Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

Abe Drawn 8 Different Ways

Book Review Cover: Abe Lincoln 1

Yesterday’s NY TImes Book Review (AD: Nicholas Blechman) cover featuring 6 different portraits of Lincoln drawn by 6 different illustrators, and 2 more in interior spread, all with the same two color scheme. Participating illustrators were: on cover clockwise from top left: Ward Schumaker, myself, Brian Rea, Seth, Seymour Chwast, Christoph Niemann. On the interior spread, Mchael Cho and another Ward Schumaker.

Book Review Cover: Abe Lincoln Spread

And here are my original drawing (left) and final image. As you can see, I gave Abe a bit of “plastic surgery” making him smile a bit and changed the eyes to look more like himself. I usually don’t do much of plastic surgery on Photoshop, but it sometimes happens when I am working on portrait and trying to nail it.

Book Review: Abe Lincoln B&W-Color

You can also see all the illustrations on New York Times site as a slideshow.