Somewhere modern, in this case, Yoji Shinkawa. Ever since a read the Metal Gear Solid manual, I found the character composition just breath taking. I couldn’t articulate at the time but his characters have just the right mixture of abstract and realism. Faded colours, bold outlines and care free brush strokes.
There is just a small sample of his work here. His success began with Zone of the Enders and Metal Gear Solid and he continues to work for Konami as an art director.
Important to note his influences Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Yoji Shinkawa.