The Art of Yoji Shinkawa


If there’s one thing I love, it’s barbeque. If there’s another thing I love, it’s the smell of gasoline (The forbidden fruit). But if there’s only one more thing I can say that I love, I guess I’ll say that I love good art.

I don’t necessarily mean weirdo art house art where you’re meant to analyze and interpret what you think the artist was trying to convey by crapping on a mattress. I really just mean art. Like a guy took a pencil, a brush, or whatever; put it to a sheet of paper and created something really cool. That’s what Yoji Shinkawa does and if you don’t know him, you should get to know him.

“Get to know him” as in, his work. I’m not here to sell you on his bio per se, but his art is some of the best I’ve ever seen. He’s best known for his art on the Metal Gear Solid series but has dabbled in other areas. If you do know him, then just enjoy some of his work below.

From Metal Gear Solid




Unused concept art from Godzilla: Final Wars



Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty


Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker




Metal Gear Rising


Promo poster for Pacific Rim and sketch of director Guillermo del Toro



Metal Gear Solid V



You can see how Shinkawa’s preferences for digital enhancements to his art have increased over the years and all to his credit. If more directors put the kind of thought Shinkawa does into his own artwork, I might not complain so much.


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