Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

A Wild Swan is officially out now

I took off to Slovakia (to visit a client) and then to Vienna (to teach a workshop), but world does not stop while I am gone.
A Wild Swan, an illustrated book of reimagined fairy tales, I worked with Pulitzer prize winning author Michael Cunningham and the awesome team at Farrar Straus and Giroux finally came out today (Tuesday, November 10). The team had worked on this project for on and off for about a year.
The book is filled with interior illustrations (9 full pages, 1 double page), as well as some spot images here and there, and 10 drop-cap designs, on top of illustrated lettering, back-cover image, end paper, and secret embossed image on the dust jacket you can only see with the book right in front of you as an extra bonus.
For those who are not in the US, some foreign editions are:
Fourth Estate (UK), Prometheus (Holland), Bompiani (Italy), Luchterhand (Germany), Editions Belfond (France), Gradiva (Portugal), Arhipelag (Serbia), Gummerus (Finland), and Corpus (Russia). And at least I know UK, Poland and Serbian editions are coming out at the same schedule as US edition.

Holiday season is coming up, this would make a great present too! Amazon purchase link (US) here

52 Reasons to Love a Vet now at Normal Rockwell Museum + signed prints for a good cause

52 Reasons to Love a Vet is a cause started by a peer and friend Ella Rue, who is a mother of a veteran, and Director of Marketing for Academic Programs and Events at New Jersey City University. I met Ella during my school visit/lecture trip to NJCU a few years back.
Multiple artists, who are friends of Ella as well as supporter of the cause, donated original artworks that are made into limited edition signed prints, signed books as well as decks of playing cards, to be sold and fund The Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation. The HHF fund financially assist veterans for furthering their education and/or assisting with medical, dental or mental health resources.

The show exhibiting the original works will be traveling to Norman Rockwell Museum. The show opens on November 7, 2015, and continues till January 5, 2016.

You can purchase the products and support the cause at the museum during the show. Or you can make the purchase and support the veterans through 52 Reasons to Love a Vet online store.  Shipping within continental US is included to all purchases. The image below is my contribution.
autographed prints: $55 each
playing cards with all the art: $25 a deck
book with all the art: $45 (unsigned) or $205 (signed by all the artists)
They would make fantastic holiday gift for your family and friends who support the cause.

at Norman Rockwell Museum is on Saturday November 7, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00PM and will be attended by many participating artists. (Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it due to my foreign business trip.)
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

one day workshop in Lima, Peru is now available (and come to LAD Festival)

UPDATE: Thank you, the workshop is now sold out. Looking forward to seeing all the participants in Lima in February. Nos vemos!

It has been my dream ever since my childhood to visit Peru. And it is finally coming true.
In February 2016, I will be coming to join Latin American Design Festival, a new design conference in Lima. The fun part is that I am also going to be teaching a one day workshop on February 11, the day before the festival starts.
It will be one day full of fun drawing boot camp. Tickets are now available. Workshop is limited to 20 participants, first come first served. fee is $150 including IGV.
And, don’t forget to book LAD Festival ticket here. 

Existe un número muy reducido de personas que posee un talento natural para el dibujo. Para el resto, es posible mejorar, pero solo a través de la práctica. Por supuesto, uno no mejora dramáticamente en un solo día. Requiere mucho tiempo y práctica.

Sin embargo, es posible aprender tips que sirvan de ayuda para dibujar mejor en un solo día. Yuko Shimizu viene a compartir los tips que ha venido aprendiendo a lo largo de su carrera como ilustradora y profesora en una escuela de arte.

Se trata de un boot camp de un día. Es decir, una versión digerida de una clase de dibujo que suele enseñarse en el transcurso de un año.

El taller incluye pequeños ejercicios rápidos de dibujo. Se dibujarán unos a otros, a unos mismos y se pedirá a voluntarios que modelen para los participantes, entre otras actividades divertidas.

