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Metal Gear Ain't Metal Gear Without Yoji Shinkawa's Iconic Art

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Last year, Fine Art looked at Ashley Wood's contribution to the Metal Gear universe with his scratchy, chaotic images. While those have become popular of late, for many long-time fans the man they think of first when they think of Metal Gear's look is Yoji Shinkawa.

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Beginning his career on cult hit Policenauts, Shinkawa quickly rose through the ranks at Konami to the point where he's now responsible for the art direction of many of the company's biggest titles. That includes the Metal Gear series, for which he's provided character design for well over a decade.

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In the gallery below you'll find examples of some of his best work from the Metal Gear series, whether it be actual concept art or promotional material.


Some Metal Gear images courtesy of Jaded Network, via Game & Graphics. Most images appear to be taken from Shinkawa's "Art of Metal Gear" series of books.

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To see the larger pics in all their glory (or so you can save them as wallpaper), right-click on them below and select "open in new tab".

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Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you're in the business and have some concept, environment or character art you'd like to share, drop us a line!


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I would love someday with next gen consoles, or on PC now, for someone to try replicating Yoji Shinkawa's art style in 3d. Can't imagine how tough it would be to nail, but sooo many games I'd love to just see them match their concept art for real-time gameplay.