Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

Jean-Luc Godard 50th anniversary official film poster release

Jean-Luc Godard‘s subversive masterpiece PIERROT LE FOU celebrates 50 year anniversary this year. I am very honored to announce that I had a pleasure of collaborating with Black Dragon Press of UK and film distributor StudioCanal of France to release very limited edition official silk-screened posters.
These whopping 11-color separation (!)  extra large format ( 19″ x 30.5″ or 483mm x  775mm) posters were printed by the master printer at White Duck Screen Print of UK. There are two hand-numbered editions, only 80 prints are created each.

The posters will go on sale next Tuesday (July 28) 3:00PM BST (GMT +1 = 10:00AM EST in New York), first come first served basis.
Prints are £60 each (pop art edition and noir edition), or £100 for the set of two for the first 20 orders. Ships world-wide from UK.
Black Dragon Press shop link is here where you can learn more about them, and many other gorgeous limited edition posters.

Special thank you goes to Daniel Pelavin for his kind advice on graphic design, and Virginia Zamora for helping revive the original film logo from 1965.


one day drawing workshop in Calgary, Canada

I will be coming to Calgary, Canada to speak at CAMP Festival, part of FITC family (I previously spoke at FITC Toronto and Amsterdam). We collaborated on the first workshop during Amsterdam event in early spring, and it was a blast, so we have decided to do this again!
Since many of the attendees of CAMP/FITC are not illustrators, or previously learned how to draw, this one day workshop is open to ALL LEVELS. You don’t know how to draw, or you don’t know how to draw well, but always wanted to learn (to be better)? NO PROBLEM.
You also don’t need to attend CAMP Festival itself to attend this workshop, as long as you can physically be there. Limited to about 18 participants.

Read more about the workshop here Tickets are now available

workshop in Vienna, this fall.

updates September 1: The workshop is now sold out. Thank you for all who applied. There are still small number of slots available with the other three wonderful instructors. Please apply soon to secure your spot. 
Come spend four fun days with me in beautiful Vienna, Austria this fall.
The new workshop PLANET HOME just got announced.
It is more than a couple of years since I did a multi-day workshop. Four days sounds short, at the same time, we can get a lot done in short intensive workshops like this, which I know from experiences in past. I am super excited to be back doing this.

This time, the workshop is catered toward intermediate level (and above), and we will focus on your idea developments. The course will be very intimate, only about 12 participants. There are also three other illustration workshops to choose from, run by Aad Goudappel(The Netherlands),  Peter Diamond (Austria/Canada) and Cone the Weird (Germany).
You can learn more about our workshops and apply on MCAB website.
Hope to see you in November!

business trip to Turkey: studio is closed

I took off to Turkey to judge this year’s International Cartoon Competition run by prestigious Aydin Dogan Foundation.
I am really looking forward to be meeting judges from all around the world gathering in Bodrum, a southern coastal city, which I hear is supposed to be beautiful.
There will be multiple events during our stay outside of judging, including award ceremony and drawing cartoons with kids. (and a bit of vacation in Cappadocia after, of course.) Can’t wait.
Studio and my print shop are both closed and will reopen on June 29.
Thank you and have a good rest of June.
(below is a picture I took in Istanbul last November, when I got stranded in Istanbul for one day on the way back from a vacation in Sicily. Beautiful, Istanbul!)

American Illustration 34 slide show is here

It is always a huge honor to get my works accepted into acclaimed competition American Illustration. This is my 14th consecutive year getting selected to be in the book (and 15th year, if I count the first time I got my works chosen to be on their website). Crossing fingers for many more years to come. I just love American Illustration!
American Illustration 34 annual book won’t get published till November during Illustration Week, however, there is no wait. They have just released the slide show of all the winning works on their website.
This is actually a great resources for illustrators and aspiring, especially for those who live outside of the US and want to get to know what are considered to be the best American illustrations from previous year. Great way to market research.