Requerimientos: Inglés intermedio.
Duración: 5 horas.
Inversión: $150 inc. IGV
Fecha:  11 de febrero

exhibition in Vienna, and limited edition (large) print release

I will be in Vienna, Austria starting next week mainly to teach a four day illustration workshop. While I am going to be there, I will be participating in a really fun and exciting exhibition JAPANGA! It is a survey of Shin-hanga (= modern Japanese woodblock prints), including some well-known Hokusai, but mainly focused on under-the-radar gems .
They will also be releasing two limited edition large format signed and sealed prints. I will be at the opening, and if you purchase prints and want me to write special message etc, (it’s Christmas shopping season after all) I will be more than happy to do so.
hope to see you there!

Opening reception: Friday, November 13, 2015  7:00PM
at:  Atlier Olschinsky Art Store Gallery: Esterhazygasse 11, 1060 Vienna, Austria  (MAP)
the exhibit will run till February 13, 2016

press release:

The Shin-hanga („new prints“) movement from early 20th century Japan constitutes one of the main roots of today´s Manga and has had a tremendous impact on modern illustration art.

Just as the classic Ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the 18th and 19th centuries influenced European artists, and led to impressionism and art nouveau in Europe (as well as to Jugendstil in Vienna), Shin-hanga was strongly influenced by Western elements such as the effects of light and the expression of individual moods, but focused on strictly traditional Japanese themes.

In this exhibition, some of the most important works from the Shin-hanga movement will be displayed in Austria for the first time. The collection will give a vivid impression on how Shin-hanga has influenced the aesthetics and visual concepts of contemporary artists.

Completed with artworks by award-winning illustrator Yuko Shimizu, known for her stunningly powerful and perfectly crafted drawings, the exhibition will take you on a journey through time, showing the development from a traditional art form to the best of contemporary illustration.

and below are two large format limited print release.
The Rodeo Drive (top) will be printed on 50cm X 70cm (20″ x 30″) sheets,  30 prints will be made, all signed and sealed, 170 euro each.
Blowup 1 (below) will be printed on 40cm X 50cm (16″ x 20″) sheets, 40 prints will be made, all signed and sealed, 90 euro each.
They may sell the prints online, but the details are not decided yet. Please stay tuned.

Batman, Superman – Prometheus? two events in NY and Philadelphia

Locust Moon Press, the guys who brought you multi-award winning Little Nemo Dream another Dream did it again. This time, they have collaborated with Philadelphia Museum of Art (for those to whom it doesn’t ring a bell, remember Rocky?) for their new exhibit The Wrath of Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian which just opened over the weekend.
Comic artists and illustrators (including myself) contributed works that pay homage to Rubens’ masterpiece Prometheus Bound and the myth of the titan. The artworks were made into bookPrometheus Eternal which can be seen during the show (see the photo of the book in the exhibit) as well as available for purchase at the museum.

There will be two separate Prometheus talk events happening this week (Philadelphia) and the next (New York).  Both are panel talks with some of us contributors to the book, along with Locust Moon team as the moderator. We will have the signing at the end too, of course. If you are in the area, hope you come stop by.

Batman, Superman—Prometheus? at Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6:30PM
Paid tickets required $10 ($8 members)

The Museum is proud to debut its first comic book, Prometheus Eternal, created in conjunction with preeminent graphic artists and writers and inspired by the exhibition The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. Join us for a panel and book signing with artists Bill Sienkiewicz, Yuko Shimizu, and David Mack, as well as Josh O’Neill, publisher of Locust Moon Press. This talk is moderated by Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900.

Locust Moon’s Prometheus Eternal at the Society of Illustrators, NY 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015  6:30 – 8:00PM
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
purchase ticket here $15 ($10 members, $7 students and seniors)

Locust Moon publisher Josh O’Neill will moderate a conversation with contributors Yuko Shimizu, Lisk Feng, and Andrea Tsurumi, focusing on the challenge of adapting ancient mythology through the lens of art history. The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing.

free event at Wheaton College, Norton, MA

If you are a Wheaton College student, or live in near by area such as Providence or Boston, I will be giving a lecture next Tuesday (October 20) during my two day visit to Wheaton College. The lecture is free and open to the public, so please come stop by!
Lecture starts at 5PM at Ellison Lecture Hall, Watson Fine Arts.
For more info, please visit Wheaton College’s website. How to get to Wheaton College, please see this link for transportation options and drive directions.  Google Map link here

Hope to see you there.

free signed poster give away! at NY ComicCon

New York ComicCon attendees, there is a free signed poster give away.
date and time: Saturday, October 10, at 1:00PM
booth: #2229 McMillan booth
They have about 100 all autographed posters to give away.

