Having won July’s Ten competition, the extremely talented Hiroki Ogasawara agreed to share with us the method he used to create his winning piece.

“Hiroki, talk us through it…”

In this tutorial, I focused on the following 3 clear concepts.

a) Carefully finding images with the same taste/texture and creating space to bring out the personality of each image.

b) Showing the useful way of using given images.

c) Proving it is possible to create a new world by sharing their personality.

1)    Explanation of creation process
I am only going to explain the key steps because to explain in detail the whole process would take countless hours.

First I selected 4 images to use for the background.


I adjusted color and created a composite. At this stage it is important to carefully find images with the same taste/texture so that they blend easily into one and other. Furthermore, it’s vital that you create space to bring out personality of each image.


2) Use of one-point perspective
When you think about creating a realistic image, you would feel uncomfortable if you choose an object that has different angle as can be seen by the example below.


When you use multiple images/objects and design, you have to be careful on color, texture, the direction of light etc. When you create a composition with depth, the angle of representation is very important, so I selected images carefully.

(Selecting images took the longest time in whole process; sometimes it took a few hours to select a image.  It’s like hunting treasures; I get thrilled when I find a perfect image.)

By using one-point perspective for this artwork, I tried to understand the angle and also tried to draw the focus of audience to one point.


I didn’t really draw actual lines in my creation to respect flexibility, but I worked on it making these lines in my head.


I placed each part considering the lines, angle and size carefully.


If you choose a faucet shot with a different angle, you lose consistency of whole creation as below.


Then I carefully chose an object which has the right angle and placed it.


View points are getting focused on one point.

3) Use of splash images

Using as many provided Fotolia images as possible, I demonstrate through my work that you can use any given image, if you can think of a creative use for it.


I placed them carefully and boldly to express speeding and an urban surfer dude sort of vibe.


4) Create the details

I composited moss and trees on the buildings at the back.


I made the break lamps brighten.


I added moss and plants on the driftwood.


Considering the entire balance, I added reflection of windows and plants.


At the end, I readjusted the color then completed it.


* Used images from Fotolia

A big thanks to Hiroki for demonstrating the processes in which he achieved such a fantastic, and rightly so, winning piece of art.  For more of his amazing work head to his blog