Below are my works that are accepted into AI 34. Thank you judges and thank you clients for giving me an opportunity to create interesting images. (from top: Twitter Tsunami, publication: Newsweek cover, AD: Priest+Grace, Michael Friel,  Little Nemo Dream Another Dream, client: Locust Moon Press, publisher + editor + AD: Josh O’Neill, Chris Stevens and Andrew Carl,  Il Grande Torino, publication: 8by8, publisher + editor + AD: Priest+Grace, Monstrous Affections, publisher: Candlewick Press, AD: Nathan Pyritz)

See slide show of all SELECTED (book) works here.  CHOSEN (website) works here.

spring print sale is now on

updates May 14: Thank you for all of you who took advantage of the sale and placed your orders. The sale has now ended. All the orders should be sent out by tomorrow. 
Get the print(s) you always wanted. Big spring print sale is now on, for a week.
15% off for 1 print, 20% off for 2 prints, 25% off for 3 or more prints.
Also discount of 25% on high-end fine art print as well.
Sale ends in a week. Sale is extended for extra days. Sale ends on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:59PM EST (NY time). Check my store to get more info and promo codes.

TV show 明石家さんまの転職de天職 reruns in Kanto & Kansai area

For those people who are in Japan and missed last summer’s TV show I was featured in, they have decided to rerun the program during Japan’s Golden Week. You can read more about the program and experience here. 
明石家さんまの転職de天職 will rerun on May 3 (Sunday) and the schedule are as follows.
Kanto Area: 2:15PM – 3:15PM on Nippon Television
Kansai Area: 12:35PM – 1:35PM on Yomiuri Television

明石家さんまの転職de天職 再放送が関東と関西で決定しました。ともに5月3日(日)放送で、関東地方が日本テレビで2:15PM – 3:15PM、関西地方が読売テレビで12:35PM – 1:35PMの予定になっています。もし昨年夏の本放送を見逃された方は是非。番組の詳細は、以前に書いたこちらをご覧ください。
PS: プロデューサーの方からのメールによると、さんまさんの肖像画は、ちゃんとご自宅に飾られているそうです。(良かった)

SAMURAI! show opens at Worcester Art Museum

Very excited to announce exhibit SAMURAI! opens at Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts today. The show runs till September 6, 2015.
This exhibition was guest curated by Eric Nakamura, editor and founder of Giant Robot, and conbines historical Japanese arms and armor with works by contemporary artists ainspired by samurai and their enduring myth.
Some contemporary artists featured in the show include: Moira Hahn James Jean Audrey Kawasaki Kozyndan Mu Pan Katsuya Terada Kent Williams and myself. Thank you Worcester Art Museam and Eric for including me to be a part of it.

More information about SAMURAI! on the museum website. If you are in the area, there is a big Samurai party tonight you shouldn’t miss.


my piece blown up to the size of a wall, and the actual samurai arrows placed to look like they are attacking the superheroine
my Zatoichi piece in front of Katsuya Terada’s drawing

painting in front by Kent Williams
Zatoichi, commissioned by Criterion CollectionPanda Bear Girl – the first Asian American Superheroine –


James Jean
Moira Hahn
Mu PanKozyndan

Free inking class!: one week only Skillshare special

Thank you for 4,500+ of you who had taken up this offer. This free offer has ended. However, you can still sign up and take this course as well as hundreds of other art and design classes on Skillshare here: http://skl.sh/1hjIQHg 

My video inking class on Skillshare has been around for about a year now. Thank you for those who have taken the class. But if you haven’t, now is your chance.
Skillshare and I are offering the class free, one week only starting today. This special offer ends next weekend. So, sign up quick: http://skl.sh/1hjIQHg 

Happy 150th birthday to The Nation! (Get your free PDF copy)

Progressive political magazine The Nation just celebrated its 150 year anniversary, and last week, they issued 200+ page special anniversary issue with lots of articles and art from past, as well as from present. They are giving away the PDF version of the issue for free.
Regular illustration contributor and acclaimed political illustrator Steve Brodner acted as the special curator of illustration for this issue. The new artworks by Milton Glaser Art Spiegelman Marshall Arisman Mirko Ilic to name a few, are all featured in this issue. It is a huge honor Steve decided to assign me an image in this special issue, and this is my very first time contributing an image to The Nation.
The article I was given was an interesting take on looking at American politics through the looking glass of Alice in Wonderland (written by Ariel Dorfman).
Read the article, and see all the rest of great art and articles by downloading your free 150th anniversary issue. 

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