Susumu began his artistic career in 1972 and went on to become one of Japan's leading illustrators. He is especially well known for his airbrush work and original character designs. His novel artwork, from character designs for professional sports teams, through magazines, video games, corporate characters and more, has propelled him to the forefront of the Japanese illustration industry and his works continue to charm audiences today.
Susumu created all the characters for Capcom's Maximo series of video games and was the first Japanese illustrator to design the cover of UK video game magazine, Edge. In his home country, he has been designing cover art for the leading video game magazine, Famitsu, for over ten years.