He Worked 10 Hours A Day For 3.5 Years, And The Result Is Insanely Detailed.

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Manabu first started working on Rebirth in 2013. Ever since, he has put in 10 hours of work a day for six days a week.

Japan has been through a lot but it has proven to be a tough and strong nation. The country took a big hit after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the tsunami that followed. Japan and its citizens were suffering. Nonetheless, the country rebuilt itself near six years later.

Manabu Ikeda, a pen and ink artist, found himself going through a similar process in completing his latest masterpiece, Rebirth.


Manabu Ikeda

Even after all that hard work, it took him approximately 3.5 years to finish his 13x10 foot art piece.

Manabu Ikeda

The masterpiece displays a tree growing out of carnage that was caused by the same disasters that happened to Japan.

Manabu Ikeda

It shows the tree being surrounded by tsunami waves but that's only the surface of the image.

Manabu Ikeda

Taking a closer look at the details, you'll notice that the drawing consists of a myriad of tiny components that capture thousands of other stories that were unfolding during these disastrous events.

Manabu Ikeda

“My goal is to faithfully express my view of the world in my composition, but I don’t intentionally depict detailed images,” Manabu told the Chazen Museum of Art.

Manabu Ikeda

“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.”

Manabu Ikeda

Three and a half years is a very long time but it was well worth it in creating this amazing and intricate piece.

Manabu Ikeda

**Check out the short video below to take a closer look at Manabu's creative process and his beautiful piece.**

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