Done for the Gion photo contest. http://www.koinup.com/contest/gionproject/
"The GION Project is a beautiful scenic SIM that closely reflects the traditional Gion district found in Kyoto, Japan." It's a portrait comp, but really freeform in the rules. I wanted to capture some of the flavor of the sim, not just take pics of avatars.
This was really the big nod to "Usagi Yojimbo
" in the series. the hardest part of doing this pic was hiding the poseballs behind me to get them out of shot, while keeping the image interesting. I put it through "Gimp
" and added a couple of filters to the image. Mainly a "Cartoon" filter to widen the black, a "Glow" and a noise filter to make it look comic-book style. the hard part was not over-doing it. But I think I got it.