When Ushio Tokura publishes his work, he reaches the top of the Reddit leaderboards. It is not difficult to see why. Fan artworks cost a dozen, and at that point, there are probably more perfect replicas of pop culture on Minecraft's servers than stars in the sky. But take a look at Tokura's sculptures and you can see that he is working with a different philosophy.
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Here it is Aquasomnia, an ancient and old sea witch who breaks her head by the crystal sea, with a net of seaweed and bone cathedrals covering her ends. 157.000 positive votes, four separate golds.
No one had yet really focused on sculptures, or what we call the community, 'organic'. From there, I created ghostly creatures, abstract sculptures and dream landscapes.
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"He distanced himself from what people would think of Minecraft as a game where you build houses and instead plunged straight into the world of fantasy and abstract sculpture," says Tokura, when I ask him about his inspirations. “In the construction community, countless castles, palaces, kingdoms and other creations related to the structure had been made before; but no one had yet really focused on sculptures, or what we call the community, 'organic'. From there, I created ghostly creatures, abstract sculptures and dream landscapes “.
Tokura is 22 years old and lives in Japan living on Minecraft. So, he is part of Cyclone Designs - a studio that produces and sells new games, textures and skins within the Minecraft framework, thanks to the creative and economical tools offered by the Minecraft Marketplace platform. (Yes, in 2019, you can really profit as a full-time modder.)
Anyway, the Minecraft artist mentions that he plays the game eight years ago and started in high school; which is the kind of fact that can make you feel extremely old. As they did for so many others, the basic principles of this strange homemade excavation module soon gave way to the potential of a lifetime.