Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

RIZOMA Festival has started

Indie film festival in Madrid, RIZOMA has officially started today.
I wanted to make it to the event, but I happened to be traveling to Spain one week late, to a different destination, so unfortunately, I am not going to be there. But if you are in Madrid, you’d probably see my posters and banners around Madrid during this five day festival. RIZOMA will be back again in late November, and my posters will appear again with different more fall-winter color scheme.

There is a chance we’ll be doing a small talk event in Madrid before I head back to NY. No details yet, after a venue fell through last minutes. But if it materializes, I’ll make sure to post it here, as well as on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for California Young Reader Medal

This book keeps on giving!
I was just notified that Barbed Wire Baseball, my first picture book that was initially published in 2012 (paperback edition came out more recently), just received The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) in Picture Books for Older Readers category.

The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.

Thank you so much for all the young students, teachers, and librarians who have read, nominated and voted for the book. Thank you author Marissa Moss, editor Howard Reeves, art director Chad Beckerman, and all the team who were involved to make this book published.
Also big thank you to Shigeko Okada, Victo Ngai and Dadu Shin who had assisted me during the deadline crunch time. Autumn Whitehurst and Gary Taxali for their emotional support and doctor recommendations when I finally got sick from stress right before the deadline.
The medal will be awarded in Riverside, California in late October.

It’s a wrap: Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales book update

I just printed out the final color proof for Fairly Tales by Oscar Wilde book project I have been working on and off for close to a year. I like it, and thus, it’s a wrap.
All the interior illustrations are now done, and I will pass the ball to the editorial and design team at Beehive Books.
The Kickstarter campaign has been done for a while, but you can pre-order through Beehive Books Online Store.
Expected completion date is sometime around the end of the year. 

Folio Society’s new collectible book: Japanese Tales just published

It’s my blood, sweat and tears! (Ok, maybe not blood, lol). I am crying with joy! I had put so much effort and love into: Japanese Tales (edited by Royall Tyler) just got published from Folio Society today.
Folio Society, as some of you may know, is a well acclaimed London based book publisher who is behind so many award-winning designs. Japanese Tales is an oversized, silver embossed, slipcased, collectible edition.
I have created, total of 8 full color interior illustrations (4 full page and 4 double page), as well as design for cloth jacket and end papers. All of which are brand new and specifically created for this project, and shown for the very first time today.
The book is sold EXCLUSIVELY through Folio Society online store (sorry, no Amazon).  They ship world-wide.

Please check Folio Society online store for Japanese Tales and many other gorgeous books too choose from.
Thank you art director Raquel Leis Allion, as well as my assistant Tatiana Cordoba to make this project happen.


summer illustration masterclass in Vienna, Austria

UPDATES (May 8,2018): The workshop is sold out. Small number of slots are still available for Marc Burckhardt and SooJin + Chris Buzelli workshops. 

Hi, illustrators, what’s your big summer plan? How about coming to beautiful Vienna, spend four days with me working on your illustration idea skill, then spend the rest of the time wandering around seeing Klimt and Schiele in person,  then have your mind blown away by stunning architecture everywhere? Sounds like a good plan?

The first workshop in November 2015, and second workshop in summer 2016 were a big success. With participants from all around Europe and some from Middle East and all the way from Latin America, we had a dynamic and interesting small group of fun, hardworking and friendly environment for the four days we spent together.
We are having the workshop again this summer from July 16-19, 2018.  The course will run between minimum of 6 to maximum of 12 participants. You will work on multiple projects, some small some big,  that are designed to build and strengthen your idea skills. I will also give one on one portfolio review for those who are interested. This workshop’s target audience is intermediate to advanced level illustrators.

I hope you consider spending the summer with me. The rate for the workshop is EUR 600,00.
Please read more and apply  here.
There are also workshops by Marc Burckhardt and by SooJin and Chris Buzelli right after my workshop.


a very small role in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs

So, I took a very small part in an early development of Wes Anderson’s new movie Isle of Dogs which just opened. I was involved during a very early stage, and took a very small part in it. I haven’t seen the film yet, so I don’t know if any of my drawings are actually in the final film. But a former student of mine just went to see it and spotted my name in the ending credit, which is cool.
Sharing some of my drawings here, (along with one still photo from the film). I’m going to see it soon.

Thank you. Two images nominated for awards in Spectrum 25

Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has just announced this year’s nomination for gold and silver awards.
And, to my big surprise, two of my images are included in the list: SK-II Art of Travel packaging for China, as well as cover illustration for Planadviser magazine.
Thank you so much, judges and clients. And congratulations to all the award nominees, and those who are selected to be in the annual.
The winners will be announced during Spectrum 25 Awards Ceremony on May 5.

illustration workshop in Seville, Spain in May

UPDATE: the workshop is sold out. Thank you. Participants, see you in May!
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 back to this gorgeous city rich with beauty, history, amazing food… (and of course, it’s a backdrop of Game of Thrones as fans know very well.)   Let’s work together for four days!

This workshop will be held on May 24-27  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. First come, first served. 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.
I hope to see you in Seville in May!

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

Thank you for The Hamilton King Award!

It was my huge honor to receive the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators today.
It came as a huge surprise in form of a phone call by the Society president and fellow illustrator Tim O’Brien. My first response after being told I won was “There are a lot of other people who qualify more”. And to that, Tim’s response was “If you were a guy, he would have just said ‘all right, thank you!’ and accepted it, so you should do just that.” It is, indeed 2018, and I should just accept Tim’s response. So, thank you so very much.
The photo was taken with friends (from left to right) Chris Buzelli, Enzo Pérès-Labourdette, (me), Chad Beckerman, Marcos Chin and Agata Nowicka  and below is the piece that won the award, which was art directed by SooJin Buzelli of PLANSPONSOR

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