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Manabu Ikeda

There are some artists who plan their work meticulously before ever touching a canvas. Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda, is not one of them. This incredible master of the pen uses acrylic ink to generate intricate drawings, some of which take over a year to complete. Starting four inches at a time, he fuses traditional elements of Japanese design, such as cities filled with birds and gnarled tree boughs darting in and out of houses and uses them to tell a story, or relay a theme. The result are works of art so complex that one could spend hours trying to decipher a single image and enjoy every moment.

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-Vicki Syal

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