The site allows users to acess the same tools that Shinkawa uses for his iconic illustrations. This means that fans have access to a complete set of digital pens, pencils and brushes, as well as rulers, masking tape, and various inks. You log in to the Metal Gear art studio via your facebook or twitter accounts, and draw in real time. This means that you can see new submissions as they are being created, and there's also an option to replay completed artworks to see how they were created. Users can message each other, and vote for or "like" their favorite artwork, and every three weeks Shinkawa himself will select the best submissions and award exclusive prizes. In addition to Shinkawa submitting artwork, there will be other guest artists that showcase their take on Metal Gear art.
The first competition for the week of february 18th - 24th is for the best Raiden image, in honor of the release of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. After that the competition schedule is as follows:
25th Feb – 17th March: Mechs and Vehicles
18th March - 7th April: Snake
8th April – 28th April: Female Characters
29th April – 12th May: Male Characters
So if you want to take a shot at showing Yoji Shinkawa your Metal Gear art chops, or just browse the artwork of fans around the globe, head on over to artstudio.metalgearsolid.com/