Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

Justice League Snydercut T shirts release

I always wanted to draw Wonder Woman!

My Justice League  Snydercut (HBO Max) Wonder Woman T-shirt will be released from Footaction on March 15 at 10 AM EDT.
Total of 7 T-shirts of 7 main characters by 7 different artists will be dropped every day with limited quantities.
Other artists and shirts are: Jacob Rochester’s  Batman, Superman by Jen Bartel,  Aquaman by Matt Taylor,  3/14: The Flash by Robzilla III,  3/16: Cyborg by Tracie Chin (March 16),  Darkseid by Oliver Barrett (March 17)
While supplies last. Please go to Footaction for more.

Thank you, The Cat Man of Aleppo has won Caldecott Honor

This just happened!!!
The Cat Man of Aleppo has won this year’s Caldecott Honor. Thank you American Library Association and all the jury members.
And more importantly, AD: CeciliaYung, editor: Stacey Barney, designer: EileenSavage, authors: Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha, everyone at Penguin Putnam Books.
Also my coloring assistant Tatiana for huge emotional support during the deadline crunch
Last but not least…, thank you and congratulations to Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel the Cat Man himself. Hope more people will know you, and your inspiring story.
If you are interested, I’m still signing and drawing a cat in every single copy ordered through my local independent book store Book Culture. Please consider supporting a small business. Thank you.

free online lecture for Bienal de Ilustración

Free online lecture this Saturday for Bienal de Ilustración,  Saturday, November 14, 4:00PM Mexico City time.
Conferencia gratuita para Bienal de Ilustración Esta Sábado, 14 de Noviembre, 16:00h, horario de CDMX
The online lecture series of different illustrators from around the world is a part of their Biannual Illustration Competition to celebrate Latin American artists. I’ll be speaking in English, but I believe there will be Spanish/Portuguese translations? Please register here, space is limited.

Thank you, ARTECHOUSE Hanami exhibit has officially closed

Thank you SO much to everyone who has visited Artechouse Washington DC’s HANAMI: Beyond the Blooms exhibit I collaborated with them.
Its initial exhibit schedule was from mid-March to April. But they had to shut down the venue after the opening weekend.
They were able to open on July 9th, with the original schedule of closing in early September. By popular demand, it was extended till October 4.
Thank you so much again.
see more photos of HANAMI here.

Drawing auction for a good cause

UPDATE: The original was sold to Keith Becker for $2,000. Keith donated to The Doe Fund right away. Thank you so much for your support. 
✊✊ buy this drawing for a good cause ✊”Take Down the Proud Kings of the Past”✊✊ India ink on watercolor paper 13” x 14.25”

I’m auctioning off this drawing. Highest bidder donates the money to The Doe Fund, a NY based non-profit. You basically get a free drawing in exchange for a tax write-off. So, please bid generously. Do good, feel good✊
Bidding starts at $150 USD. Bid on this Instagram feed comment section. (If you are seeing this on another platform, please head over to my IG @yukoart to bid). US shipping address only. Bidding ends tomorrow,  Monday, June 15, 6:00 PM EST
Thank you 🙏 ✊
The Doe Fund helps break the devastating cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism.
I’ve been donating to them for a long time because I always see men from their Ready Willing and Able job training program keep my office neighborhood clean.
Since 1990, they have helped more than 23,000 homeless and formerly incarcerated men rebuilt their lives.

Sailor Moon Redraw Challenge for a good cause

UPDATE: The drawing was sold to Bo Bradshow for $800. Thank you for your generosity. 
I also took a part in this suddenly popular Sailor Moon Redraw Challenge #sailormoonredraw. You can read why I made her into a visibly Asian schoolgirl on my original post on Instagram. What is more important here is that I am auctioning off this drawing to help fund Welcome to Chinatown initiative. The highest bidder donates the bidding amount to the cause, and I will send you the drawing.
(Due to the COVID-19 complications, shipping to US address only.)

If you are interested in participating, please head over to my Instagram post. Bidding ends in 24 hours, on May 20 (Wednesday) 4:30 PM EST. Thank you for your interest.

Workshop in Seville, Spain in May, just announced.

UPDATES: The workshop will be postponed due to COVID-19. We will rework on the schedule once we are out of the woods. Thank you for undrestanding. Those who reserved your slots should have the first priority to book future workshop schedules.
I will be coming back to teach at La Galeria Roja in Seville, south of Spain in late May. (3rd time, because, by now we are friends !)
They have just announced it, and not taking applicants.
Max of about 18 participants, all levels, 4 day long weekend. I will give you lots of different projects to develop your illustration thinking.
I never teach how I do what I do at workshops, or any other teaching occasions. I am an experienced illustration instructor in college and masters level. What I teach is how to help you become a better version of yourself as an artist. Though there will be lots of group crits, but at the end of the day, it is all about each and individual YOU.
Those who are interested in learning more, please e-mail [email protected] either in Spanish or English to get more info. (no need to commit.)  Hope to see you there!