Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

My Dog, A Proud Mexican!

I aquired a five year old dog last May. It was sort of like an accident. I was not looking to get a dog, well, not just yet. He just decided to be part of my lif.
Since then, I cannot think of a life without him.
He is sweet, friendly, well behaved, and keeps me great company.
When I was going to teach a workshop in Mexico last summer and needed to create a poster to announce the event, I wasn’t sure what to pick as a subject. It should be something Mexican, but it shouldn’t be a typical cliche.
Then I looked at the couch in my studio where he sleeps just like he always does while I work. Oh, of course, this is it! He is a proud Chihuahua, a Mexican. What is more appropriate than drawing him in the poster?

He became a bit of a star in the small town. Only thing was taht has was actually not there. Next time I am flying out to Mexico, he should come with me. See the motherland himself.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.

My dog, a proud Mexican poster

six of my dogs on the poster!

My dog, a proud Mexican photo 1

he was depicted on a banner to announce the show and the workshop


My dog, a proud Mexican photo 2

he was also made into a tote bag (sold out)


My dog, a proud Mexican photo 3

he was seen around town of Xalapa, Mexico like this during the exhibition.


My dog, a proud Mexican photo 4

This is him in real life. We have matching outfit. (I don’t dress dogs, up. He just needs sweater in this weather.)