Takayama Toshiaki

Illustrator - Japan
I'm a freelance illustrator. I mainly draw illustrations of anime, games, and toys.


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  • Manga

    Armed dragon illustration series - someday I think I'd like to turn this into a manga.

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  • Female Characters

    I’m learning to draw photo-realistic female comic characters. Drawing ‘realistically’ is a completely different sort of difficult.

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  • Even among the several existing statues of David, I found inspiration for this work in the consciously boyish/feminine carvings of Donatello’s “David” statues. How many times did I redraw their faces, were they any good? Even now I worry.

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About Me

Takayama Toshiaki

Illustrator / Japan

Before I became a freelance illustrator, I did illustrations for magazines at an advertising artwork production company and airbrushing the Japanese versions of food packaging such as Snickers. After leaving the advertising company, I switched over to digital and started acting as a freelance illustrator. I became involved with the “Dragon Drive” anime original dragon design & toy card illustration and began to deal with anime, toy, and game illustrations.

In recent years, my work on Konami’s PS3/Xbox 360 “NeverDead” packaging design and promotional materials, “Kaijudi - Rise of the Duel Masters,” and “Rage of Bahamut” card illustrations have been released overseas.

I love Tove Janson’s Moomins.

  • Creator NameToshiaki Takayama
  • GenreIllustrator
  • GenderMale
  • Zodiac SignAquarius
  • Years Active12
  • RegionJapan

    Career History

    3rd “Dengeki”game prize Grand Prize illustration section, mechanical section Silver prize
    2009 Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (publication)
    2013, June Holland World Museum “Manga Exhibition” illustration exhibited

    Work released overseas
    ・Takara Tomy- Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters
    ・Bushiroad - Cardfight!! Vanguard
    ・KONAMI- NeverDead Packaging & Promotional illustrations
    ・Cygames - Rage of Bahamut
    ・Aiming - Kingdom Corps

    In Japan I’ve mainly been working on anime, games, card games, and social networking. In 2013, an illustration and “making of” collection will be released by Hobby Japan.

    About My Illustrations

    I don’t draw a draft - I finish whilst painting from the rough sketch.
    I make rough sketchs in Photoshop CS4 and use Painter12 for the coloring.