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The Night Train by RYE-BREAD The Night Train by RYE-BREAD
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This piece was inspired by a song I played the marimba on in jazz band last week called "Night Train", a piece that conveys a lazy, slow ride on an empty train through the dark night and into the faster-paced morning light. And so it got me thinking, what would one find on a nearly-empty night train? What lingers there that day-travelers never see? I tried to create an awkward moment filled with both mystery, humour, and fantastical awe. I wish it were bigger so you could all see the details (jacket stitching, stray hairs, etc), but oh well. Anyway, enjoy ^_^

Note: just because they're on a train doesn't mean it's from spirited away ;)

Photoshop CS2 + Tablet
Refs used (middle girl is from Fresh Fruits)
Illustrator CS for background composition
Several days completion

Crits and comments greatly appreciated!
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cigarfsh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The creativity and detail in this is just wonderful.
NM-D4n3 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you don't mind ^_^…
cuttsthebutcher Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Student General Artist
I love their respective postures. This piece is full of character.
cjhaacke Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
"Its all right - he's a doctor."
Plainfacedpoetess Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
want to share this on my facebook "PLAIN FACED POETESS"  may I?
hidandere Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
I went on Youtube and just stared at this picture while listening to Night Ride XD
This is a really cool piece! Its just so random and weird but you make it seem not weird at all? Does that somewhat make sense? ^^;;
YOLO420SWAGBLAZEIT Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Reminds me of the london tube some nights.
Faved Sign 
mikalover139 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
I like the hairy guy. He's cute, in a weird but innocent kind of way.
mikalover139 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Weird, like that crazy cat bus
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminding me of Spirited Away. Manga style. Great art but animated bigger pictures are strongly recommended because of several stories to tell. 
HeroHeenie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Great! So cute!
offthewallart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love this! The guy on the left creeps me out, but in a good way
SmithKalivaJordan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
dont we all feel like this, when we have to sit next to strangers? it my sound weird, but in the end, we are scared of everyone we dont know
xjtdut Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
so cool~~ i love the colors u choose <3
Miss-Audaum-Lovet Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
thats awesome! i love it!
Nao1967 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too nice!:omfg:
jenniferlmack Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I love thier expressions so much. Also, the line work of this is fantastic!
NamedByWinter Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I love the idea:) It reminded me directly of Spirited Away too, but that doesn't matterxD. It's really cool:)
mega-webber Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
This this well niceeeeee! I rate you!
TheDeadManRemains Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Not entirely sure why, but I'm finding the big guy's expression to be enormously hilarious.
charla316 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
great drawing
what is that one on the left it looks like a weed
thepotatognome Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I love it =)
GroggyNodbegger Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Wow this is very unique. Great job!
edgarallenpoedreamer Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you mind if I wrote someting based off of this? Don't worry, It is not like I'm some published author. I will give you full credit for the idea of the creatures in the train..and I will add a few of my own. :P I also will not be presenting this piece (the picture above) in my story (though it would be nice if i had your consent)
edgarallenpoedreamer Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds like one of my stories....I love it. Amazing job!
Gurdim Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
That hour in the late night before the morning, when the gap between real and unreal seems to fade and one could nearly see his fantasies invading the real world from his mind? Awesome picture :D

Dunno why, it reminds me of a picture i saw years ago, in a "Almanacco della Fantascienza" (Almanac of Sci-Fi, an annual magazine with all the news of sci-fi from comics, movies, videogames etc etc, very nice), that figured the internal of a XIX century tram, with a couple of normal XIX century people next sitting between lots of strange aliens and creatures of every sorts, like it was a usual and normal thing xD.

Wanted to show that picture, but the almanac lies in my dungeoEHMcellar, and of course on the net it is impossible to find ^^'. "And so?" you'll maybe think... and so grats, this is a great art xD

(psychotic randomness 100% powa, spin on!)
rrcomic06 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
This is the coolest thing I have ever seen! Freaking awesome!!!
Kongfeet Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
they seem more normal than most people you see on the train lol
hamedsalim Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I seem to like this for some reason.
I don't know why.
momokairox Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
this. is amazing. i love the randomness of it. :D
Kazybarbarian Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student Filmographer
alexandresama Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
you should see Toujin Kit
alexandresama Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
or cannabis works by tatsuyuki tanaka
afullonetouch Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely art!
It remembers me to "Totoro" and the train of "50 millimeters per second"!
alexandresama Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
it's 5 cm per second :P
afullonetouch Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's true! Thanks
karenbloodcrest Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lmao i feel like this on the train all the damn time at transit is the worst XD
the-muriatic-acid Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
I love this bizarre character on the left!! What such a cute girl would be doing between these two? haha
KevinKoshka Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Heyy!! it looks just like my sunday morning after-party train home! only that the characters I come across are scarier, stranger and loudier...

it looks amazing :)
Citeron Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Sooo, cool :)
sinclairchap Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Photographer
No matter what you say, I shall always think of Spirited Away when I see this. It's part of the reason I love this so much! Spirited Away was the first Anime I ever saw.
love-incarnate Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Its like its right out of a Miyazaki film
Love it Love it Love it!
ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love the personality of the characters. :heart: Very neat work.
Iglica Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
VERY nice! :D (reminds me of spirited away movie)
Beechs Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is so very adorable!!

Awesome style and a really neat drawing there! ♥
Hippy-Hobbit Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
ooh, very nice, excellent detail and a very original idea overall :)
Horizontal-Ladders Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Why is that...uh...guy on the left sitting so close to her even though he has so much space to move over? o.o

Unless that girl just randomly plopped between them.
cirquedufreaky Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
the one on the far right is my boyfriend
cirquedufreaky Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
the one of the far right is my boyfriend.
KittyCyanide Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This is absolutely wonderful. It feels like a dream, and it's perfectly done. Perfect job.

(And yes, it does remind me of Miyazaki. xD)
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