Artist creates beautiful Tokyo street scenes on coffee cups

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(CNN)Mention coffee cup art to anyone nowadays and their eyelids begin to droop at the prospect of another Instagram picture of a barista’s swirly latte foam creation.

But the work of Adrian Hogan, a self-employed illustrator based in Tokyo, should jolt them open again with the force of a triple espresso.

Hogan has become an Internet sensation after a video of street sketches he makes on the side of disposal coffee cups got people clicking.

“Once I drew on the coffee cup, I filmed it and rotated the coffee cup at the same time,” says Hogan. “So you have the panorama of the background and the coffee cup in the foreground.”

The appeal, he says, is that people like to see how the scene unveils as he drew it.

He credits the idea to an invitation from his friend, Mariya Suzuki.

Suzuki, also an illustrator, was having a solo exhibition “Coffee People” about, unsurprisingly, coffee.

As part of the event, she invited a few friends, Hogan among them, to paint on coffee cups.

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