Metal Gear Has Had Some Amazing Art, Yo

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For nearly twenty years now, the Metal Gear Solid franchise has featured some of the most iconic characters and design in the business. As we say goodbye to Hideo Kojima’s involvement with the series—and maybe the series itself—I figured today was a good time to look back on the best of Metal Gear’s art.

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Most of the plaudits are directed at Yoji Shinkawa, an artist who has worked on pretty much every Metal Gear game since the 90s.

From characters to uniforms to the Metal Gears themselves, Shinkawa is to thank for much of the series imagery, up to and including cover art. Below is a selection of some of his best Metal Gear work.

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Joining him in this retrospective is Ashley Wood, who hasn’t worked on as many games, but has done stuff for the series in comic book form, and even has his own Metal Gear art book.


To see the larger pics in all their glory (or, if they’re big enough, so you can save them as wallpaper), click on the “expand” button in the top-left corner.

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, promotional or character art you’d like to share, drop us a line!


Yoji Shinkawa

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Ashley Wood

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I really hate how from the ps3 onwards, metal gear stoped using the awesome concept art covers.

I knew I would be making a custom cover to mgs5, to restore the words “a hideo kojima game” to it but I also need to find one that has the traditional art style.