There are few cities in the world that look as amazing as Tokyo from above at night. The sheer scale of a metropolis of more than 30 million people creates an urban vista as far as the eye can see. Depending on your point of view this may be a good or bad thing, but regardless it’s still an awe inspiring experience. By taking an elevator to one of the Tokyo observation deck you can see the city in all directions.
In this watercolour painting the vantage point is from the Tokyo observation deck in Shinjuku, one of the busiest areas of the city. The majority of buildings in Tokyo are not very high, but in this region there are quite a few skyscrapers. The lights from the buildings shine out against the night sky. It’s a clear night with only a few clouds in the sky. The buildings are clustered together quite closely, some with a unique shape. In the distance is the Tokyo Tower, illuminated amongst a sea of other lights. Many red lights are on the edges of buildings and antennae, to warn away any aircraft. You can also see the street lights between the buildings behind a large apartment complex. A variety of watercolour techniques have been used to create the painting, with an emphasis on minimal intervention.