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“Matto,” as he’s called in Japan, seriously impresses with his delicately colored illustrations of Tokyo shops.

Polish illustrator and digital designer Mateusz Urbanowicz holds a master’s degree from Kobe Design University. Obviously, that’s no small feat itself, but he’s also landed a job at CoMix Wave Films animation studio in Tokyo, which is best known for animating director Makoto Shinkai’s beautifully illustrated films (including The Garden of Words). In fact, one of Matto’s main tasks is to draw deliciously detailed background art for anime and animated TV commercials. His name even appears in the credits of high-profile anime series such as Studio Bones’ hit Space Dandy (no really, check it out!).

Matto also enjoys spending his free time sketching and painting as much as he can. One of his latest personal projects is a series of watercolor illustrations titled “Tokyo Storefronts,” which is just what it sounds like. The beauty of his style, however, is that he doesn’t focus on the blaring neon signs, crowded intersections, or futuristic scenes that are often associated with Tokyo, but instead on the relatively simple, everyday architecture you’d happen to spot while taking a stroll in a residential area. In that sense, his art is like the hand-drawn equivalent of Hitoshi Kobayashi’s snapshots of rustic building facades.

Prepare to fall in love with this sampling of pictures from Matto’s Tokyo Storefronts series:

Just uploaded a new piece in my “Tokyo Storefront” watercolour illustration series: #09 Kitchen Kuku in Kichijyouji

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The seventh #watercolour #illustration from my "Tokyo Storefront" series! More info on my blog.

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Sixth shop portrayed in the “Tokyo Storefront” #illustration is up on my website!

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▼ His drawings possess an uncanny ability to evoke a sense of familiarity, illustrating sights that you, me, or anyone would see on our way home every day.

Fifth #illustration from the "Tokyo Storefront" series scanned and edited properly.

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The third #illustration from my “Tokyo Storefronts” watercolour series is done!

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First #illustration from my new series "Tokyo Storefront". See the making-of video on my blog!

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Thirsting for more? Check out some of his background art sketches as well:

Playing with acrylic gouache and #stabilo pastels. Wanted to try some new things with this one.

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Another #sketch in my #Moleskine this time all with only four colors #acrylicgouache used! Nice exercise!

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Finished the background today! Only characters left to do! #painting #art #wip #japan #illustration

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Finally, here’s the man behind the magic happily eating a donut:

Donuts at polish fair at Roppongi hills. 六本木ヒルズのポーランドフェアにドーナツ!(^ω^)

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Check out more samples of Matto’s personal and professional art on his official website, and be sure to follow his frequent updates on Instagram!

Source: Fubiz 
Top image: Mateusz Urbanowicz