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Ninja Shingo by JohnSu Ninja Shingo by JohnSu
Shingo is a waitress at a Ninja Cafe in dreamland; it is an establishment that caters to the unconscious otaku. She is not actually a ninja. The same applies to all of her coworkers (except for two, who really are ninjas, but nobody knows about it).

In this scene, Shingo is getting ready to go home, as the sun is rising and her shift is ending. She commutes by Amano fish.

Tenchou (her boss) is pleading with her to stay a little longer because it's just about time for the college students to be going to sleep and she is popular with that demographic.

Papaya (the chef/baker) wants her to take some oily bread with her because it's about to go bad and he'd rather give spoiling food to his coworkers than throw it away. A true gentleman.

Daimonji (the bouncer) is an enigma. He's trying to say something, but nobody can quite understand him. It could be poetry, or it could be profanity. Or it could be both.

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So, why did I draw this?

While listening to some chiptunes on Youtube, I saw this in the related videos and was like

"Whoah, what is that?"

Turns out it wasn't actually anything in particular, but it at least made for an interesting could be picture, so I DID IT, and it was FUN.

Incidentally, do any of you artists out there know the term for extracting a picture from a thing by looking at it even though the picture wasn't really supposed to be there? I can't figure out the Google search terms for this. (EDIT: the best suggestion so far has been "Pareidolia;" not exactly the thing I was trying to describe, but close enough!)

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:iconvifdor:
Vifdor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Colors and general form of you draw remind me the jaket of an Nujabes Album (hydeout productions 1st collection) !! lol
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad that connection was apparent!
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:iconmingamantis23:
mingamantis23 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NUJABES!
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:iconmari-keiyou:
Mari-Keiyou Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do that "Thing" all the time! I tried pointing out the dragon in the ceiling tile at home and I just get funny looks.

Nice to know it's a thing and not just me going bonkers!:iconnotaloneplz:

Very beautiful work by the way. :)
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:iconfox88:
Fox88 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I was going to point out that it looks pretty much exactly like the album-cover at first glance but then I realized that was your intention all along.
You cunning rascal.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:icondancingplz:
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:iconaeyviallenpoe:
AeyviAllenPoe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love that you take indistinct shapes you glimpsed somewhere random, and turn it into something distinctly random. With a backstory that makes little sense, yet it's entertaining.
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:iconzwimmy:
zwimmy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
That's one of my favorite albums. Pretty much anything from Hydeout productions is. Great take on the cover.
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:icongarden-fairy:
garden-fairy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing how it turned out
you have an incredible imagination :)
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:iconeriwyle:
eriwyle Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I knew it was Nujabes even before I followed the link :XD: Nice concept, haha :D
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darkside-ky Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Ninja Shingo rhymes with Shiina Ringo who looks just like I-No from Guilty Gear.

THEY MUST BE RELATED SOMEHOW.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
THEY HAVE THE SAME BLOOD TYPE
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:iconjustin458:
justin458 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
"Turns out it wasn't actually anything in particular, but it at least made for an interesting could be picture"

Not anything in particular? Yeah, get a taste in music please.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why are you talking about music? I am talking about album art.
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GhostKITTEN Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"extracting a picture from a thing by looking at it even though the picture wasn't really supposed to be there" I once made up a species by doing that.
Because when you wake up in the morning and see that a kangaroo rat with big pointy ears has been watching you sleep from the logo of the newspaper hanging on your wall.... Well, actually I don't know what that means. Aside from that you may want to consider seeing a psychiatrist.
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:iconriyacchi:
riyacchi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
the things you do in life... XD
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:iconmjbdisaster:
mjbdisaster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
does the baker have bean paste on his back
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
taro, actually.
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:iconmjbdisaster:
mjbdisaster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
buns
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:iconjdwasabi:
JDWasabi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
....I thought it was the Nujabes album cover sitting in my inbox!!!

Very impressive interpretation ;D
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am glad the resemblance runs in the other direction, too!
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:iconthedancingbacon:
thedancingbacon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I wonder what it is like to see the world through your eyes. It seems like suddenly, everything would become much more fun.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And frightening!

