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Itís taken me a few weeks to complete this due to the other projects Iím working on simultaneously, and the detailed nature of the painting. It was pretty interesting to work on, as I donít often do perspective-heavy works. Anyways, read into it what you will, Iím just glad its finished!

15″x20″
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Given 2013-06-12
The Creator by ~Nimbus2005 ( Featured by STelari )
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TheTruePsychopath Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
An actual work of art.

"Damnit, Gandhi! I said red, not blue! Do it again!"
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
So beautiful! Love the colors, the idea, the atmosphere, everything!
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Sankhara Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
love the contrast between the buildings in the first line and the rest of the frame/ landscape
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Kheelaia Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible! it's so beautiful!
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UrukkiSaki Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! Great contrast and atmosphere! :)
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TamiTw Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful..love the concept, love the colours!
What medium did you use? Very nice!!!
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Nimbus2005 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Thanks, it's in watercolour
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silenoswithaleopard Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:wow: this is so good looking!
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Westleigh-dede Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It took me awhile to figure out where your icon was from.
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pariah87 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
:worship:
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tayna-milleo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional
so inexpected! amazing!
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JoseHolm Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Really nice concept. I love the contrast between the evening city and the warm lights.
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PooFoxPyrocraptor Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i was amazed when i thought it was digital... respect!
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MiriamMelody Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW :+fav:
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miracle111 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
magnificent!!!!
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darkcreamz95 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of artwork before the 21st century~
You know those classic illusion art that sort~

There's this feeling for me... If u know what I mean :D
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Nimbus2005 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Thanks very much!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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DarkGabriel23 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliant concept, I love it! :D I'm not sure why he's yellow but it seems to work for him.
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shadree Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the picture but it's too small to check the detail... =(
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Paddytatty Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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FixFax Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!
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Ebonstorm Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Writer
He'd been dead two years now.

I can still remember him from that Christmas two years ago, sitting in his checkered cardigan with his furrowed brow focused on a car from his underground diorama. He hand painted every part of his tiny town; each part of it resembling our city of Hamburg, its mixture of buildings, trees, and rooftops.

I loved to go into the basement with him, down the rickety stairs, each creaking with a signature sound, his weight distributed carefully so each bore his weight gracefully. Even at his age, he refused to use a cane and only lightly did he lean on the railing. Halfway down he would reach up and find the small beaded string and turn on the light over the stairs. Its wan light never lit more than the rest of the stairs into the basement and its hidden treasures.

He would move around the in the near darkness and when he reached the far wall, he would turn on a dial and the lights in the city would come on, dimly at first and slowly each building would light up from within. Cunningly crafted the buildings would come alive as if you were seeing the city from above on a summer night. Terraces lit, streets glowing with familiar shadows, cars sitting, awaiting tiny drivers to enter them and drive to their tiny destinations and their tiny lives.

I loved that city. I would walk around it for hours noting every detail, taken from real life. I know that he did because we would walk during the day together when I wasn't translating a book for a client. His eye for detail caught everything and while we didn't talk much, I noted his sharp eyes flickering around the town. He would then come home and paint the dings on cars, the dents on boats, the graffiti on buildings. He would rearrange cars, move his tiny people on the sidewalk cafes, placing gendarmes on different street corners directing traffic.

That last night he was painting a small Italian car, a rich royal blue, his brushes sitting on the table in the living room surrounded by family members who lovingly ignored his eccentricities. He didn't talk much these days, not since Grandmother died. It was thought he was becoming a bit senile, but I knew better. I spent more time with him than anyone else in our family and though he didn't need anyone to care for him, I had the time, so I did those little things he needed doing.

I replenished his supplies, kept his clothing up, did his laundry and talked to him even though he never answered. He painted a new car that appeared in the neighborhood and as he finished, he walked downstairs while the rest of the family finished dinner and was cleaning up. He walked by them and smiled, patriarch to an entirely too large and happy family. He took my hand and led me into the basement.

The lights in the city were already on. He walked into the room and gave me the blue car.

"Where was it?" His voice was soft and just a bit tired. He sat in his chair and pointed to the diorama.

I remembered. This was a car in front of the old church, the vehicle of the new bishop. Just a few days in town. He was still parking on the street until a space could be made for him in the back of the church.

