Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

December 29, 2005

Wow 2005 is ending already. Hope everyone had a wonderful year, and is having good holiday season. It was a year of “work, work and work” for me, but I cannot complain. I had a really good year.

Probably the biggest and the most exciting news came at the end of the year that I had won a gold medal in editorial category from the Society of Illustrators! It was a piece for PLAYBOY about natural disasters destroying earth (near right). I got total of six pieces in the show including two on the right, and the three that got into Society of Illustrators LA. (see Nov. 14)

Thank you Rob Wilson of PLAYBOY for giving me this opportunity and to push me to challenge myself. Also thank you all the jury members for choosing my piece.Another wonderful news is that SHY Studio member John Hendrix got the silver medal for book category, and another member Marcos Chin got seven illustrations in total to get into the show!

Some recent illustrations are; The New York Times Op-Ed Christmas special (12/24), MONEY (Dec), Domino (Jan/Feb), and SPIN (whoops, I have to check which issue that is… I think it is either out now, or very soon).