Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

illustration workshop in Seville, Spain in May

UPDATE: the workshop is sold out. Thank you. Participants, see you in May!
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 back to this gorgeous city rich with beauty, history, amazing food… (and of course, it’s a backdrop of Game of Thrones as fans know very well.)   Let’s work together for four days!

This workshop will be held on May 24-27  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. First come, first served. 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.
I hope to see you in Seville in May!

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

Thank you for The Hamilton King Award!

It was my huge honor to receive the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators today.
It came as a huge surprise in form of a phone call by the Society president and fellow illustrator Tim O’Brien. My first response after being told I won was “There are a lot of other people who qualify more”. And to that, Tim’s response was “If you were a guy, he would have just said ‘all right, thank you!’ and accepted it, so you should do just that.” It is, indeed 2018, and I should just accept Tim’s response. So, thank you so very much.
The photo was taken with friends (from left to right) Chris Buzelli, Enzo Pérès-Labourdette, (me), Chad Beckerman, Marcos Chin and Agata Nowicka  and below is the piece that won the award, which was art directed by SooJin Buzelli of PLANSPONSOR

Inktober is over, but #yukoinkingtips are here to stay

Inktober 2017 just ended. Did you participate? Did you have a blast? Were you able to use some of the tips you’ve learned from my class? Well, I hope you did!

During this month’s Inktober, I decided to post some tips on my Instagram whenever I had chance.
Some of the things I had posted were covered in my Skillshare inking class or more detailed version of them, and others are new tips.
I just sorted all the inking tips there by hashtag #YUKOINKINGTIPS. Now, you can refer to them anytime you like, October or not.

My Instagram handle is @yukoart . You can go to https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/yukoinkingtips/
eI will keep posting inking and drawing tips whenever I can from here on and keep sorting them with the same hashtag.
Happy November to you all.

Lecture in Barcelona, Spain, open to the public

Máster de Ilustración y Cómic de Elisava of Barcelona kindly invited me to speak at the school. This event is mainly for students of Elisava but also open to the public. The event will be held from 18h on Wednesday, November 18.  Those of you who are interested in attending, please RSVP to info@galeriacromo.com

Read more about the event, location, etc on Máster de Ilustración y Cómic de Elisava’s Facebook page. 

Thank you Elisava, my good friend Joan X. Vázquez and Ulises Mendicutty for making this event happen last minutes. And those who are attending Smashing Conference, see you at the venue on Tuesday.

Nos traemos a Yuko Shimizu! Te ofrecemos un encuentro cercano con ella el próximo miercoles 18 oct. en @galeriacromo donde nos hablará de sus alucinantes ilustraciones- Confirmacion x mail imprescindible – En el Master @ilustracionycomicelisava nos vamos superando en eventazos! Con @vinomonologo #yencimagratis #ilustration #japan #japanese #illustration #freeentrance #confirmation #artist #meeting

Posted by Máster de Ilustración y Cómic de Elisava on Friday, October 13, 2017

Inktober special: my Skillshare Inking Class is now FREE

UPDATE (October 14): Thank you. This special offer has ended. However, you can still watch both my classes as well as hundreds of other classes with extended special trial offer. Explore and sign up here.

Inktober is in full swing. My Skillshare inking class just became free for one week!
It is an online video class I made with Skillshare a few years back, and still very popular, especially every October. We have decided to release this video class for free for anyone to watch at his/her convenience between now and Friday, October 13, 2017. (ends on 11:59EST).
Total length of the video is about an hour and half. I talk about materials, surfaces, all the basics for beginners as well as tips and tricks that may be useful for even experienced inkers.
Please take advantage of this offer. We would love more people to enjoy and learn from the class.
Please watch the video here before the free offer expires!

See you at airports in Asia: SK-II Art of Travel package release

I had secretly worked on these images between end of last year and the first couple of months of this year. And the cat is out of the bag.
Skincare brand SK-II has just released site specific special travel packaging in six different areas in Asia.
These travel packs are available only in the airport duty free shops, each of six areas have designated design.
You can also ask for the postcard sets at SK-II counter, that include all six images.
Next time you travel, please look for them at airports in these six areas.

collaboration with Team McGregor + David August for McGregor vs Mayweather fight

The cat (or the tiger?) is out of the bag.
Recent collaboration with bespoke clothing brand David August for McGregor vs Mayweather fight (August 27, 2017) is finally official.
David August was designing the whole Team McGregor outfit (including Conor McGregor himself, of course!) for the event, and asked me to illustrate a tiger head inspired by McGregor’s new tattoo. As you can see in David August and their marketing director Michael Montanez’s Instagram photos, the image was used on the team corner crew’s custom vests during the event.
Art direction was by Thomas O’Quinn of OQuinn Design.
Thank you David August and Tom O’Quinn for this great opportunity!


Dumb Questions and Dinner: apply to have dinner conversation with Marcos Chin and me

UPDATE (July 25): Application is now closed. Thank you.

Special event announcement.
Marcos Chin and I will be inviting 6 of you, students and emerging professionals in illustration, to have informal conversation over dinner.

Event is hosted by Society of Illustrators, and will be held on Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8:00PM.
This is an attempt to reach out to motivated young illustrators to have chance to ask any question you have about the industry, business and marketing. No question is a dumb question.

Seating is limited to 6. There will be $20 charge. If you are interested in chosen to be on this dinner table, please apply here by Monday, July 24 at noon EST.

Please read more and apply here

new class on SKILLSHARE

It’s FINALLY here! I’ve finally made a new class available on SKILLSHARE, 3 years after the initial launch of ink drawing class.

This time, I am teaching a (basic) drawing class. Not the conventional uptight kind though.
I have been wanting to teach a class where it is, most importantly, about having fun, and learn along the way.
I have been teaching one-day drawing workshop for the last 2-3 years, and have been adjusting the curriculum. Now I feel it is in the closest to what I have envisioned it to be. So, here it is!

Hope you consider enrolling in the class when you have some free time. Maybe picking up a new hobby this summer?
For your friends who are new to Skillshare, they can take advantage of limited time 60 day free offer through my referral link: skl.sh/yuko so, pass it along!