Shinkawa talks about his career, MGSV and the series in Game Informer interview

One of the most important people behind the Metal Gear Solid series is art director Yoji Shinkawa, who has designed many of Metal Gear’s memorable characters and  mechanical designs. Game Informer conducted an interview with the talented artist.

Metal Gear Solid was the first professional project Shinkawa worked on. Before being hired by Konami, he was an art student. His first job was to design the famous Metal Gear REX itself, which proved to be a difficult task. Eventually Shinkawa built a model of the mech first and made the final design from there.

Metal Gear Rex Drawing

Shinkawa likes both working on new characters and on existing characters for a new installment in the series. This is because even existing characters are treated as new ones. He did note that entirely new characters are more difficult because you have nothing to base it on.

MGSV-E3-Trailer-Revolver-Ocelot

On the subject of designing MGSV’s huge open world, Shinkawa said that it was a lot of work to create all the necessary assets, especially since he wants everything to look good. But the game is being created by an entire art team now, whereas in the early days it were just around six people.

Unlike Kojima, Shinkawa doesn’t feel a strong desire to move away from the Metal Gear series. While the idea to work on something new sounds appealing, Shinkawa feels blessed to be able to work on a series that has been running for so many years, and Metal Gear is really something he wants to take care of and embrace.

Yoji-Shinkawa-Drawing-Metal-Gear-Solid-V-Art-2

There is a lot more in the 14 minute interview, so be sure to check it out.

Source: Game Informer

  • Cartmangus

    Good interview, great seeing the man speak about his work.Funny in the making of MGS2 where he’s talks about how he thought Kojima was joking when he stepped in and requested he’d design a vampire and a fat dude on rollerblades.. Also ripped this from the GI site, pretty large artwork of BB from TPP http://i.imgur.com/p1yJOAj.jpg

    • Machine Gun Kid

      Lol thats the picture i got my avatar from last week

  • Jonny2x4

    I’m pretty sure the top art on this post is by Takayuki Yanase and not from Shinkawa. He was an assistant designer in MGS4 and MGR

    • Nyxus

      Good point, I just wanted to include an image of REX’s design but it’s a bit confusing now I guess.

  • PrinceHeir

    wow the Metal Gear Rex art looks like the one from Gundam 00

    yup same artist Takayuki YANASE ^^

    Gundam 00 is one of my favorite Gundam’s of all time, love the mech design of that series ^^

    this is the full book of the picture of Rex

    http://www.starfieldcreations.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/mgs4scan3.jpg

    he also did Gundam Nu from Char’s Counter attack

    http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130111151710/gundam/images/6/67/Msz-006-3.jpg

    godly designer, glad Kojima Productions picked him up ^^

    “Unlike Kojima, Shinkawa doesn’t feel a strong desire to move away from the Metal Gear series. While the idea to work on something new sounds appealing, Shinkawa feels blessed to be able to work on a series that has been running for so many years, and Metal Gear is really something he wants to take care of and embrace.”

    shame, but man Yoji Shinkawa really needs to make more mechs!! just seeing Zone of the Enders HD Opening anime scenes by Sunrise is such a bliss to look at.

    i want more mechs from him!! just rehire Sunrise to do the animation(ala Gundam 00 or Unicorn) and you’ll see how his work shines on 😀

  • Batzi

    @Nyxus: The tweets on Kojima’s twitter are amazing! All positive! And people seem to love the ending and it seems it is really really good!! WORTH AN ARTICLE!!

    • Nyxus

      Yeah sorry for the delay but it’s up now. 🙂

      • Batzi

        Thanks 🙂

  • PrinceHeir

    also you have one of these in your possession @Nyxus 😛

    http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=226

    • Nyxus

      Yes, it’s a great book.

  • Janeo

    Does this mean he will stay with the series even after kojima moves on after this game because kojima will want him so maybe he will just over see the next game like kojima but I hope he has a big role

  • crimsonfox

    Finally had time to watch this. Great interview, thankfully Game Informer to didn’t try to ride hs ass about information about phantom pain. What he does for this series is truly amazing. All of his designs and concepts are so amazing. Thank Jeebus that Konami was able to hire him at such a young age. I have . A feeling he’ll continue to shell out all this great art for years to come.

  • Janeo

    Hey I have been reading about people’s tweets of there impressions one guy says he finished the main campaign in and a side mission on 4 hours and he was only 10% done so seems like there will be a lot to do

  • Ricardo Oe

    Shinkawa is a great artist in the New World.
    Have big powers of creation…
    Congrats…and keep rockin…

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