An amazing picture huh? The reflections on the water, the warm glow of the windows, the serenity of the gondolas… isn’t it incredible what digital art can do? Well, if by this point, your mind goes “Pfft! I could render that ten times better in 3D Max or Maya”, you are probably very correct.
But try doing it the way this was done. In MS Paint. Yes, the crappy software that came shipping with Windows 95 even. And then you’d see the sheer madness in this picture. According to Diamonster, the creator, he spent more than 500 hours on it, having to work line by line and pixel by pixel.