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Japanese Artist Spent Three And A Half Years Creating One Giant Illustration

Drawing with pen and ink can take a really long time, and artists who work in ink like to take their time and get it right because they may only have one chance to get it right.

Japanese illustrator Manabu Ikeda spent ten hours a day for three and a half years creating his massive pen and ink masterpiece "Rebirth", how's that for slow?!

Manabu's incredibly detailed masterpiece measures 13 X 10 feet wide, and features a gnarly tree growing up and out of crashing tsunami waves and other destructive forces.

"Rebirth" was inspired by Japan's rebirth after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, so it was obviously a labor of love for Manabu as well as an epic scale way to show off his drawing skills.

“My goal is to faithfully express my view of the world in my composition, but I don’t intentionally depict detailed images,” he told the Chazen Museum of Art. “Because I see details when I observe things, rather than the whole, I find pen and ink to be the best tools to express how I see them.”

-Via Bored Panda


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