Character Design

Pax 101: A peaceful cardboard robot by Shingo Shimizu

It's been a while since my last artwork update. I've been quite busy with a number of varied projects, especially with this character design called 'Pax', which was commissioned by The Hive. Built with a sheet of cardboard, Pax is a peaceful robot hoping to bring peace in the Middle East.

The final version is pretty close to what I envisioned. Except:

1) the original head side flaps were bent (so it could be more expressive), instead of the current stiff flaps-straight-out look, and

2) the original design required no glue for the joints, and it does currently. Other than that, I'm pretty pleased with the finished product.

More photos up of Pax in the Character Design gallery and below!



Save the Polar Bears! by Shingo Shimizu

I illustrated a polar bear for the Toronto Zoo for their recent campaign created by Lowe Roche. It's used for a twitter cloud page, as well as some banners on their site.

25% of Arctic Sea ice has already disappeared. Without action, the polar bears could disappear too. You can make a difference. Start by making your next tweet about something environmentally friendly. If we all tweet together, the polar bear's iceberg will grow – ensuring its survival. If we stay silent, the iceberg will melt – leaving the polar bear in peril. So start spreading the word on all things green. Our little tweets can make a big difference to the future of the polar bear. (from

Advertising Agency: Lowe Roche, Canada
Creative Director: Christina Yu
Copywriter: Daniel Bonder
Art Director: Stephanie Yung
Digital Director: Nery Orellana
Account Director: Amanda Gaspard
Producer: Brie Gowans
Illustrator: Shingo Shimizu
Developer: Jamie Kaiser