Chad Fischer - Illustrator in Tokyo

Chad Fischer

I'm an illustrator in Tokyo, Japan

Available for contracts

I speak English, Japanese, and Spanish

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About me

I'm a Tokyo-based illustrator who is rooted in the analog experience of putting pen to paper. This process has always been at my core. I love working with line, shape and light to create both illustrations and hand type work. The imperfections of physical creation are embraced, as I believe they add character and 'soul,' if you will, to work. Music and album art from the 60s/70s/80s are a large source of inspiration, and as such, I have done lots of music related work for event posters, promotional material, and album art. My sense of humor, skate culture, and my experiences with different cultures while living/traveling abroad also make their way into my work. I like to stay open stylistically, and as such, I'm not bound by a particular 'look,' feeling free to experiment and switch things up at will.

My Creations

  1. Pretzel Logic

    11 November 2017

    While reading some commentary about the current PO(TU)S awhile back, I came across a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar quote regarding how people thought Drumpf's words were getting twisted: 'No one has to twist his words because what he says is twisted enough. He speaks fluent pretzel.' I got the idea from this... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  2. Mawkus

    11 November 2017

    This is a portrait of my good friend, fellow DJ & music head: the one and only Mawkus, one half of NY's Darker Than Wax division. He's a unique brand of human that keeps it cosmic, so when he asked if I could draw him holding a baby panda, I... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  3. More Fresher EP

    11 November 2017

    I also make music in addition to illustration, which means I never need to reach out to people when I need art for my own projects. I created a logo for my artist name, a typeface and a self-portrait for the album art (all hand-drawn). The logo went through several... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  4. Here are two album art designs I made. The top one is for an LA/Tokyo-based DJ, Kaistar, I played with at an event here in Tokyo. After meeting, we kept up on Instagram and he really dug my artwork, so he reached out with a concept for a mixtape: he... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  5. Wonk 'Sphere'

    5 December 2017
    Wonk 'Sphere'

    An album cover I made for the Tokyo experimental soul band WONK. I did illustration/design (minus their name & the parental advisory sticker). When I first sat down wi...

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  6. Holiday Poster

    4 February 2020

    It's been a very hot minute since posting anything, so getting back into the habit. Here's a holiday poster from a couple years ago that I made for a record label in New York that I work with sometimes called Bastard Jazz. There wasn't any concept when they approached me... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  7. New York event poster

    14 February 2020

    This is a poster I made for an event that a DJ I know in New York did at the Black Flamingo, a club run by one of NY's finest duos, Soul Clap. I was essentially given free reign and worked with a color palette that I'd been wanting to... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  8. Kool Customer 12" LP album artwork + design + layout

    This was a project I was super hype to do. I had done event posters for this label, Bastard Jazz in New York, so when they asked me to handle the album art (plus desig...

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  9. Potatohead People Japan Tour

    28 February 2020
    Potatohead People Japan Tour

    This was a really fun project from last summer. A label that I've worked with before reached out to originally have me help them sort some contacts for tour dates and ...

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  10. Silka Album Title

    12 July 2021

    Here is a recent album cover that I put my hand styles to use for. An amazing artist from New York who I've worked with before gave me the photo options for the cover and the back (which I also did tracklisting layout for), sent a link for the album... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  11. What started several years ago as a regular drawing practice to get familiar with using a 筆ペン, or brush pen, gradually evolved into a collection of hundreds heads drawn in-transit, at music events, during meals, and other in-between moments. Some were inspired by real people, but most were drawn in... continue reading (1, 1 image)