Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

just got nominated for HUGO AWARD!

I just got nominated for Hugo Award. Holy craaap, can this be real? I am very very honored. Hard to put this into words. I grew up as a biggest sci-fi fantasy nerd, started my interest in illustration because of my love for Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, when I was around 12 or 13. I will have all their monographs, first editions, in my parents’ house.
Since that time, I have branched out into different genres in illustration, but HUGO is a name I associate with those of my heroes, whom I think of as… GODS. And it’s just… I don’t even know how to process this news.
Thank you for those who were kind enough to throw my name into the hat. And congratulations to all the nominees.