what did we LOVE: YUKO SHIMIZU

for Microsoft's Ultimate PC project
artists were asked to create series of 5 personal works using PC instead of Mac to showcase in Microsoft's new experimental art site UltimatePC.com

CIA Superhero Calandar 2009


an amazing illustrator and fine artist who is currently teaching at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in new york. from a traditional japanese family, she originally obtained a BA in advertising and marketing at waseda university before enrolling in SVA in 1999 and obtaining an MFA in illustration. she lives in new york and is the ex-roommate of james jean (another much loved artist of mine).

clients include:
Microsoft, Pepsi, VISA, MTV, TARGET, T-Mobile, Neiman Marcus, Warner Elektra Atlantic Music, NPR, FUSE TV, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Pentagram, Sagmeister Inc.,
TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, PLAYBOY, GQ, etc.

i love the asian flare and her trend in asian girls. she has a VAST portfolio with an incredible amount of simply spectactular illustrative work. categories include "fashion and lifestyle" "asian theme" "sex" "business and politics" "portraits" and "advertising." i would recommend taking your time to seriously click through her site, draw inspiration from it and let yourself be amazed. i love the woodcut quality of her work. the pastels and soft color schemes as well as graphic clean lines and the fantastical nature of her subjects and compositions. i have a particular interest in very imaginative detailed work. i believe her GAP product(red) shirts are still being sold currently so if you're interested - drop by a store and pick one up.

showing in new york (one work): Sept. 1 ~ Oct. 17, 2009
New York Spectrum Exhibition II Spectrum Exhibition II (group show)
The Museum of American Illustration at The Society of Illustrators: 128 East 63rd Street, New York City

also if you're in venice this summer: July 24 - 29, 2009 venice illustration course (workshop)
six day long workshop for illustrators of any level
taught and guided very individually and to student's ability

her two blogs are also great material:

PLANSPONSOR Magazine 2008
story about choosing between two choices
PLANSPONSOR Magazine 403(b) Special Issue cover 2008

Honolulu Magazine February 05 Hawaiian Valentine's Day
The Word magazine (UK) monthly supplement CD Now Hear This! cover for July 2009 issue

Fujiyama Sakura-Fubuki an image for a calendar to promote B&A Boutique

"Panda Bear Girl - The First Asian American Superheroine"
for "Artistic Utopia" a calendar book features personal work by illustrators. Designed by Murphy Design
(accepted into Society of Illustartor 47th Annual Awards)

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