Saturday, August 9, 2014

03 Gio Aguilar - Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda is a well known musician especially from his band Linkin Park, and his group Fort Minor.  What many people do not know is that Mike Shinoda is also an artist.  Shinoda was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and got his degree in Bachelor of Arts in Illustration at the Art Center College of Design at Pasadena.  Looking at some of his paintings, you can see a combination of anime and cubist styles in his work.  The characters that he created in his paintings look like anime characters.  Shinoda is part Japanese so it is interesting that he adds his cultural art style into his own work, but makes it into his own style.  His artworks look simple, abstract, and flat, but they look original, and authentic.  You will notice that in his artworks, he uses the same style, the same opaque colors, and the same figures.  His drawing however is less abstract compared to his paintings, But it still has the same anime cartoon style as shown in his other works. 

Another thing I found interesting on Mike Shinoda’s works is his medium choice of painting on guitars.  This is something I found to be unique, and really interesting because I see this as a fusion between his greatest talents.  This is the first time I have seen a painting on a guitar, and I doubt that any other musician paints on their own guitar.  I see this as if Shinoda is expressing his art through his music.  Though I doubt Shinoda will ever do this because he is not a drummer, but I would like to see him paint on a drum set.   

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