Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

TODAY!: live drawing with NY Times

UPDATE: the live drawing is over, but you can watch the whole 50 minutes of interacting with Facebook audience and me drawing here.

I will be teaming up with The New York Times and its Facebook page to do a live drawing today.
Please join me and AD Antonio de Luca for interactive drawing fun on NY Times FacebookLive series.
please log onto facebook.com/NYTimes today at 12:00 noon EST (which is NY time zone. Please check your local time zone.)

Hope to see you then!

Women in Sci-fi & Fantasy art show opens this week in NY

There will be a nice summer exhibit opening at the Society of Illustrators in New York. The show is titled: Point of Vision –Celebrating Women Artists in Fantasy and Science Fiction– . The show is curated by two acclaimed female art directors in the field, Irene Gallo of Tor.com and Lauren Panepinto of Orbit Books.
I am not exactly who you think as a fantasy (or sci-fi) artist, but I do work in the field here and there, and my work is known to be surreal. So, the curators were kind enough to include some of my works in the exhibit. They let the artists pick our own, thus, I decided to show two original black and white drawings, as well as one color print.

The show will be up from now till August 20, 2016 at the Society of Illustrators (128 E, 63rd St @Lexington Ave, New York), and there will be opening reception on Friday, June 10 from 6:30PM. Hope you can come see the show. And if you are coming to the opening, I will see you then.
Read more about the exhibit here

Batman Returns limited edition silkscreen posters released

Batman Returns is forever my favorite Batman films of all time. I had recently collaborated with Dark Hall Mansion to release two large format posters of this film, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment.
Two posters will come out in four different editions, all 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91.5cm), pricing from $65 to $150USD. First come, first served. Once sold out, the posters will never be recreated again.
Big thank you goes to my dear friend and crazy talented Claudia De Almeida, who had generously created the gorgeous logo and designed the poster.

Read more about the poster on Dark Hall Mansion blog
Also, I got interviewed about the release on Blurppy. Interview here

The posters will go on sale Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Release time will be 12:30PST (3:30PM EST). You will be able to purchase from their online store here

signing + talk event in Books Kinokuniya NY

UPDATE: Books Kinokuniya New York has small number of signed copies in stock. Please call  (212) 869-1700 to check availability and to place an order. They can ship within US, but not abroad.

My new book Living with Yuko Shimizu has finally hit the Stateside after a bit of a delay. So, we are having a signing and talk event here in NY. Japanese bookstore Books Kinokuniya of Midtown Manhattan is kind enough to host the event.

Living with Yuko Shimizu (published by ROADS Publishing of Ireland, not written by my dog Bruiser) is a collection of carefully selected 32 images which are printed on thick and sturdy paper. Each image can be torn out from the book and can be turned into art to hang on your wall.

The book is dedicated to friend and art director SooJin Buzelli, because half of the 32 images in the book was initially created for various magazines she art directs. So, for this event, I asked SooJin to have a talk in front of audience about illustrations, art directions, etc, etc.  I hope this event would be fun for not just those who are interested in my work or my book, but also for those who are interested in broader field of illustration and art direction.

Books Kinokuniya NY: 1073 Avenue of the Americas (between 40 & 41 St.)
May 28 (Saturday) from 3:00PM
free admission

don’t know how to draw? no problem! One day drawing workshop in Chicago

UPDATE: This year’s FORM Chicago events, including the workshop, were cancelled. They may host FORM and all the related events in 2017. We will keep you updated on the new schedule. Thank you.

I’ve been teaching (mainly at SVA) for more than a decade now, and I have taught many different courses over the years. Probably one of my very favorite thing to teach is drawing. Specifically basic drawing, like Drawing 101.
When FITC initially asked me to teach a one day workshop as a part of their tech & design conference in Amsterdam, I didn’t quite know what I should teach. Most of the conference goers are not illustrators. After a while of thinking multiple ideas, I decided the most inclusive workshop for the occasion would be to teach the basics of how to draw, and have fun with it.

Since then, I have taught this drawing workshop multiple times (Amsterdam, Calgary, Lima…). This summer, I will be taking the drawing workshop to Chicago.

This workshop is open to anyone of ALL LEVELS. You don’t know how to draw, but always wanted to learn? No problem. You’ve been out of art school for a bit and want to get back into it? Cool with that too.
We will do lots of fun and quick drawing exercises. You will go back home with pile of paper all filled out with drawings. It’s sort of a drawing boot-camp, but with lots of fun. (Don’t worry, I won’t make you draw a realistic Earth.)

Small group of 18 participants. Currently limited availability, so act fast.
Read more about the workshop here
purchase your ticket here

Below are some photos during past workshops in various locations. 

summer illustration workshop in Vienna, Austria

UPDATE: workshop is now sold out. Thank you.
Hi, illustrators, what’s your big summer plan? How about coming to beautiful Vienna, spend four days with me working on your illustration idea skill, then spend the rest of the time wandering around seeing Klimt and Schiele in person,  then have your mind blown away by stunning architecture everywhere? Sounds like a good plan?

