Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

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.

there is still time to see The Sports Show

My alma mater (and where I have been teaching for last 12 years) School of Visual Arts‘ Alumni Society puts together interesting group show every fall. This year, they curated The Sports Show, a survey of creative work in various media by alumni working in various field of art, and it is an impressive show.
The show closes upcoming Saturday. Please stop by before it closes. I am a part of this exhibition showing some artworks from Barbed Wire Baseball.
SVA Chelsea Gallery 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City
(photos, courtesy of SVA Gallery)

Jean-Luc Godard 50th anniversary official film poster release

UPDATE: POP ART edition is now sold out, but here are still small number of NOIR edition available. Please check the shop for availability. 

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

UPDATE: The workshop is now sold out. Thank you for all your interest. Participants, see you at the event!
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.

UPDATE: 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.