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Monumental Illustrations by Manabu Ikeda

Illustration // Thursday, 10 Oct 2013

The works of Ikeda Manabu scale out to be larger than life, with each canvas bigger than a person lying down in front of him. Working with pen and ink, this Japanese artist will work on a four-inch block of canvas everyday, typically for years at a time until the work is complete. Most interestingly, Ikeda does not know what the works will appear like until they are entirely complete. Regardless, the amount of impeccable detail that goes into each piece is truly astounding. Ikeda started a drawing in Madison, Wisconsin, on a 10 by 13 foot panel in July. He predicts the piece will take three years to finish with the theme centering around “disaster to recovery”.


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