Site Update: Stonemill Bakehouse by Shingo Shimizu

Hope you're having a great Friday. Just wanted to share a new update today!

I illustrated a very Canadiana pattern for a Stonemill Bakehouse bread wrapper. It was to commemorate 'Canada 150' this year, and this limited 'Canadian Heritage Grains - Coast to Coast Multigrain' bread was seen on shelves nationwide!

Check it out!

Shingo's Boxing Week Sale! by Shingo Shimizu

Available now at the Inprnt Store.

DECEMBER 26-31, 2016 (until midnight)
'SHINGO'S BOXING WEEK SALE'
25% OFF ALL PRINTS!

Enter code: 'F9PHWVI'.

ALSO, you may have noticed that the SHOP tab, now has a drop down for two options: 1) Limited Prints, 2) Inprnt Shop.

After some consideration, I've decided to split up the shop into two options. Option 1, for limited prints and miscellaneous items (like stickers), and Option 2 for other classic prints for purchase (like the one above.) to be all handled by my Inprnt Shop. No worries, the promo code will work in both stores!

In the new year I'm hoping to produce more new art pieces for purchase (iphone/ipad cases, etc). So please keep coming back. Of course if you have any questions, please do let me know! 

Start to Finish. New Series of 12. by Shingo Shimizu

Hello, been a while!

I've been away with a full time position as a graphic designer. But now I'm back as an illustrator! There were a few projects I was able to work on, and will hopefully get around to it updating my site over the next month or so. Also to get the illustrator gears running again, I've cranked out this small series I call 'Start to Finish'.

These images were originally conceived as parts of a collage illustration for an article. I always found them so humorous, but thought it was a shame that they were so tiny and under developed. They had potential to be individual pieces, if they were given some love. So after leaving my full time job, I decided that this would be the first series I would work on as a personal project.

Also I've always thought that 'context' was such an interesting thing. I mean some images here are more obvious than others. But placing an image in a certain context, our minds connect the dots to give it new meaning. For example placing like placing a 'hello kitty' on some underwear, or some well known branding on a stack of condoms. It's no longer 'just sex'. It's become something more than that. 

Here they are as a series of 12, with more love (12 x 12").

Prints available for sale upon request.

Also follow me at the links below :)

Applied Arts Twice. 3x3 Twice. by Shingo Shimizu

It's been quite a while since my last post. Not that I've been one to post daily, as if it were my personal diary. Was away on quite the experience in Japan (which will be covered in the next issue 7 of Scion magazine).

Anyhow I am happy to announce that my work on the 'Northern Exposure' article in issue 5 of 'Scion magazine' was selected a few times for Illustration annuals and the 'Troy Sumitomo' (from Five Axis) portrait as well! 

'NORTHERN EXPOSURE'
ADVERTISING & PORTRAIT ILLUSTRATION
Applied Arts 2014 

'NORTHERN EXPOSURE' & 'TROY SUMITOMO'
PORTRAIT ILLUSTRATION
3x3 Illustration Annual no. 11

Saatchi & Saatchi Canada 
Executive Creative Direction: Brian Sheppard, Helen Pak 
Illustration: Shingo Shimizu 
Editor in Chief/Magazine CD: Lisamarie Chen 
Client: Toyota Canada

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Scion Magazine - Issue 6 (Inside Issue) by Shingo Shimizu

Scion Magazine Issue 6 (Inside Issue) continues in the same format as issue #5: 48 page magazine at 10.25" x 14.5", printed on the matte recycled stock. I want to send a big shout out to the Scion team: Lisa Marie Chen (Editor-in-Chief), Olivia Truong (Designer / Illustrator), Rachel Kennedy (Designer), Shauna Roe (Writer), Sheraz Amin, and newcomers to the team: Joel Arbez (Art Director), Christian Buer (Designer / Illustrator), and Matt Antonello (Writer). Thank you for all your hard work!

With the cover, we decided to go with an illustrated execution. I won't get into the technicalities of this particular FR-S on the cover (it's been strongly influenced by my recent trip to SEMA and the Tokyo Auto Salon.). Anyhow, the theme being 'Inside', I'll admit it was quite difficult in honing into an idea that would convey this. The magazine was to be released at the Toronto Auto Show, so it was mandatory that a car be on the cover. Without overthinking the concepts of 'inside' and a car, we decided to keep the idea rather simple, and then push much harder on the execution. 

