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Tokyo Dreams by Vlarg Tokyo Dreams by Vlarg
"Every man sees something different when he looks at the heavens." -Joseph Toschlog

Since the Japanese spend so much time being introverted, such as on buses and trains, I would assume that they spend this time elsewhere...at least...elsewhere in their minds. Because of the rigid structure to their social systems, escapism and fantasy culture has become extremely rich and well developed. Take your pic of any fantasy role playing game from Japan...the worlds are vast, the creatures are fantastic, and they takes dozens of hours to play. What better way to escape from the mundane hustle and bustle where it's impolite to start a conversation with a random stranger than to play a game where you HAVE to talk to random strangers to win? Eh...anyway...this image here is what I see when I'm in Japan. I see people on the trains and I wonder what they're thiking...where their mind is...what they're dreaming.

The photograph at the bottom was taken by me during my summer trip to Japan. It was taken from the 18th story of the Ramla building, also known as the Tokyo International Youth Hostel. This is over looking Iidabashi. Notice the sign at the bottom that says Twin Star.

I know this is an old and tired theme of fantasy star-scapes over some real terrain, but I wanted to play around with some great tutorials I found with regards to cool sci-fi stuff. Forgive the cliché image, but it was fun and exciting to delve into genre I've never played with before.

(The photograph was shot with a Minolta DiMage A2, if anyone really cares I can put the exif data up)

The rest of the image was created in Adobe Photoshop CS and CS2
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Kawaii-Meli-Luv Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
Beautiful! :aww:

:+fav:
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you much! I actually won a "Most Creative" award for this my senior year at Purdue University, I was touched. :P

-JT
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Kawaii-Meli-Luv Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
Cool! :D
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caraazul77 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
nice manipulation :)
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!

-JT
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nineblind Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
:eyepopping:
when i saw this picture my eyes kinda looked like that.
WOW, amazingly well done, i really like how the big planet overlaps the border,
and the starscape looks amazing, and... ah heck i just like it all.
well done indeed!
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Well thank you...I'm very glad that you like it! You know, your work "Luminosity" [link] is what inspired me to attempt the star stuff in the first place. It just took me a while to get around to it. :P

-JT
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nineblind Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
coooooooool i love to be inspirational. lol
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yours is much better than mine though,
:heart:
i luvs it.
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
You know...the planet being outside the border was a happy accident. I dragged the planet on, positioned it where I liked it, then increased the canvas size to make the border, but the planet, being larger than the original document, hung over and I thought "Wow...that looks nice." :P So I didn't really plan on doing that in the first place. Good thing it worked out like that!

-JT
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nineblind Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
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it does look rather lovely, that happened to me on my last deviation (the NIN one) but it didn't look good at all so it had to be remedied. Yours looks fabulous, however. :D
:heart:
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
You flatter...you're most certainly too kind. Oh I get it, you want me to send you biscotti! :P

-JT
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nineblind Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2005
ah crap, you found me out.
lol ;)
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Just wait until you get a a load of my white chocolate chip/toffee ones! ::Grin::

-JT
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color-me-sapphire Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
purdy colors........ ooh....:drools:
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Hee hee..glad you like it.

-JT
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SieTalon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Wow...I love this one hun. You've sumerizied the Japanese really to the T. I like it a lot ^^! :+fav:
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
I take it you remember that view from the window?

-JT
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SieTalon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
Yeah, I think I do. Though I was never allowed to walk around the hotel cause of some #$@#%ing idjits :(
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Did I ever tell you that I went downstairs and told that guy off? It was quite funny, then I complained at the desk the next day. ::Shrug:: It's really hard for me to take shit from anyway...and harder to take shit from people that don't even introduce themselves before they yell at you.

-JT
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SieTalon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
LOL, I actually heard it in my room (It was really faint though, I couldn't tell what it was until now) You know the relationship between customers and the retailors in Japan, is MUCH different from the ones here? Though, it is interesting that he would yell at you, you were the onl adult up there. He yelled at me cause he knew I was apart of the group, and it was past our bedtime.
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
It was an interesting 'coversation' to say the least. The only thing that I was able to conclude is that he was idiot. Talking to him was worse than trying to talk to your parents when you're 6. Not only did he refuse to believe anythign I was saying, he wouldn't even listen. You can't understand a person's point of view when you interrupt their every sentence with your own repeated BS. But it's in the past and it's rather funny now. ::Yawn:: I don't really see me staying there again though, so I'm sure it doesn't matter. :P

My problem wasn't that he yelled at me as much as that there were 4 asian students in the kitchen area that he didn't yell at. I understand that since I'm in a foreign country, that I'm going to be the one who is discriminated, but for the love of silt, it was an INTERNATIONAL youth hostel, this should be one of the few places where there isn't discrimination. But what can you do?

-JT
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Vlarg Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
::Blushes:: Thank you.

-JT
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