Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

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

holiday print sale

UPDATE: Sale is extended to December 10 (Thurs), end midnight EST. Atelier Olschinsky has also extended their sale schedule.

We are having this year’s annual holiday print shop sale. 
you get 10~25% off all prints available from our own store.
We also added new ‘popular print’ options you can easily check out. But please do remember, you can always make custom print orders too.
Any other questions, please get in touch with us by e-mailing shop@yukoart.com . Thank you and happy holidays!
Also, Vienna’s Atlier Olschinsky Art Store is also having their holiday sale. My limited edition prints are now 10% off. Please visit their store as well. 

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.)
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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.