Each of the elements exploding out of the open hood refers to each one of the stories or ads in this issue. The back cover (again very simple), is the back of the FR-S, (inside of a tunnel) driving towards the opening (url). The illustrations are treated more 'graphic-like', coloured in only black, white, and 2 PMS (green & blue). The goal was to look 'wintery' without the typical wintery imagery or colour palette.

Inside the magazine, you'll notice that there are 5 car ads (with animal heads). These pages are all LAYAR activated, meaning they all play some fun video content. A big shout out to the team that worked on this: Joel Arbez, Christian Buer, Lisa Marie Chen, Clay Stang (Photographer), Reynard Li & Rico Moran (Assistants), Matt Antonello, Kyle McNair (Video Editor) and Pat Cyr. Some of us got to be photographed with a mask on. Can you guess who's who?

Last but not least, there is also a fun video of designer, Matt Law (ML24) drawing a car from start to finish in his story, in which he is interviewed by none other than Troy 'Five Axis' Sumitomo! Let me know what you think of the latest. 

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

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Welcome to the new site! by Shingo Shimizu

Good morning! I am excited to announce the new site for shingo.ca! The content is more or less similar from the older site. Actually probably less works, as it was getting a bit crowded on the last one, and an overhaul was way overdue.

You will find the new site is scalable, so it can be viewed nicely on your mobile devices, when your showing it off to your friends or possible clients! Notice it's a lot crisper too?

As for my character designs, there not up yet (except the quiznos stuff) but I'll put up some eventually (ScotiaFinancial stickman).

I still have to work on some updates with some new work in the upcoming weeks, so either subscribe to the newsletter or subscribe to the RSS feed (both on the right). Definitely follow me in the socialverse below!

Help me commemorate this occasion with a 'like', 'tweet', or a 'share'! If you have any comments or suggestions please let me know (more eyes on it the better right?).

Have a wonderful day wherever you are.

Air Canada - Dragon by Shingo Shimizu

Commissioned to produce a dragon that would be flamboyant and very friendly, to be part of an Air Canada campaign to promote flights to China. The dragon was seen a quite a lot in Vancouver: on buses, transit shelters, train stations and even the grocery divider sticks (at the supermarket... what are they called?).

This dragon was delivered all in vector. It was definitely tough but doable. I finally used the 'symbols' feature in Adobe Illustrator to save time, memory, and my sanity!

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Scion Magazine - Issue 5 (the Storytelling Issue) by Shingo Shimizu

Scion Magazine Issue 5 (the Storytelling issue) continues in the same format as issue #4: 48 page magazine at 10.25" x 14.5", printed on the matte recycled stock.

This is definitely my favourite of the covers for the magazine. Not only is it very different from what we've produced thus far, it's our first photographed cover (issue 3 only the cars were photographed, so that doesn't count). It also probably looks the simplest, but it wasn't! There was so much prep work beforehand in painstakingly designing and building the covers (which would not have been possible without our fab interns Olivia Truong and Ilona Fiddy), and then beautifully photographed by Andrew B. Myers. Also thanks to Lisa Marie Chen, my partner in crime on every issue, the Editor-in-Chief.

The textures and patterns are a combination of papers from 'the Paper Place' on Queen West in Toronto (I could totally just spend the day here...), as well as our own designs. The book spine designs reflect each of the stories in the magazine, as it works as a Table of Contents page as well. The challenge I face is always the bilingual factor, (as it is a Canadian magazine) with an English and French version. The type was added in post. To bring in 'car content' we put the 'Scion Book' on the front cover, reveals that it's Scion coffee table book on the back cover, with a Scion tC on its cover. 

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Scion Magazine - Issue 4 (the Music Issue) by Shingo Shimizu

Apologies, for not posting for a while everyone! It's been quite busy since this project ended (which is SO great), but it means I have no time to write a proper post. 

Scion Magazine Issue 4 starts off a new format: 48 page magazine at 10.25" x 14.5" but still printed on the matte recycled stock. It's also the first of 'themed' issues, starting with 'the Music Issue'. Yes it was very exciting: bigger, more pages, and lots of music content! I thought I'd actually get quite tired of drawing speakers, records, or headphones...but surprisingly I didn't! It makes for great practice too~. 

Anyhow, more stuff being posted this week! Seriously. :)

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

She Was Born Into Vengeance by Shingo Shimizu

I'm sure everybody has seen the movie: 'Kill Bill vol.1' by Quentin Tarantino. Lucy Liu's character borrows quite a lot from a character in a 1973 Japanese film called 'Lady Snowblood', starring Kaji Meiko. She also sings the theme song, which is also used for the final battle scene between Lucy Liu and Uma Thurman in 'Kill Bill'. If you don't know it, take a look here. Similarities are all over the place! Such a fun film.

