February 18, 2017
Architecture Visual arts

Polish artist Mateusz Urbanowicz, known as Mattō, fixed into cotton paper ten illustrated Tokyo storefronts. Shops’ facades that are still surviving in old buildings despite the disruptive earthquakes that hit Japan regularly. “When I moved to Tokyo, more than three years ago I was really surprised that upon my walks I encountered so many shops still in business in really old buildings: in Kobe the earthquake wiped out a lot of these old downtown houses and shops”. The use of multiliners and watercolors is very well depicted in the “making of” videos (that can be easily browsed on his youtube page), where the drawing and coloring of each scene generously unveils part of the creative process. In the end we find ourselves in front of sunny and peaceful representations, reminiscent of his training in animation and comics at the Kobe Design University in Japan.

10 Illustrated Tokyo storefronts
Artist: Mateusz Urbanowicz
Year: 2017
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