isn't a photo? . . . . . . wow
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