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Noise: Shadows of the Signs by pikapikashuichi Noise: Shadows of the Signs by pikapikashuichi
My entry for the *wewy competition. The idea stems from the nature of Shibuya as a city center simply covered in billboards and signs which are more often than not showcasing images of people. What if these Noise derived from the billboards themselves, as creatures that pulled from the images' colors and forms?
I have never been to Shibuya myself, but I paralleled it to Times Square, and I know in TS you can't get very far without being accosted by another massive billboard advertisement; thus, I assumed Shibuya would be relatively similar. Noise would come from all directions and all levels of the district, surrounding you wherever you went.

Please download for full size. Thanks!

On another note, I am glad for the extension, as my school work has been quite tremendous (hence the reason I haven't uploaded anything in forever). Doing the background for these creatures was strenuous, but enjoyable and took much much longer than the actual villains, ironically.

Welp, enjoy!

EDIT: I just wanted to thank everyone for their support and super amazingly nice comments! I've never gotten so much response on an image before! The choice to do a noise/background image as opposed to a character sheet was a little counterintuitive for me, but I'm happy it got somewhere (and glad I didn't get disqualified sticking Cloud in the picture)!

Again, thanks so much!! You guys are the best~
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:icontomytieneblas74:
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, Cloud's cellphone ad makes a cameo here ! :D
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:iconzanninsei-sammeh:
Zanninsei-Sammeh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
I love this too much for words. Amazing.
Also loving Cloud, haha.
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:iconpikapikashuichi:
pikapikashuichi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks~!
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unflavoredpocky Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
that's wonderful! lol, is cloud advertising a cellhpone? XD
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omgwtfbbqplz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
OMG FF7:AC cell phone ad XD
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:iconcomolo:
Comolo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
great piece
your perspective is amazing
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:iconkit-kat-s:
kit-kat-s Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
Very lovely! Congrats on being in the top ten! :icontarddanceplz:
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gost4ever Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
cloud sale promocionan do una video camara xD!!

muy buen fondo!!! mucha suerte que esta muy bien echo!
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:iconzarokin:
Zarokin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Nurhurhurhur...Cloud advertising cellphones... >3 That's just rich. <3
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avatarv2 Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
awesome work. congrats on ur results! =P
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SnowCrasher Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant idea!!
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wolverinegurl Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
i lvoe the way cloud is lol nice work i hope u wn the contest
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IF-LovE-WaS-BluE Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Student General Artist
man cloud's shadow would cause pure ownage!
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joklulur Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Good job
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reimei Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
Very original idea and I totally agree with you about TS since it's so true since I've been there three times - total madness I can only imagine what Shibuya's like! o_O
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ShamelessMagic Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
It's a great idea to have Noise coming from everywhere, since TS is a very busy, bustling place(I've been there, loud but fun. xD). I also really like the shapes creeping out of the billboards. The first one at the very top and the hand-like shape coming from the Cloud billboard(!!!) are my favorites. Oh, and that Cloud ad is flipping amusing. (it'd be really weird if you got disqualified. After all, Tetsuya Nomura designed Cloud himself)
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pikapikashuichi Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, yeah, I figured it would be okay since Nomura did design him, heh. I'm glad you liked it! *hart hart hart*
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kenshi-refluxed Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Nice angling, it looks like it's about to crumble in. Congrats on the contest too.
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ThisIsBright Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
nevi. i love you. your work rocks my socks big time.
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:iconpikapikashuichi:
pikapikashuichi Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
!!! Nikki!!!! zomg I am super-amazing-happy I know what your name is now!! wweee~! I love you too dear. But I do not love the decal enforcer man who drives around daap kicking you out of parking spots. . . he is a large jerk.
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PleaseWakeUp Featured By Owner May 5, 2008   Photographer
Congrats!! What does it mean by "noise"??
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:iconpikapikashuichi:
pikapikashuichi Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Noise are the name of the villains in the video game, so all the categories where villains were drawn started with the title Noise: for clarification. And thanks, I'm glad you liked it!! ^_^
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seene Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Best finalist.
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CloudZlight Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
OMG! I see Cloud!! ^_^ lol, i like the angles and point of view looking down and everything.
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midnight-stars23 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
wow, kinda confussing, but i like it! :P
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:iconsukisuiss:
sukisuiss Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
this is an awesome perspective, with cool design
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:iconfireangel16:
fireangel16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
cloud AND hitsugiya
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cinismemoriae Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really, an amazing concept.

I didn't have the time to look at all the so many deviations on this contest, but thankfully yours was in the top ten, so I could see it and say that it's a great job!

Congrats :B
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xHollehx Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Woow this looks so cool O3o
Congrats on being a finalist!
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:iconmarco-island:
Marco-Island Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
This is so cool!
Congrats on the win!
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:iconmedi-chan:
medi-chan Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
it's just awesome....i love it >.<
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fudging Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
That looks so similar to the concept I had in my head but never had the time to draw, it's unreal.
Big fat congratulations, great image :) (Better execution than I could have managed.)
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:iconcomolo:
Comolo Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow,amazing work!
keep it up man!!
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Nadasulaki Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
SO amazing I really love this background! Not many ppl entered backgrounds! Great on the blur as it gets lower and out of focus! You're idea was very creative congrats on the win!
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:iconpikapikashuichi:
pikapikashuichi Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you! I'm glad you noticed the focus - I was a little concerned about it, but I'm happy you liked it!
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Nadasulaki Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Yay! (loved it!) No prob!
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AquaticFox93 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm Jealous!
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:iconaquaticfox93:
AquaticFox93 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That is awesome! How did you learn to draw like that? Or did it just come to you? Wow!
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pinku Featured By Owner May 3, 2008   Artist
Even though you've never been to Shibuya, you got a great feel for it here, not only with the signs/video screens but especially with that double crosswalk that looks like you're at the massive scramble intersection (it's kinda like going through a gateway to everything :3 ). Awesome work!
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pikapikashuichi Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!! That's a great compliment! =D
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UsanVaN Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Coolness! Very Tokyo/Final Fantasy-esqe!
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Katsuya-Danna Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Congrads on making it as a Finalist! :clap:
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safe1234567890 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
OMG IT'S CLOUD!!! LOL!!!! Congrats on making the top ten!! I love how you did the streaks coming out of the adds on the side of the buildings!!!
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UtakoYeow Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
congratulations with being in the finals
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:iconameebelpois:
AmeeBelpois Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Wow! I love how the colors blend... This is cool!!
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The-Nights-Killer Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
I like this one of the Finalists. In my opinoin this one should win
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:iconvaccinate:
vaccinate Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
This makes me feel dizzy. @3@ I love it. Congrats on making the top 10. :]
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:iconedmidt:
edmidt Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is really really great location design!! Congrats!
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lady-dragonish Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Just so ya know; Shibuya is a lot like Times Square. In fact, ALL of downtown Tokyo is like that! Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara... I think the only place that doesn't have giant advertisements accosting you is Ueno Park. You nailed it spot on~
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pikapikashuichi Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whew, glad to hear that! haha! thanks for the info!
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