Anyhow, this main character became the theme for my submission for the DOS group show. If you haven't seen what I did last year, take a look here. This time around, I attempted another mash up of cultures with the 'Dia de los Muertos' theme with Japanese Samurai Cinema. I wanted to keep it dark, but unlike last year, I wanted it to be badass.

I've got some 18x24" (out of 100) available for sale (DOS Show) as well as one giant 24x36" framed print! Of course if you're interested, let me know.

1 of 1. 24" x 36" print framed

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Limited Giclee prints of 100. 18" x 27" photo by Society Vernacular

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Limited Giclee prints of 100. 18" x 27" photo by Morris Lum

All the works will be up at #Hashtag Gallery, until August 6! 

***CLOSING RECEPTION AUGUST 2nd 7pm-12am***

Come by for drinks, art, and shoulder-rubbing with the best of Toronto's art scene. Hope to see you there!

DOS: In the Works by Shingo Shimizu

Just getting ready for an upcoming group art show DOS this Friday July 19 @ Evergreen Brick Works. Tacos will be provided by La Carnita and Big Star (Chicago), with music by Dj Platurn and Grandtheft. Pretty excited as my friends: Jacqui Oakley, Jamie Lawson and Carson Ting will be in it as well! Don't forget to buy tickets in advance and arrive early! Hope to see you all there.

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La Carnita 2013 Skull Print by Shingo Shimizu

So, I'm currently working on some new skull work for the upcoming DOS show. In the mean time, check out the skull I did for La Carnita restaurant below. :D

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La Carnita restaurant approached me to create a new limited edition (I think it was 1000) skull art print for them. If you don't know, La Carnita is pretty well known in Toronto for it's take on Mexican street food (mostly tacos), with a modern flair. The interior is a fun mix of graffitti, and layers of printed skulls on the walls. 

Being my third time to create a skull for them, I couldn't help but think I was out of ideas, as I had done at least 6 skulls (La Carnita included). 

At the time I was really drawn to simple patterns and shapes. Also for some reason, I kept thinking that I had to brand it somehow, and include some sort of reference to carnita tacos.

Anyhow take a look at it from start to finish!

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Yes very luminato mixed with that cute little piggy from 'Babe'.

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...or one of the pyramids could be from space? hmm.

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Blocking out shapes.

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Adding way too many things...

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At this point, realizing a little too much is going on.

FINAL VERSION: 5x7" 1000 prints. Stripped the elements down for the final, realizing that less is more. Voila!

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New Beastie Boys Illustration for Grantland by Shingo Shimizu

This was for an upcoming Grantland book (no 5? or is it 6?) for an article, 'In Memoriam: Adam Yauch (1964-2012)'. My way of honoring him, HAD TO BE with all of the Beastie Boys together of course. As a unit, at the peak of their careers, just after the release of 1998's 'Hello Nasty'. The first single off of the album was 'Intergalactic', and for me I had heard it by watching the video on MuchMusic. It just blew me away, having rap music over their ode to old school Japanese TV superheroes (also known as 'tokusatsu'). I watched the real TV shows ever since I was a little boy. So in coming up with ideas for this article, it was almost instant that I thought of that video, because it made the biggest impression on me visually as a band (with 'Sabotage' in close second). If you haven't seen the video, check it here (seriously you haven't seen it?). 

'Oh and what color did you go with?' you might ask. Bright Pantone Yellow of course. Duh. Maybe I should offer this as a print? :)



Cruder the better! In the beginning anyways.

A new formation, posing with their fighting robot

Getting the pose right. Just need to get the faces right...

Final version with color!

 

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Sneak Peek: Scion Issue 4 'Music Issue' by Shingo Shimizu

Over the last few months I remember my response to the usually welcoming line, 'Shingo I have a great project for you!' was turned down with,'I can't, I'm sorry I'm very busy.’ That wonderful project I've been working on for the last three months was the fourth issue of Scion magazine with Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Marie Chen. I was responsible for the overall art direction, with duties on illustration and design as well.

It has now been printed, and will be distributed out to stores very soon across Canada. Pretty exciting!

You will notice (photos coming soon), that the format has changed. Previous issues measured at a tiny 5.5" x 7.125". Scion magazine is now a whopping 10.5 x 14.5" on the same bright white recycled stock, and 48 pages. 

