There’s no mistaking the explosive visual style of Japanese illustrator Shohei Otomo. He was trained by one of the best in the business, his father is Katsuhiro Otomo famous creator of the cult manga Akira.
It’s a talent and gift that clearly runs in the family. Otomo Jnr’s monochrome artworks pay tribute to the style and conformity of classic Japanese culture, whilst injecting a playful look as the absurdity and chaos of present day Japan.
Each character, from Geishas, quelling kids to police officers inhaling drugs have been created entirely using a black ballpoint pen – no Photoshop trickery, just incredible technique and patience.