Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

Mr. T Wishes You A Happy Mother’s Day

Blender Magazine: Mr. T
According to BLENDER Magazine, the first creator of the hip-hop “mama” song was Mr. T with Treat Your Mother Right. This image was commissioned for May issue just in time for Mother’s Day.It was my first collaboration with BLENDER. I have worked with CD: Dirk Barnett and his talented creative team in past (RIP Premier), and have always loved the smart editorial design they come up with, so I was psyched.

Well, you know the rest of the story. It became my last job with BLENDER, and their final issue was April. Mr. T never ended up seeing  the light of the day. So, at least he gets to be posted here in Drawger.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone.

AD: Robert Vargas. Thank you for this gig. And, you guys paid me so quickly.

Blender Magazine: Mr. T Article
Two quick sketches and a dummy layout. I love when ADs send me layouts. It is nice to see how your work get applied to the page.
Blender Magazine: Lady Gaga Cover
BLENDER, you were a cool magazine. Rest in peace…