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Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda works eight hours a day, taking up to a year to complete gigantic paper illustrations that combine traditional Japanese architecture and landscapes, nature, decay, science fiction and whatever you’re having yourself.

With no idea how the finished piece will turn out, he allows his imagination to dictate the work from day to day, working with an acryllic pen on one 4 x 4 inch square of the illustration at a time.

Above: History of Rise And Fall (pix 1 & 2), Regeneration (pic 3), Ark (pix 4 & 5)

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