Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

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

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