Yoji Shinkawa (新川洋司?)
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Shinkawa in 2008

25, 1971 (1971-12-25) (age 48

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Hiroshima, Japan
Occupation Illustrator
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Yoji Shinkawa (Japanese: 新川洋司 Hepburn: Shinkawa Yōji?, born December 25, 1971) is a Japanese artist. He is most famous for his character, environment and mechanical designs for the Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders series.

Born in Hiroshima, Shinkawa began working for game developer Konami in 1994 after graduating from Kyoto Seika University; he was the first artist in the company to receive an "S"-grade evaluation for his portfolio.[1] He first worked as a debugger for the PC-98 version of Policenauts. He moved on to serve as art director for the later console ports of the game, then as character designer for the Metal Gear Solid series. He is now the lead artist on many of Konami's titles.

Shinkawa's illustration style is generally praised as original and artistic, yet technically accurate. According to himself he is inspired by anime-related artists like Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Yoshitaka Amano, but also more western-related and less contemporary artists such as Frank Miller, Aubrey Beardsley and Willy Pogany and is also a big fan of French artists such as Mœbius. Shinkawa uses ink pens with a brush-like felt-tip preferring the Pentel Brush Pen and both Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter for his creations.[2] He is also an avid fan of heavy metal and artists such as Megadeth, Rage, Killswitch Engage and Yngwie Malmsteen.[3][4]


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Other worksEdit


  • Urban Hercules (illustrations)



  1. The Art of Metal Gear Solid, Yoji Shinkawa, ISBN 4-7973-0950-4
  2. The Art of Metal Gear Solid, Yoji Shinkawa, ISBN 4-7973-0950-4
  3. The Art of Metal Gear Solid, Yoji Shinkawa, ISBN 4-7973-0950-4
  4. Art of Metal Gear Solid 1.5, Yoji Shinkawa, ISBN 4-7973-2680-8


  • The Art of Metal Gear Solid
  • The Art of Metal Gear Solid 2
  • The Art of Metal Gear Solid 1.5
  • The Art of Metal Gear Solid 4: Master Art Work
  • Visual Works of Anubis: Zone of the Enders
  • Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker Official Art Works
  • The Art of Yoji Shinkawa Volumes 1-3

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