Daniel Schallau - Illustrator in Tokyo

Daniel Schallau

I'm an illustrator in Tokyo, Japan

Available for contracts

I speak English and Japanese

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About me

With my drawings I am always discovering places no one has ever imagined before existed. I have a degree in architecture, but much prefer creating imaginary architectural wonders, instead. Many of my drawings are anthropomorphic. I do draw people as well as fashion and and product prototypes. While a lot of my work is very detailed, I have a style as well that is simple and elegant which I am hoping to get contracts with. I draw using colored pencils and watercolor and recently have been using an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. I look forward to any questions or requests you may have.

My Creations


    17 August 2016

    Here is the top of Mobileopolis-30 stories up.  Mobileopolis is a city on wheels.  (Click to enlarge)iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, ProcreateYes, Mobileopolis has an aquarium...

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  2. ESL Toy

    8 August 2016

    I worked with a small toy company on this. With the toy designer's guidance, I came up with the concept and developed the idea including choosing the 3 letter words to be used and then drew 32 full color stickers for the toys. Quite a project.

  3. Mobile Mountain Lodge

    8 August 2016

    This drawing is for a book on an alternative history of transportation. There is a lot to look at, so I animated the still drawing with sound effects in iMovie. Drawing: Colored pencil over ink on paper.

  4. (Click drawing enlarge) Here is a portion of my Mobile mountain lodge that shows the detail. I'll try to post other parts of the drawing. Pinch zoom on your track pad or tablet to see it better. The lodge offers different amenities. The round windows are coach seating much like... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  5. The Sounds of Mobileopolis

    9 September 2016

    There is a lot going on in this illustration.  Bringing it to life with sound effects adds a different dimension and perhaps clarity that you perhaps wouldn't get by just staring at it.  My goal was to maintain my hand drawn colored pencil style. You will need your sound turned... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  6. Adachi Skylines

    26 October 2016
    Adachi Skylines

    Adachi-ku is a surprisingly fun place to practice painting skylines.  

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  7. Another Adachi Skyline

    31 October 2016

    From the 7th floor in Adachi-ku looking out at the uninterrupted expanse of buildings receding all the way to the mountains around Okutama. The first two skylines I posted this weekend were drawn in watercolor with a brush. This time I 'painted' with my iPad using watercolor and gouache brushes... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  8. Last night I posted a different version of this drawing with trees and grass in the foreground, but I think I like it better with just the buildings.

  9. ABC book

    27 November 2016
    ABC book

    I am working on an ABC book which is different than the usual super simple 'Bb A red ball' kind of book. Something that can be enjoyable to parents as well even if it...

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  10. Spacewalk

    8 January 2017

    Drawn with an iPad using an Apple Pencil in Procreate.

  11. Kyoto Fire Engine

    8 January 2017

    Do all Kyoto fire engines not have logos on the doors? This is the only fire engine I saw in my visit this weekend.


    15 January 2017

    This is what I think a good adventure book should be.

  13. Santa Bear

    30 January 2017

    Preparing for Christmas already. Ha. I posted this last night, but it was too saturated and dark. Morning is a good time to adjust colors.

  14. Today was a perfect 10

    30 January 2017

    Unpublished book idea. I am in the process of redrawing many of my sketches digitally using the iPad Pro. Fun!

  15. Work Boot

    16 April 2017

    In the neighborhoods of Tokyo you might often find a family's home hovering high up above their family run industrial workshop, which might be producing small parts for larger machines, which in turn manufacture automobiles and appliances. Large industry would not survive in Japan without these tiny workshops. Thus, I... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  16. Dementia Assist Robot

    This is some work I did for IDEO last week. To satisfy the NDA I signed, I made changes. The robot in these drawings is not the product I was drawing for the client. I...

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  17. Fashion, Home and Garden

    Just a personal project for my portfolio.Mikomoto JewelryWater pitcher from HakoneWatering flowers in my garden.

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  18. Fashion and Food

    28 May 2017
    Fashion and Food

    Continuing with this new style of mine...I sketched a hat in the window of the Omotesando Martinique Le Conte store(not a client) and the top was drawn from their webs...

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  19. ダニエル シャラウ イラスト展 Daniel Schallau Illustration Exhibition
    6/27 ( Tue ) – 7/2 ( Sun)
    Opening party: 6/27 6-9 pm
    sorama gallery+coffee
    1-12-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Sorry to self promote myself in an activity post. I did make a Canvas event post, but not sure anyone saw that. This... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  20. The Dancing Limosine

    21 June 2017
    The Dancing Limosine

    All of the passengers dance from side to side except the mayor and his wife.  I might try to get the mayor and his wife to hop up and down sometime.  I am running out ...

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  21. Window Drawing

    26 June 2017

    I am disguising my gallery announcement as a creation because actually it is. I have never drawn on a window before and I must say it was a blast. I took along my iPhone to look at the drawing I was supposed to draw, to get me started, but mostly... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  22. Wooden Bicycle Basket

    4 September 2017
    Wooden Bicycle Basket

    Besides being an illustrator, I like to make things with my hands.  My latest project was a personal one to help me replace my 15 year old mamachari basket bike with s...

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  23. Me Teaching

    7 May 2018

    A drawing for a personal poster to get more students. I enjoy drawings with a bit of narrative, but for commercial purposes. Not necessarily with text, but having the pictures tell a short story.

  24. Sociology Textbook Illustrations

    A friend of mine is a professor of Sociology and asked me to illustrate the cover and chapter titles for his text book. I recommend getting to know a sociologist beca...

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  25. More from the textbook I illustrated for a college professor. He wanted me to use humor to describe basic social structure--law and order, justice and political. Naturally, I thought of squirrels.

  26. Textbook Illustrations

    2 February 2019
    Textbook Illustrations

    Yet another sociology textbook project with over 140 illustrations like these.  Fun, yet challenging.

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  27. One of around 140 illustrations I am working on for a sociology text book. For this one I wasn't supposed to have active conflict, but a sense that there is a strain on resources and in this case, water. So no guns blazing in other words.

  28. Societal Studies

    17 February 2019

    For the same sociology college textbook I am collaborating on with a sociology professor in the US. So as the author explains it, this drawing is supposed to represent "people living together in an ordered community."

  29. 3 interviews

    20 February 2019

    Social Scientists interviewing three different people. Meant to look like interrogations.

  30. Market Place

    2 March 2019

    For the sociology book I am collaborating on with a professor in the US, I was given a list of religious figures I should include in this marketplace drawing. It is interesting how all on the list have gown style clothing and head gear. Only the African Animism figures differ... continue reading (0, 1 image)