Japanese Artist Creates Amazingly Realistic Miniature Dioramas

There’s something fascinating about model building. We all remember doing them as kids. Not having much patience and wanting them to be glued and painted as soon as possible. Of course real model makers have a lot more patience than that. When you’ve tried your hand at model making you can recognise when somebody has put an enormous amount of time and patience into a model. Even more so when that model is made from scratch with basic materials.
For real dedication and an eye for detail the following are excellent examples of a model maker who has lots of patience and skill.

miniature diorama of a garbage dump
miniature diorama of a garbage dump

Satoshi Araki, an artist from Tokyo, creates highly realistic miniature models of towns, vehicles, and a lot of other objects from everyday life. He is particularly skilled at making small-scale dioramas of chaotic cityscapes that are affected by urban decay, pollution, or warfare.

Satoshi mostly uses Styrofoam board to make these incredibly intricate and complex models – he cuts them down to the desired shape and size, paints them, and then glues them together. He explains on his blog that he uses Google Image Search to pull up images that he later uses as a visual reference. These images help him create scenes that are very life-like, down to the smallest detail.

Some of Satoshi’s notable works include scenes from junk yards, overflowing garbage bins, abandoned vehicles and buildings, a miniature diorama of a bombed-out corner in Bhagdad, and a miniature replica set of the fictional Gotham City. His replica of an old, rusted Vespa scooter is so accurate that its photograph could fool you into believing it’s the real thing!

He also creates many scenes of urban decay that often feature man-made products being overgrown with weeds or rusting away.

You can follow him on twitter and his blog where he posts new work.

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