The first workshop in November 2015 was a huge success. With participants from all around Europe and some from Middle East and all the way from Latin America, we had a dynamic and interesting small group of fun, hardworking and friendly environment for the four days we spent together.
We are having the workshop again this summer on August 1-4, 2016.  The course will run between minimum of 6 to maximum of 12 participants. You will work on multiple projects, some small some big,  that are designed to build and strengthen your idea skills. I will also give one on one portfolio review for those who are interested. This workshop’s target audience is intermediate to advanced level illustrators.

I hope you consider spending the summer with me.
Please read more on the workshop website on MCAB.AT and apply from there too.
Up to end of April, they have early bird rate that starts from EUR 550,00.

Some photos from November’s workshop.

Some of the participants’ final illustrations:

Muhammad Mustafa (Egypt)  Instagram Facebook

Juan Useche (Colombia / Germany)  Facebook Behance

Adrian Carrera (Austria)  Instagram  Behance

Marek Skupinski (Poland / Sweden)  website Behance

The official lodging is our favorite art-hotel Am Brillantengrund How cute is that!? (below)

… and some pictures I took during our last workshop. I am luring you to come to this BEAAAAAAAUTIFUL city of Vienna (below).
See you there?

drumroll, please! a new monograph release

New book! New book! I am so excited.
It’s been a while since my previous self-titled book (published by Gestalten, 2011) went out of print. Now, used copies are sold around$150USD on Amazon marketplace. 
I have been asked, many times inquiring the book, and have to reply “sorry I don’t even have enough copy for myself. ” So, when ROADS Publishing of Ireland, a boutique publisher of art and design books, approached a new concept of a book, we were on the same page.
Not enough time has passed to make a brand new full-on monograph, but some of the images in the previous book felt a bit dated. We wanted a smaller and tighter selection of what we think are some of the best, or may be more appropriately, my favorites.

This Living with Yuko Shimizu is a book of carefully selected 32 images, on thick sturdy paper, which can be kept on your bookshelf as a monograph, or tear each page out, and use as very affordable option of wall art. It is a different concept of a book that was perfect for both the publisher and myself.
The book has just come out in the UK this week. It is scheduled to be published in the US-side (and other countries abroad) by the end of the month.
Amazon has already started taking pre-orders. Their site has a great preview of images inside, so please visit Amazon to take a look inside.
Also, Book Depository of UK ships all around the world.  (Hope you place an order too!)

See you during LADFEST in Lima! Studio is closed.

Studio is currently closed. Our print shop is also closed.  I am off to Peru, Yohey‘s off to focus on his own work while I am gone.
If you are in Peru, come check out LADFEST on February 11-13. It is a really nice small three day conference with lots of design and art, plenty of workshops and talks (and I hear food trucks too!)
My workshop is sold out, but the conference tickets are still available.
The rest of the time, I will be off to Peruvian Amazon and to Machu Picchu to recharge and reenergized, so I can come back and make more artwork.
We will be back on February 22 (Monday).

MAD Magazine Spy vs Spy receives Silver Medal from Society of Illustrators, and other news

Society of Illustrators’ annual exhibit Illustrators 58′s Book and Editorial Show just opened today. I am very honored to be receiving a silver medal for an illustration I worked with MAD Magazine‘s famous characters Spy vs Spy. The image was created for a special hardbound book Spy vs Spy An Explosive Celebration which came out late last year. Big thank you to the AD Ryan Flanders.

Opening reception and award ceremony will be held on Friday February 5. Unfortunately I will be out of the country this time, but it is such a great party every year, and so if you can, you should go. Ryan will be there to receive his medal.

The other works I have in this show are as follows (from top to bottom): two black and white drawings from the book A Wild Swan (client: Michael Cunningham and FSG), Batman cover for DC Comics (AD: Rachel Gluckstern), Little Nemo Dream Another Dream (client: Locust Moon Press), two editorial works Kiddy Pool Emergency and Frozen Kids for Asset International (AD: SooJin Buzelli) Thank you all my clients, The Society, judges, and everyone else who’s been so very supportive of my work.

Maximum the Hormone DVD cover wins silver medal from the Society of Illustrators

Society of Illustrators’ annual exhibit Illustrators 58 has just opened last week. A silver medal in institutional category was awarded to the latest DVD cover image  I collaborated with Japan’s popular band Maximum The Hormone (DVD was released in November 2015).
The best part of this award was that not only this was the tenth medal I received from the Society (which was a benchmark!), but also, the leader of the band Maximum The Ryo-Kun decided to fly in all the way from Tokyo just to attend the award ceremony in New York to receive his medal. That is about 14-15 hour flight each way, just to stay in New York for a little more than 24 hours. Ryo-kun gave a fantastic and inspiring speech on the podium, and then stuck around at the party to mingle with other artists and fans. 

Thank you Maximum The Hormone, their label VAP and Keiichi Iwata, AD at 7 Stars Design. Thank you judges, The Society, and everyone who has been a big supporter.

Original black and white ink drawing of the award winning piece is exhibited at the Society of Illustrators now till January 30. Please read here fore more details and how to get to the exhibit. 

see the full creative process of this project here