Aaron Wilkes - Project Manager in Tokyo

Aaron Wilkes

I'm a project manager in Tokyo, JP

Available for contracts

I speak Japanese and English

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About me

Professionally, part of my job is to interface with a team of game developers producing educational software for my company. Outside of work, I work closely with several other artists to produce vinyl and resin toys, accessories, leather products, and an ever-expanding list of mediums. Related, I work closely with another musician to make large-scale props for live performances.

My Creations

  1. Tsukumogami Hard Enamel Pin

    23 November 2015

    An original character designed by me, it evolved from quick sketches, to more formal mock-ups in Illustrator. After refining, the design was sent off to be made into a pin, and was sold at Design Festa 42.

  2. Over the past several years, my wallet consistently got heavier and heavier with the amount of charms I kept from yearly shrine visits. I wanted to produce and sell my own. These four where designed and illustrator by me. I worked closely with a China-based production company to work out... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  3. Composer Masahiro Hiramoto and designer Masafumi Hiramoto contacted me to ask if I could help manage communication between them and New York-based fashion designer Siki Im, in preparation for Masahiro's all-electronic, science fiction opera, Opera -NEO-. With the intention to release the opera to a wider audience outside of Japan... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  4. Leather Notebook Cases

    26 February 2016

    I love Field Notes notebooks, but I've never been able to find a leather case that met my needs. I wanted a case that was small enough to fit in my pocket, big enough to hold a pen, could easily hold two notebooks, but could protect the notebooks from getting... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  5. Originally inspired by the Japanese Diet pin and an old blood donation reward pin from the 1970's, I wanted to make my own pin that used soft enamel covered in a bubble of clear enamel. Having recently formed the art collective the Suginami-ku Cryptozoology Society with toy maker Science Patrol... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  6. I've always been fascinated with Tsukumogami; the idea that unused, inanimate objects can eventually become animated if left for too long. In November, I sculpted a kettle Tsukumogami, traditionally called Zenfushou, out of paper clay. I poured a two part silicon mold, then pulled a few resin casts to sell... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  7. El Pato Pin

    7 May

    A pin designed for restaurant El Pato, located in Koenji. The challenge to this project was that it was supposed to be a secret, so I wasn't able to ask for art assets. Redrawing vectors over a fuzzy photo of a business card, I was able to suprise the owner... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  8. Another weird vector-challenge, I wanted a logo with the edges only achievable with computer-aided design, but a hand drawn feeling. The actual shapes and outlines in this file are a nightmare, but I'm satisified with the end result.

  9. An experiment in what's possible with rubber casting, this was a joint project with artist Tru:tek of Softoy Hobby. Kit bashing existing sculpts, a silicon mold was created then rubber casted resulting in these display pieces.

  10. The Suginami-ku Cryptozoology Society logo was redesigned for use in a limited series of embroidered hats that were available from my website. The biggest challenge here was working with the textile factory to make sure the embroidery and colors were up to the standards required by customers.

  11. Scrambling to finish several wax prototypes I wasn't satisfied with, I started scultping this guy during a break. I got caught up in it, and ended up abandoning the other prototypes to focus on this one. I suffered a few delays with the metal plating for this toy (and the... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  12. When my younger brother was in high school, he was asked by a photo studio if they could take his photo in an attempt to encourage other high school seniors to purchase their photo package. He agreed, and being Texas, the photo shoot involved him leaning against his pickup truck... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  13. Similar to the previously posted Sexy Yakan and Bunbuku Chagama, but I also wanted to express my affection for Japanese craft beer.

  14. I've wanted to produce a larger metal object beyond charms and pins, so I started playing around with this idea. Using Adobe Illustrator, and eventually AutoCAD, I worked with a Chinese metal-making factory to produce these. The goal is to make them available to craft beer bars in Suginami-ku, and... continue reading (0, 1 image)