I need to send someone out to read the internet for me.
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:iconobsidianskull:
Obsidianskull Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Fuck yea! Nujabes
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:iconazurakai:
Azurakai Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful.
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:iconxx-cappuccino:
xx-Cappuccino Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I saw the thumbnail in my deviations inbox, I immediately thought of Nujabes! I think I'm more excited about this than I should be.
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KirbyGotenksabsorbed Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's very possible that just simply isn't a word for what you're trying to describe. I know the term for the thing that "extract a picture" from at least, it's called a "simulacrum".
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's very likely that that is the case.

I don't even know why I thought there was a word for it to begin with.
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Martin-Q Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From abstract to characters, love it! What chiptunes were you listening to? I picked up on that music genre a few months back, and there's been no going back.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was listening to [link]
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:iconharutaart:
HarutaArt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. Having the colorful characters on the plain white background makes for a great look. Definitely going to buy a print of this once I have money for such things.

I think I need to stop trying to draw whole stories out, making "plans" for comics and such. I should try what you do, just drawing whatever you feel like. If that's what you do and all.

John Su, you're awesome.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll admit trying to make whole stories is tougher work than it seems.
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SilverSugar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I draw from wall patterns, clouds, and other such things all the time. I really should post some of those doodles more. They are random things to be sure, but fantastically fun to do. I can't think of a name for it though... Cloud-gazing syndrome?
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SqueekyTheBalletRat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man, I do that all the time with stained tiles and the little dapples on the fuax marble floor here. It's fun!

Sadly I do not know what the term is. But I think Pareidolia is right though...
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larein Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like that there is no mention of why she has a weapon on her. Though, I suppose she DOES work at a ninja cafe.

And the picture came out nicely! I like that fish.



and the bread.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
now, imagine if the fish were filleted in that bread...

mmmmm
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diskfire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
She must be quite the popular one at her workplace. :XD:
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:iconbinaryhavok:
BinaryHavok Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The song goes well with the pic, funny how that works out.
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
If she'd serve me at that dream cafe, I'd tip her 50% and tell her boss to pay her extra! :nod: She's a cutie!!!! :D But then that's why she needs that kama I guess.....to fight off the Otakus!!!! :giggle: By the way, what are those pinky-white things in Papaya's backpack? :confused: They look like peaches or something. :blush:

Actually Pareidolia is only the clinical definition. Another term for this is called "Matrixing" where your brain makes an image out of features to create something that isn't really there. It is how many people believe they see ghosts in photos and videos that are in fact non-paranormal phenomenon that can be explained. There are lots of youtube videos that show this. This can be undone by making the view aware of the actual images features alone and then having them look at all those features together to see where the illusion of an image came from.........however if YOU have been, or are experiencing this John it could mean you're eating too much of Papaya's oily bread! ^^; It maybe having that affect on you! :nirvana:

Oily bread huh? Yeah.....nothnxbai!!!!!!! :sprint:
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, they are taro buns made in the form of peaches.
He calls them "Momotaro."

There is a rare chance you will bite into one of these and find a baby inside.
You then wake up in a cold sweat, trying to remember what happened.
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Oh so he's a nightmare chef in the dream cafe then? Papaya sure is a sadistic chef! I suppose this is a nod to the classic Peach Boy story then......but made out of taro????? :confused:
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nope.

Made of pork.
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:icondemosthenes-101:
Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Wait.....you just said the bread was made of TARO!!!!! :confused:
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No, the buns are filled with taro paste, but the surprise baby is made of pork.
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Well thank heavens.....I was thinking Papaya was into cannibalism at one point! ^^; This this being a John Su pic, that is always a distinct possibility!
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fateavernicus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
emm~ nujabes~ nice
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twilight-woods Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I like how nothing you draw makes sense. Makes my life that much more surprising.
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littlealliegator Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The colors are very intense, but still nice. And I love that fish with the eye-patch as a character.
Hmm that should have a term. I totally do that all the time. There's some shiny paint in my bathroom that looks like a monkey blowing a sad cloud away
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cloud just wants acceptance from monkey...
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:iconfirstandforsaken:
firstandforsaken Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
sigh... It's cool man. It's really awesome, but why did you have to get my hopes up?
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