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Hideaki Kodama (Konami illustrator)

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Johnny Undaunted



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:23 pm Post subject: Hideaki Kodama (Konami illustrator) Reply with quote

A Japanese seller going by the username jfkh1192 on Yahoo Auctions has been selling paintings by a certain illustrator named Hideaki Kodama (小玉英章). You might not recognize the name (he doesn't seem to have an entry on the Japanese Wikipedia), but you will definitely recognize his work if you were ever into Konami games.
http://aucfan.com/search1/q-~beaeb6ccb1d1becf/s-mix/?o=t1


Gofer no Yabō Episode II/Nemesis III


Ring no Ōja/The Main Event


M.I.A.: Missing in Action


Surprise Attack


Contra (Game Boy version)/Operation C


Contra Spirits/Contra III


Sunset Riders


Metamorphic Force


Winning Spike

He also did some advertising art to promote the PC Engine consoles released in 1989 and 1990.

PC Engine CoreGrafx, SuperGrafx and Shuttle




PC Engine CoreGrafx with CD-ROM²



PC Engine GT

He has an official website, but it hasn't been updated since 2002 unfortunately. It seems most of his portfolio consists of car-related illustrations. I'm hoping more of his gaming-related work will surface in the future (if there is any).
http://kodamahideaki.com/
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Richter Belmont



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:05 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool! Especially since a lot of such promotional artwork ends up getting cropped, and then further obscured with additional overlaid graphics.
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Tongueman



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:58 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

That is cool. I like the PC-Engine stuff since I've seen those in ads with text obscuring parts of the images.

Now, who did some of the FDS art, like Almana no Kiseki? That would be great to see larger prints of.
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Johnny Undaunted



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:40 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another one that almost slipped by me from the same seller. It's from Racin' Force, a 1994 game released exclusively for the arcades.


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Now, who did some of the FDS art, like Almana no Kiseki? That would be great to see larger prints of.


I wouldn't be surprised if Kodama-san did a fair share of Konami's old promotional art besides the ones already posted here. The unused Arc Hound cover art I posted here a few years ago in a prior thread seems similar to his style. I'm willing to bet he was responsible for the original Metal Gear cover (since Kodama did a few traceover works for his Area 88 covers for a certain edition of the manga), but I can't say conclusively.
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Johnny Undaunted



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:32 am Post subject: Reply with quote

This Kodama artwork isn't directly gaming-related, but I thought it looked very similar to the Rad Racer vehicle select screen. Not sure how common the whole "vehicle drawn in profile shot on a black background" theme was back then, so it's probably coincidence.



Here's the vehicle select screen for reference's sakes.
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Pemdawg



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:59 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone tried contacting this seller? Maybe its actually him...
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