Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

new class on SKILLSHARE

It’s FINALLY here! I’ve finally made a new class available on SKILLSHARE, 3 years after the initial launch of ink drawing class.

This time, I am teaching a (basic) drawing class. Not the conventional uptight kind though.
I have been wanting to teach a class where it is, most importantly, about having fun, and learn along the way.
I have been teaching one-day drawing workshop for the last 2-3 years, and have been adjusting the curriculum. Now I feel it is in the closest to what I have envisioned it to be. So, here it is!

Hope you consider enrolling in the class when you have some free time. Maybe picking up a new hobby this summer?
For your friends who are new to Skillshare, they can take advantage of limited time 60 day free offer through my referral link: skl.sh/yuko so, pass it along!

Look good & feel great. T shirt proceeds that help scholarships

I recently attended Beyond Tellerrand, a web conference that runs great events and workshops in multiple cities around Germany. (The event I went was in Dusseldorf in May. I spoke and conducted a workshop there.) I also designed this event’s T-shirt which was given away to all the attendees and staff.

They have some T-shirts stock left, and currently selling them for just €15 on their online store.
The proceeds will help fund ‘scholarship tickets’ for their future events, to give away tickets for those who cannot afford to attend otherwise. Thank you for helping this great event.
You can purchase my t-shirts in two different colors, both men and women sizes, while supplies last. There are other designs from past events also available. Purchase link here.

there is still time to order the Oscar Wilde book. Kickstarter ends on June 16

Update (June 17, 2017): The Kickstarter campaign was completed successfully. Thank you for your pledge. For now pre-order has ended but the books may become available in the future date. I will announce more details then.

A successfully funded Kickstarter campaign by Beehive Books will end on June 16, and you have still time to pledge and preorder the books, prints and other goodies available.

Illuminated Editions is the newest project by Beehive Books (one of the guys behind that Eisner Award winning Little Nemo book). Idea is to come up with a  modern take on turn of the century illustrated literature. The first set of three books are The Willows (written by Algernon Blackwood) illustrated by Paul Pope, The Island of Doctor Moreau (written by H.G.Wells) illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, and Oscar Wilde’s Fairly Tales illustrated by me.

The kickstarter campaign was run in three separate goals, $50,000 to fund Paul Pope book first, then $75,000 to fund mine, then finally $100,000 to fund Bill Sienkiewicz.
Now the campaign is fully funded, you can pre-order any of, or all of the books in different editions (single digital edition starts at $30, a book starts at $65), or get postcard set ($20), prints ($100) and other goodies. (There is my original drawing as pledge reward as well.)

Hope you pledge and pre-order your book(s). The kickstarter campaign must end on Friday, June 16, 2017, 11:59PM EST


one day illustration workshop in NY now available

UPDATE (June 8): The workshop is now sold out. Thank you and see you next week.
I teach every week at SVA Illustration Department, I tend to forget that I have actually never taught a workshop in my hometown before.
So, here it is. The very first one day workshop in Manhattan coming this June.
It is a part of Smashing Conference where I will be speaking (June 13-14). (You don’t need to be a part of the conference to enroll in the workshop.)

Consider this an experimental illustration boot camp. One day of fun working together on multiple projects that help flex your illustration thinking brain. Because, good illustration is not just about making pretty pictures, but actually about making pictures with good ideas.

We will work together in intimate small-ish group, all day long. We will work hard, but we will also have a lot of fun!
Please read more and purchase your ticket here.  Tickets are $499USD.

one day illustration workshop in Dusseldorf, Germany

UPDATE (March 23): The workshop is now sold out. Thank you and see you in May.
I will be coming to Dusseldorf, Germany to speak at Beyond Tellerrand conferene. As a part of the event, I will be teaching one day illustration workshop the day before the event starts.
It will be one full day of fun “drawing boot camp”. We will draw a lot, and we will probably laugh a lot too.
Tickets are available here, first come, first served.
The workshop is EUR 349, however we have super-special discounts for students EUR 99.

images available to use for Women’s March

UPDATE (January 23):
Thank you for all of the women, men, straight, gay, young, old and some even babies and pets who walked the march.
Total of 600+ downloads were made.
If you took pictures, please send them my way by tagging @yukoart in Twitter and Instagram (for Instagram please tag the photo itself and not the text. If you only tag text, I never see your photo due to the large number of followers on my account) or post on my Facebook public page. Thank you!

