EDWIN USHIRO
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Education:
2000   Illustration BFA with Honors, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Projects:
2018-2012 Digital Media Faculty, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2017 L.A. Metro – Illustrator and Graphic Designer for Hope Street mural project with the Japanese American National Museum and students that I mentored from Boyle Heights High School. This mural reflects LA’s historic and cultural evolution from the participating students perspective.

2016 POW! WOW! Hawaii and POW! WOW! Long Beach – Created public murals for the citizens of Kaka’ako, Hawaii and Long Beach, California.

2015 Fox Animation – Concept Designer for Neo Yokio with Art Director, John Pham.

TBWA/Chiat Day – Concept Designer and Illustrator for Principal Financial Group on their worldwide ad campaign exploring retirement activities. Developed art for video games, web, and printed matter with Producers, Karishma Singh and Trey Horvath.

2014 Honolulu Museum of Art – Illustrator commissioned to produce drawings, painting and animation about ghost stories in Hawaii for the exhibition, HI Society with Art Curator, Aaron Padilla.

Sanrio – Commissioned to create a large scale painting for the exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty curated by Jamie Rivadeneira with artwork exhibited at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA and the EMP Museum in Seattle, WA.

Stradella Road – Storyboard and Layout Artist for an interactive website design for Disney’s Big Hero 6 with Creative Director, Ryan Antista.

2011 Humanist Films – Producer on the art documentary, Art Recession. Written and Directed by Ming Lai. Winner of Best Feature Documentary, International Family Film Festival.

2010 William Morris Endeavor – Concept Designer for  the Chevrolet Volt campaign. Responsible for creating all interior and exterior interactive displays with VP of Production, Alyer Breau.

Float Studios – Concept Designer with Creative Director, Gregory Anderson.

Simon and Schuster – Illustrator for a book cover on Anna Shinoda’s YA novel, Learning Not To Drown, with Designer, Mike McCartney.

DC&APB – Illustrator on ad campaign for Lost with Damien Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Art resides in the collection of ABC Executive Vice President, Studio Creative, Barry Jossen.

2009 William Morris Endeavor – Storyboard Artist for Poloroid commercials in collaboration with Writer, Emilia Serrano and Creative Director, Lady Gaga.

Real D 3D – Character Designer and Storyboard Artist on animation sequence for Real D 3D theatrical announcement. Art Directed by Ryan Antista and Henry Steingieser.

2008 NBC Universal – Visual Effects Consultant and Storyboard Artist for the prequel of Battlestar Galactica entitled, “CAPRICA.” Worked under the vision of Director, Jeff Reiner. Storyboard Artist for television series, “Life.” Under the supreme direction of Director, David Straiton.

Ring of Fire – Concept Designer for interface designs on Yellowbook commercials. In collaboration with Director, Vadim Perelman (House of Sand & Fog) with VFX Guru, Justin Beaupre.

East West Productions – Illustrator and Animation Designer for the 5 time Tony Award Winning Broadway production of “PIPPIN.” with Production Designer, Alan E. Muraoka.

MK Productions – Pre-visualization Artist, Character and Costume Designer for Korean based production company with Director, Kang Je Gyu.

Skechers – Storyboard Artist for Skechers commercials. Written and Art Directed by Creative Director, Broadtent, Seth Epstein.

2007 Luma Pictures – Storyboard Artist on a feature film entitled, “Lazarus.” Written and Directed by Vincent Cirelli.

Valvoline – Concept Designer for a Valvoline commercial. Responsibilities included rough concept drawings, final art renderings and key art positioning on plates. Art Directed by Ring of Fire Studios, VFX Supervisors, Gregory Anderson and Justin Beaupre.

Acme Filmworks – Concept Designer for an animated CVS commercial. Directed by John Dilworthand Produced by Gwynn Addik.

Maxx Marketing – Concept Designer for toy designs on projects including Kelloggs and Taco Bell with Art Director, Luis Corral.

Georgia Lottery – Storyboard Artist on a commercial for the Georgia Lottery. Art Directed by Ring of Fire Studios, VFX Supervisor, Justin Beaupre.

2006 Odd Lot Entertainment – Storyboard Artist for “Living Hell,” a feature film written & directed by Richard Jeffries. Executive Producer is Steve Ecclesine.

New West – Storyboard Artist for animation sequences of Australian Musician, Ben Lee’s music video, “We’re All In This Together.” Directed by Nabil Elderkin.

Northwestern Mutual – Concept Designer and Set Design for NW Mutual commercial. Production Designer, Amy Ancona in association with Independent Media.

2005 Mitsubishi – Storyboard Artist on Mitsubishi commercials with Art Direction by Zoic Studios Creative Director, Loni Peristere.

Insomniac Games – Cinematic Storyboard Artist on “Ratchet: Deadlocked,” “RCF” and “Resistence Fall of Man.” Responsible for translating writer’s idea into visual form, final layout and lighting in MAYA. Collaboration with Chief Creative Officer, Brian Hastings and Writer, Steve Schneir.

