Rob McMaster - Illustrator in Tokyo

Rob McMaster

I'm an illustrator in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

Hello! I'm a freelance illustrator, storyboard and motion graphic artist from New Zealand. I'm living in Tokyo to soak in the culture and visuals, collaborate with inspired people and grow as a creative. I love storytelling and look to take in whats around me to create narratives.

I like exploring this crazy metropolis and learning about the history behind it. New Zealand is a lot different to Japan, so I feel lucky that I'm able to gain a new perspective. Feeling out-of-place can be addicting!

If you would like to chat or work together, please get in touch!

My Creations

  1. Promotional short designed to give a taste of German based fashion-label ACRONYM's FW-1415 collection.

    I aimed to contrast the strong, modern aesthetic the label is renowned for with rough textured illustrations. These images depict the durable materials used as a basis for the clothing while hinting at the company's eastern... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  2. Tokyo Autumn

    23 December 2015

    Miscellaneous illustration inspired by Tokyo in autumn.

  3. Awaodori

    6 January 2016

    Inspired by the Awaodori festival in Koenji!

  4. I visited Shinjuku Gyoen Park on Sunday and a few trees had already started to blossom. The contrast was really striking! It was my first cherry blossom experience here in Tokyo. Ink & Photoshop.

  5. Shin-Nakano

    4 April 2016

    An illustration of the different types of people (and an unfriendly stubby-tailed cat) I see outside my apartment in Shin-Nakano.

  6. 'The Tokyoiter' Cover

    8 June 2016

    My contribution to The Tokyoiter project (http://www.thetokyoiter.com). Illustrators living in Tokyo are creating covers that interpret this great city in their own unique way. I wrote a short blurb explaining my concept:

    'Based on my experience in Tokyo so far, there seem to be common values that link... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  7. This is the first part of a series offering Tokyo travel tips for tourists visiting Japan. This episode shows the various ways you can use a Suica card. The client is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote Suginami-ku as a very worthwhile spot to add to your travel itinerary... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  8. Chiba

    8 August 2016

    Weekend sketch inspired by my new home! Getting to grips and interpreting my new surroundings.

  9. Awaodori Postcard

    29 August 2016
    Awaodori Postcard

    I got the opportunity to do a quick illustration for Koenji's 60th Awaodori. I roughed out a sketch based on a photo reference I was given, then used sumi ink and a ca...

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  10. KAWA 1: Akasaka

    15 November 2016
    KAWA 1: Akasaka

    KAWA is a curated guide to shops, restaurants and historical sites to visit within Tokyo (and eventually, greater Japan.) It's purpose is to offer visitors insight int...

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  11. KAWA 2: Yokohama

    8 December 2016
    KAWA 2: Yokohama

    KAWA is a curated guide to shops, restaurants and historical sites to visit within Tokyo (and eventually, greater Japan.) It's purpose is to offer visitors insight int...

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  12. Lexus 'Waterfall' Storyboards

    The aim of this brief was to create storyboards that likened Hiroshi Senju's creative process to the build up of a waterfall. The storyboard needed to contrast between...

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  13. KAWA 3: Asakusa

    9 January
    KAWA 3: Asakusa

    KAWA is a curated guide to shops, restaurants and historical sites to visit within Tokyo (and eventually, greater Japan.) It's purpose is to offer visitors insight int...

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  14. Koi Fish

    26 January
    Koi Fish

    12 x 16" poster available exclusively through Neko Box Shop!

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  15. Neko Box 'Hanami' Poster

    Promotional web-use poster for Neko Box's Hanami themed March Box. Our audience is foreigners interested in Japanese culture, ceramics and stationery. KAWA zine interior:

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