Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

National Book Festival 2016, come to the free full day event

The 16th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
All day long big event for those who love books! 120 authors and illustrators take stages.
I am participating in this year’s festival as the poster artist. I will be at the event doing a panel with A Wild Swan author and Pulitzer Award winning Michael Cunningham.

The poster is given away for free to visitors during the event (not for sale), and I will also be singing the poster, as well as the book A Wild Swan with Michael.

signing: 4:00-5:00PM 
talk: 6:00-6:45PM 
events will be held at Poetry and Prose pavilion

Please see National Book Festival website for more details and all the author schedules. 

Even if you can’t come or live too far away, you can download the PDF format of the poster here. 

hello India! I am coming.

Hello hello India! I will be in your country for the first time ever. This is also the longest flight I have ever taken, and probably a most adventurous trip ever as I have never been to that part of the world. A lot of first evers, and I am very excited. There will be three events in three different cities while I am there.

1. Kyoorius Designyatra
First is the big design conference everyone in creative industry in India know about. I am very honored to be invited to participate in this year’s event. It will be held between September 29- October 1. The new venue this year will be in Jaipur. You can learn more about the conference and book your tickets here

2. Tales on Tweet book release events
Local editor/writer Manoj Pandey and I collaborated on his book, Tales on Tweet, a coffee table book of the world’s shortest short stories in 140 characters. The book was just released from Harper Collins India, and include many high-profile authors including Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood.
We will be doing two book events in two different cities during my stay. Hope to see you there!

A. Tales on Tweet book event in Darjeeling
The Lounge, Elgin Silver Oaks, Kalimpong, Darjeeling,  October 3,  2:00PM, free and open to the public.

B. Tales on Tweet book event in Delhi
The Toddy Shop
, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi, October 6, 7:00PM, free and open to the public.

Looking forward to seeing you, and your beautiful country soon! See you at one of the events.

me happy with recently acquired business visa to India.

illustration workshop in Seville, Spain in November

UPDATE (Sept.16): Thank you. This workshop is now sold out. Looking forward to seeing all of you who are attending. 

Want to come to majestic Seville, Spain with me for four day illustration workshop? I hope you do, because I can’t wait to come to this historic city famous for flamenco, and also work together with you for four days!

This workshop will be held on November 24-27 (which is the Thanksgiving weekend, if anyone from US side wants to join. ) at La Galeria Roja.
Unlike previous workshops that were targeted toward experienced artists, this workshop is open to all levels. Limited to around max of 18 participants.  For Spanish speakers, there will be Spanish-English translator available for the duration of the workshop. Price point is set very reasonable at EUR 450. Spots are for first come first served basis.
I hope to see you in Seville in November!

To get more info, and to reserve your spot, please contact info@lagaleriaroja.com or call (+34) 955-22-12-00

Just in case…, this is where Seville is. South of Spain, absolutely stunning!

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!)