Yuko Shimizu

“As an illustrator you need to understand the human body – but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you’ve seen and what you imagine.”

Illustrators not only have to have an understanding of the human anatomy but they need to be very creative with their own illustrative style. An illustrator’s unique style is what makes them stand out from the crowd. One such illustrator is Yuko Shimizu.

Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese Illustrator based in New York City & instructor art the school of Visual Arts. Her style is surreal & combines the language of Japanese woodblock prints with the grammar of graphic novels as well as comic book culture.

She has contributed to magazines such as ‘Rolling Stone’ & the ‘New York Times’ & has been included in ‘Newsweek Japan’s’ ‘100 Japanese People the World Respects’

“I think there are two types of illustrators, and two types of creatives in general. Either do something you are told to do or create something only you can give them.” – Yuko Shimizu

“I think in illustration, you have to start with a certain style, even if it’s not as concrete as it will be 10 years later on. There are a gazillion people who can draw and illustrate; you really have to stand out to get work” – Yuko Shimizu

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1 thought on “Yuko Shimizu”

  1. Yuko Shimizu is a great illustrator and I can that throughout all of her art works. I personally like the old fashioned Japanese art style which I can see in some of Yuko’s illustrations, I also like how she uses the woodblock technique to convey her art.


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