Kouki Ikegami’s illustrations juxtapose gritty urban scenes with solitary female characters who are going about their daily lives. From waiting at a railroad crossing to passing through the subway to overlooking a city, these romantic, transient scenes are filled with nostalgia for the quiet moments in life. Ikegami’s art is particularly impactful because of the complex compositions. Although his characters may be walking or standing still, they are complemented by rich, photorealistic backgrounds. Every minute detail of architecture—including traffic lights, signage, and telephone wires—is rendered with equal elaborate care. This applies to the figures as well, who often carry ornately drawn backpacks. The results reveal moments in stories that make us want to learn more. See for yourself in the gallery below and follow Kouki Ikegami on Twitter to keep up to date with his latest creations.