Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

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!

Look good & feel great. T shirt proceeds that help scholarships

I recently attended Beyond Tellerrand, a web conference that runs great events and workshops in multiple cities around Germany. (The event I went was in Dusseldorf in May. I spoke and conducted a workshop there.) I also designed this event’s T-shirt which was given away to all the attendees and staff.

They have some T-shirts stock left, and currently selling them for just €15 on their online store.
The proceeds will help fund ‘scholarship tickets’ for their future events, to give away tickets for those who cannot afford to attend otherwise. Thank you for helping this great event.
You can purchase my t-shirts in two different colors, both men and women sizes, while supplies last. There are other designs from past events also available. Purchase link here.

there is still time to order the Oscar Wilde book. Kickstarter ends on June 16

Update (June 17, 2017): The Kickstarter campaign was completed successfully. Thank you for your pledge. For now pre-order has ended but the books may become available in the future date. I will announce more details then.

A successfully funded Kickstarter campaign by Beehive Books will end on June 16, and you have still time to pledge and preorder the books, prints and other goodies available.

Illuminated Editions is the newest project by Beehive Books (one of the guys behind that Eisner Award winning Little Nemo book). Idea is to come up with a  modern take on turn of the century illustrated literature. The first set of three books are The Willows (written by Algernon Blackwood) illustrated by Paul Pope, The Island of Doctor Moreau (written by H.G.Wells) illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, and Oscar Wilde’s Fairly Tales illustrated by me.

The kickstarter campaign was run in three separate goals, $50,000 to fund Paul Pope book first, then $75,000 to fund mine, then finally $100,000 to fund Bill Sienkiewicz.
Now the campaign is fully funded, you can pre-order any of, or all of the books in different editions (single digital edition starts at $30, a book starts at $65), or get postcard set ($20), prints ($100) and other goodies. (There is my original drawing as pledge reward as well.)

Hope you pledge and pre-order your book(s). The kickstarter campaign must end on Friday, June 16, 2017, 11:59PM EST

one day illustration workshop in NY now available

UPDATE (June 8): The workshop is now sold out. Thank you and see you next week.
I teach every week at SVA Illustration Department, I tend to forget that I have actually never taught a workshop in my hometown before.
So, here it is. The very first one day workshop in Manhattan coming this June.
It is a part of Smashing Conference where I will be speaking (June 13-14). (You don’t need to be a part of the conference to enroll in the workshop.)

Consider this an experimental illustration boot camp. One day of fun working together on multiple projects that help flex your illustration thinking brain. Because, good illustration is not just about making pretty pictures, but actually about making pictures with good ideas.

We will work together in intimate small-ish group, all day long. We will work hard, but we will also have a lot of fun!
Please read more and purchase your ticket here.  Tickets are $499USD.

one day illustration workshop in Dusseldorf, Germany

UPDATE (March 23): The workshop is now sold out. Thank you and see you in May.
I will be coming to Dusseldorf, Germany to speak at Beyond Tellerrand conferene. As a part of the event, I will be teaching one day illustration workshop the day before the event starts.
It will be one full day of fun “drawing boot camp”. We will draw a lot, and we will probably laugh a lot too.
Tickets are available here, first come, first served.
The workshop is EUR 349, however we have super-special discounts for students EUR 99.

images available to use for Women’s March

UPDATE (January 23):
Thank you for all of the women, men, straight, gay, young, old and some even babies and pets who walked the march.
Total of 600+ downloads were made.
If you took pictures, please send them my way by tagging @yukoart in Twitter and Instagram (for Instagram please tag the photo itself and not the text. If you only tag text, I never see your photo due to the large number of followers on my account) or post on my Facebook public page. Thank you!

UPDATE (January 19): new image added:
This is so very last minutes, but I am using my old illustration for a good use.
This illustration was made a while ago for now-gone JANE Magazine. It is actually a portrait of one of young editors, but I am sure she would approve, as JANE was a magazine for kick ass women.
For those who are interested in using this image for your march. Please download a large TIFF file from here (66.8MB)
You know the drill: no commercial use. For personal use for the march, please use the way you like. And send me photos if you can.
Some brands such as Avery makes iron on printer paper which you can quickly make T-shirts. So, be creative.

<below is the original post about NY Times image>
I have received more than a few message asking me if they can use this illustration I originally made for the NY Times for Women’s March on January 21.
So, I have uploaded a medium size JPG and large size PSD files for you to download.
You can make T-shirts, banners or anything you like with it, as long as you keep it as your personal use.
I would love it if you could send me some photos, or tag your photo on Instagram or Twitter to my handle @yukoart  (in Instagram, please tag the actual photo. If you only tag text, I will most probably won’t see it.)

Please know that commercial use (making any profit off this) is strictly prohibited. The New York Times and I own the right to the image.

Download NY TIMES large PSD file here (13.6MB)

Download NY TIMES medium size JPG file here (3.4MB)

List of affiliated women’s march all over USA and abroad here. Find one near you.  
I will be walking the New York City march with friends. New Yorkers, see you there.