Japanese Artist’s Striking Illustrations Show Tokyo Overrun By Whales And Giant Flowers
“I take scenes which you may see every day, and I aim to create a different world by adding something else.” This is how Japanese illustrator Hiromu。(hiromu-maru) humbly describes his astonishing works which he illustrates in pen and colors in Photoshop.
With the city as his backdrop, many of his illustrations convey a world where usual concepts of space and dimensions are confused. On the one hand, air and water seem to merge seamlessly, allowing whales and other aquatic creatures to freely roam. On the other, giant flowers appear in the heart of Tokyo.
At times, the presence of these extraordinary elements is destructive: whales collide with buildings, giant blossoms explode into being or grow out of skyscrapers in a post-apocalyptic landscape. At other times, people seem to go on with their everyday lives, with the extraordinary events occurring around them.
And yet, even with all these astonishing things happening to the city, the overarching tone is not one of fear, danger or dread, but of curiosity, amazement, and perhaps even acceptance of a new reality.