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The Great Wave off Kanagawa WP by painfullyxuncool The Great Wave off Kanagawa WP by painfullyxuncool
My rendition of a famous woodblock printing by Hokusai. It was published in Hokusai's series "36 Views of Mount Fuji."

874 shapes (not including all the little circles)

Took me about 7 hours prob'ly.

Download for the full size wallpaper (1280x800)...you'll have to crop it yourself if you don't have a widescreen monitor.

edit: I've done a second Hokusai woodblock. Check it out here: [link]
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:iconthegreatwave123:
TheGreatWave123 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
What medium did you use?
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:iconc0mm0nn3rd:
c0mm0nn3rd Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my absolute ever favorite piece of art, and you did it wonderfully! Bravo! and saved!
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:iconjuanpanch:
juanpanch Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!!
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:iconmusclemutt:
musclemutt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The great advantage of vector art is that the file will make as many pixels as you need to get a great-looking image.

If you rasterize the file, you lose that advantage, only to end up with a file where pixels are now fixed in number and thus limited in use.

Graphics companies don't always promote best practices. They water down the care, techniques, and learning we put into fine art to lower the bar for selling their products. Adobe, especially, promotes less good methods with simple claims that go against professional aspirations. Many companies also want to avoid improving their products. Adobe connived for almost 20 years to get their hands on the vector program Freehand and then junk it and eliminate competition to their clunky Illustrator software. Many examples see innovation waning when competition is stifled.

Pictures like yours are why decades back I gave up photography to pursue digital arts full time. You're sure to inspire others to excel and advance.
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KEKart Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
So I Google Image'd "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" because I might be using the painting for an art project, and I saw this one. I hovered over it, thinking it was the actual painting, and I saw that it was on a deviantART account. I was thinking, What IDIOT uploaded a piece of famous art to their account! Surely people know that it's not their work! And then I clicked on the picture and saw the slight differences in the style and my face did a complete 180 and I was thinking, OH MY GOSH! They actually drew this! Holy... Amazing! This is awesome, and I am completely apologetic for even thinking that you uploaded the real thing. I guess it's sort of a compliment, though. xD It really does look amazingly like the original. Excellent job! :la:
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:iconjagun:
Jagun Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Looks excellent.
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:icongregglesph:
GreggleSPH Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Very cool!
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:iconcalm-mariachi:
calm-mariachi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010   Writer
very nice indeed! But the download option doesn't provide the 1280x800 wallpaper that I so much covet. where is it now?
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:iconwallybescotty:
wallybescotty Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice like the colors,looks better than the one apple used on snow leopard, hey guys if u have sno kitty and use theres,Stop! and use this one
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painfullyxuncool Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010   Photographer
wow i didn't even see that as an option in snow leopard till you said that.
those are pretty decent colors compared to others i've seen, considering it's the original.
thanks for the comment!
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:iconwallybescotty:
wallybescotty Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob
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:iconeuronay:
euronay Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Amazing. Love it!
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:icontheshadowfolk:
TheShadowFolk Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it...What is the Drawing Style called???
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:iconpainfullyxuncool:
painfullyxuncool Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008   Photographer
it's vector art. some would call is "vexel," which is a rasterized vector image. you should check out the DA gallery for both styles, there's some pretty great stuff in there!
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:iconcapnkupo:
capnkupo Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love this rendition. I've been thinking of getting a skin of this for my laptop, I like it so much.

Nice work!
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Shift-ing Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i have a sketchbook with that on the front too. love that thing. love the painting too. and your new version. <3!! nice. its totally my wallpaper now!!
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:iconpilotocalypse:
Pilotocalypse Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
thats amazing. I have that picture on my wall.
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:icon1gx1:
1gx1 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
This is awesome. I really liked the original, but by vectorising it, you have made it much, much better for wallpaper usage. Nice one!
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:iconxgad:
XgAD Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
Wow, amazing work, this looks really good on my desktop.
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:icongazz27:
Gazz27 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
This type of animation grabs my attention instantly, and the picture itself is very intriguing.
Nice work. :+fav:
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:iconoptiv-flatworms:
optiv-flatworms Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Great picture. I saw exactly this tonight as a t-shirt cover :)
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:iconpunduke:
punduke Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
I used to have that on my wall, such a cool wave he created..
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:iconaxerron:
Axerron Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
The rendetion is simply amazing... excellent work, sorta feels like as if I'am looking at the original woodprint right now.
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:icondemonjack123:
demonjack123 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
its magical
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:iconsesshimaru:
Sesshimaru Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
OMG THIS PIC IS PRINTED ON THE FRONT OF MY NEW SKETCH BOOK I GOT AS A GRADUATION PRESENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconpainfullyxuncool:
painfullyxuncool Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008   Photographer
the original is a pretty famous painting.
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:iconsesshimaru:
Sesshimaru Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
OO i didn't know that. :bucktooth:
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:iconjadisofeternity:
jadisofeternity Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Student General Artist
I put a thumb of this on my journal header. it's really petty.
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:iconsesshimaru:
Sesshimaru Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
I can't believe the front of my sketchbook came form a devart artist!!!
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:icontechno-zombie:
Techno-Zombie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
No, it didn't. Hokusai made the original in the 1800's. This is a re-do. ( And a good one.)
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:iconsesshimaru:
Sesshimaru Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
:o still pretty cool
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:iconatrei:
atrei Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
wooowww!! big thanks!! looks incredible!!
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:iconeternal-mothra:
Eternal-Mothra Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
This has always been one of my favorite artist interpretations!
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:iconfifaifo:
fifaifo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
O_O very awe-inspiring. Kudos to j00!
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:iconlsand:
LSand Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God I've seen this in Anime!! LOL


It's cool, indeed.
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:iconccnutlime:
ccnutlime Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Wow, this is really nice. So nice in fact, that I must use it as my background.
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:iconlilmizztalky:
lilmizztalky Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
I really do love this.
It's amazing. I think I saved it as my desktop, so thanks.
I also happened to notice the same painting on the new movie Happy Feet. It's a parody of course, but I knew what it was right away thanks to your beautiful art work. (:
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:iconkritouf:
kritouf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
nice work !
I always loved this woodblock painting.
Very impressed !
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:iconcreidiki:
creidiki Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is pretty sweet, I've had a print of the original in my bedroom for a long time.

Me likes. :nod:
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daehenob Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Just got a widescreen LCD monitor, and this is the first wallpaper I grabbed. Very good job!
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:iconpainfullyxuncool:
painfullyxuncool Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007   Photographer
i'm honored!
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:iconscrufidog:
scrufidog Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
That's amazing! Did you completely copy his work or just use it as a reference?
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:iconpainfullyxuncool:
painfullyxuncool Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007   Photographer
copied for the most part
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:iconmetalixkinonfire:
metalixkinonfire Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
Simply amazing.

Keep it up! [link]
Satisfied
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:iconthiex:
Thiex Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
wonderful !!
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:iconaggiepuff:
Aggiepuff Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
Wow nicely done :D Hokusai would be proud I'm sure. ^^
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:iconfil-aretherreesa:
Fil-Aretherreesa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist
Whoah! I love it! Once I saw it I wanted it as my wallpaper! What program did you use?
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:iconpainfullyxuncool:
painfullyxuncool Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007   Photographer
it's all photoshop...used the pen tool.
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:iconfil-aretherreesa:
Fil-Aretherreesa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist
Wow! I'm guessing you have a tablet, yes?
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:iconpainfullyxuncool:
painfullyxuncool Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007   Photographer
nope, just a mouse. ;)
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