Dunhill Ltd. – Character Designer, Set Designer and Storyboard Artist for London based luxury company for an animated short about their products geared at a younger demographic. Art Directed by Dr. Romanelli and Designer, Nathan Cabrera.

2004-2003 Sony Computer Entertainment – Concept Designer and Storyboard Artist on numerous video games for Sony Playstation. Art Directed by Ron Padua. Highlighted projects include “SOCOM II,” “SOCOM III” and “Fighting Spirits.”

Fuji – Concept Designer and Storyboard Artist for numerous commercials developed for Fuji Japan. Creative Director, Ron Ishimoto. Also including projects with Creative Director, Ming Lai.

X1FX – Production Designer for a music video for Musician, Irregular. Directed by Mark M. Larranaga.

Disney Creative Development – Layout Artist for Disney Publishing on “The Incredibles.” Art Directed by Scott Tilley with Director of Creative Services, Brent Ford.

2003 Warner Brothers Television – Concept Designer, Storyboard Artist and Illustrator for “Angel” with Directors David Straiton, Bill Norton and Production Designer, Stuart Blatt.

NBC Universal – Concept Designer and Storyboard Artist for a themed attraction in Shanghai. Art Directed by Director of
Creative Resources, Dawn Rivera-Ernster.

Fox Television – Storyboard Artist and Consultant to Director, Russell Mulcahy for “Skin.” Produced by Dwayne
Shattuck and Executive Producer, Jerry Bruckheimer.

Paramount Pictures – Designer on NBC mini-series drama, “Homeland Security” with Production Designer, Ida Random and Art Director, Dins W.W. Danielsen. Produced by Clayton Townsend.

2002 Touchstone Television Productions – Storyboard Artist on “Push Nevada” with Directors Davis Guggenheim, Nick Gomez, John Coles and Gary Winick, Production Designer, Ed T. McAvoy, Executive Produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jim Parriott.

CBS Studios – Concept Designer for “CSI: Miami with Production Designer, Carlos Barbosa and Executive Producer, Jerry Bruckheimer.

NBC Universal – Graphic Designer for “Boomtown” with Production Designer, Michael Z. Hanan and Art Director, Dins W.W. Danielsen.

ABC Studios – Concept Designer for “Port Charles,” with Production Designer, Chip Dox. Produced by Hope Smith.

20th Century Fox Film Corporation – Concept Designer for “Chasing Popi” with Production Designer, Ed T. McAvoy and Art Director, Alan E. Muraoka.

2001 Jim Henson Company – Character Designer for “The Halloween Cat” and Concept Designer for “Harry and Lulu” under the direction of Director of Design Services, Ed Eyth.

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen – Fashion Illustrator on the Fall clothing line for Dualstar Central Design with Designer, Sam Ciardi.

Community Projects:
2017   Kizuna, The Pumpkin Patch, volunteer judge, Japanese Village Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
2016   JANM Free Family Days: Pop Mania, live drawing demonstration for the public, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2015   Japanese American National Museum, Ghost Stories, performer, presenting a series of true, tingly, tales of the supernatural to members of the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Lectures:
2015   Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
2015   Jikei COM, Los Angeles, CA
2014   Jikei COM, Los Angeles, CA
2014   Honolulu Museum of Art, Spalding House, Honolulu, HI
2013   Jikei COM, Los Angeles, CA
2013   The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2012   ACM SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles Professional Chapter, Santa Monica, CA
2012   Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2007   Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Documentary:
2013   Thrash Lab Profiles x Giant Robot: Edwin Ushiro, Eric Nakamura, Thrash Lab, Los Angeles, CA
2012   Art Recession (Winner of International Family Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Award), Ming Lai, Humanist Films, Los Angeles, CA

Publications:
2017   Spray on the Walls: Urban Adventure of Graffiti Art, Ursula Luo, SendPoints Publishing, Guangzhou, China
2016   Inside Artists’ Sketchbooks, Austin Williams, Drawing Magazine, Palm Coast, FL
2016   The Moleskine Project, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA
2015   Gathering Whispers (eastern edition), artist monograph, Diagon Alley, Shanghai, China
2014   Gathering Whispers (western edition), artist monograph, Amanda Erlanson, Zero Plus Publishing, Claremont, CA
2014   Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, Museum Publication, Los Angeles, CA
2013   Outside the Lines, Souris Hong, Penguin Group, New York, NY
2011   Heroes and Villains, Amanda Erlanson, Zero Plus Publishing, Claremont, CA
2010   Juxtapoz Erotica, Ginko Press, Berkeley, CA
2010   Ghost Stories: The Art of Edwin Ushiro, Annie Owens, Hi Fructose Volume 2, Last Gasp, San Francisco, CA
2010   Neo York, Anime and Beyond, IdN, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2009   Three Apples, An Exhibition Celebrating 35 Years of Hello Kitty, Sanrio, Torrance, CA
2008   W+K Tokyo Lab Tokyo Ten, Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo Lab, Tokyo, Japan
2008   New Artists, OBJECTS The Journal of Applied Arts, Berlin, Germany
2008   Painting a Nightmare, Kathryn Drury Wagner, Honolulu Magazine, Honolulu, HI