When I saw this scan (and the other, similar image which had the girl more in profile), I knew I wanted to wall it. I think it was the juxtaposition of a traditional Japanese kimono coupled with a neon-lit city night that drew me in, and the stylized look of the picture. I wanted to recreate that with this and create a garish, lurid city-night scene. There's something that draws me to big cities -- an infatuation with the dazzling lights and loud sounds and the crush of people, or something. After image extraction/cleanup, I found a couple of stock photos from Stock Exchange of a Tokyo city night. I blended them together and used some effects to blur them and make them feel distant, not quite in touch, overly bright and saturated, and somewhat unreal -- because neon lights are like that. The blurred lights in front are from extended exposures of cars whizzing by -- the dangers that are inherent in a big city, and yet something else that draws people in. I had fun making the title part of the garish neon boards.
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