Yuko Shimizu

Yuko Shimizu


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).

She has been a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts[2] since 2003.


Magic and Horror of Being a Creative – 10 Things I've Learned in 15 Years –

  • designers
  • creative
  • design
  • inspiration
  • Illustration
  • Art
  • Educational
  • Business

I had a corporate job for 11 years after college, and I hated it. So, after the age of 30, I started figuring out what I REALLY wanted to do with my life, and long story short, I become an illustrator.
It's my dream come true. Then again, not every day is wine and roses.
I summed up 15 years of my second career experiences into 10 things I have learned through the good days and the bad.
Hope some would be useful for you too.
See you at the session!

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