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.

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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!

New Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Illustration for Grantland by Shingo Shimizu

My sketches always start really crude. I usually don't bother with reference photos for portraits in the beginning.

A more polished rough. 

Finished this back in March (or April?), but was finally allowed to post this up. New illustration of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin for Grantland. Lots of textures here with brushstrokes. Limited colour schemes are always fun. :)

Illustration for the Genteel 4 by Shingo Shimizu

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

Haute or Not?

by: Chere Di Boscio 

Despite their astronomical price tags, haute couture creations are rarely profitable, and only a handful of women can afford to buy them anyway. So what's the point?

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This assignment was definitely the most fun for sure. Being able to check out the Alexander McQueen show at the MET last year was such a huge inspiration for me creatively. I mean I've seen a lot of 'fashion' on TV and in books through high school and at OCAD (was hardcore into Issey Miyake of course). But to see them in person...at the MET...after a 2.5 hour line up...really blew me away. Since then, my appreciation for craftsmanship has grown immensely. Currently I'm really digging the work of Katsuya Kamo. Check out his paper sculptures (hats and stuff) coupled with Lagerfeld's designs for Chanel's 2009 Couture show here.

Illustration for The Genteel 3 by Shingo Shimizu

Another new illustration for The Genteel! Do you recognize any of the faces on the left hand side? Hopefully you do if you're in the fashion world.

Love doing this style. I suppose most of it comes rather easily as I work a lot in vector. Over the years I've become more and more obsessed with detail (I suppose it's natural since I spoil myself by zooming in 1200% a lot of the time). 

Digital Newsstands With Virtual Shopping Racks

by: Paul Aguirre Livingston 

As the digital world continues to become the new developed world, I find myself doing more with virtual assistance: maintaing some sort of "social life," consuming and creating content, and, well, general sundry tasks like, say, shopping.

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Illustration for The Genteel 2 by Shingo Shimizu

Also just finished this one with a new look and feel (for me) for the wonderful folks at The Genteel! This time around I got to get a little drawing time with Twiggy's face. (I need to definitely draw more of her.)

The article is not about her, but more about 'mature' models in the fashion world, and why '...ageing and fashion have - until now - been such odd bedfellows in the first place.'

A New Age in Fashion

by: Erin Ridley 

With the public smitten by more mature looks and the industry following suit, one wonders why ageing and fashion have - until now - been such odd bedfellows in the first place.

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Illustration for The Genteel 1 by Shingo Shimizu

Just finished a new illustration with a new look and feel (for me) for the wonderful folks at The Genteel! It's fun to get back to drawing more fashionable subjects.

If you haven't checked their site yet, definitely do if you love a good read. Oh and there will be more work by yours truly there of course. :)

The Importance of Being Fashionable

by: Erin Ridley 

Women think about fashion 91 times a day. For those who have "clothes on the brain," why is fashion so important to us. 

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Sneak Peek: New Works by Shingo Shimizu

My favourite time of the work year, is when I reach that sweet spot of interesting work coupled with great weather. Just finished a small batch of works for La Carnita and Exclaim magazine (an illustration of 'the Gossip"). They're both not out yet, so you can grab a small preview of them below. Deadlines are getting tighter these days, where I actually forget to sign my work. (ugh) 

Check back soon for the final versions!

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Live drawing on EcoCabs! by Shingo Shimizu

Join me at Yonge & Dundas Square (in Toronto) on May 10th as of 10am to witness my Claritin EcoCab design (two cabs), in support of the launch of the Pedal for a Greener City campaign.

If you're in the area, come by and say hello. (I'll be here: 10 am - 3:30 pm) Don't bring me beers please. Maybe after ;)

(below) Figuring out what to draw tomorrow...with my 2 given themes.

Lots of New Works! by Shingo Shimizu

More new works updated in my portfolio:

1) Completed paper doll illustrations for Antipasto magazine.

Vector illustrations of a women with mix and match fashion items.

 

2) Illustrations for Scion magazine issue 3

Vector illustration for Scion gear ad, badge designs (or icon illustrations) for "the Good, the Bad, & the Frosty" sports article, pencil crayon animal heads for "Winter Wild" fashion spread, and infographics for "Tap the Sap" article on maple syrup.

a few more to come soon!

 

 

 

Click here to see more in 'New Works'!

 

@La_carnita #UNO #Artshow Submission Complete by Shingo Shimizu

So I just finished signing my 18" x 24" giclee prints (will be sold at the UNO show on friday) and dropped them off at @La_Carnita!!!

