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June 2013 - Present
SHUNAO is the online name used within artist circles. As a solo artist and small brand, I sell fan-made merchandise of anime and video game-related posters and key charms. As a long time fan of games and fighting games in particular, I rarely found merchandise of my favorite series 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. These charms were sold through the online community on March 2014. The responses from fans were enthusiastic and I continued working towards other game series that I grew to play and love.
Although I am of the largest providers of small trinkets and posters for the fighting game community, my products aren't mass produced. Items sell out quickly and change seasonally. Besides those two kinds of products, I also design shirts and sell art books. The earnings I receive are given back to the scene by sponsoring tournaments (EVO, NCR, SCR, CEOtaku). What I create isn't for myself, but for the community I have grown to care and love!
Outside of creating fanworks, I have also completed and collaborated original projects such as games, comics, artbooks, and phone stickers. My sticker set series, Shu-san and Nao-chan, are used globally on LINE!
My merchandise is available at events and conventions around the USA, but also purchasable through my online store worldwide. I am constantly helping out customers concerning any inquiries through emails and Twitter.
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 which takes place in Florida. Working close to Jebailey and CEOtaku's co-founder Richard Thiher, her design references important girls from anime fighting games (first image). Most anime characters' designs are complex, but Jebailey recommended to keep her design and colors simple for cosplayers and for printing.
Shiyo is seen on the official CEOtaku badges, CEOtaku apparel, trophies, and on stream during the tournament.
In September 2016, I worked on an animated video for CEOtaku. Organized by Yuzuki, I worked on the storyboard with Jooooon (who did video editing) and illustrated all the assets for the music video.
The video was showcased at CEOtaku 2016 with articles written by Shoryuken, Eventhubs, and Kakuge Checker mentioning it.
In the following year Yuzuki, Jooooon, and I worked on a second PV for the tournament in September 2017. The music and theme was based on Persona 5, a popular JRPG that was released earlier that year. The event was also geared towards that theme and the reception was positive from participants and company sponsors.
Poster Designs: Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll, the leading global video service for Japanese Anime and Asian media, commissioned me to work on a 24" x 18" posters for conventions they were participating in. Working alongside the Social Media Manager, we worked on implementing our ideas that could grab the Crunchyroll and convention audience. I am often given creative freedom on how I design the posters.
Collaborated posters have been sold at Anime Boston 2016 and Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016/2017.
Graphic Tee Designer: Splitframe LLC
August 2014 - August 2016
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.
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