The poster is to promote an upcoming book I had collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning writer Michael Cunningham. His new book of short stories  A Wild Swan is due out in early November from Farrar Straus & Giroux. I have illustrated and lettered the cover, and created 10 full page interior illustrations as well as opener drop caps for each story and some spot illustrations. We have worked on this book on and off for close to a year, and I am extremely excited it is finally coming out. (It will make a great holiday gift for sure!)

Last week I spend some time at FSG office signing all the posters (please see photo below). Posters are given away first come, first served bases.
Big thank you to Christopher Richards, Rodrigo Corral, Jonathan Lippincott, Adalis Martinez, and everyone else at FSG for making this happen.

See you at CAMP Festival. Studio is currently closed.

I know, I just came back from Reasons to be Creative conference in the UK (I will write about it later), but I took off again, now to Calgary, Canada. Studio is closed till next Monday, September 28.
Those who are attending CAMP Festival creative conference, see you there. I designed this year’s poster, so I can’t wait to see how they are used and displayed during the event.
Drawing workshop is back by popular demand and sold out (thank you!!). 20+ participants and I will be drawing all day long on Sunday. I am really looking forward to it. See you participants!
I will also be presenting on the main stage on Monday. I will try my best to say something that’s useful for the audience…
If you are near by but you have not purchased the ticket to the event yet, they may still be some left. Please check the availability at campfestival.ca

original art auction + show + party to help artists of tomorrow

UPDATE: The auction has ended on October 8. Thank you for your participation, and congratulations to the highest bidder. Bidding link here
12 illustrators (including myself) created small original artworks to be auctioned off to fund Society of Illustrators’ student scholarship fund. The show VISIONARIUM was curated by art director Lauren Panepinto and illustrator/art director Max Scheff.
The works are currently being shown at the Society of Illustrators here in NY, and there will be a happy hour party and celebration on September 30th where many of the participating artists attend. ($5 cover charge will go toward the scholarship fund).
The auction will go live starting September 28th, and will end on October 7th. Auction info and bidding details are now live on Ebay.   Bid on my drawing here. 
Hope to see you at the party, and hope you will take this opportunity to own a piece of original art of your choice.

Some of the artworks up for auction (from top to bottom): Yuko Shimizu, Marc Burkhardt, Robert Hunt, Nicholas Delort, Allen Williams, Anita Kunz, and the display view at the Society of Illustrators. 

now showing with Rubens, Michelangelo and Titian at Philadelphia Museum of Art

OK, the title sounds a bit clickbait-y. But let me express that it is one of the most exciting recent projects I have worked on.
Locust Moon Press, the guys who brought you multi-award winning Little Nemo Dream another Dream did it again. This time, they have collaborated with Philadelphia Museum of Art (for those to whom it doesn’t ring a bell, remember Rocky?) for their new exhibit The Wrath of Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian which just opened over the weekend.

Comic artists and illustrators (including myself) contributed works that pay homage to Rubens’ masterpiece Prometheus Bound and the myth of the titan. The artworks were made into book Prometheus Eternal which can be seen during the show (see the photo of the book in the exhibit) as well as available for purchase at the museum. Participating artists are: James Comey, Farel Darlymple, Lisk Feng, David Mack, Dave McKean, Grant Morrison, Paul Pope, Bill Sienkiewicz and Andrea Tsurumi.
The show will be up till December 6, 2015. On October 28, I, along with a few other participating artists, am heading to the museum for a talk event. I will post the details soon. Please stay tuned.
Read more about Prometheus Eternal here.

images from top to bottom: my contribution to the book, Rubens, Michelangelo and Golzius’ works on view at the exhibit, Prometheus Eternal cover image by Bill Sienkiewicz, and the book on view in the museum gallery.