Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

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. 

Netherlands and Belgium in 12 days: 4 cities, 2 lectures, 3 days of workshops, and many more FUN

Just got back from a 12 day business trip (includes a short weekend getaway) in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The main reason of the trip was to speak at FITC Amsterdam conference and to run one day drawing workshop.
Then the trip got expanded to visiting art school HKU in Utrecht for two days of workshops and one free event after FITC was finished.  Then at the end, I added a few days to travel with a friend down to Antwerp and Ghent in Belgium, mainly to catch acclaimed picture book artist Carll Cneut‘s solo exhibition In My Head where the artist moved his studio in the museum during the duration of the exhibit, and to meet him.
Here is a quick photolog of the trip.


One day drawing workshop during FITC Amsterdam with 18 enthusiastic participants. Some of them came all around Europe, some even from US and Chile! We just drew all day long, non-stop.

lecture at the main room during FITC AmsterdamSome from my slides from the talk

Utrecht is a small canal city near Amsterdam, which has a different, more low key charm. HKU is an art school located here, where I had two full day workshop and an evening of open-to-public free talk event. 

Ghent, Belgium
when I started planning the trip to Amsterdam last fall, I realized illustrator Carll Cneut was having a large show In My Head in Ghent starting December. I had known his work for years, since I bought one of his picture books in France during illustrators’ annual new year trip about 7 years ago, and had been taking the book to show to my SVA students every school-year since. I asked him if I came by to his show he would be willing to meet with me (I made sure to tell him that I am not a stalker), and he said YES!
A good friend in Amsterdam has been telling me for years she wants to come with me to Antwerp (because we both love Antwerp Six), so we decided to take a trip together to both cities over a long weekend.
It turned out to be the best decision I made. Ghent is a picturesque medieval town, but not a tourist trap like some other similar cities. We got to see Carll’s show, and he took us around to a long walk during sunset.  (oh and, of course got my books autographed!).
If you are interested in the exhibit, it is still going on till May 10th.

the photo above was taken during my long morning run. The town was just so beautiful, I ran much longer than I normally would in a morning.

Owning Carll’s book for about 7 years, then planning this trip since September, I finally met him in person. Yay.
He has moved his whole studio to the museum during the duration of the exhibition. Which is great for the visitors, but in reality, he said he can’t really work with constant visitors, so end up working after-hours at home. That is so generous of him to do that, considering I won’t even accept studio visits. I can’t really work with people around.
Many of Carll’s original acrylic paintings and drawings are on display. After I planned this trip, I read on internet: ‘if you have to choose between Ghent and Bruges, go to Ghent’. Now I know why. It’s just a picture perfect gem.and, as we were leaving, I couldn’t help myself taking many pictures of amazing-looking train station ceiling.


Netherlands business trip: studio is closed.

I took off to The Netherlands, and the studio is currently closed till March 4.
Main purpose of the trip is to participate in FITC Amsterdam as a speaker as well as conduct a one day drawing workshop. I will also be teaching at art school HKU Utrecht for two days next week. (and a weekend getaway at the end of the trip to Belgium with a friend.)
I believe FITC tickets are still available in small number. Not sure if the workshop tickets are, but if you are interested, you can check with the organizers.
There is an evening lecture at HKU Utrecht, which is open to public, but need RSVP. Please check the flyer below for details if you are interested.

Society of Illustrators’ ILLUSTRATORS 57 exhibit part2

The second of the two-part annual exhibition just opened at The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators (New York), and will be up till February 28th. The opening reception and award ceremony is tonight (February 6).
I have seven pieces in this show, in Book and Editorial categories.
List of all the medal winners here. Congratulations to former student Peter Diamond for his first Silver Medal!
Buy your ticket to the opening reception (Friday, January 9th) here. Hope to see you on the opening night.

The Unwritten Apocalypse cover (client: DC Comics AD: Gregory Lockard)

As Good As New (client: Tor Books AD: Irene Gallo)

The Melancholy of MechaGirl (client: VIZ Media AD: Nick Mamatas)

Monstrous Affections (client: Candlewick Press AD: Nathan Pyritz)

Blackberry Hunting in Fijord (client: Asset International AD: SooJin Buzelli)

Igloo and the Big Kid (client: Asset International AD: SooJin Buzelli)

Il Grande Torino (client: 8×8 AD: Priest+Grace)

One day drawing workshop. Tickets available.

Let’s have a whole day of fun drawing, and learn how to draw (or how to draw better if you already know how to draw)!
I will be conducting a ‘drawing boot camp’ as part of FITC Amsterdam conference where I will be participating as a speaker.
I have done a lot of different workshops in past, but I have never taught a drawing workshop. This is something I have been wanting to do, as, um, I think one of my strength is drawing, and most importantly, I love teaching it! (I used to teach a full year drawing class for SVA cartooning students.)
You don’t have to be attending FITC to attend this workshop. And it is open to ALL LEVELS. Beginners welcome.
Workshop date is February 22 (Sunday) Early bird discount tickets are currently available (for the  next few days.) Workshop is limited to 18 participants, so please act fast!
See you in Amsterdam!

Some pictures from past workshops, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina, top two) and Venice (Italy, bottom)

and…, here is a little note of me planning the upcoming workshop right now. It’s gonna be FUN!!!

this iPhone case helps fund someone get clean and safe water for a year

Now it is easier than ever for smaller companies and individuals to make products, we artists get contacted about product collaborations more and more.  I get those e-mails almost every day. As a person who lives in the time when the world is filled with ‘stuff’, and sometimes a lot of stuff that just end up piling up in landfill,  I tend to stop and think. I try my best to pick and choose projects that works for me, and works for collaborators and have some kind of meanings to the projects.
It may be that the product is so well designed or well constructed I just want to be a part of it, or it’s my friend’s small company I am supporting… Or, something like this one, a company that is started by two well-minded young women who’s goal is to sell products that fund clean and safe water for someone in need somewhere in the world. This is why I decided to collaborate with RedDirt.

I just spoke with one of the co-founders of RedDirt as my iPhone cases just got released. She told me she just spent her holiday break volunteering in Uganda. Well, that may not be something everyone can do, but if you are nice enough to buy one of my (or many other designs to choose from) iPhone cases, you can contribute to their charity effort by funding one person gets clean and safe water for a year.

PS: for those who just got iPhone 6 for Christmas, the case is now in production, and will be released on their site not too far in the future.
Purchase the iPhone case here

Society of Illustrators’ ILLUSTRATORS 57 show opens

The first of the two-part annual exhibition will open at The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators (New York) on January 7th, and will be up till January 30th. The first segment is Advertising, institutional and uncommissioned categories.
I have one piece in this show, in Advertising category. This was a poster image created for Tokyo Night Show, a music festival in Tokyo, Japan.
List of all the medal winners here.
Buy your ticket to the opening reception (Friday, January 9th) here. Hope to see you on the opening night.

print shop holiday sale is on!

updated: December 16, 2014
Holiday sale has ended. Thank you so much for all the orders. The last orders received is scheduled to ship within this week. Thank you again. 

Last few weeks, my assistant and I have been working non-stop to pack and ship prints from my shop. We’ve decided to have our very first print shop sale for the holiday season. The sale goes on throughout the weekend, so please take advantage, and get (a) print(s) of your choice for 20% off each with promo code: HOLIDAY2014 at checkout.
For on-demand print, please e-mail us at shop@yukoart.com to check the availability of the image(s) you are interested in. Or, any other questions, please get in touch with us by e-mailing. Thank you and happy holidays!
shop print here