YES, you heard right. New prints will finally be available, printed with the highest quality using Epson Stylus Pro 9900 (scroll down below for more info on Epson Technology) on Epson Matte paper.

Relaxing now eating a grilled chicken bahn mi sandwich from Bahn Mi Boys, and an americano from Sense Appeal. It is a good day today. 

 

ps: thanks to Richardson DX for the photos!

 

Could that be the new issue of Scion Magazine Issue 3???

 

Epson Technology

To produce our archival prints with amazing colour integrity, gloss-level, and scratch resistance we use Epson Stylus Pro 9900.

Representing Epson's next generation, the Epson Stylus Pro 9900

(44 inch) incorporate the latest achievements in photographic ink jet technology. By combining the precision of the MicroPiezo TFP™ print head with the extraordinary performance of Epson Ultrachrome® HDR Ink, the newest generation of Epson Stylus Pro printers continue to represent a level of technology unprecedented in Epson's history. 

Epson Ultrachrome High Dynamic Range (HDR) represents the latest generation of pigment ink technology. Now utilizing 10 COLOURS (including an all new ORANGE and GREEN) Epson Ultrachrome HDR Ink produces the widest colour gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer. Even more remarkable, when combine with the new Epson AccuPhoto™ HDR screening technology, Epson has once raise the level of print quality, while setting a new benchmark standard for photographic reproduction.

 

Epson Accuphoto™ HDR Screening

*- Advanced ten-colour screening algorithm resulting in prints with superior colour and clarity.

*- Maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi for incredibly sharp text and line art.

*- Produces extremely fine blends and photographic transitions.

*- Extremely accurate highlight-to-shadow details.

*- No visible photographic graininess due to the printing process.

*- Ensures consistent color balance regardless of the viewing light source.

*- When combined with the precise dot placement accuracy of the Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head, overall photographic print quality is dramatically improved.

 

EPSON ENHANCED MATTE:
Archival quality 76 years approximately
Flat matte surface provides the optimum photographic platform.
Heavyweight stock delivers true photographic feel.
High colour gamut yields remarkable colour reproduction.
Epson Archival Ink compatibility ensures exceptional lightfastness ratings.

Scion Magazine Issue 3 Teaser Trailer is Here! by Shingo Shimizu

Ever wondered what it takes to make a magazine? More than just some fancy software. Check out the work and commitment behind the development of Scion Magazine issue 3. From tuner to maple syrup and everything in between, Scion Magazine has it all. Video by by Motion Pantry

View it online or grab a copy from your local Scion dealer or at Scion events nation wide. We've got some exclusive stickers just for you.

> Download magazine

 

ps: Can you spot moi? Can you guess which Scion car is in it?

 

Check the Scion Teaser Trailer in HD from Motion Pantry on Vimeo.

 

 

New Group Show Announcement! by Shingo Shimizu

I am happy to announce that I will be part of a new group art show (by La Carnita and HXfour) on Friday April 13th in Toronto, at the Evergreen Brickworks.

I am so excited to be included with such an awesome group of artists: Mike GiantSam Flores, Greg Lamarche, Hydro 74Johnny CrapDubelyooAbe Lincoln JrMisk,DoublenautDave GlantzMatt BarnesShingo ShimizuRcadeVlad HatoBryan EspirituTavis Coburn, Amber J, Angie Fey, Brian Mendoza, Matt Darling and of course the super duper Ms. Jacqui Oakley! Music by: Mastermind & DJ X (remember their mixtapes from back in the day?), Fathom and Don Valley.

There will be prints for sale, as well as lots of delicious tacos to be eaten! So please do arrive early with empty stomachs.

Screen Printing! by Shingo Shimizu

Just completed my last day of Screenprinting class at OpenStudio (401 Richmond building). I will not miss the paint stains, lower back pains, and toxic fumes. I will however definitely miss the super nice class mates that I met. Super talented bunch! Best part was to get each artist's print at the end of class. Hope to see the everyone from class again soon, at the upcoming:

 

ARTIST PROOF SALE
Thursday December 1, 6-9pm
at 401 Richmond St West

and 

CHANGE OF SEASONS by Geneviève Jodouin (our amazing instructor)
Friday November 25, 8pm
Freedom Clothing Collective
939 Bloor Street West 

 

(Not a part of it, but just spreading the word!)

Below is what I 'barely' finished tonight! :)

ps: Can anybody recommend me where I can pick up affordable art frames? Like vintage ones perhaps...