Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

Gold Medal! Yay!

I am so psyched to learn about all the fellow Drawgers winning the medals. And, here is the news from me.

I have been a hermit trying to finish up everything before I take off to Hong Kong tomorrow morning, totally stressed out…. Then Anelle Miller, Director of the Society of Illustrators called me with a big cheer up present: A book cover I recently finished has won Gold Medal!

It is an upcoming book from WW Norton. Designer is one of my favorite book designers, Rodrigo Corral. AD was the sweet Albert Tang. It is a collection of short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, one of Japan’s most respected modern writers.

Thank you Rodrigo, thank you Albert. Thank you all the judges, and fellow Drawgers who are all always always so supportive.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone. I will off to judge Greater China’s first big illustration competition. 再見!

The Beautiful And The Grotesque: Wrap Around Cover
Wrap around cover design. We discussed about making it traditional and contemporary at the same time.
The Beautiful And The Grotesque: Front Cover
I love the fact that Rodrigo didn’t choose the obvious deign choice of going very Japanese. His design is always so cool.