Konami launches Yoji Shinkawa's 'Digital Drawing Board' for Metal Gear Solid
Posted: 18.02.2013 13:41 by Simon Priest Comments: 0
Think you're handy with art? In the finale to the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary celebrations Konami has gone live with a "ground-breaking new art scheme," devised by lead artist Yoji Shinkawa.

Starting today, artistic fans will have access to the "same tools" Shinkawa-san favours when creating new Metal Gear wonders to feast your eyes on. Ready those digital brushes, pens and pencils!

The idea behind it all is simple: go crazy with fan art. Visitors to the 'Digital Drawing Board' can even watch as new pieces get added in real-time. You use social networks to login.

"This innovative METAL GEAR ART STUDIO allows fans to create artwork inspired by the series on an online canvas, and will be the ultimate in fan art from users across the globe," says Konami.

The Board has launched today, "and allows users access to the same tools that Yoji Shinkawa favours, in the creation of his stunning illustrations. A complete set of digital brushes, pens and pencils can be used online, as can rulers, masking tape and various inks."

"Users log in to the METAL GEAR ART STUDIO via their Facebook or Twitter accounts and draw in real-time. Visitors can watch new items being added in real-time, or replay completed artwork to see how it was produced, they can also message artists whilst they are drawing and vote for or ‘Like’ their favourite pieces – with Shinkawa selecting the best every three weeks for exclusive prizes." In honour of Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance, the first competition is Raiden art.

Competition themes schedule:

18th Feb - 24th Feb: Raiden

25th Feb – 17th March: Mechs and Vehicles

18th March - 7th April: Snake

8th April – 28th April: Female Characters

29th April – 12th May: Male Characters

Check out the Digital Drawing Board website to watch art in the making, or to create something yourself.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance releases on Xbox 360 and PS3 this week.