Emile Holmewood - Illustrator in Tokyo

Emile Holmewood

I'm an illustrator in Tokyo, Japan

Available for contracts

I speak English

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About me

I'm a freelance illustrator and animator.
Originally from New Zealand, I lived in London for five years, moving to Tokyo in 2018. Now I've moved slightly outside, to Shonan. I really want to get to know local creatives, so hit me up for a coffee/drink if you want. Also want to build up a client base in Japan, so message me if you have a commission in mind.

My Creations

  1. Sunday Times: Food Alphabet

    28 October 2018

    A wonderfully strange request from Sunday Times (UK). The article was about culinary classes in London. I was asked to create an educational 'alphabet' poster, of weird foods and food related things.

  2. Neko ni Koban

    28 October 2018

    A personal project, illustrating this amazing izakaya in Gakugei Daigaku.

  3. An animation I did for New York delivery companies; Seamless & Grubhub's instagram accounts.

  4. Stairway: Setagaya

    29 October 2018

    Little compostion of a building in Setagaya

  5. The Hunt

    29 October 2018

    Renaissance inspired cowboy piece

  6. Konbini

    28 October 2018

    For an exhibition at By&By, Shoinjinja

  7. Judgement of Paris

    29 October 2018

    Another renaissance piece. Bit more psychedelic this time. I wanted to make the original more modern not just in attire (or lack of) but gesture too.

  8. Ramen II

    29 November 2018

    What else do you draw in Japan? Actually part of a bigger piece.

  9. Behind the Illustration

    18 January 2019
    Behind the Illustration

    Also, there's an interview with me on Digital Arts, up today.https://digitalartsonline.co.uk/features/illustration/enter-the-geometric-and-gonzo-world-of-tokyo-based-v...

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  10. Laforet Elevator Door

    9 February 2019

    Had to draw this, reminds of something from a Kubrick movie. Laforet in Harajuku.

  11. Heaven and Hell, Kamata

    19 February 2019
    Heaven and Hell, Kamata
  12. Densha Desu

    25 February 2019
    Densha Desu

    For a while I was documenting minimal images of densha... just getting back into it now. I'm not obsessed with trains of anything, but enjoy he colour schemes. Spot th...

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  13. Recent series I'm doing, modern day still life stuff.

  14. New Hokkaido Beer

    9 June 2019
    New Hokkaido Beer

    A series of beer cans I illustrated for New Hokkaido beer. Initially available in Portland, hopefully Japan soon!

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  15. Stranger Things: Scoops Ahoy

    I was asked by Ad Age to illustrate a 'play set' for an article about a Stranger Things: Scoops Ahoy pop-up. Click on the link to see more (including lightly animated ...

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  16. Limousine Tower

    24 August 2019

    An oldie... Look forward to a limousine tower coming to a Shinjuku near you.

  17. Guardian: Chinese Revolution

    30 September 2019
    Guardian: Chinese Revolution

    Illustration for Guardian/Observer food magazine. I love drawing food!

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  18. Explainer video I designed and animated for HBR. Always funny expressing these odd or complex ideas... kind of like obsessing over weird objects in animal crossing.

  19. Porsche Safari

    1 June 2020

    Personal piece, playing with cars and some post work to soften my vectors

  20. Pulp: Snake charmer

    27 June 2020

    Drawing pulp inspired covers, enjoying adding textures

  21. What is Strategy

    20 August 2020
    What is Strategy

    Illustrated book, breaking down the concepts of a good strategy. It follows Professor Michael Porter as he explains to a management team (of animals) some of the mista...

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  22. Teaser video for book What is Strategy?

  23. Adults Only

    26 November 2020

    Been looking taking my style in a slight change of direction. So looking at an old retro influence

  24. Honda Civic

    14 January 2021

    Toriyama Akira inspired Honda Civic.

  25. New Familiar: How Can I

    4 February 2021

    Some highlights of the music video I did for new familiar. Full video found here: youtube.com/watch?v=fFNZizRoY08

  26. Yabai tanuki Hazy IPA

    10 April 2021
    Yabai tanuki Hazy IPA

    Beer can I illustrated for New Hokkaido Brewery (collab between Portland or, and a Hokkaido brewery). Hopefully shows up in Tokyo soon!Based the Tanuki on Hyottoko. Co...

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  27. Ramen, Ramen!

    30 May 2021
    Ramen, Ramen!

    If there's one thing I get asked to draw a lot of, it's ramen. Last year I was asked to draw 25 different ramen for a memory game. It also had a complementary journal ...

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  28. New Hokkaido Seltzers: Fruit Yokai

    I was asked by Sally Morrow Creative to design and illustrate five yokai (Japanese spirits) inspired by – and combined with – the fruit flavor of each seltzer. I was a...

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  29. Daruma IPA

    22 June 2021
    Daruma IPA

    Never throw out a can again, just make lots of goals. Daruma beer can in my ongoing collabs with New Hokkaido Beer. Early concepts below...

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  30. Little time lapse of a ramen illustration, done during the beta phase of Adobe Illustrator for iPad
    Does anyone else use Ai for iPad? I still prefer desktop myself, but glad it's an option
    From memory, the whole image took about 30 minutes to illustrate, but I had just finished... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  31. Vintage Vonnegut

    2 July 2021

    Just some fun

  32. Back in brown

    23 September 2021

    Didn't realise it was so long since I posted! Been slowly updating my style and my site. FKA bloodbros.co, now emile.work (or emiru.work also...works)

  33. Flk Moderne

    28 September 2021

    I've started a silly little animated comic about modern life. Early days and generally just a whinge and some metaphors for tech... but a start!

  34. Wired Itala Cover Dec '21

    17 December 2021
    Wired Itala Cover Dec '21

    Isometric cover design for Wired Italia, referencing lots of geek culture. Full case study here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/133254917/Wired-Italia-Play-Cover

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  35. Financial News Feb 1st

    2 February 2022

    Image for FN London about presenteeism

  36. Hariko mono

    23 February 2022
    Hariko mono
  37. Empire Magazine (UK) Cover

    Isometric (wimmelbild) of this summers most anticipated film and TV releases. little bit of Japan in there too - thanks to 'Bullet Train' 

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  38. Recent cover for Economist that I was thrilled to work on.

  39. Garage Project: Kohaku

    11 January 2023

    A beer can I designed about a year ago for a brewery in NZ. They had the name (Kohaku/Amber) and selected a concept i had based on Sakadaru barrels.

  40. Emile at Work

    12 October 2023

    I made this a while back, but just did a case study now. Can be found here:

  41. Tokyoiter cover

    24 March

    My cover submission for the Tokyoiter a few months back

  42. Cover illustration for a US food Magazine. This was about the number 1 fast food chains in various take out categories; drive through, curbside, delivery.