Daniel Schallau - Illustrator in Tokyo

Daniel Schallau

I'm an illustrator in Tokyo

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I speak English

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About me

I am always discovering places no one has ever imagined before. 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. I usually draw in colored pencil but much of my digital work has a hand drawn look.

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. My Apple Store Event

    16 August 2016
    My Apple Store Event

    夏休みスペシャルイベント:親子でイラストレーションを楽しもうOmotesando Apple Store event where I'll share my drawings created on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil.  Adults are welcome as well as k...

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. (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)

  6. 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)

  7. Adachi Skylines

    26 October 2016
    Adachi Skylines

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

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  8. 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)

  9. Yurakucho

    6 November 2016

    This is looking north east across the Kokyo Gain National Garden towards the Yurakucho skyline from Kyu Edojogai Sakuradamon gate on the South end of the grounds. I wanted to focus more on the buildings than the intricately manicured trees of the garden. I am not sure if I should... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  10. 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.

  11. 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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  12. Giant Airplane

    8 January

    Drawn with an iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil in Procreate.

  13. Spacewalk

    8 January

    Drawn with an iPad using an Apple Pencil in Procreate.

  14. Kyoto Fire Engine

    8 January

    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. This video took just slightly all day to make. I hope you notice that many of the drawing strokes match the music

    While looking at old WWII fighter planes, I thought what if they could be enlarged 10 fold and converted to peaceful commercial passenger use. When flying between Japan... continue reading (0, 0 images)


    15 January

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

  17. Santa Bear

    30 January

    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.

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

  19. Work Boot

    16 April 08:01

    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)