Yuko Shimizu is an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City. She was selected as one of '100 Japanese People The World Respects' by Newsweek Japan in 2009.
You've probably seen her work on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, VISA billboards, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on the book covers of Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics, and on the pages of NY Times, Time, Rolling Stone, New Yorker and in many other publications over last ten years.
Among comic fans, she is best known for her ongoing monthly covers for The Unwritten and her cover art for P. Craig Russell's comic book adaptations of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, published by Vertigo (DC Comics).
Her self-titled monograph was published by Gestalten in the fall of 2011, and her children's book, Barbed Wire Baseball, written by Marissa Moss, is scheduled to be published by Abrams Books in the spring of 2013. She has been a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts since 2003.
You are never too old to achieve your dream
Yuko reflects on the 'miserable' career she had in corporate world, and the moment she made up her mind and decided to pursue her dream of becoming an artist - at a time when a high value was placed on being young in the arts and she might have been considered not-so-young already.
Well, she's happy to report that she's doing just fine.
Yuko will share the many experiences that made her decide to make the big leap into creative life, and 10 most important things she learned from her [first, and] second career.