UPDATE (January 19): new image added:
This is so very last minutes, but I am using my old illustration for a good use.
This illustration was made a while ago for now-gone JANE Magazine. It is actually a portrait of one of young editors, but I am sure she would approve, as JANE was a magazine for kick ass women.
For those who are interested in using this image for your march. Please download a large TIFF file from here (66.8MB)
You know the drill: no commercial use. For personal use for the march, please use the way you like. And send me photos if you can.
Some brands such as Avery makes iron on printer paper which you can quickly make T-shirts. So, be creative.

<below is the original post about NY Times image>
I have received more than a few message asking me if they can use this illustration I originally made for the NY Times for Women’s March on January 21.
So, I have uploaded a medium size JPG and large size PSD files for you to download.
You can make T-shirts, banners or anything you like with it, as long as you keep it as your personal use.
I would love it if you could send me some photos, or tag your photo on Instagram or Twitter to my handle @yukoart  (in Instagram, please tag the actual photo. If you only tag text, I will most probably won’t see it.)

Please know that commercial use (making any profit off this) is strictly prohibited. The New York Times and I own the right to the image.

Download NY TIMES large PSD file here (13.6MB)

Download NY TIMES medium size JPG file here (3.4MB)

List of affiliated women’s march all over USA and abroad here. Find one near you.  
I will be walking the New York City march with friends. New Yorkers, see you there.

National Book Festival 2016, come to the free full day event

The 16th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
All day long big event for those who love books! 120 authors and illustrators take stages.
I am participating in this year’s festival as the poster artist. I will be at the event doing a panel with A Wild Swan author and Pulitzer Award winning Michael Cunningham.

The poster is given away for free to visitors during the event (not for sale), and I will also be singing the poster, as well as the book A Wild Swan with Michael.

signing: 4:00-5:00PM 
talk: 6:00-6:45PM 
events will be held at Poetry and Prose pavilion

Please see National Book Festival website for more details and all the author schedules. 

Even if you can’t come or live too far away, you can download the PDF format of the poster here. 

hello India! I am coming.

Hello hello India! I will be in your country for the first time ever. This is also the longest flight I have ever taken, and probably a most adventurous trip ever as I have never been to that part of the world. A lot of first evers, and I am very excited. There will be three events in three different cities while I am there.

1. Kyoorius Designyatra
First is the big design conference everyone in creative industry in India know about. I am very honored to be invited to participate in this year’s event. It will be held between September 29- October 1. The new venue this year will be in Jaipur. You can learn more about the conference and book your tickets here

2. Tales on Tweet book release events
Local editor/writer Manoj Pandey and I collaborated on his book, Tales on Tweet, a coffee table book of the world’s shortest short stories in 140 characters. The book was just released from Harper Collins India, and include many high-profile authors including Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood.
We will be doing two book events in two different cities during my stay. Hope to see you there!

A. Tales on Tweet book event in Darjeeling
The Lounge, Elgin Silver Oaks, Kalimpong, Darjeeling,  October 3,  2:00PM, free and open to the public.

B. Tales on Tweet book event in Delhi
The Toddy Shop
, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi, October 6, 7:00PM, free and open to the public.

Looking forward to seeing you, and your beautiful country soon! See you at one of the events.

me happy with recently acquired business visa to India.

illustration workshop in Seville, Spain in November

UPDATE (Sept.16): Thank you. This workshop is now sold out. Looking forward to seeing all of you who are attending. 

Want to come to majestic Seville, Spain with me for four day illustration workshop? I hope you do, because I can’t wait to come to this historic city famous for flamenco, and also work together with you for four days!

This workshop will be held on November 24-27 (which is the Thanksgiving weekend, if anyone from US side wants to join. ) at La Galeria Roja.
Unlike previous workshops that were targeted toward experienced artists, this workshop is open to all levels. Limited to around max of 18 participants.  For Spanish speakers, there will be Spanish-English translator available for the duration of the workshop. Price point is set very reasonable at EUR 450. Spots are for first come first served basis.
I hope to see you in Seville in November!

To get more info, and to reserve your spot, please contact info@lagaleriaroja.com or call (+34) 955-22-12-00

Just in case…, this is where Seville is. South of Spain, absolutely stunning!

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