Illustrator - Japan
I’m 40hara (Shimahara). I’m a freelance illustrator who is mainly active in Japan.



  • An Early Summer Encounter

    2013 work. This work expresses an early summer encounter from the point of view of an animal.

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  • A Dilapidated ☂

    2013 work. In an abandoned building in the rain, a girl stands alone. What thoughts made her come alone to an abandoned building?...

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  • Stairs

    2014 work. A girl sitting by herself on stairs in the snow. She is being approached by cats. This piece shows the girl and cats intermingling.

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  • Colors

    2014 work. The girls who appear after the rain.

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  • Teleportation

    2013 work. 2013 P1 Grand Prix finalist. I get the feeling something fun as about to happen.

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About Me


Illustrator / Japan

I’m a popular illustrator due to my warm characters and use of color. In 2011, I gained experience in helping create work for a one-man exhibit as an assistant to an artist belonging to (Yu) Kaikai Kiki. I am currently active as a freelance illustrator. I am mainly skilled in anime-style illustrations. In 2013, as a collaboration between “IT Passport Test × Piapro,” I won the grand prize in a Hatsune Miku illustration contest. I diligently try every day to create illustrations that convey the feeling of a story.


  • Creator Name40hara
  • GenreIllustration
  • NationalityJapanese
  • GenderMale
  • Birthday05/18/1987
  • Blood TypeO
  • HoroscopeTaurus
  • Years Active3
  • Area of ActivityTokyo


    Award History
    09.2012: Asiagraph 2012 CG Art “Koketsu Award” nominee
    01.2013: Seventh Postcard Contest special award
    06.2013: IT Passport Test × Piapro Grand Prize

    Work History
    ■ CyberConnect “ReCital” - card illustrations
    ■ Sumzap “Sengoku Saga” - card illustrations
    ■ Voltage “Seizonritsu 0% Chikatetsu kara no Dasshutsu Bangai-Hen” - character designs
    ■ Sega “Border Break Shuppu no Gun Front” - one character design
    ■ Square Enix “Kakusansei Million Arthur” - card illustrations


    How did you get into drawing?

    I don't think there is any particular time that acted as a catalyst.

    How long does your work take to create?

    If it's for work, about 2-4 days. If I encounter problems, it can take a week.

    When do you come up with ideas for your work?

    I come up with ideas when I'm not drawing, such as when I'm watching a movie.