Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

June 18, 2004

Probably the coolest thing about being an illustrator is that I get to draw things I never imagined. Every time I get a new assignment, I do research on things I don’t know much about, and feeling a bit smarter than the day before. This week, I had done research on Kung Fu, Pathfinder, Argentine Peso, and stand up comedy, to randomly name a few.

The highlight was to check out gay fashion/porn stores on 8th Avenue in Chelsea for Pride illustration. A bit hesitant to go by myself, my studio-mate’s guy friend came with me. In one store, clerk thought we were a couple, and tried so hard to sell us a $100 dilxx! What an experience… To view the illo, please pick up The Village Voice next Wed.