Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

(Free) event in Brooklyn, May 25

The first in-person event in New York in a long long time. I am invited to be a guest for Remote Daily‘s in-person event in beautiful Carroll Hall of Bushwick,, Brooklyn.
The event is a “donate as you wish” model, and there is promo code STUDENT to get your free ticket.
Please read more and register here. 
Let’s talk about art, diversity and representation, maybe about the future of AI as well. Looking forward to seeing you on May 25.

new limited edition print release: the New Yorker digital cover art

We kept our online print store lightly stocked since the end of the holidays. We needed a break because had a very busy and exhausting holiday season shipping.
We hope to add carefully picked new limited edition prints from now for the next few month. The first one to add is the recent New Yorker digital cover which I feel very personal which reminds me of my own childhood.
Please learn more about this print release here. You can see the whole process of making this art here.

GIVE AWAY: limited time limited edition Illuminated Tapestries

Now on Kickstarter Campaign, and also give away campaign is now on!
Beehive Books is releasing limited-edition tapestries.
They are woven entirely out of natural cotton yarn on a Dornier Rapier jacquard loom by a family-run maker that has been operating in the textile industry out of Blacksburg, South Carolina for over 40 years. The fiber content is 100% cotton (the black yarn is a recycled cotton with 10% poly blend), and the throws are premium quality, including 15% more filling than a standard weave, giving the blanket a luxe and weighty yet still soft finish.
Please learn more and place your orders here. 

One-of-a-kind art Persian rug release

Now, something a bit different… I recently teamed up with Art in Rug a truly authentic handmade Persian rug company that is making one-of-a-kind art rugs.
Each rug is an edition or one. Made to order. They will take months to hand weave each rug with the highest quality by the best Persian rug artisans to deliver to just “one” collector. Once sold, rug design retires and never will be remade again.
I’m used to living in the illustration world where my job is to create artworks for an often large number of reproductions. So this is a whole new kind of cool experiment for me.
Size: 150 x 200cm with the price point around $4k USD (please inquire, as this is a ballpark).
(the photos are just mockups to show the general size and look. The actual handmade rug won’t exist till someone actually purchases it. It will be made to order. Thank you!)

GI Joe collaboration now taking pre-orders

A package art I made for Hasbro’s GI Joe Classified Series Storm Shadow action figure is now available for pre-order at online toy and game stores.
Scheduled to ship around July, 2022. Thank you Hasbro and AD Cecil Cates for a fun project. (I will post art on the work section soon.)

just announced: illustration workshop in Spain

UPDATE (Feb 9): The workshop is now sold out. Thank you. If you like to be wait-listed, please contact [email protected] Thank you. 

I will be coming to teach a four-day workshop in Spain in May.
The event is organized by La Galeria Roja and will be held from May 19-22, 2022 in Sevilla, South of Spain.
The workshop will be open to all levels of illustrators and limited to a small group of maximum 16 participants.
Come spend a long weekend with me in beautiful Seville. Hope to see you there!
More info and reservation information can be found on La Galeria Roja website.