For every issue, we try to give a little ‘something something’ for the reader. So to commemorate this music focused issue, there is a pullout Scion branded 'gig poster'.

Stylistically there is more range. I went looser with the design template, at the same time showcasing a broader range of style (minimal, hand drawn, hand written, hand made, etc.), which is what I was hoping to achieve. It gives the magazine a ‘warmer’ feel than the previous issues. Kind of like the feeling when you flip through a pile of eye catchy record covers. It also features some great photography by Andy Lee, as well as some great collage illustrations by Rachel Kennedy.

So without further ado, it is with great pleasure, I give you a glimpse of Scion magazine Issue 4, the 'Music Issue'.

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Happy 2013, for real! by Shingo Shimizu

Embarrisingly, I started my first post of the year by wishing everyone a 'Happy 2013!', in the subject header, and nothing in the post. Note to self, to not post anything on my iphone before going to bed. So here's the actual post…

Happy 2013 everyone! Wishing you, your business, family and friends happiness and health in 2013! To the thousands that checked out my site regularly in 2012, I want to thank you for all your support. I hope that you will continue to come back and see what I've been up to. If you're an art director, designer, photographer or illustrator, I look forward to possibly working with you in the near future! On a different note, when you work alone, it's extremely difficult to get around to updating the portfolio site. Which is why I'm just doing this now. I've just started to add a few projects from summer and fall of last year: 4 illustrations for the 100th GreyCup CFL Championship (commissioned by Bensimon Byrne), and photographs of Scion Canada magazine issue #3. Check it out below.

DON'T FORGET > that my Def Jam print is finally up on my InPrnt page for sale. Check it here >

ps: Would appreciate it so much, if you could spread the love by 'liking' my posts and or tweeting. :)

More work will be uploaded this week. See you back soon!

 

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Movember logos: Staachi & Staachi by Shingo Shimizu

Yes it's the time of the year when that ugly facial hair on men is allowed for one month we call Movember. I've donated in the past but this year I've decided I'm going to grow my mo. It's also the first time in my life, that I will be sporting it as well. I don't mind being laughed at, as it is for a great cause. I've joined my mates at Saatchi & Saatchi. Our team name, of course is 'Staachi & Staachi'! With a name like that the possibilities are endless, but it's best to keep it simple. 

So for the month of Movember, please help us raise a little money for raising awareness of men's health!

Make a donation today>

 

 

James Bond 007: Illustration for The Genteel 5 by Shingo Shimizu

New illustration for The Genteel i just finished, published today! 

An Accessory for the Modern Man

by: Andrew Adebowale

The James Bond franchise is celebrating its 50th year with the release of Skyfall at the end of the year. To mark the occasion, a unique exhibition is being held at London's Barbican, showcasing the design and style of the world's most famous spy.

Read Article >

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Really rough sketches...

Ok, this was definitely the most fun assignment EVER. If you really know me, you would know that I'm one of the world's biggest James Bond fans.

My first film was apparently 'From Russia With Love', which my dad made me watch on TV. I'll admit I wasn't a huge fan of Connery in the beginning. Dad was trying to explain to me why Connery was 'the man'. But like most kids, I quickly became a Roger Moore fan because of his humor, his ladies (he had more conquests), and gadgets with 'wow' factor (Lotus Esprit submarine). It wasn't until early high school, I rewatched 'Dr. No', and from that very first introduction of 007 lighting his cigarette at the casino table introducing himself, I became a fan. I thought, 'there is no one cooler than Connery's Bond'. 

I actually had to ask my dad, what my first 007 film was (I've rewatched them way too many times). It was was then, when he said something that shocked me."I hope it doesn't take you as long as it did for me to graduate from 007.” I thought my dad, the one who introduced me to it, how could he have 'graduated' (move on) from it? And why was he telling me to move on from it?

As a kid, I was obsessively into three things: James Bond, Petshop Boys, and New Order (in that order). At my age now (over 30), I'm still into those 3 things. Maybe not as obsessive, as I was back then. Also I still prefer 'those things' from that era or before. 

I am however, really looking forward to the next 007 movie Skyfall (directed by Sam Mendes). It just screams old school elements (Aston Martin DB5 again), combined with new school tech backdrops. The set design and cinematography look immaculate. Also filled with such a talented cast (Bardem, Fiennes, Dench, Finney), and directed by an A-list director: Sam Mendes. Trailer looks so great!

So as long as more James Bond movies get produced until the day I die, I don't think I'll ever stop watching them. I know I'm letting you down Dad, but I don't think I'll ever graduate from 007!