Not stills from Katsuhiro Otomu’s animated scifi Akira but, rather, digitally manipulated and colour graded nighttime portraits of Tokyo by Masashi Wakui.
The amateur photographer and Tokyo resident’s incredibly rich, filmic style has attracted a legion of fans and would-be imitators.
More of his work here.
Jane Fogarty, of PawPawPawPaw, writes:
I know you don’t normally do this but I’m a young Dublin based artist and was hoping that you could promote my new venture into illustration. It came from a love of all pawed and non-pawed creatures. A nice gift for the animal lover in your life. They are vector images drawn on a graphics pad using Adobe Illustrator and printed on high quality paper. I would like to offer a free illustration to one of your readers. Personalised Pet Portrait Prize goes to a pet-owning reader with the most heart-tugging reason for needing a portrait of their pet..Just complete this sentence:
I really badly need a portrait of my pet owing to____________________________________
Lines MUST Close at
12 NOON 2.15pm
The winner is Claire: “I got my lad 11 years ago and have been without him for 3 now. After a good friend and my Granny passed away in the one week, my mam decided it would be a real comfort and I was elated that the petitions I had left around my gaf as a kid, pleading for one had come to fruition. It was the only thing I ever really wanted as a kid, and the one thing I was proud to introduce and say was all mine. He was the most loyal,placid,and compassionate fella. He was the one person that was always there regardless, sharing garlic cheese chips together at 4 in the morning,or just licking my face when I wasn’t myself. He was my best pal and carrying him in my arms lifeless and limp with his big brown eyes just about hanging in there, knowing he wasn’t coming home, was heartbreaking. He gets a mention in my house daily because he was so integral and such a character. One of these would look lovely in our kitchen for Buddy :)”
Experimental typography by Peter Strain.
Above: Murray, Odenkirk, Stipe, Gleeson (from Calvary though, [thanks Khanfred], inexplicably surrounded by Father Ted quotes), Darko.