storyboards lend a fresh approach to idea presentation. For news, products, technology, or entertainment the storyboard is a perfect example of “a picture is worth...”

caricatures whimsical and novel means to draw attention to interesting events, personalities & locations.

portraits in pencil, pen & ink and charcoal bring realism for personal and business materials and publications.

tradeshow design & management provided creatively & strategically to meet the requirements of small and large businesses alike.

private & group art instruction - Interested in on on one guidance? Does your group desire a creative activity?

steve tanaka managed, planned and executed over 24 domestic and international Boeing trade show events annually over a 30 year career with Boeing. He enjoys working with people in converting thoughts and concepts into sketches and storyboards for the entertainment industry and is expert in printed and promotional materials and technical proposals for individuals and businesses. His recent work with numerous film, tv and webseries producers is bringing him recognition in entertainment production. In addition to the above, Steve renders portraits and caricatures, eliciting the subject’s personality on 100% cotton, museum quality paper.  He also offers art instruction to individuals and small groups.



We hired Steve Tanaka to illustrate a detailed 3-minute storyboard promo of our original animated feature film characters for; Vincent the Artist. His drawings were a spot-on brilliant composition of characters and camera angles that allowed us to creatively edit the drawings together and set the storyboard to music using professional voiceover actors to create a visual that would spark interest from investors prior to the animation being completed.  We have worked as filmmakers in the motion-picture industry for many years and we look forward to utilizing Steve Tanaka’s talents on all of our films.  Vincent J. Wiley & Deborah Romare ,  19TH Day Pictures

Thanks for making the changes so quickly – especially when you had a full plate with your regular job. We really appreciate that you share your creativity with our team – and bring some life to the words on the chart. It was a pleasure working with you on this.  Melissa F.

portraits & caricatures

Steve Tanaka is such a great guy and artist, your life AND your work will be better for associating with Steve. Max Middleton

Steve sketched a beautiful portrait of my son from a picture I gave him. He was able to catch every detail of my son's personality, including the emotions in his eyes. He returned the finish product to me, matted and wrapped in plastic. I am also going to have him draw another picture of my second son because I cherish the first one so much! I would definitely recommend him to others who would like a keepsake such as this."  Jamie Roark

tradeshow management

Steve through his creative talents has provided visual aids which have helped to further the understanding of difficult subjects to large audiences.    Phil , V.P., Boeing

Your work ethic is remarkable. It will be very difficult to replace you. I look forward to working with you through August.

John D. Gumbel, USMC East Coast Field Marketing