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Ah, pure nostalgia!
Weren't those great sunny times, after class?

I would love to hear what your take on the story behind this scene is!!! :D

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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
OrionSonArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
incredible.. !
Taranko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
I love the slight angle
Koogleblitz Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dat atmosphere doe
sanchezcau Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I almost remember Japan, though I've never been there...
Quite impressive work!
Dilly89 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Don't think it's Japan. Judging by the first character on the "NO SMOKING" sign, which reads "b" (No) in pinyin, which is chinese, this place is probably somewhere in China.
AndrogynousRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That one guy looks like a detective in that trench coat and hat
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RaiynClowd Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist

One of the guys appears to be holding a cigarette, and I see that there is a no smoking sign. Or I may be blindSweating a little... 

Anyways, very thought provoking scene

RMTG Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I love how much details you put into your work.
It reminds me of my life as a teenagers, that ugly uniform I used to wear.
The environment and the interaction among people really hit the spot(It reminds me of the Kowloon area, I don't live in that area so it might be wrong...).
The guy in long coat and hat seems like a pervert though(In HK we don't trust people who dress like that).
Marzzel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Warm and mysterious... love it!!!!

Do you get random inspiration moments to do these? :wow:
Sickboy1373 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the psychological aspect. The viewer's POV as the fifth character is great. The picture leaves the context of the interaction completely to the viewer's imagination. Interesting how some commentators imagine they "definitely" know what the story behind the scene is...and how people see everything from an innocent chat or flirting, to a drug deal, to two guys, or creepers, picking up school girls. Some say the picture has a warm and comfortable vibe; others feel it is "creepy" or sinister. Fascinating!

The posture of the girls and their interlocutors tells quite a bit, and the conversation - at least the part we are privy to - seems to be mostly between the taller guy and the girl with her ankles crossed. Tall guy also seems to be the "alpha" of the group: both of the girls and his companion are facing him. The girl in the front is looking at her (more relaxed?) friend and both have their hands in similar positions in front of their bodies. The guys have a bit of a bad-boy vibe..cigarette, hat, trenchcoat.

What do I see in the interaction? Two girls talking, maybe flirting, with two (slightly older?) guys. Schoolmates a grade or two above them? "Cool" friends of older brothers? The light, colour palette, and the stuff I mentioned above, suggests a warm and relaxed vibe with a bit of the nervousness (though tall guy seems quite confident) and sexual tension that comes with male-female interactions. I see a typical after school scene - nothing sinister going on here. Great work!

nb - Just read ~GrecoGecko17's comment and the artist's reply...looks like my analysis was pretty close to how Mr De Ro imagined the scene. :-) Looking forward to exploring more of your work.
TaeYoongJoongSa Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I could use my imagination!
KoniPerdomo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
i think they are buying weed
TheAshiro Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
yeah man, men in coat only serve two purposes
1. Work as lawyers
2. Sell weed! oA
JoeCorreia Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Some pictures are more than images... they are glimpses in the Soul of Man!
Master piece!
EnchantingPurity Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Story behind this? Actually I thought the tall guy would be one of those creeps inviting children to his home to give them "candy"... Maybe that's just me xD
Amazing work though
sheorun Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
No, not just you :D I had exactly the same thought when first looking at this ;)
EnchantingPurity Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Glad I'm not the only disturbed mind around. :P
sheorun Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Yep yep :D
EnchantingPurity Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
pcyh Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Definitely illegal drug dealing.
Amazing work with the lighting and nostaligic mood though!! Love it!
KyleOShea Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
very nice *________*
Piimocial Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
incredibly real
nioGara Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist O-o...
MTJpub Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Beautifully captured... It's those moments in time that I enjoy reflecting upon.
surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Featured here: [link] . :aww:

Happy Holidays! :iconclop0:
Beastlygrrl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
It looks like after school, innocent romance :)
leti980 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this picture brings me soo many memories... :iconschoolplz:
Fiddyman237 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
looks like some creepers ganging up on some school girls. Sorry. thats what it looks like.
Iced-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LOL that's what I thought too....
Fiddyman237 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
CDAntiAlias Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
that lightining! o.O
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Beautifull work:))
Mahaxx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Artist
I love this! Its amazing how one picture could have so many different depths, emotions and meanings in it.
For some reason the story i imagined is the 3 students skipped school and met this guy who tricks them by being nice and all and giving them an offer to do something for him in return for money, and then he kidnaps them.
KahlanAmnell123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
hehe your comment made me laugh, good story :D
zoeychick Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is so beautiful - especially the lighting. Wow.
Lovelynice Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I like it, and the mood.
marblegallery7 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love this one!
electrifried Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I love the atmosphere in this, totally reminds me of HK! But I'm getting creepy vibes from the men lol.
thedamin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thing I like the most is that really tall building behind the trees in the background. I want to be behind one of its windows and watch these kids and their business!=D I think that guy with coat and hat is a secret agent who is instructing other three kids! it's like "melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" :love:
JonasDeRo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah that building is suposed to be the school :D
thedamin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I totally want to attend this school! :giggle: Maybe as a transfer student! =D
jeanskitty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Great work! Where is this from, it looks very Italian
yro45 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
you are my idol! did you draw/paint the people? or stock photo?
ruslansagitov Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
It’s something interesting…
faderillaz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I like the colors
HarumiLove4 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Omgosh Those Trees! <3
Secret Hideout Perhaps, Somewhere Were The Kids Can Get Away From Rules, Parents, And Find Themselves. They Do What They Want (Since They Dont Listen To The Rule No Smoking haha) And The Girls Look Very Relaxed, Maybe Flirting? =)

Harumi <3
LenaChristian Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is is is amazing ! Love the 3D effect
trybalwings Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The stuff I had on my desk barely fits into my backpack. Where did my friends go? Hey, there's a door...might as well go out this way. Huh! An alley? Creepy. I have never been here before. Since when did this school need razor-wire? Especially on a fence that goes nowhere. Oh, my friends are there! Wait...those are...not my friends. I don't even know them. They don't go to school here do they? That guy with the funny hat and coat surely can't be in high school... The door is locked. So much for going back in the way I came. Maybe I can walk past unnoticed...I bet not. Oh well, they won't be there forever. I can wait. I reach for my smokes, but notice the sign...damn. Wait, that kid is smoking. He looks nervous. I light one of mine. Now who's nervous? Why is no one moving? I can't wait forever... Those girls look familiar, or at least the uniforms do. They're talking, but I hear nothing. Weird. I wonder if they noticed me standing here...watching them...for a long............ time. Could be longer still. Might already have been forever...stupid door.

Your work always has the only ting I ever ask for in art. Feeling. As always, well done! :)
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