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June 2013 - Present
SHUNAO is the name I use online and within artist circles. As a solo artist and small brand, I sell fan-made merchandise of anime and video game-related prints and charms. As a long time fan of games, especially fighting games, I rarely found merchandise of my favourites through stores or within conventions. Because of that, I began creating and printing products by a fan, for fans. The first series that broke me into the community were acrylic charms of the full cast of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 that sold to the community through the community online on March 2014. The responses from fans were enthusiastic and I continued working towards other fighting games that I grew to play and love.
Although as one of the largest providers of small trinkets and prints for the fighting game community, my products aren't mass produced. Items sell out quickly and change seasonally. Besides prints and charms, I also create several art books and am commissioned to do fightstick art for many players. The earnings I receive are given back to the scene by sponsoring tournaments (Genesis, NCR, EVO). What I create isn't for myself, but for the community I have grown to care and love!
Poster Design: Crunchyroll x Anime Boston 2016
Crunchyroll, the leading global video service for Japanese Anime and Asian media, commissioned me to work on a 24" x 18" poster for their collaboration with Anime Boston in 2016. The theme for the convention was Sports Festival, and was asked to make a poster with Crunchyroll's mascot Hime and Anime Boston's two mascots. Since the main theme for the year was sports, I researched which animes were popular within the recent years. With Haikyuu! as the most recent popularity, I drew Hime in a action-y volleyball pose with her pose mimicking that of Haikyuu!'s main character, Shouyou Hinata. With Hime as the centerpiece, I began working on incorporating Anime Boston's mascots. Baseball and basketball were sports seen in anime series since the 1980-90s so I had the female and male mascots in baseball and basketball attire, respectively. With Hime popping out like she's in motion, I had the Anime Boston mascots within panels, connecting the three as part of an anime and/or manga.
Due to Hime's design being mainly orange and white, I needed to contrast her with a blue background. Thankfully, the colors for Anime Boston were orange and blue so I colored the inside of the panels to be orange for the two mascots. The poster was sold only at Anime Boston 2016.
CEOtaku's Mascot: Shiyo
August 2015 - Present
Founder and fighting game tournament organizer of CEO, Alex Jebailey invited me to work with him on CEOtaku, an anime-only fighting game tournament that is held in Florida. Working close to Jebailey and CEOtaku's co-founder Richard Thiher, the process on working out her design was mainly referencing the design of important girls from anime fighting games (first image). Most anime characters' designs were complex, but Jebailey recommended to keep her design and colors simple for cosplayers and for printing. The colors chosen for her were black and gold; the main colors for CEO. The red was to help break up the huge contrast between her main colors.
From there, her design was pretty much settled. She was finalized and ready to go out into the world! The mascot is seen on the official CEOtaku badge, CEOtaku tees and hoodies (second image), and is seen on stream during CEOtaku.
Graphic Tee Designer: Splitframe LLC
August 2014 - Present
I was invited by Vinh Trieu, CEO of Arcadeshock, to be one of their graphic artists for their new brandline of fighting game-related products, Splitframe LLC. Trieu noticed and was inspired by my limited palette and simple anime style that would work well with tees.
The process to design a shirt begins with Trieu sending me an idea he has for a product and I sketch out what I have in mind. He tells me what changes need to be made and we slowly create a piece that would be a guide to the final product. After the final sketch details has gone through Trieu and the company who commissioned the design (CAPCOM, Sanwa Denshi, etc.), I go straight into the design phase and create a design that is of my style and to the company's interest.
Anime Arcade's Mascot: Ai-chan
A blogging site that reviews about anime, video games, and more! The three writers of the blog came to me to help them design a mascot for Anime Arcade. They wanted the mascot to look casual; like someone who also enjoyed the same interests of what is written in their blog. I began with a base sketch of what I would deem casual for an anime/video game-loving girl (first image). She was given a D-pad iris as recommended by the writers.
After communicating and mix-and-matching the assets in the base sketch, I laid down color variations for her (second image). I wanted the character to be simple without too much colors happening so I went with the colors of their site: black and neon green. Although green is deemed a cool color, I used a more yellow-ish shade which made it warmer. The tan-orange was used as a contrast to the green. The blue for eyes and on her socks were recommended by the writers. With her main design settled, I was also commissioned to work on a fullbody piece and several chibi art of her to be used around the site (third image).
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