"Here." I reached out and grabbed a small stick and cable device he used to place and move vehicles and dropped it gently in front of the church.

He smiled at me and nodded off to sleep. He died a few days later.

He left me the house in his will to do with as I pleased. I had grown comfortable in the three years I had cared for him and hadn't been in any hurry to leave. The family even continued to come around for the holidays as if he were still with us, so we continued to celebrate them as if he was.

I hadn't been back into the basement since he passed away. I was unsure what to do with his artwork. I resolved to address the work and considered talking to the local museum to see if they would be interested in such a detailed replica of the city.

I had fallen out of the habit of walking since he died and felt a bit guilty about losing touch with the city. After dinner and a couple of glasses of wine, I gathered myself and went into the basement. I expected to see two years of dust covering his miniature Hamburg forgetting to cover it after his death. As I started down the stairs, the door slammed shut behind me and the stairs failed to make their requisite groans as I entered into what was once my grandfather's most treasured place.

Instead of the mustiness I expected, I found the air clean and cool, as if I had just stepped outside onto the terrace. Then I realized, the lights in the city were already on. I hadn't even crossed the room yet. Instead of dust, I found the streets clean and in good repair. I saw people standing on their verandas, enjoying the night air.

And then, a blue car drove past me. And then a foreign roadster passed in the opposite direction. A woman turned and walked back into her house. The cafe owner, carried his chairs into his store and swept his walkway before closing his store.

Then I saw him. He was wearing that same checkered cardigan and white shoes with the dark laces. He was walking down the street with a woman who looked strangely familiar. They walked down the main street and into the doorway of the church. Then they turned and waved to me.

I numbly waved back. They turned slowly and entered the church. Then the nine-oclock bell rang and I could hear it here and outside in the city proper.

I sat and watched the city late into the evening until only the streetlights were left on.

I picked up a paintbrush and touched up a table at the cafe before I went to bed.
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ScorpianAkio Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome story! you should post it up!
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Kooky4U Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me so much of Rise of the Guardians.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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RunningWire Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a splendid creation! I love the idea!
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thalon-mercrow Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
the perspective is lovely, and there's something about the old man that just has me touched thoe I cant quite but my figure on why...
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doublethefun Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I really like this! Conceptually and how you carried it out. Great work
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OoOoOoOmnaOoOoOoO Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
that's an interesting way to get your car painted :)
this is absolutly amazing!!!!
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SoulMuncherz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if he farts?
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Nimbus2005 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
This is the best comment I've ever received.
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xela145 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lolwut
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SoulMuncherz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL Sorry,It just came across me.
I mean,Hes sitting down on the street.
People walking around and behind him.
What if he just takes a massive fart? ...
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TFP-KittyconKnockout Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
((*points to you* I love dis guy! XD))
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joker-rin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic!
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GnarledContradiction Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very whimsical~ ^_^
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahhh I think it's perfect. It reminds me of the guys that do the miniature sets for films. :wow:
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kyoko43 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
omg this is so cool!!!!!!! > <
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gerardocanova Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
really cool!
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Schneefuechsin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :hug:
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SavvyBanani Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do I detect a hint of cubism? ;3 I love how the geometry of his sweater really makes him as much a part of the town as the town is a part of him. He's almost a ghostly figure because of the qualities he shares with the light. Very well balanced, excellent composition.
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catfinite Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist
so cool! it reminds me of the BFG c:
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MaximWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! Wie cool!
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Misbehave Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist
I've recently taken a very fond appreciation of cityscapes and the level of detail put into perspective works. This is a beautiful example and the color schemes you used just blow my mind! I really admire the level of skill this painting represents, congratulations on a well-deserved DD and great job! :D
:+favlove:
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SandroRybak Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
what technique is this? it looks like pencil and watercolors but i can not really tell... but im very curious
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MistressAlexandraSHM Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This gave me goosebumps for some reason~<3
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ActuallyMoriarty Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Artist
Of course the perspective is great and the warm color palette excellent. The figure himself reminds me visually of the late Moebius
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WazzinGator Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing concept conveyed by breath-taking artwork. Lighting and perspective are phenomenal. D8
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SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whimsical. The perspective is great! The use of colors are amazing. The people, the spots on his head, and reflection of the light in his glasses add a lot of detail to kick this piece up to another level. Fantastic work!
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